Final score

9 December 2009 20:45

19' (2nd half) Balotelli
31' Eto'o
Rubin Kazan
Referee: Per Vink / Linesmen: Hoove, Van de Ven / Fourth official: Blom
Minute Text commentary
47' Half time. Inter lead Rubin 1-0. In Kiev it's Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Barcelona. If it stays like this at the final whistle, we're in the last sixteen.
47' Maicon forces a reflex save from Ryzhikov with a sting shot from the edge of the box after some great attacking play by Eto'o.
45' Two minutes of stoppage time.
45' Sneijder's free kick is blocked by the Rubin wall.
43' More brilliance from the Inter captain. He surges past three players, eventually going down under a challenge from Cesar Navas, who is promptly booked by Pieter Vink.
42' Wesley Sneijder sends a thunderous shot just over the bar after a terrific run down the left by the inspirational Javier Zanetti.
38' Dominguez' right-wing cross is saved by Julio Cesar at the near post.
36' Thiago Motta floats upfield for Balotelli. Cesar Navas is first to the ball but Balotelli puts him under enough pressure to concede a corner.
34' More good news. Xavi has equalised for Barcelona in Kiev!
31' That was Eto'o's first goal for Inter in the Champions League. What a crucial goal it could turn out to be.
31' GOAL!!!!! Samuel Eto'o!!!!! Javier Zanetti muscles past two on the left-wing by-line and gets the ball to Balotelli who back-heels into the path of Eto'o and the Cameroonian rifles past Ryzhikov. INTER 1-0 RUBIN KAZAN.
28' Murawski gets a yellow card for a horrendous sliding tackle on Wesley Sneijder.
27' Julio Cesar makes an easy save from a weak free kick taken by Dominguez.
24' Murawski receives just inside our area and has a spectacular effort blocked.
23' If San Siro is on our side, Kurban Berdyev has a saint of his own to pray to. The Rubin coach has some rosary beads firmly in his grasp.
21' Eto'o serves Sneijder in the box after the ball spins off referee Pieter Vink, but Rubin regroup and win the ball back.
18' Julio Cesar makes a fine one-handed save from Karadeniz as Rubin have their first attempt on goal. Corner to the Russians.
17' Dejan is okay to continue and play resumes inside the Giuseppe Meazza.
16' More injury problems as Stankovic hurts himself. It looks like the Serbian will be able to continue though. San Siro, where are you?
15' Samuel is substituted by Ivan Ramiro Cordoba, who hasn't even had time to warm up.
14' Mourinho is forced into an early change as Walter Samuel has pulled up with a thigh problem. Play is halted as we wait for a stretcher.
14' Stankovic releases Balotelli with a great ball upfield and the Italian takes on two players before going down just outside the area.
10' Samuel Eto'o plays into space and runs at the ball, forcing Cesar Navas to act quickly and play back to his keeper.
8' Mario Balotelli produces the game's first shot on target. He collects from Thiago Motta with his back to goal and turns before testing Ryzhikov with a fierce right-footer.
7' Maicon wins the ball in the Rubin half and swings a cross over to Milito. Salukvadze intercepts and concedes a corner. Nothing comes of it as the Russians clear.
5' Maicon looks for openings down the right but Kaleshin sticks to the Brazilian like an urchin and makes the tackle.
4' Inter come charging forward and Sneijder looks for Milito but the Dutch midfielder's pass is intercepted.
2' Nothing much to report about here so far, but Dynamo have taken the lead against Barcelona in Kiev, Milevskiy scoring for Gazzaev's men.
1' It's simple. Win and we're through. Draw 0-0 and we qualify on head-to-head record if Barcelona win or draw against Dynamo. Draw 1-1 and we progress on goals scored if the Champions League holders escape defeat in Kiev. Ciao and welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for live coverage of tonight's decisive Group F match.
1' Russian champions Rubin, who haven't played a competitive match since 24 November, kick off against Inter. FORZA NERAZZURRI!
1' Rubin Kazan: 77 Ryzhikov; 9 Salukvadze, 24 Popov, 4 Cesar Navas, 19 Kaleshin; 15 Ryazantsev, 16 Noboa, 7 Semak, 42 Murawski; 61 Karadeniz; 10 Dominguez. &#8232;<br>Subs: 29 Revishvili, 3 Ansaldi, 5 Bystrov, 6 Sibaya, 23 Balyaykin, 32 Gorbanets, 88 Kasaev.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 8 Thiago Motta; 45 Balotelli, 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito. <br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 11 Muntari, 14 Vieira, 18 Suazo, 19 Cambiasso, 23 Materazzi.
1' Back to the Champions League and we have the lineups for tonight's decisive clash. And they make interesting reading. José Mourinho challenged the press to read his mind in yesterday's news conference, and none of Italy's three sports dailies have correctly guessed his lineup. The Portuguese has opted for an innovative 4-2-3-1 formation, with Milito the lone striker in front of Balotelli, Sneijder and Eto'o, and Stankovic and Thiago Motta providing cover for the defence.
1' The first of those seven San Siro Day victories was a 3-1 win against Lazio in 1928 when we were known as Ambrosiana, the most recent being a 4-0 victory over Torino two seasons ago. In between, the Nerazzurri racked up wins against Novara (3-1), Spal (3-2), Torino (1-0), Perugia (3-2) and Strasbourg (3-0).
1' Three good omens: 1) When Wesley Sneijder plays, Inter don't lose - with the Dutchman on the pitch the Nerazzurri have won eight games and drawn three. 2) We have never lost at home to Russian opponents, having recorded five wins and a draw in six matches. 3) In their long history Inter have played seven home matches on Saint Syrus (San Siro) Memorial Day, which falls on 9 December, and have won every time.
Minute Text commentary
48' We're home and dry! Inter beat Rubin Kazan 2-0 and qualify for the last sixteen of the Champions League as runners up in Group F.
47' Eto'o has a free kick parried by Ryzhikov as the Cameroonian tries to rub the salt in.
46' Milito dribbles two players in the box but the tiredness shows and he can't get a shot in.
45' Three minutes more to go.
45' Ryzhikov smothers the ball to deny the onrushing Sulley Muntari, who is flagged offside.
44' Kasaev tries to walk through the entire defence but there's no way past Julio Cesar, who makes a save from Semak moments after.
43' Lionel Messi has put Barcelona 2-1 up against Dynamo Kiev.
39' Rubin's last change sees Balyaykin come on for Ryazantsev.
36' Berdyev makes his second switch. Bystrov on, Noboa off.
32' Substitution number three for Inter. Balotelli is replaced by Sulley Muntari.
30' The Russians counter-attack but Kasaev and Murawski fail to capitalise.
28' Rubin Kazan make their first change. Kasaev comes on for Karadeniz.
28' Wesley Sneijder shoots against the post after an Inter attack involving Balotelli and Milito.
26' Semak twists and turns on the edge of the area before finding in space Noboa, who fires a weak shot wide.
23' Lucio is booked for foul play.
21' Balotelli steals in at the far post to slide wide Milito's inch-perfect left-wing cross.
19' GOAL!!!! What an amazing goal from Mario Balotelli. The young Italian almost pierces the net with a drilled 35-yard free kick that gives Ryzhikov no chance. INTER 2-0 RUBIN KAZAN.
17' Dominguez floats a 35-yard free kick into the box, finding the head of Maicon. Seconds later, the Argentine forces a tremendous save from Julio Cesar with a diagonal snapshot.
16' Another chance for Inter as Balotelli sends wide a low angled shot from 10 yards out.
14' Milito serves Cambiasso who takes one touch of the ball and tests Ryzhikov with a left-footed shot.
13' Balotelli creates space for a long-distance shot but his effort goes way over the bar.
11' Brilliant interception by Cordoba. At full stretch, the Colombian beats Ryazantsev to Noboa's dangerous through ball.
9' Noboa wastes a chance for the visitors from a corner, miscuing his shot at the far post.
8' Inter make their second substitution as Dejan Stankovic comes off injured. On comes Esteban Cambiasso.
7' Julio Cesar does well to beat Karadeniz to a tricky cross into the box and he palms it to safety. Moments later Dominguez creates havoc in the area but not enough to create a scoring chance.
5' Rubin win two corners in quick succession. The second one is played directly to Karadeniz on the edge of the box and the Turkish midfielder blasts wide.
1' Inter get the second half under way. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
1' Balotelli is yellow-carded for a foul from behind on Noboa after losing the ball in attack.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.37
6 shots on target 3
5 shots off target 5
16 fouls committed 10
4 corners 5
7 offsides 1
28:15 ball possession 27:19
Inter v Rubin Kazan

