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Eto'o hat-trick eases Inter past Bremen

Published: Wednesday 29 September 2010, 22.30CET
FC Internazionale Milano 4-0 SV Werder Bremen
Samuel Eto'o scored three and set up another for Wesley Sneijder as the holders impressed in Group A.
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Eto'o hat-trick eases Inter past Bremen 
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Attempts on target9
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
6
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5
Possession (%)57
 
43
Fouls committed13
 
19
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Published: Wednesday 29 September 2010, 22.30CET

Eto'o hat-trick eases Inter past Bremen

FC Internazionale Milano 4-0 SV Werder Bremen
Samuel Eto'o scored three and set up another for Wesley Sneijder as the holders impressed in Group A.

A stand-out performance from Samuel Eto'o inspired FC Internazionale Milano to a comprehensive UEFA Champions League Group A success against SV Werder Bremen.

The striker scored twice before the break and also set up Wesley Sneijder for Inter's third first-half goal. Eto'o rounded off the scoring nine minutes from time, sending the holders top of their section, level on points with Tottenham Hotspur FC.

The opening exchanges gave little indication of what was to follow as, with barely three minutes gone, Hugo Almeida caught the Nerazzurri napping, raced onto a through ball and lobbed Júlio César, who had advanced out of his area. Almeida's shot lacked the power to beat Lucio to the goal, but a minute later the Portugal forward gave Inter's No1 a sterner test with a venomous free-kick the goalkeeper turned wide.

Inter soon responded, UEFA Champions League debutant Jonathan Biabiany running onto Esteban Cambiasso's pass and crossing for Coutinho only for the teenager to direct his free header wide. Another slick move ensued, Coutinho cutting inside after receiving Sneijder's cross-field ball, exchanging possession with Eto'o and threading a clever pass to Sneijder, who was denied by Tim Wiese.

At the other end Almeida squandered a glorious chance after Tim Borowski swung over an inviting right-wing cross, but the momentum was with the hosts.

Within moments Inter were ahead, Cambiasso dispossessing Daniel Jensen and sending Eto'o through to slip the ball under Wiese. Eto'o was in irrepressible form and doubled his tally on 27 minutes when Lucio sent him clear. His control was sublime and his finish ruthless.

Dejan Stanković was the next player to force the besieged Wiese into action on the half-hour with a clever chip and, with Bremen rocking, the ubiquitous Eto'o's next act was to curl a pass into the path of Sneijder, who finished high into the far corner.

Die Grün-Weissen's best effort of the second period came on 52 minutes when Wesley's curler was well saved by Luca Castellazzi, on for Júlio César at half-time. The hosts were now comfortable, although their evening suffered a setback when Lucio was carried off with a seemingly serious knee injury.

But for another Wiese save Coutinho could have extended the lead after dancing into the area. Instead the glory was left to Eto'o, who completed his hat-trick by latching on to Sneijder's pass, rounding Wiese and sliding the ball into the empty net.

Last updated: 05/10/10 15.02CET

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  • Rafael Benítez

    Read more"We have many champions and many young, talented players; the secret is finding the perfect balance"

  • Thomas Schaaf, Bremen coach

    Read more"We made life very easy for Inter; we made it very easy for them to score and we weren't able to hurt them"

Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

bremen

Bremen

1
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
Substitution46'
1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba (C)
5
WesleyWesley
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
Substitution80'
6
BorowskiTim Borowski
Substitution46'
6
LúcioLúcio
Substitution62'
7
ArnautovićMarko Arnautović
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Goal21'
Goal27'
Goal81'
10
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution63'
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Goal34'
15
PrödlSebastian Prödl
Yellow Card64'
13
MaiconMaicon
16
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
Yellow Card44'
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution78'
29
CoutinhoCoutinho
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker (C)
88
BiabianyJonathan Biabiany
44
BargfredePhilipp Bargfrede

Substitutes

12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
Substitution46'
21
MielitzSebastian Mielitz (GK)
11
MuntariSulley Muntari
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Substitution46'
17
MarigaMacDonald Mariga
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution63'
20
ObiJoel Obi
Substitution80'
17
HusejinovićSaid Husejinović
30
ManciniMancini
18
KroosFelix Kroos
39
SantonDavide Santon
Substitution62'
19
WagnerSandro Wagner
Substitution78'
57
NatalinoFelice Natalino
41
SchmidtDominik Schmidt

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP), César Muñiz Fernández (ESP)

Legend:

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

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