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Inter march to brink of qualification

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.55CET
FC Internazionale Milano 2-1 LOSC Lille Métropole
Claudio Ranieri's side moved four points clear at the Group B summit thanks to goals from Walter Samuel and Diego Milito in either half.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

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Match statistics

InternazionaleLille

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
9
Corners3
 
13
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)49
 
51

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.55CET

Inter march to brink of qualification

FC Internazionale Milano 2-1 LOSC Lille Métropole
Claudio Ranieri's side moved four points clear at the Group B summit thanks to goals from Walter Samuel and Diego Milito in either half.

FC Internazionale Milano took another step towards the UEFA Champions League knockout stage as they completed their third consecutive Group B victory at the expense of LOSC Lille Métropole.

Strikes in either half by Walter Samuel and Diego Milito earned the hosts a two-goal cushion that was halved by substitute Túlio De Melo late on, as Inter saw out a narrow victory. It stretched their lead in the pool to four points with two matches remaining.

The hosts might have been in front in the second minute when Milito expertly controlled Cristian Chivu's searching pass and beat the advancing Mickaël Landreau with a neat lob, but his effort came back off the bar. In truth it was the visitors who made most of the early running, Samuel forced into a brave block on Ireneusz Jeleń after a flowing move down the left.

Moussa Sow then dallied at the far post after fine approach play between Jeleń and Joe Cole, who delivered a perfect cross for the Senegalese international. Nonetheless, it was Inter who took the lead, after Mauro Zárate won a corner with a fine run and shot which squirmed out off Landreau's body. From Wesley Sneijder's ensuing cross Samuel rose above Rio Mavuba to score with a towering header.

Lille tried to respond but Eden Hazard's shot was too ambitious and Sow rushed his 35th-minute effort. At the other end the hosts constructed a sweeping move involving Sneijder and Esteban Cambiasso, but Zárate scuffed his strike. Worse was to follow for Inter as Milito squandered two gilt-edged chances shortly after the restart.

When Les Dogues' defence pushed up for offside, Dejan Stanković's cushioned header left the unmarked Milito five metres out with just Landreau to beat; he fired over. On 53 minutes, the Argentina forward ran half the length of the pitch only to side-foot into Landreau's arms.

Milito did not pass up his third chance, carved out by a wonderful raid down the right by Javier Zanetti, who weaved past three players before crossing for his compatriot to score from close range. Though David Rozehnal skimmed the bar with a snap-shot and Hazard tested Luca Castellazzi with a free-kick, the hosts were in charge.

They let their guard slip seven minutes from time, however, when Lúcio failed to deal with a deflected pass into the area. De Melo pounced to clip coolly past Castellazzi, but Inter held on.

Last updated: 27/11/12 5.34CET

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Quotes

  • Claudio Ranieri

    Read more"This has been a difficult season for us but we won't give up and I want to underline this"

  • Rudi Garcia

    Read more"We played Inter twice and have had the same feeling twice: we can match them before their experience and our inexperience are the difference"

Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

losc

LOSC

12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
8
SowMoussa Sow
Substitution60
6
LúcioLúcio
10
E. HazardEden Hazard
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
14
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
Yellow Card90+1
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution67
17
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
18
BériaFranck Béria
Yellow Card86
22
Milito Diego Milito
Goal65
Substitution90
22
ChedjouAurélien Chedjou
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
Goal18
Yellow Card89
24
MavubaRio Mavuba (C)
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
26
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution71
28
ZárateMauro Zárate
Substitution79
27
JeleńIreneusz Jeleń
Substitution46

Substitutes

21
OrlandoniPaolo Orlandoni (GK)
16
EnyeamaVincent Enyeama (GK)
7
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution79
5
GueyeIdrissa Gueye
11
ÁlvarezRicardo Álvarez
Substitution67
6
SouaréPape Souaré
20
ObiJoel Obi
Substitution90
7
PayetDimitri Payet
Substitution71
23
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
9
De MeloTúlio De Melo
Substitution46
Goal83
42
JonathanJonathan
11
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Substitution60
48
CrisetigLorenzo Crisetig
21
BonnartLaurent Bonnart

Coach

Claudio Ranieri (GRE) Rudi Garcia (FRA)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Jochen Drees (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Robert Hartmann (GER)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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