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  1. Mourinho's Inter beat CSKA

    Mourinho's Inter beat CSKA

    Jose Mourinho's Internazionale take a slender 1-0 advantage into their Champions League quarter-final return leg at CSKA Moscow. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Internazionale
    • CSKA Moskva
    • 90+3' And Howard Webb blows up for full time. Inter take a 1-0 lead to Moscow. Is that enough to take them through to a semi-final against Arsenal or Barcelona? They'll need a result next week on the plastic pitch in Moscow.
    • 90+2' Inter sub: PAndev is replaced by McDonald Mariga, who won't have time to touch the ball.
    • 90' Three minutes of additional time are signalled, and this game has slowed right down now.
    • 85' Another half chance for CSKA here. Rahimic just scoops the ball over the Inter defence and Necid is onside, but his first touch isn't great, and Julio Cesar comes and gathers.
    • 85' Akinfeev makes a string of reaction saves within seconds of each other. First he gets two fists to a shot which takes a vicious deflection, and then he manages to get his body behind a shot which bounces just in front of him, then the ball just hits him and loops over for a corner. He's really keeping his side in it here.
    • 84' Sneijder is basically through one on one with Akinfeev, but from the left hand side of the penalty area, he drags his shot wide of the near post.
    • 82' Eto'o plays a lovely one two and then volleys a shot which is flying in before Ignashvic stuck a leg out and blocked the ball clear.
    • 79' Half a chance for CSKA as the ball bounces around the area after a corner. Samuel eventually hacks it clear, and then Materazzi falls to the floor as if he's actually injured. He's not, and he's up a minute later berating someone about something.
    • 77' The game has slowed down now from the frantic pace of the last 15 minutes. CSKA are using every opportunity to take a breather.
    • 74' CSKA sub: Aldonin is replaced by Rahimic.
    • 72' CSKA sub: Mark Gonzalez (once of Liverpool) replaces Mamaev.
    • 70' Absolutely brilliant defending! Milito fed Pandev in the box and he took it past Akinfeev then chipped the ball into the empty net - but one of the Berezutskiy's got back and made an impossible looking clearance off the line!
    • 69' Milito again with a chance, this time inside the box, but it's a great block from a CSKA defender. Eto'o screams at the Argentine as he wanted the ball to be touched back to him.
    • 68' CSKA make a change, Dzagoev comes on for Honda.
    • 67' It's all Inter now, Sneijder whips a corner in and Materazzi meets it but can only thump a header over the bar.
    • 64' 1-0 to Inter! It's their top scorer, Diego Milito! He received a nice ball from Sneijder then drove the ball into the bottom left corner from 18-yards after shifting to his right to make space for the shot.
    • 64' Another good save! Inter are really stepping up the pressure here! Eto'o cut inside and feinted past three CSKA defenders before trying to wrong foot the keeper at the near post, but Akinfeev got down well and held onto the ball.
    • 63' Fantastic save from Akinfeev! Pandev played a one two with Sneijder and then looked to smash the ball into the bottom left but Akinfeev got a great hand to it.
    • 62' Eto' does brilliantly down the left and flicks a ball inside for Milito who plays a ball into space inside the penalty area, but Pandev had already moved into the centre. Eto'o looks frustrated as he wanted that ball back.
    • 60' An hour gone here, and Inter still look the most likely to score, but CSKA have looked better on the ball this half.
    • 59' That really should ahve been a goal. Stankovic received the ball in behind the CSKA defence, but he cannot get the ball out from his feet and can only brush a weak shot into Akinfeev's arms. Best chance of the match.
    • 57' Great cross from Stankovic but it's cut out well by one of the Berezutskiy's and the corner is cleared well.
    • 56' CSKA's manager, Leonid Slutsky is rocking back and forth while sitting on the bench. He looks like he needs help, but his team is doing alright!
    • 54' CSKA are still passing it around well, and Aldonin finds himself with a bit of space 25-yards out and hits a powerful shot towards goal which Julio Cesar has to tip over the bar.
    • 53' Dangerous ball in from Krasic whipped in low and hard into the 6-yard box. It's cleared for a corner with Honda just unable to get a touch. The corner is cleared by Samuel.
    • 50' Brilliant sliding tackle from Walter Samuel on Krasic. He takes the ball and gets up to confidently stride forward and then lay it off to Cambiasso.
    • 49' And Inter get the ball back, win a corner which is cleared and Eto'o is offside when the ball is played back in.
    • 48' Mamaev shanks a shot miles wide when he had the opportunity to play Necid and Krasic through. Poor.
    • 46' CSKA start the half confidently and are passing the ball around nicely. Their season only started up again a couple of weeks ago so they should be pretty fresh. Sneijder clatters into Semberas, perhaps in revenge for the few kicks he got in the first half. No booking.
