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Zárate winner gets Inter going at CSKA

Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 19.53CET
PFC CSKA Moskva 2-3 FC Internazionale Milano
Claudio Ranieri's first European game at the Inter helm ended in victory after Mauro Zárate's effort settled a topsy-turvy Group B encounter.
Zárate winner gets Inter going at CSKA
Lúcio's deflected strike set Inter on their way early on ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CSKA MoskvaInternazionale

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
9
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners7
 
6
Offsides0
5
Fouls committed10
 
6
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 19.53CET

Zárate winner gets Inter going at CSKA

PFC CSKA Moskva 2-3 FC Internazionale Milano
Claudio Ranieri's first European game at the Inter helm ended in victory after Mauro Zárate's effort settled a topsy-turvy Group B encounter.

A late winner from substitute Mauro Zárate settled a thrilling contest in FC Internazionale Milano's favour as the Nerazzurri won 3-2 away to PFC CSKA Moskva.

After recovering from two goals down for the second Group B game in succession, the hosts seemed set for a point until Zárate received Esteban Cambiasso's pass and fired past Vladimir Gabulov with 11 minutes left. Vágner Love had drawn CSKA level two minutes earlier, adding to Alan Dzagoev's first-half free-kick, after goals in the opening 23 minutes from Lúcio and Giampaolo Pazzini had put Claudio Ranieri's new charges firmly in the ascendancy.

Having not scored in 56 games for club and country prior to Saturday's defeat of Bologna FC, Lúcio swiftly made it two goals in as many matches. Ricardo Álvarez – on his first start for Inter − delivered a corner which skipped off the head of Vasili Berezutski and, with Gabulov out of position, enabled the defender to finish via the chest of Sergei Ignashevich.

Pazzini had the shot which forced that set piece and was soon causing more problems with his movement, finding space down the Inter right and standing up a cross to the far post from which the sprawling Gabulov kept out Joel Obi's header.

If that was a let-off, CSKA were not so fortunate midway through the first half. Ranieri's side, getting plenty of joy down either flank, doubled their lead when the sprightly Pazzini turned in Yuto Nagatomo's centre, the right-back having nutmegged Aleksei Berezutski before driving the ball across goal.

Having previously brought the best out of Júlio César, Dzagoev threw CSKA a lifeline by curling a free-kick over wall and goalkeeper in added time. The hosts picked up where they had left off after the break, with Pavel Mamaev curling a shot narrowly wide of the left-hand post, before a swift Inter break culminated in Zárate testing Gabulov.

As the game became stretched, opportunities came and went at either end, with Gabulov again in the thick of things to deny Diego Milito and Vágner Love flashing a ball across the penalty area from the byline. A goal was coming; it was just a question of which way.

Vágner Love provided the answer 13 minutes from time, stepping inside Lúcio and shooting past Júlio César, but CSKA's jubilation soon turned to despair as Zárate delivered a devastating riposte to banish the blues from the shock loss to Trabzonspor AŞ two weeks ago.

Last updated: 05/10/11 15.49CET

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Lineups

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CSKA Moskva

internazionale

Internazionale

30
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
1
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich (C)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
6
LúcioLúcio
Goal6
8
DoumbiaSeydou Doumbia
7
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Goal23
Substitution49
9
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Goal77
11
ÁlvarezRicardo Álvarez
Substitution84
10
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Goal45+3
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Yellow Card90+1
14
NababkinKirill Nababkin
20
ObiJoel Obi
Yellow Card69
17
MamaevPavel Mamaev
Substitution68
22
Milito Diego Milito
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
Substitution90+2
26
OlisehSekou Oliseh
55
NagatomoYuto Nagatomo

Substitutes

1
ChepchugovSergei Chepchugov (GK)
12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
16
CaldirolaLuca Caldirola
19
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
28
ZárateMauro Zárate
Substitution49
Goal79
21
TošićZoran Tošić
Substitution68
29
CoutinhoCoutinho
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
42
JonathanJonathan
Substitution84
48
PopovArtem Popov
48
CrisetigLorenzo Crisetig
Substitution90+2
59
FedotovSemen Fedotov
94
RomanòAndrea Romanò

Coach

Leonid Slutski (RUS) Claudio Ranieri (ITA)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Francis Andrews (SCO), Alasdair Ross (SCO)

Fourth official

Crawford Allan (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), Bobby Madden (SCO)

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