MILAN – Inter's group stage in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League ended with a
2-1 defeat against CSKA Moscow, but with the qualification to the round of 16
already in their pocket.
There were no goals in the first half, but some good chances mainly from Diego Milito, who also hit the crossbar in the second half without finding the net. That was taken care of by Doumbia and Cambiasso in back-to-back goals in the 49th and 50th minute. The score remained 1-1 until the 87th minute when Vasily Berezutsky's header secured qualification for the Russians.
FIRST HALF - For the last match of group stage, Ranieri relied on Castellazzi in goal and once again started Faraoni on the flank with Obi. Coutinho was the playmaker behind lone forward Milito, who this evening celebrated his 100th competitive match in an Inter shirt.
In the first minute the Russians threatened through Vagner Love, held off by Samuel, while Chivu then had to deal with Oliseh on the flank. The first clear chance fell to CSKA when Dzagoev nearly found an opening for the goal before the Nerazzurri's defence closed him down. At the other end Inter came even closer when Coutinho found a speeding Milito in the box, but his pass was too weak and Gabulov arrived first to claim it. Three minutes later there was practically a carbon copy of the same play for El Principe – this time served by Nagatomo – but Gabulov was again there to foil his effort. Later an exchange between Faraoni and Milito allowed the Argentine to shoot from the edge of the box; the ball then found Zanetti, whose shot from distance was deflected out for a corner. Vagner Love caused problems with his right-footer on the turn, but Castellazzi showed awareness to punch the ball away with both hands. Samuel's foul in the 34th minute awarded a free kick to the Russians; Dzagoev's service found the head of Vagner Love, but the ball went just over the crossbar. Nagatomo did well to take advantage of a free kick and earn a corner after his shot was fisted away by Gabulov. A series of corner kicks by CSKA starting on minute 40 ended with a stalemate, while Inter only needed one (earned by Milito) to create another dangerous chance with El Principe's shot from the edge of the box, which flew just beyond a diving Gabulov as well as the crossbar. After 1 minute of injury time the first half between Inter and CSKA Moscow ended at 0-0.
SECOND HALF – There was a double substitution at the start of the second half: Coutinho came off for Zarate and Chivu exited for Caldirola, making his official debut for Inter. Then in the 49th minute CSKA made their mark on the score sheet when Doumbia, on an assist from Vagner Love, beat Castallazzi to make it 0-1. However, the festivities would not last long. At the other end, on a corner from Zarate, Ranocchia's header forced Gabulov to block the ball with his fists, but a lurking Cambiasso needed only a touch to put the ball in the net. The score was now 1-1. Six minutes later Cuchu created a chance for Zarate who, alone in front of the goal, was halted by the linesman's flag. There was another chance for Milito, who saw his header easily handled by Gabulov. Alvarez, a 65th-minute substitute for Obi, tried his luck with an attempt from the corner flag, but Gabulov stretched low to block his effort. On a CSKA free kick, awarded for Faraoni's foul on Doumbia, Ignasevich's effort was headed on by Aldonin to Vasily Berezutsky, whose shot was kept out by the reflexes of Castelllazzi. Milito once again came close to a goal in the 80th minute when he received the ball after a galloping run from Zanetti, but from a few feet in front of the goal El Principe could only find the crossbar. From a missed goal to a goal let in; at the other end V. Berezutsky headed a corner kick past Castellazzi to make it 1-2 and send CSKA Moscow to the next round. Next comes the draw, so it's everyone to Nyon on 16 December.
Inter 1-2 CSKA Moscow (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Doumbia 49, Cambiasso 51, V. Berezutsky 87.
Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 55 Nagatomo, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu (Caldirola 46); 37 Faraoni, 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Obi (Alvarez 65); 29 Coutinho (Zarate 46); 22 Milito.
Unused subs: 21 Orlandoni, 7 Pazzini, 8 Thiago Motta, 48 Crisetig.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.
CSKA Moscow: 30 Gabulov; 14 Nababkin, 24 V. Berezutsky, 4 Ignasevich, 6 A. Berezutsky; 26 Oliseh, 2 Semberas (Aldonin 77), 17 Mamaev, 10 Dzagoev; 9 Vagner Love, 8 Doumbia (Schennikov 90+2).
Unused subs: 1 Chepchugov, 5 Vasin, 19 Cauna, 25 Rahimic, 59 Fedotov.
Coach: Leonid Slutsky.
Referee: David Fernandez Borbolan (Spain).
Booked: Semberas 22, Mamaev 64, Caldirola 64, Nbabkin 69.
Added time: 1+3.