    • 45' And we're back underway again.
    • - CSKA have conceded the most goals in the Champions League of any of the sides left in the competition with 12, however they've defended pretty well so far tonight.
    • 45+2' And that's the end of the first half. It's been a pretty uneventful half really, with both teams defending well and in numbers. No real chances of note.
    • 45+1' Inter win a pretty soft free kick and Cambiasso whips it in with his left foot - Eto'o wins the header but under pressure can only head it high and wide.
    • 44' Pandev, Milito and Sneijder combine to play the Dutchman in behind the CSKA defence! Sneijder should have done better! He tries to take an extra touch and then snatches at a shot and it's wide!
    • 42' Inter again have the majority of possession, and pass it around nicely, but then can't quite break through the massed ranks of CSKA players. Then the ball gets cleared to Necid and he can't quite hold the ball up and Inter get the ball back. This is the story of the match so far.
    • 39' Aldonin got booked for giving away that free kick. He'll miss the next leg too. It wasn't really a foul either. Nice one Howard Webb.
    • 38' Inter have a free kick 30-yards out after Sneijder was brought down, and Stankovic smashes it straight into the wall. Probably a bit painful for whoever blocked it.
    • 36' Just seen the Krasic booking again. It was for a tackle on Cambiasso, and it was pretty harsh. The Inter midfielder went down very easily and there was little contact.
    • 35' Eto'o who has swapped to the right now, cuts inside, beats Shchennikov, and lashes a left foot shot goalwards, but it's blocked, by Cambiasso! He made his run far too soon and he's offside. Eto'o's shot was probably going wide.
    • 34' Lots of shots from distance so far, mostly all from Inter, but none that can really have been seen as a chance.
    • 33' Lovely, lovely move from Inter and it includes a wonderful bit of skill from Stankovic who jumped over the outstretched leg of Aldonin while almost balancing the ball on his thigh. Eventually the ball is slipped in behind the defence and Sneijder tries a shot, but he's offside.
    • 31' Krasic gets a booking from Webb and that means he will miss the next leg. That's a big blow for CSKA
    • 28' CSKA are looking to counter whenver possible, but they're always a bit too hesitant when they're on the ball. Perhaps it's due to Inter having at least five men behind the ball at all times.
    • 26' Honda plays a great ball inside Zanetti and Krasic, who is absolutely lightning by the way, gets on the ball, but struggles to beat the experienced Zanetti who recovered well.
    • 24' First Sneijder tries a cross which is dangerous and towards the near post, but there are no Inter attackers anywhere near it, and then Eto'o cuts inside from the left and tries to slip a ball through the centre of CSKA's defence to Milito, but it's cut out well. CSKA can break here and they have numbers forward but they don't seem to be playing with any real urgency and Maicon easily cuts out the attack.
    • 22' Inter win a free kick when Materazzi wins a header and barrels into Necid. Materazzi is clutching his overly tattooed arm and looks quite concerned.
    • 21' Wonderful effort from Pandev! He receives the ball about 25-yards out, shifts it onto his left foot and lets fly with real venom! It's just over, and Akinfeev probably had it covered, but still a really sweet strike.
    • 19' Another free kick for Inter. Sneijder whips it over and it's a great interception by Aldonin! Inter win the corner and Sneijder's delivery is nodded back in by Samuel, but eventually cleared by CSKA.
    • 17' CSKA really do look very nervous when they get the ball. Instead of patient build up they're just launching balls over the top, and Necid is pleading for his midfielders to give him better service.
    • 16' Shchennikov does really well to hold off Pandev and clear the ball for a throw in after a long diagonal ball.
    • 15' Sneijder appears to have taken a knock and is getting a good thigh rub from the physio. He's alright to play on though.
    • 12' Pretty silly foul by Materazzi, who dives in over the top of the ball then acts shocked when he's shown a yellow card. Ignashevich strikes teh free kick from 30-yards and it's struck reasonably well, but straight at Cesar.
    • 11' Cambiasso wins a free kick on the left byline, and Sneijder whips the ball in - and Akinfeev punches clear.
    • 9' Eto'o runs at the CSKA right back, cuts inside, and has a shot... but it's pretty weak and bounces once before Akinfeev catches the ball.
    • 7' CSKA are gifted the ball by a poor Inter pass, but look quite nervous in possession and from being in the attacking third pass the ball back to Akinfeev who boots it long and Inter win the ball back.
    • 5' CSKA win a corner on the right and Honda floats it in - it beats everyone and goes out for a throw in. It was a pretty good delivery towards the back post, but no one got a head on it.
    • 4' Necid looks to get in behind the defence but Materrazzi gets across and the striker runs into is back and Inter win the foul.