The 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Kazan is the only previous meeting between the two teams.

2009/10 Champions League Inter-Rubin Kazan ---- 1-1

Inter v opponents from Russia

Inter have faced Russian opposition in Europe on 11 previous occasions, winning 7, drawing 3 (all 1-1) and losing just once (3-0 away to Lokomotiv Moscow on 21 October 2003). The Nerazzurri host a Russian club for the sixth time after 4 wins and a draw (11 goals scored and 6 conceded).

1997/98 UEFA Cup Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 2-1
1998/99 Champions League Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 1-1
2003/04 Champions League Inter-Lokomotiv Moscow 1-1 0-3
2006/07 Champions League Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 1-0
2007/08 Champions League Inter-CSKA Moscow 4-2 2-1
2009/10 Champions League Inter-Rubin Kazan ---- 1-1

Rubin Kazan v Italian opposition

Rubin have never won a competitive match against teams from Italy, with 1 draw and 2 defeats (both 1-0) from 3 games. UCL Matchday 6 is Rubin's second trip to Italy after their UEFA Cup defeat at Parma in 2006/07.

2006/07 UEFA Cup Rubin Kazan-Parma 0-1 0-1
2009/10 Champions League Rubin Kazan-Inter 1-1 ----

Inter unbeaten at home for over a year

The Nerazzurri have not lost a competitive fixture at home since last season's 1-0 Champions League defeat against Panathinaikos on 26 November 2008. In their successive 27 home games, Inter have won 18 and drawn 9.

