Final score

31 March 2010 20:45

20' (2nd half) Milito
CSKA Moscow
Referee: Howard Melton Webb / Linesmen: M.Mullarkey, D.Cann / Fourth official: M.Clattenburg
Minute Text commentary
47' Another chance for the Nerazzurri on the stroke of half-time. Cambiasso crosses into the six-yard box for Eto'o, who heads high over the bar.
47' Half time at the Meazza. Inter 0-0 CSKA Moscow.
45' Inter close. Sneijder combines swiftly with Pandev and Milito before misfiring in front of goal.
45' Two minutes of stoppage time.
44' Walter Samuel overhits his long-range pass for Maicon and Eto'o on the right wing.
41' Javier Zanetti's inswinging left-wing cross is straight at Akinfeev.
40' Sneijder returns to the pitch after receiving treatment on the touchline.
39' Stankovic's 30-yard free kick comes back off the Russian wall.
38' Sneijder is still on the ground nursing his ankle, but he looks okay to continue.
37' Aldonin is booked for a terrible challenge on Sneijder. He too will miss the return leg.
36' Eto'o weaves past two in the CSKA area and shoots on goal. His effort is unwittingly blocked by Cambiasso, who was in an offside position.
34' Schennikov tackles Maicon in the box to end a sweeping move by the Nerazzurri.
33' The crowd gets behind Eto'o as Inter pour forward on the counter. Samu works the ball through to Pandev, who is flagged for offside.
32' Krasic gets a yellow card for a late challenge on Materazzi. He was within a booking of suspension and will consequently miss the return leg.
31' Under the Curva Sud, Samuel Eto'o fires a low shot wide of Akinfeev's right-hand post.
30' Necid receives in space on the right from Krasic and blasts his effort into the Curva Nord.
27' Mamaev drags a low shot well wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
26' Materazzi blasts to safety after Schennikov loses the ball in our area following a challenge by Maicon.
25' Sneijder whips in a cross from the right edge of the Moscow box. Akinfeev saves.
23' The Muscovites attack back and Honda pulls back to to Krasic, who blazes over the bar.
22' Ooooh! Goran Pandev unleashes a classy curling shot from about 20 yards out. It's just over the bar.
21' Another Inter free kick as Maicon is sent flying. Sneijder's free kick is headed away by CSKA.
20' Sneijder floats in a cross for Milito, who is beaten to the ball. From the resulting corner Samuel gets up at the back post to head into the middle of the area, but CSKA clear.
19' Free kick to us in an interesting position after a foul by Ignashevich on Pandev.
17' Beautiful ball over the CSKA defence by Sneijder for Pandev. Schennikov gets back and makes the interception.
15' Inter on the attack. Pandev's driven cross from the right is cleared by Ignashevich.
14' Another save by Julio Cesar, this time from Aldonin's weak shot.
13' From the resulting 30-yard free kick Ignashevich tests Julio Cesar with a low shot.
12' Sneijder aims his free kick directly at goal. Akinfeev makes a punches clearance and Stankovic half-volleys his follow-up high and wide.
12' Marco Materazzi is booked for a foul on Krasic.
11' Inter's first corner of the game, taken by Sneijder, is cleared by the Russian defence.
11' Aleksei Berezutski brings down Sneijder just outside the CSKA box on the left. Free kick.
10' Shot on goal. Pandev serves Eto'o on the left and the Cameroon forward cuts inside before testing the CSKA keeper with a low angled drive.
8' Maicon tries to burst past Schennikov down the right but the Russian full-back re-positions quickly and wins a defending throw after his deflected clearance.
7' The Muscovites win the game's first corner. Honda's fast inswinger goes out for a defending throw-in at the far side.
4' Wesley Sneijder's 30-yard bullet free kick whizzes wide of Akinfeev's right-hand post.
3' CSKA youngster Schennikov is lucky not to get a yellow card for a rash challenge on Milito.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev, 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito. 
Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 11 Muntari, 17 Mariga, 26 Chivu; 89 Arnautovic. 
Coach: José Mourinho.
1' CSKA Moscow: 35 Akinfeev; 6 A.Berezutski, 24 V.Berezutski, 4 Ignashevich, 42 Schennikov; 2 Semberas, 22 Aldonin; 17 Krasic, 18 Honda, 11 Mamaev; 89 Necid. 
Subs: 1 Chepchugov, 10 Dzagoev, 13 Gonzalez, 14 Nababkin, 15 Odiah, 20 Guilherme, 25 Rahimic. 
Coach: Leonid Slutsky.
1' The CSKA players are wearing black armbands this evening in memory of the people who died in the tragic bomb blasts in the Russian capital on Monday.
1' Howard Webb blows his whistle and off we go at the Meazza as Inter kick off. FORZA RAGAZZI!
1' Early attack by the visitors as Krasic runs down the right and delivers a high cross that is too long for Honda.
