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Cambiasso strike takes Inter into knockout stage

Published: Wednesday 24 November 2010, 22.39CET
FC Internazionale Milano 1-0 FC Twente
Esteban Cambiasso's strike ten minutes into the second half was sufficient for the holders to confirm their progress from Group A.
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Cambiasso strike takes Inter into knockout stage 
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Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
3
Attempts off target11
 
6
Corners7
 
3
Possession (%)0
100
Fouls committed15
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
1
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Published: Wednesday 24 November 2010, 22.39CET

Cambiasso strike takes Inter into knockout stage

FC Internazionale Milano 1-0 FC Twente
Esteban Cambiasso's strike ten minutes into the second half was sufficient for the holders to confirm their progress from Group A.

Esteban Cambiasso's second-half strike booked FC Internazionale Milano's place in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League at the expense of FC Twente.

The European champions, ravaged by injuries, struggled to translate dominance into goals, but Cambiasso's effort ten minutes after the break was just reward for a hard-working performance. Defeat ended the prospect of the Dutch titleholders' continuing involvement, but they are sure of finishing third and a UEFA Europa League berth.

Inter's profligacy began early on, Wesley Sneijder shinning a glorious chance wide from four metres in the second minute after Jonathan Biabiany picked him out. Playing just behind Samuel Eto'o, Sneijder was a constant thorn in Twente's side and, after forcing a foul from Peter Wisgerhof, Inter's No10 curled the resulting free-kick against the bar with Nikolay Mihaylov beaten.

Though Twente went close on 12 minutes when Bryan Ruiz headed wide, the visitors were largely pegged back in their own half, as Dejan Stanković and Biabiany both tried their luck from range. Mihaylov then blocked Goran Pandev's effort from ten metres before palming away Eto'o's curler.

For all their possession, Inter were almost caught cold on the half-hour mark, when a loose ball fell to Theo Janssen on the edge of the area, and the 29-year-old's strike was well saved by Luca Castellazzi. Within seconds the visitors launched another counterattack only for Nacer Chadli to send a cross-shot beyond the far post, with Marc Janko free in the area.

At the other end Biabiany headed Sneijder's corner narrowly wide before Cambiasso's goal-bound shot was blocked by the head of Thilo Leugers. Inter were struggling for fluency but battling hard, Biabiany causing the Dutch champions problems with his pace and teeing up Eto'o, who forced another save from Mihaylov on 50 minutes. When the breakthrough came it was scrappy and fortuitous, Sneijder's free-kick ricocheting off two players and into the path of Cambiasso, who gratefully accepted the chance.

The hosts now had their tails up and Javier Zanetti almost doubled his tally for the season after weaving his way past four players before forcing another save from the besieged Mihaylov. Inter were carving through Michel Preud'homme's men at will but squandering chances, Sneijder poking wide when through on goal and Stanković blazing over on 69 minutes. The hosts might have been made to pay by Denny Landzaat, who hit the bar on 75 minutes, but Inter held out.

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  • Rafael Benítez

    Read more"We have suffered a lot of injuries in the last few months and when some of our big players are fit again things will change very quickly"

  • Michel Preud'homme

    Read more"Everyone said before the start if we can still be there after the winter, even in the Europa League, that would be a good result in a strong group"

Lineups

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Internazionale

twente

Twente

12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
Yellow Card75'
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
6
BramaWout Brama
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
8
JanssenTheo Janssen
6
LúcioLúcio
9
De JongLuuk de Jong
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
10
RuizBryan Ruiz
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution87'
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Goal55'
19
DouglasDouglas
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
21
JankoMarc Janko
Substitution70'
27
PandevGoran Pandev
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
88
BiabianyJonathan Biabiany
Substitution80'
34
LeugersThilo Leugers
Yellow Card73'
Substitution80'

Substitutes

21
OrlandoniPaolo Orlandoni (GK)
1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
Substitution70'
34
BiraghiCristiano Biraghi
14
ParkerBernard Parker
39
SantonDavide Santon
Substitution80'
23
BuysseBart Buysse
Substitution80'
40
NwankwoObiora Nwankwo
Substitution87'
27
VujičevićDario Vujičević
48
CrisetigLorenzo Crisetig
36
SchimpelsbergerMichael Schimpelsberger
57
NatalinoFelice Natalino
44
JohnOla John

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Michel Preud'homme (BEL)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Eric Dansault (FRA), Michael Annonier (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Antony Gautier (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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

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