Inter goalless in one of last 18 home games

Inter have gone without scoring in only one of their last 18 matches at home (0-0 against Barcelona on 16 September 2009), netting a total of 39 goals in the other 17 games.

Stankovic set to make 100th appearance in European competitions

If he plays against Rubin Kazan in Matchday 6, Dejan Stankovic will complete a century of appearances in European cup compeitions. The first of his 99 Champions League, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup appearances was for Red Star Belgrade in a 1-0 UEFA Cup victory over Xamax Neuchatel on 8 August 1995. Besides Inter and Red Star, Stankovic has also played European football for Lazio.

Rubin: 197 minutes without scoring, 222 without conceding

Rubin Kazan's last goal in the Champions League came 197 competitive minutes ago, when Karadeniz scored in the 73rd minute of their 2-1 win at Barcelona. Their successive two matches at home to Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev ended in 0-0 draws. That win at the Camp Nou was also the last time Rubin conceded in Europe's top competition. A total of 222 minutes have elapsed since Ibrahimovic's 47th-minute goal in that game.

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)

MILAN - Inter guaranteed their passage into the Champions League last sixteen with a comfortable 2-0 victory over newly-crowned Russian champions Rubin Kazan in Milan.

Samuel Eto'o scored his first European goal in a black and blue shirt and Mario Balotelli added a second-half screamer to see José Mourinho's side qualify as runners-up to Barcelona, who topped Group F after their 2-1 win at Dynamo Kiev.

Inter were boosted by the return of Wesley Sneijder behind the strikers and Maicon at right-back, with Balotelli the surprise starter in an attacking starting lineup. The visitors deployed their habitual 4-4-1-1 formation with Karadeniz behind lone striker Dominguez.

Inter were the quicker of the two teams to settle into a rhythm, and were first to threaten when Balotelli received from Thiago Motta just outside the area, turned quickly and had a strong shot saved by Ryzhikov.

Ivan Ramiro Cordoba was thrown into the fray earlier than he expected when Walter Samuel pulled up with a thigh injury with less than fifteen minutes on the clock.

After a sluggish start Rubin came forward with more confidence and Karadeniz opened a sustained attack on Julio Cesar's goal with a shot that the Brazilian keeper did brilliantly to parry behind for a corner.

The Russian's momentum was quickly stifled a minute past the half-hour mark. Zanetti made mincemeat of Salukvadze and Popov on the left and worked the ball to the by-line where the quick-thinking Balotelli was on hand to play a back-heeled pass to Eto'o who crashed an unstoppable left-footed shot past Ryzhikov.

Inter fired more warning signs before the break, with Sneijder rifling narrowly over after more inspirational play by Zanetti down the wing, and Maicon forcing a difficult save from Ryzhikov with a snapshot from 18 yards out.

A further injury blow shortly after the restart saw Cambiasso on in place of Stankovic. The Argentine slotted into a holding role and the Nerazzurri held on their advantage, Rubin's only meaningful chance of the second half falling to Dominguez who saw his diagonal shot well saved by Julio Cesar.

Balotelli wrapped up our first home win in Europe since last season's victory over Anorthosis Famagusta, with a magnificent drilled 35-yard free kick that gave Ryzhikov no chance.

Sneijder almost scored a third after Balotelli and Milito launched a swift attack, but his effort from the edge of the box hit the upright. 

Inter 2-0 Rubin Kazan (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Eto'o 31, Balotelli 64.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel (2 Cordoba 15), 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (19 Cambiasso 53), 8 Thiago Motta; 45 Balotelli (11 Muntari 77), 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 14 Vieira, 18 Suazo, 23 Materazzi.
: José Mourinho.

Rubin Kazan: 77 Ryzhikov; 9 Salukvadze, 24 Popov, 4 Cesar Navas, 19 Kaleshin; 15 Ryazantsev (23 Balyaykin 84), 16 Noboa (5 Bystrov 81), 7 Semak, 42 Murawski; 61 Karadeniz (88 Kasaev 73); 10 Dominguez.
Subs not used: 29 Revishvili, 3 Ansaldi, 6 Sibaya, 32 Gorbanets. 

Coach: Kurban Berdyev.

Referee: Pieter Vink (Holland).

Booked: Murawski 28, Cesar Navas 43, Balotelli 46, Lucio 68.

Att.: 49,539.

Group F standings:
Barcelona 11
Inter 9
Rubin Kazan 6
Dynamo Kiev 5

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Ryzhikov
Zanetti 4 Navas
Samuel 25 Semak
Lucio 6 Salukvadze
Maicon 13 Dominguez
Stankovic 5 Ryazantsev
Motta 8 Noboa
Sneijder 10 Kaleshin
Balotelli 45 Pupov
Milito 22 Murawski
Eto'o 9 Karadeniz


Toldo 1 Revishvili
Cordoba 2 Ansaldi
Muntari 11 Bystrov
Vieira 14 Sibaya
Suazo 18 Balyaykin
Materazzi 23 Gorbanets
Cambiasso 19 Kasaev