1' Eighty thousand fans in the stands, millions watching worldwide, a mild evening in Milan with a temperature of around 14 degrees, and 22 players ready do battle as the march continues towards the Champions League final in Madrid on 22 May. Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for the first leg our of quarter-final tie against CSKA Moscow.
1' Inter are without suspended Brazilians Lucio and Thiago Motta for tonight's clash, while Davide Santon is ruled out through injury. CSKA Moscow, whose Japanese import Keisuke Honda has shrugged off an ankle injury in time to face the Nerazzurri, also have Nababkin back from suspension, their only absentee being Cosic who is out with ligament damage.
1' Our only previous home game against the CSKA produced a six-goal encounter. It was in the group stages of the 2007/08 Champions League, with Cambiasso and Ibrahimovic scoring doubles after goals from Jo and Vagner Love. In our six overall home meetings with Russian clubs, we have notched 5 wins, 1 draw and scored 13 goals. Couple that with our long 39-game unbeaten home run and the odds point to a positive result for the Nerazzurri tonight.
Minute Text commentary
48' Mariga comes on for the final seconds. Off comes Pandev.
48' Full time. Inter beat CSKA Moscow 1-0, thanks to Diego Milito's 65th-minute goal.
45' Pandev hits a long-range shot on target, but it's a comfortable save for Akinfeev.
45' Three minutes more to go until the final whistle.
43' Eto'o's deflected shot from a tight angle on the left is saved by Akinfeev.
42' More miracles from Akinfeev. Sneijder's corner is cleared as far as Cambiasso, whose follow-up produces a punched save from the CSKA keeper. The ball remains in the danger zone and Stankovic has his 20-yard shot saved.
42' Necid wastes a chance from a lofted pass over the Inter defence. He mis-controls in front of goal and Julio Cesar pounces on the loose ball.
39' Missed chance for Inter. Wesley Sneijder receives in space from Eto'o, advances into the box and rifles wide of the near post.
38' Ignashevich closes down Eto'o to block a shot from the Cameroonian.
37' Maicon swings in a cross for Eto'o but Akinfeev is alert to the danger and he gets out quick to make the save.
35' Corner to CSKA. Dzagoev delivers the cross, Inter fail to clear and Julio Cesar saves a deflected shot from Aleksei Berezutski.
33' Pandev's left-wing cross from Sneijder's short pass is cleared by Berezutski.
30' Dzagoev fires a long-range shot over the bar.
30' CSKA made their third change. Aldonin makes way for Rahimic.
28' Leonid Slutsky replaces Mamaev with Mark Gonzalez.
27' Incredible. Pandev goes through on goal after a defence-splitting one-two with Milito. He rounds the keeper and shoots on target but Aleksei Berezutski clears off the line.
25' Pandev has a shot blocked by the CSKA defence. It's all Inter at the Meazza.
24' CSKA bring on Dzagoev for Honda.
23' A chance for Marco Materazzi. The veteran Italian climbs in the area and heads over Sneijder's corner kick.
20' Another great save by the CSKA keeper. He gets down at his right-hand post to keep out a low 20-yard effort from Samuel Eto'o.
20' GOAL!!!!! It was coming! Diego Milito controls a pass from Sneijder and buries his low 20-yard shot into the bottom left corner. INTER 1-0 CSKA Moscow.
19' Great chance for Pandev. The Macedonian combines with Sneijder and sees his placed shot from the edge of the box miraculously saved by Akinfeev.
18' Eto'o serves Milito in the area but Ignashevich intercepts the Argentine.
18' Another ball from Eto'o to Milito, who is flagged for offside this time.
15' Chance for Stankovic. The Serbian goes through on goal but he is denied by the onrushing Akinfeev.
14' Maicon muscles his way past two opponents but Schennikov gets a vital tackle in.
13' Stankovic's high cross from the right is over Milito at the back post. Vasili Berezutski heads out for a corner.
10' Brilliant save by Julio Cesar from Mamaev's 20-yard rocket shot.
9' Aleksei Berezutski delivers a low cross into the six-yard box, forcing Materazzi into a sliding clearance. Honda's corner is punched clear by Julio Cesar.
7' Maicon swings in a dangerous cross for Milito. Akinfeev saves.
5' Vasili Berezutski heads behind for a corner, denying Pandev a chance from Maicon's right-wing cross. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
4' Cambiasso looks for Eto'o with a first-time through ball from Sneijder's square pass. CSKA intercept.
4' CSKA break and Mamaev fires a decent shot just over Julio Cesar's bar.
1' CSKA resume play.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.46
9 shots on target 4
8 shots off target 5
11 fouls committed 22
9 corners 4
5 offsides 0
30:08 ball possession 25:37
Inter v CSKA Moscow

