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Twente push champions Inter to the limit

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 22.35CET
FC Twente 2-2 FC Internazionale Milano
The competition newcomers earned a deserved point after holding the champions to a draw in an exciting Group A opener.
by Michael Harrold
from FC Twente Stadion

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TwenteInternazionale

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners6
 
4
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
7
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 22.35CET

Twente push champions Inter to the limit

FC Twente 2-2 FC Internazionale Milano
The competition newcomers earned a deserved point after holding the champions to a draw in an exciting Group A opener.

FC Internazionale Milano kicked off the defence of their UEFA Champions League title with a 2-2 draw at FC Twente in Group A as the newcomers pushed the holders to the limit.

In a breathtaking first half Theo Janssen cancelled out Wesley Sneijder's early opener with a terrific free-kick on 20 minutes before the Dutch champions went ahead through Diego Milito's own goal soon after. The Nerazzurri hit back through Samuel Eto'o four minutes before the break and had the upper hand in the second half, but Twente deservedly held on for a point.

New Inter coach Rafael Benítez introduced just one new face, MacDonald Mariga, to the starting XI that beat FC Bayern München in last May's final. In contrast, the entire Twente side that started had made only one previous UEFA Champions League appearance between them. That was goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov who was soon picking the ball out of his net. On 13 minutes Milito, scorer of both final goals, burst clear and though his shot was parried the ball fell to Dutch international Sneijder who fired in the rebound.

It was hard on Twente who had started well, with the height of Luuk de Jong and Marc Janko causing problems. The latter played a key role in Twente's equaliser, winning a free-kick on the edge of the D on 20 minutes which Janssen brilliantly curled into the top left corner. Roared on by their terrific support, Twente pressed and Júlio César tipped away another Janssen free-kick before the home side struck again on 30 minutes when Milito headed Janssen's corner into his own goal.

Inter rallied and Esteban Cambiasso hit the bar then Eto'o drew the champions level, shooting low past Mihaylov from the edge of the area after a neat one-two with Goran Pandev. Janko nearly restored Twente's lead with a header in added time, but after that the pace slowed in the swirling rain.

Substitute Coutinho came close to breaking the deadlock on 67 minutes but his low shot was blocked by Dwight Tiendalli. Seven minutes later the Brazilian teed up Mariga who pulled his effort wide. With Sneijder increasingly influential Inter took the game to Twente in the latter stages, with the home side looking to catch the Italian champions on the break. A draw, though, proved a fair result as Twente took the step up to Europe's premier competition in their stride.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.37CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002825/postmatch/report/index.html#inter+held+twente

Lineups

twente

Twente

internazionale

Internazionale

13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
1
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
6
BramaWout Brama
6
LúcioLúcio
8
JanssenTheo Janssen
Goal20
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Goal41
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Goal13
10
RuizBryan Ruiz
13
MaiconMaicon
Yellow Card48
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
17
MarigaMacDonald Mariga
19
DouglasDouglas
Yellow Card90+3
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
21
JankoMarc Janko
Substitution78
22
Milito Diego Milito
Goal30
Substitution87
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
Substitution88
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
33
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
27
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution61

Substitutes

1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
3
KuiperNicky Kuiper
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
5
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
11
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution87
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
Substitution88
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
11
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution78
29
CoutinhoCoutinho
Substitution61
14
ParkerBernard Parker
39
SantonDavide Santon
23
BuysseBart Buysse
88
BiabianyJonathan Biabiany

Coach

Michel Preud'homme (BEL) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Hugo Miguel (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Ferreira (POR), João Capela (POR)

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