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Eto'o completes job for imperious Inter

Published: Tuesday 16 March 2010, 22.38CET
Chelsea FC 0-1 FC Internazionale Milano (agg: 1-3)
José Mourinho enjoyed a happy return to Stamford Bridge as Samuel Eto'o's late goal confirmed the visitors' place in the last eight.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaInternazionale

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
4
Corners7
 
4
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed22
 
12
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 16 March 2010, 22.38CET

Eto'o completes job for imperious Inter

Chelsea FC 0-1 FC Internazionale Milano (agg: 1-3)
José Mourinho enjoyed a happy return to Stamford Bridge as Samuel Eto'o's late goal confirmed the visitors' place in the last eight.

José Mourinho's statement that Stamford Bridge is a happy hunting ground for him was proved right as FC Internazionale Milano celebrated a notable success over his former club and a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in four years.

Samuel Eto'o's late goal increased the Italian titleholders' first-leg advantage and inflict Chelsea FC's first home defeat in the competition since February 2006, ending their run of 21 unbeaten games. Eto'o had also scored the winner on that occasion, a 2-1 win for FC Barcelona, when Mourinho was in the home dugout.

To cap a miserable night for the English side, Didier Drogba was ordered off three minutes from time after tangling with Thiago Motta, leaving Mourinho's current club as deserved winners having missed a number of decent second-half opportunities.

Inter's coach was afforded a generous reception by the home crowd who chanted his name before the start. Then it was down to business and the uncompromising nature of the contest was quickly apparent with a number of shuddering tackles.

Mourinho was clearly anxious about Chelsea's left-sided threat, with Yuri Zhirkov eager to push forward in the slipstream of the in-form Florent Malouda, and deployed Eto'o in what was virtually a right midfield role. The first opening came from that flank, Maicon advancing but his rising shot was no threat to Chelsea's third-choice goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.

The flow was being interrupted by a succession of free-kicks, Diego Milito only centimetres away from connecting with Wesley Sneijder's curling delivery from one such set piece. Michael Ballack had earlier gone close for Chelsea, capitalising on Milito's loose ball only to drag his shot beyond the upright.

That proved a rare lapse in the Inter defence, Maicon epitomising their commitment when he threw himself in front of Drogba to make a vital block. Inter responded and when John Terry misjudged Maicon's cross, Eto'o was not quite alert enough and failed to keep his header on target. The half ended with Lucio and Co under sustained pressure, and from Drogba's astute pass Nicolas Anelka had a golden chance to break the deadlock. Júlio César half-blocked his shot and Motta was on hand to tidy up.

A flurry of bookings launched the second half, Motta and Walter Samuel both picking up cautions that rule them out of the quarter-final first leg. The first chance after the break fell to Eto'o following Sneijder's glorious crossfield pass, but the Cameroonian international delayed his shot and the danger passed.

Malouda was becoming increasingly influential and a rasping drive required quick reactions from Júlio César, who turned it aside down by his near post. That near miss preceded one at the other end, Sneijder combining skilfully with Goran Pandev yet again the striker failed to pull the trigger in time, allowing Zhirkov to intervene.

Milito passed up two more openings and Motta headed over when well-placed. Would Inter regret those misses? The answer came in the 78th minute when the previously quiet Eto'o showed his class in getting the wrong side of Branislav Ivanović to fasten onto Sneijder's pass before dispatching his shot inside Turnbull's right-hand post and take Inter into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2005/06.

Last updated: 27/11/12 18.51CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

internazionale

Internazionale

22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
Yellow Card82
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
8
LampardFrank Lampard
6
LúcioLúcio
Yellow Card54
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Yellow Card57
Red Card87
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Yellow Card48
Substitution90+2
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Yellow Card17
Goal78
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Substitution62
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution85
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Yellow Card55
13
MaiconMaicon
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Substitution74
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Yellow Card89
22
Milito Diego Milito
33
AlexAlex
Yellow Card83
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
27
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution75

Substitutes

30
R. TaylorRhys Taylor (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution62
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
Substitution75
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution74
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
17
MarigaMacDonald Mariga
Substitution85
35
BellettiJuliano Belletti
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
Substitution90+2
43
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
39
SantonDavide Santon

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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