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Five-star Schalke leave Inter defence in tatters

Published: Tuesday 5 April 2011, 22.58CET
FC Internazionale Milano 2-5 FC Schalke 04
The visitors belied their Bundesliga form with an incredible victory at San Siro, coming from 2-1 down against the holders who ended with ten men.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro

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Match statistics

InternazionaleSchalke

Goals scored2
 
5
Attempts on target7
 
11
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners4
 
4
Offsides7
 
1
Fouls committed8
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 5 April 2011, 22.58CET

Five-star Schalke leave Inter defence in tatters

FC Internazionale Milano 2-5 FC Schalke 04
The visitors belied their Bundesliga form with an incredible victory at San Siro, coming from 2-1 down against the holders who ended with ten men.

FC Schalke 04 completed a memorable victory at FC Internazionale Milano, twice coming from behind en route to a comprehensive win that leaves them on the verge of a place in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time.

Schalke responded first to Dejan Stanković's extraordinary opener inside 25 seconds and then Diego Milito's effort, via Joel Matip and Edu, before astounding Leonardo's side with three second-half efforts. An Andrea Ranocchia own goal and Raúl González's 70th UEFA Champions League strike turned things round, and after Cristian Chivu's 62nd-minute dismissal Edu's second of the evening capped a remarkable triumph.

A stirring match got off to a remarkable start as Milito raced on to a fine through ball by Esteban Cambiasso only to be denied by Manuel Neuer, who showed great presence of mind to race out of his area and head away. His clearance reached the halfway line, where it was met by Stanković and a superb first-time shot that sailed back over the goalkeeper's head.

It was disastrous for the visitors, but they were not stunned into submission and strung together some well-worked moves. Twice Raúl came close with headers following impressive right-wing raids by Atsuto Uchida, and although Inter could have been two up when Milito delivered a cross that was too high for Sneijder, the visitors' resolve was rewarded with an equaliser.

On 17 minutes Kyriakos Papadopoulos rose highest to head a corner goalwards and, although Júlio César saved well, Matip – playing at centre-back in the absence of the injured Christoph Metzelder – bundled in the rebound. It took a wonderful save to deny José Manuel Jurado soon after and Stanković limped off, yet the hosts regained the lead with a seamless team move that swept the length of the field. It ended with Cambiasso popping up at the far post to head Sneijder's chipped delivery into the path of Milito, who finished expertly.

Again the Bundesliga strugglers hit back, Jurado releasing Edu, who scored at the second attempt after Júlio César had blocked his first deflected effort. The pendulum threatened to swing again in a frenetic opening to the second half, Milito firing wide and Samuel Eto'o forcing an adroit stop from Neuer. But it was the visitors who forged ahead when Raúl brought down Jefferson Farfán's pass, escaped his markers and slotted in.

Within four minutes it was 4-2 as Schalke caught Inter, and Ranocchia, cold on the counterattack, the outstanding Jurado breaking down the right and inviting the Nerazzurri defender into a desperate lunge that took the ball past his own goalkeeper. It quickly got worse for the shell-shocked hosts as Chivu was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Inter were unravelling and Schalke sought the killer blow, rattling the woodwork when Jurado let fly from distance and hitting the same post after Júlio César saved bravely from Farfán. Inter failed to clear properly, however, and Edu's shot on the turn settled matters, perhaps definitively, in Schalke's favour.

Last updated: 27/11/12 15.13CET

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Quotes

  • Ralf Rangnick

    Read more"Had someone told us before the match that we would beat Inter by three goals, we would have had him declared crazy"

  • Leonardo

    Read more"It has been a very difficult week in every sense: first the derby knockout, now this heavy defeat against Schalke"

Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

schalke

Schalke

1
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK) (C)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
2
SarpeiHans Sarpei
Yellow Card60
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
Goal1
Yellow Card13
Substitution24
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Substitution76
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
Goal53
Yellow Card85
Substitution87
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
9
EduEdu
Goal40
Goal75
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
11
BaumjohannAlexander Baumjohann
Substitution76
13
MaiconMaicon
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Yellow Card67
15
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
Goal57
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Yellow Card45+3
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution83
22
Milito Diego Milito
Goal34
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
Yellow Card52
Red Card62
32
MatipJoel Matip
Goal17

Substitutes

12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
Substitution63
3
EscuderoSergio Escudero
14
KharjaHoussine Kharja
Substitution24
Substitution63
5
PlestanNicolas Plestan
17
MarigaMacDonald Mariga
8
JunminJunmin Hao
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
13
SchmitzLukas Schmitz
Substitution76
27
PandevGoran Pandev
16
KarimiAli Karimi
Substitution87
55
NagatomoYuto Nagatomo
Substitution76
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution83

Coach

Leonardo (BRA) Ralf Rangnick (GER)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Peter Kirkup (ENG)

Fourth official

Andre Marriner (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Jones (ENG), Lee Mason (ENG)

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