    • 3' Sneijder tries his luck with a free kick from 30-yards. He strikes it really well, but it was never on target and flies past Akinfeev's right hand post.
    • 2' Pandev has started on the left and Eto'o on the right, with Milito through the middle - but those two can happily swap sides and almost certainly will at some point. 18-year-old Shchennikov gets a telling off after coming in late on Stankovic. The youngster, understandably, looks nervous.
    • 1' Howard Webb is the referee by the way. CSKA do well to get down the right hand side and Honda just manages to get a cross into the box but it evades everyone.
    • 1' And we're off! Inter kick off playing right to left in the Giuseppe-Meazza.
    • - The teams are listening to the Champions League anthem. None of them are singing it I'm sorry to report - and now they're breaking up into their respective halves. We're about to get underway!
    • - All of Italy, is perhaps a step too far, but Italy do need to go through to the semi's to help Italy's UEFA co-efficient and help them grab back a fourth Champions League place (which they are losing in a season or two) from Germany. I don't claim to understand it at all, but I know a win is good for them.
    • - Preamble: Mourinho isn't very popular in Italy, and everyone wants his Inter side to get caught by Roma in Serie A, but tonight all of Italy will want Inter to go through and they really ought to win in tonights first leg. Then again, they should have been miles clear in Serie A but have let Roma make up 13 points on them over the last few months.
    • - With centre-half Lucio and midfielder Thiago Motta suspended, Marco Materazzi and Goran Pandev come in for Inter.
    • - CSKA make two changes: defenders Deividas Semberas and Vasili Berezutski are in for Kirill Nababkin and Elver Rahimic.
    • - The teams are in:
    • - Inter: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Materazzi, Samuel, Zanetti, Stankovic, Cambiasso, Eto'o, Sneijder, Pandev, Milito; subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Quaresma, Muntari, Mariga, Chivu, Arnautovic
    • - CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev, Vasili Berezutsky, Alexei Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Shchennikov, Krasic, Aldonin, Semberas, Mamaev, Honda, Necid; subs: Chepchugov, Dzagoev, Gonzalez, Nababkin, Odiah, Guilherme, Rahimic
    • - Referee: Howard Webb (England)
    • - Head-to-head record: Played 2, Inter won 2; Goals: Inter 6, CSKA 3
    • - CSKA, unbeaten in their last five CL matches, have lost half of their Champions League games to date (16 of 32) and won just one in four.
    • - CSKA have won their last two CL away games, including a victory in Seville, and are unbeaten in three, including a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford with Manchester United.
    • - FACT: CSKA, who lost 4-2 to Inter in Milan two seasons ago, have won on only one of four previous visits to Italy, beating Roma 1-0 in the Cup Winners Cup in 1991-92.
    • - Italian champions Inter have probably their best chance of winning the title since they last became European champions in 1965.
    • - Inter have not reached a semi-final since losing to city neighbours Milan in 2003. They were eliminated in the knockout round or quarter-finals in each of the last five years.
    • - FACT: Inter have lost just one of 14 previous matches against Russian teams and have won six of seven at home, drawing the other.
    • - Jose Mourinho's Inter host CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash at the Giuseppe Meazza, from 7.45pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 64' 1-0 to Inter! It's their top scorer, Diego Milito! He received a nice ball from Sneijder then drove the ball into the bottom left corner from 18-yards after shifting to his right to make space for the shot.
    • - The teams are in:
    • - Jose Mourinho's Inter host CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash at the Giuseppe Meazza, from 7.45pm UK time.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Internazionale

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • CSKA Moskva

    Manager: Leonid Slutsky

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • Júlio César
      • Maicon
      • M. Materazzi Yellow Card
      • W. Samuel
      • J. Zanetti
      • D. Stankovic
      • E. Cambiasso
      • G. Pandev Substitution Out (90′)
      • W. Sneijder
      • S. Eto'o
      • D. Milito Goal


      • F. Toldo
      • C. Chivu
      • S. Muntari
      • M. Mariga Substitution In90′
      • I. Córdoba
      • R. Quaresma
      • M. Arnautovic


      • T. Motta
      • Lúcio
    • Starting line-up

      • I. Akinfeev
      • V. Berezutsky
      • A. Berezutsky
      • S. Ignashevich
      • G. Shennikov
      • E. Aldonin Yellow Card Substitution Out (75′)
      • D. Semberas
      • M. Krasic Yellow Card
      • K. Honda Substitution Out (69′)
      • P. Mamaev Substitution Out (73′)
      • T. Necid


      • C. Odiah
      • K. Nababkin
      • A. Dzagoev Substitution In69′
      • E. Rahimic Substitution In75′
      • M. González Substitution In73′
      • Guilherme
      • S. Chepchugov
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