The two teams meet for the third time after their 2007/08 Champions League group stage encounters.

2007/08 Champions League Inter-CSKA Moscow 4-2 2-1

Inter v Russian clubs

The Nerazzurri have faced Russian teams on 12 previous occasions in European competitions, winning 8 games, drawing 3 (all 1-1) and losing just once (3-0 away to Lokomotiv Moscow. Inter host a Russian side for the seventh time after 5 wins, 1 draw (13 goals scored).

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 2-0 1-1

CSKA v Italian teams

CSKA have faced Italian clubs on 8 previous occasions, winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 4. They travel to Italy for the fifth time after a win, a draw and 2 defeats.

1991/92 Cup Winners' Cup CSKA Moscow-Roma 1-2 1-0
2002/03 UEFA Cup CSKA Moscow-Parma 1-1 2-3
2004/05 UEFA Cup CSKA Moscow-Parma 3-0 0-0
2007/08 Champions League Cska Moscow-Inter 1-2 2-4

Inter's cup win after knocking out Russian side

Inter face a Russian club in a direct elimination tie for the second time after their two-legged clash with Spartak Moscow in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup semi-finals. The Nerazzurri went on to beat Lazio in the final in Paris that season after two 2-1 victories over The Meat.

Inter unbeaten at home in 39 games

The Nerazzurri are on a 39-game unbeaten home run, having notched 28 wins and 11 draws since their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Panathinaikos on 26 November 2008.

Materazzi on a milestone

If he comes on the pitch against CSKA Moscow, Marco Materazzi will make his 400th appearance for Italian clubs. The veteran defender, who has played professional football in Italy for Trapani, Perugia, Carpi, and Inter, made his debut in Trapani 2-2 Siracusa (Serie C1) on 11 September 1994. Materazzi's 399 appearances as subvidided as follows: 238 in Serie A, 33 in Serie B, 31 in Serie C1, 28 in Coppa Italia, 63 in European competitions and 6 in other tournaments.

31 March: a lucky date for Inter in Europe

Inter play a European tie on 31 March for the second time in the club's history after their 2-1 UEFA Cup semi-final first-leg victory over Spartak Moscow in 1998. The Nerazzurri went on to lift the trophy, winning the return leg by the same scoreline and beating Lazio 3-0 in the final in Paris.

