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Inter comeback eliminates CSKA

Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 0.40CET
FC Internazionale Milano 4-2 PFC CSKA Moskva
CSKA relinquished a two-goal advantage and their qualification hopes as Inter mounted a fine fightback.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro

Match statistics

InternazionaleCSKA Moskva

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners11
 
5
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed12
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 November 2007

A Liverpool
8-0
Beşiktaş
A Porto
2-1
Marseille
B Valencia
0-2
Rosenborg
B Schalke
0-0
Chelsea
C Lazio
2-1
Werder
D Celtic
1-0
Benfica
D Shakhtar
0-3
Milan
C Olympiacos
0-0
Real Madrid

7 November 2007

 
Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 0.40CET

Inter comeback eliminates CSKA

FC Internazionale Milano 4-2 PFC CSKA Moskva
CSKA relinquished a two-goal advantage and their qualification hopes as Inter mounted a fine fightback.

FC Internazionale Milano are on the brink of the UEFA Champions League first knockout round after recovering a two-goal deficit to complete a thrilling comeback against PFC CSKA Moskva, who now have no chance of progress from Group G.

Renaissance men
Inter remain top of the section with nine points and are all but assured of a place in the last 16 after a dramatic revival against a CSKA side who went two up after 31 minutes thanks to well-worked goals from Jô and Vágner Love. Zlatan Ibrahimović and Esteban Cambiasso brought the Nerazzurri back into the match with two strikes in three minutes, and the same players scored again after the break to secure a fine victory.

Early warning
Inter began brightly with Maicon and Javier Zanetti, in particular, combining well down the right. The Italian title-holders won three early corners, the last of which found Walter Samuel, who failed to apply a finish of the quality of his winning goal in Moscow a fortnight ago. Maicon was also allowed too much room to roam on the quarter-hour, CSKA's five-man midfield inviting him to try a shot from range which swerved a metre wide.

CSKA strike
The Russian team were also lively coming forward, with Daniel Carvalho and Dudu looking to pick out the runs of Jô and Love. The latter had sent an effort fizzing wide on eight minutes and Love had also tried his luck to no avail before the Brazilian partnership linked up for the opening goal. Jô skilfully turned Samuel on the halfway line and left him trailing in his wake before exchanging a one-two on the edge of the area with Love and curling a delightful 20-metre shot into the net.

Skill and composure
Inter's response was to push forward, Ibrahimović looping a volley over following a goalmouth scramble, yet the hosts were caught cold on the counterattack for a second time. Carvalho dissected the Inter back line with a long ball to Love, who showed extraordinary skill and composure to deceive Maicon and Samuel before letting fly a fierce shot high beyond Júlio César.

Inter rally
With the exception of a hundred or so travelling supporters in the corner of the Curva Sud, the San Siro had been silenced, but it came back to life within 60 seconds when Ibrahimović arrived unmarked at the far post to side-foot Cristian Chivu's free-kick past Igor Akinfeev. On 34 minutes it was all-square. The excellent Maicon threaded a ball into the box, Hernán Crespo supplied the dummy and his compatriot Cambiasso did the rest, firing across Akinfeev for the equaliser.

Out of reach
Valeri Gazzaev's half-time team talk almost produced an immediate reply as Carvalho and Love both tested Júlio César, although the first clear opportunity fell to the unmarked Cambiasso who nodded a free header back across an open goal and wide. The Argentinian made amends when applying a crisp finish to Julio Cruz's clever flick from a Chivu corner on 67 minutes, and with a quarter of an hour to go Ibrahimović capped a fine display by rifling high into net from distance. The knockout stage beckons for Roberto Mancini's men.

Last updated: 08/11/07 10.30CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
6
MaxwellMaxwell
Substitution66
9
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Goal31
8
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal32
Goal75
Substitution84
10
Jô
Goal23
Substitution46
13
MaiconMaicon
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
15
DacourtOlivier Dacourt
Yellow Card84
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Yellow Card72
18
CrespoHernán Crespo
Substitution63
20
DuduDudu
Yellow Card45
Substitution83
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Goal34
Goal67
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski (C)
Yellow Card65
Substitution69
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
Yellow Card39
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
50
GrigorievAnton Grigoriev

Substitutes

22
OrlandoniPaolo Orlandoni (GK)
1
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin (GK)
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Substitution63
5
RamónRamón
11
JiménezLuis Antonio Jiménez
19
JanczykDawid Janczyk
21
SolariSantiago Solari
Substitution66
21
EduardoEduardo
Substitution69
24
RivasNelson Rivas
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
Substitution46
29
SuazoDavid Suazo
Substitution84
39
TaranovIvan Taranov
Substitution83
36
BolzoniFrancesco Bolzoni
88
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Valeri Gazzaev (RUS)

Referee

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Assistant referees

Danny Huens (BEL), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Joeri Van De Velde (BEL)

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