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Inter date brings Bremen back to Italy

Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 1.45CET
A month after scraping through a play-off against UC Sampdoria, SV Werder Bremen return to Italy to take on holders FC Internazionale Milano in their second Group A outing.

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Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 1.45CET

Inter date brings Bremen back to Italy

A month after scraping through a play-off against UC Sampdoria, SV Werder Bremen return to Italy to take on holders FC Internazionale Milano in their second Group A outing.

FC Internazionale Milano face German opposition for the first time since beating FC Bayern München in last season's UEFA Champions League final when they welcome Group A rivals SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 2.

• While Inter were 2-0 winners against Bayern in Madrid, Bremen need no reminding of their last encounter with Italian opposition. Only last month they beat UC Sampdoria in dramatic fashion in the play-off round.

• Both teams began the group stage with 2-2 draws, Inter being held at Dutch champions FC Twente and Bremen battling back from two goals down to rescue a point against Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Previous meetings
• This is the third season Inter and Bremen have met in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The first time came in 2004/05, Inter winning 2-0 at home through two Adriano goals then drawing 1-1 in Germany after Valérien Ismaël and Obafemi Martins traded goals.

• Iván Córdoba, Javier Zanetti, Marco Materazzi and Dejan Stanković all started for Inter on 14 September 2004, Esteban Cambiasso coming on as a late substitute. Petri Pasanen and Tim Borowski were in the Bremen side.

• The clubs faced each other again in 2008/09 but this time Bremen held the upper hand. Claudio Pizarro cancelled out Maicon's goal in a 1-1 draw in Italy and the Peruvian scored again in Bremen's subsequent 2-1 home win with Markus Rosenberg and Zlatan Ibrahimović also on target.

• The lineups for the second San Siro encounter on 1 October 2008 were:
Inter: Júlio César, Maicon, Córdoba, Materazzi (Burdisso 20), Zanetti, Stanković (Quaresma 72), Cambiasso, Muntari, Balotelli, Ibrahimović, Adriano (Cruz 78).
Bremen: Wiese, Pasanen, Naldo, Mertesacker, Prödl (Fritz 86), Frings, Baumann, Özil (Jensen 82), Diego, Rosenberg (Hunt 78), Pizarro.

Match background
• Inter have won their last four UEFA Champions League home games.

• In contrast, although Bremen won their play-off first leg against Sampdoria 3-1, they trailed 3-0 in the return until Rosenberg levelled the aggregate scores in the third minute of stoppage time. Pizarro then struck in extra time to send Bremen through 5-4 on aggregate.

• On their most recent visit to San Siro in 2008/09, Thomas Schaaf's men recovered a two-goal deficit to hold AC Milan 2-2 and win a UEFA Cup round of 32 tie on away goals. Pizarro struck twice, giving him four goals from six visits to the stadium.

Team ties
• Rafael Benítez bettered German opposition during his Liverpool FC side's triumphant UEFA Champions League campaign of 2004/05, overseeing 3-1 home and away wins against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the last 16.

• Mikaël Silvestre spent 1998/99 with Inter, appearing 18 times in Serie A and scoring once. He also played six times in the UEFA Champions League.

• Pizarro struck for Bayern in a 2-0 group stage win at Inter on 27 September 2006.

• Alongside Pizarro in Bayern's team that night was Lucio, who spent nine seasons in the Bundesliga with Leverkusen and then Bayern where he played with Torsten Frings (2004/05) and Borowski (2008/09).

• Marko Arnautović spent last term on loan at Inter from Twente but played only three Serie A matches.

• Samuel Eto'o appeared as a 65th-minute substitute in FC Barcelona's 1-1 group stage draw at Bremen on 27 September 2006.

• Daniel Jensen came off the bench during Denmark's 2-1 defeat of Eto'o's Cameroon at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

• Stanković helped Serbia earn a 1-0 win against a Germany side including Per Mertesacker and Marko Marin during the group stage in South Africa.

• Cambiasso's saved spot kick sealed Argentina's shoot-out defeat by a Germany team featuring Mertesacker, Frings and Borowski in the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals.

• Pasanen captained a Finland side beaten 2-1 by Wesley Sneijder's Netherlands in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier on 7 September.

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