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Slick Schalke send holders Inter tumbling

Published: Wednesday 13 April 2011, 22.47CET
FC Schalke 04 2-1 FC Internazionale Milano (agg: 7-3)
Raúl González scored one and set up a delightful second as the Bundesliga outfit completed a resounding aggregate win to advance to the semi-finals.
by Richard Aikman
from Arena AufSchalke

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Match statistics

SchalkeInternazionale

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
10
Corners7
 
12
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed26
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 April 2011, 22.47CET

Slick Schalke send holders Inter tumbling

FC Schalke 04 2-1 FC Internazionale Milano (agg: 7-3)
Raúl González scored one and set up a delightful second as the Bundesliga outfit completed a resounding aggregate win to advance to the semi-finals.

FC Schalke 04 are through to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time after rounding off a 7-3 aggregate victory over holders FC Internazionale Milano in Gelsenkirchen.

Raúl González's 71st UEFA Champions League goal further dented any faint hopes the Nerazzurri had of mounting an unlikely comeback from their 5-2 first-leg reverse on the stroke of half-time. Thiago Motta equalised early in the second period, but Benedikt Höwedes fired in a superb winner with nine minutes remaining to leave Ralf Rangnick's side looking forward to a last-four encounter with Manchester United FC.

Sir Alex Ferguson observed proceedings from the stands as, like in the first leg, Leonardo's side made the early running. Wesley Sneijder fired the first of two early attempts on goal straight at Manuel Neuer and the message was clear: the visitors were not giving up their title without a fight.

The best football came from the hosts, though. Alexander Baumjohann was a constant threat with his thrusting runs down the right and José Manuel Jurado's trickery and vision caused problems on the opposite flank. The evergreen Raúl was dropping deep to link midfield and attack before haring forward to get on the end of things. On 16 minutes Júlio César had to be on his guard when one move found the 33-year-old popping up unmarked to head Jurado's left-wing cross goalwards.

Inter threatened intermittently, finding space particularly down the left, but Höwedes twice made crucial blocks on Samuel Eto'o. Dejan Stanković, scorer from 53 metres in the first leg, went close for the Nerazzurri but on this occasion, from half that range, Neuer was his equal. Inter's frustration was compounded when they fell behind and it was no surprise that the approach work involved Baumjohann and Jurado, the latter feeding Raúl, who rounded Júlio César with ease to score.

The visitors' reply was swift, though, and the 2,500 travelling supporters were given something to cheer when Thiago Motta bundled in from close range after Lúcio's header, following a Sneijder corner, was deflected. With four more goals required, Inter threw more men forward, Eto'o clearing the bar with a header and curling narrowly wide of the top corner.

Such adventure left the outgoing European club champions exposed at the back, where Kyriakos Papadopoulos twice headed over from set pieces. Leonardo had insisted on the eve of this match that this was not mission impossible for Inter, but they simply had too much to do: they needed every shot on goal, such as Sneijder's 75th-minute free-kick, to go in rather than fizz wide.

Instead it was their opponents who put the seal on the tie with a winning goal on the night, carved out by a wonderful piece of skill from Raúl. The former Spain striker flicked a clever through ball into the path of the onrushing Höwedes, who had already had a goal disallowed for offside, and the Schalke centre-half lashed in his shot to complete another memorable evening for the Knappen.

Last updated: 16/05/13 17.03CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

internazionale

Internazionale

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK) (C)
1
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
2
SarpeiHans Sarpei
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
Goal81
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
Substitution46
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
Yellow Card42
Goal45
6
LúcioLúcio
Yellow Card30
9
EduEdu
Substitution77
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Goal49
Yellow Card58
11
BaumjohannAlexander Baumjohann
Substitution73
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Yellow Card66
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution80
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution87
13
MaiconMaicon
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
15
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
Yellow Card90
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
22
Milito Diego Milito
32
MatipJoel Matip
55
NagatomoYuto Nagatomo

Substitutes

33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
5
PlestanNicolas Plestan
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
8
JunminJunmin Hao
14
KharjaHoussine Kharja
13
SchmitzLukas Schmitz
Substitution87
Yellow Card87
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
15
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Substitution77
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
16
KarimiAli Karimi
27
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution46
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution73
29
CoutinhoCoutinho
Substitution80

Coach

Ralf Rangnick (GER) Leonardo (BRA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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