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Milito ends Inter's long wait

Published: Saturday 22 May 2010, 22.59CET
FC Bayern München 0-2 FC Internazionale Milano
The Italian side landed their first European Champion Clubs' Cup since 1965, and with it a special treble, thanks to two goals from Diego Milito.
by Andrew Haslam
from Santiago Bernabéu
Milito ends Inter's long wait
Inter captain Javier Zanetti lifts the trophy in Madrid ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BayernInternazionale

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
2
Corners6
 
2
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Saturday 22 May 2010, 22.59CET

Milito ends Inter's long wait

FC Bayern München 0-2 FC Internazionale Milano
The Italian side landed their first European Champion Clubs' Cup since 1965, and with it a special treble, thanks to two goals from Diego Milito.

After a wait of 45 years, FC Internazionale Milano were crowned European champions for the third time as Diego Milito's brilliantly taken double put paid to FC Bayern München in Madrid.

Both sides came into the final having won domestic doubles and it was Bayern who initially looked the more likely to force a breakthrough. Inter have shown their clinical side throughout this season's UEFA Champions League, however, and demonstrated it again in the 35th minute as Milito outstripped the Bayern defence to score. Though the German side continued to dominate territory and possession, there was no way back when Milito again broke through with 20 minutes left to secure Inter's first European Champion Clubs' Cup victory since their consecutive triumphs of 1964 and 1965 and, with it, a special treble.

Both finalists had endured notable absences from this final stage, albeit Bayern's nine-year wait paled next to Inter's 38 long years and there were fewer signs of stage fright from the newly-crowned German champions early on. They settled faster, only Walter Samuel's timely intervention turning away Ivica Olić's dangerous cross before Bayern's Croatian forward shot wide at the near post after Arjen Robben had skipped away from Cristian Chivu and Walter Samuel down the right.

Although Wesley Sneijder's free-kick deflected off the head of Hamit Altıntop to bring the game's first save from Jörg Butt, Bayern enjoyed 60% of the possession in the opening half-hour. However, Inter swiftly proved how quality counts for more than quantity. Júlio César's long kick was flicked to Sneijder by Milito, who raced onto the Dutchman's perfectly-weighted return to clip his shot over the advancing Butt.

A variation of the same combination nearly put the match beyond Bayern before half-time, Milito's defence-splitting pass from the left leaving Sneijder with just Butt to beat only for Inter's No10 to shoot straight at the goalkeeper. Bayern should have capitalised on their reprieve less than 20 seconds into the second period, Altıntop drawing two defenders before slipping a pass to Thomas Müller, but César preserved Inter's slender advantage, blocking with his legs.

Bayern continued to push Inter back into their own half, with Robben running at the Nerazzurri defence with increasing regularity. It was the winger's free-kick that led to Müller firing in another goalbound shot which was unwittingly kept out by Esteban Cambiasso, before Robben took matters into his own hands, cutting in from the right again and working space for a shot that César clawed away from the top corner.

Yet as so many have before them, Bayern were foundering on the rock of Inter's defence and were duly undone again on the counterattack in the 70th minute. Once more Milito proved their nemesis, collecting Samuel Eto'o's pass and leaving Daniel Van Buyten floundering in his wake before nervelessly beating Butt again. The Argentinian's second unerring finish effectively ended the contest and, though Bayern continued to strive for a way back in the closing stages, Robben flashing another attempt across the face of goal, Inter's sharper cutting edge had already proved decisive.

Last updated: 10/12/12 11.59CET

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Quotes

  • José Mourinho

    "The team must have spirit and work together and that's why I'm proud of Inter"

  • Louis van Gaal

    "It was no surprise to me how the match went. The surprise is we lost. "

At a glance

What happened
Inter were crowned European champions for the third time – their first triumph since 1965 – thanks to two expertly-taken Diego Milito goals.

Key moment
Trailing to Milito's 35th-minute opener, Thomas Müller could have levelled 20 seconds into the second half but Júlio César blocked the low shot with his legs.

Numbers game
Inter had just 34% of the possession but proved quality counts for more than quantity with yet another devastating display of counterattacking football.

One on one
Bayern's main threat was Arjen Robben, yet Inter left-back Cristian Chivu was ably assisted by Javier Zanetti to hold the dangerous Dutchman in check.

Crowd pleaser
Inter's clinching second goal; Samuel Eto'o fed Milito, who left Daniel Van Buyten in his wake before applying his second unerring finish.

What it means
José Mourinho becomes the third coach, after Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld, to win the European Champion Clubs' Cup with two teams.

Lineups

bayern

Bayern

internazionale

Internazionale

22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Yellow Card26
6
LúcioLúcio
8
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Substitution63
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
10
RobbenArjen Robben
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
11
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution74
13
MaiconMaicon
17
Van BommelMark van Bommel (C)
Yellow Card78
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
22
Milito Diego Milito
Goal35
Goal70
Substitution90+2
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
Yellow Card30
Substitution68
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
27
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
13
GörlitzAndreas Görlitz
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
18
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution63
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
Substitution68
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
11
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution79
26
ContentoDiego Contento
17
MarigaMacDonald Mariga
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution74
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
Substitution90+2
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Darren Cann (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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