No CSKA clean sheet in 16 UCL games

Inter's quarter-final opponents CSKA Moscow have conceded in their last 16 Champions League games for a total of 31 goals let in. The Russians' last clean sheet in Europe's élite competition was on 1 November 2006: a 0-0 draw away to Arsenal.

wins(2) draws(0) defeats(1)

MILAN - Inter produced a devastating second-half display as José Mourinho's men take the edge in their Champions League quarter-final tie with CSKA Moscow.

Diego Milito capped a period of furious attacking momentum to score the solitary goal that had the Russians stunned and puts the Nerazzurri in command ahead of next Tuesday's return leg in Moscow. 

It could have been a bigger win but for the performance of CSKA goalkeeper Akinfeev, who made a string of important saves to limit the damage.

Mourinho made two forced changes to his last sixteen second leg lineup. Materazzi stepped in for the suspended Lucio to play his 400th Italian club match, with Stankovic coming in for Thiago Motta - also ruled out after his booking at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese tactician named the same attack that beat Chelsea in London, with Pandev, Sneijder and Eto'o behind Milito.

All three support strikers had chances in an end-to-end first half. Eto'o forced a save from Akinfeev with a low diagonal drive in the early stages, Pandev sent an exquisite long-range shot just over, and Sneijder misfired in front of goal after a swift move involving the Macedonian and Milito.

Eto'o had another chance in injury time. Cambiasso delivered a left-wing cross into the six-yard box and the Cameroon forward rose above his marker, only to see his header go high over the crossbar.

CSKA were first to threaten after the restart when Julio Cesar brilliantly saved Mamaev's thunderous long-range shot, but Inter soon raised the tempo as Stankovic and Cambiasso laid on impeccable service for the front men.

Akinfeev pulled off a tremendous one-handed parry from Pandev's placed shot, repeating the heroics moments later to keep out Eto'o's low strike destined for the bottom corner.

It was third time lucky for the Nerazzurri when Milito controlled Sneijder's pass and buried his low 20-yard shot into the bottom right corner. 

Aleksei Berezutski emulated his keeper to clear Pandev's angled shot off the line, and Sneijder drove wide with the goal gaping after being put through by Eto'o. 

There were more miracles from Akinfeev when he neutralised two follow-up shots in quick succession from Cambiasso and Stankovic. 

With key players Krasic and Aldonin automatically ruled out of the return leg at the Luzhniki Stadium, Inter's chances of a Champions League semi-final are looking good.

Inter 1-0 CSKA Moscow (HT: 0-0)

Scorer: Milito 65.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev (17 Mariga 90+3), 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito. 

Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 11 Muntari, 26 Chivu; 89 Arnautovic.
Coach: José Mourinho.

CSKA Moscow: 35 Akinfeev; 6 A.Berezutski, 24 V.Berezutski, 4 Ignashevich, 42 Schennikov; 2 Semberas, 22 Aldonin (25 Rahimic 75); 17 Krasic, 18 Honda (10 Dzagoev 69), 11 Mamaev (13 Gonzalez 73); 89 Necid.
Subs not used
: 1 Chepchugov, 14 Nababkin, 15 Odiah, 20 Guilherme.
: Leonid Slutsky.

Referee: Howard Webb (England).

Booked: Materazzi 12, Krasic 32, Aldonin 37.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Akinfee
Zanetti 4 Semberas
Stankovic 5 Ignashevicj
Eto'o 9 Berezutski A.
Sneijder 10 Mamaev
Maicon 13 Krasic
Cambiasso 19 Honda
Milito 22 Aldonin
Materazzi 23 Berezutski V.
Samuel 25 Schennikov
Pandev 27 Necid


Toldo 1 Chepchugov
Cordoba 2 Dzagoev
Quaresma 7 Gonzalez
Muntari 11 Nagabkin
Mariga 17 Odiah
Chivu 26 Guilherme
Arnautovic 89 Rahimic