INTER VS WERDER BREMEN
A positive match for Inter.
That's what it was for Inter and it's fans arounf the world.After their dull 2-2 draw with Chievo in Serie A last Saturday,Inter were keen to rectify that with a good performance on Tuesday.And that's exactly what they did!There was tough talk from the likes of Roberto Mancini,Javier Zanetti and Edgar Davids - but how would it pan out in the end?...
There were several changes for Inter for the match at the San Siro too.Ivan Cordoba replaced the poor Sinisa Mihajlovic,Edgar Davids was relegated to the bench as Emre took his place and Andy Van Der Meyde took over Ze Marias place in the line-up.
The game started ubder heave rain and there would be tricky conditions for the whole length of the game.The first few minutes of the game was quite even with both teams having a fair share of possession each.However after 5 minutes on the clock,Belozoglu Emre sent a splendid through ball to the in form striker Adriano.He ran towards goal and just as he was about to release the trigger with his left foot,Werder Bremen defender Ismael was sent off for incorrectly tackling Adriano from behind.He was also the last man.This was the Champions League's fastest ever sending off and it lead to a penalty.The honour to take the penalty went to the recently off form Christian Vieri.The pressure was on him...........
He sent a low powerful shot into the middle of the goal and despite the 'keeper Reinke going the wrong way,it was saved with his legs.The ball then went out for a throw in.Vieri must have been devastated,but luckily there were not any heavy boos from the crowd.So it was now 11 vs 10 in favour of Inter.
The rest of the half was domination by Inter as their midfield really made count of the numerical advantage.Emre,Veron and Van Der Meyde seemed to be in inspired form and a goal seemed to be on it's way...Stankovic,Vieri,Adriano and Van Der Meyde all had come close to scoring but the deadlock was yet to be broken!After about half an hour the game started becoming slightly more balanced and the German chances got themselves a couple of chances.This moment of pressure lead to Colombian defender Ivan Cordoba being yellow carded after a foul on an advancing player.
Two minutes after Inter got their second penalty of the game,Adriano was once again advancing on goal and was fouled by Werder Bremen skipper Baumann.He was yellow carded and Inter were given another spot kick.This time it was the man that won the penalty that tool it,and he got it perfectly.He send Reinke the wrong way and put his beloved Inter 1-0 up.With 10 men and a seemingly injured skipper,Werder had to make a early substitution.Baumann was replaced by Magnin.With 4 minutes left until half time,Andy Van Der Meyde showed the San Siro an excellent piece of skill.He went past two defenders on the right wing and then on the half volley shot at goal.Unluckily Reinke saved his team.Micoud of Bremen was yellow carded for a foul on Materazzi and Van Der Meyde who had now changed flanks made soem more good play.He ran down the left,passed Magnin and sent a bouncing cross to Vieri,a brilliant volley by the big Italian was once again saved by the brilliant Reinke.In extra time left back Giuseppe Favally was carded for a foul.
Half time 1-0
There were no changes in personnel at half time,but 7 minutes into the second half Captain Javier Zanetti left the pitch with a slight limp and was replaced by Ze Maria.Vieri became Capitano.Over the next few minutes Adriano had 2 decent chances for Inter.This was followed by a Werder Bremen substitution.Angelos Charisteas replaced Ivan Klasnic.After 75 minutes Van Der Meyde performed the incredible.1-1 near the corner line,Andy nutmegged his opponent and won a corner kick.Amazing!The next period belonged to Werder Bremen as they had a few chances.They never really unsettled the Inter defence though.
Captain Vieri was substituted by Alvaro 'Chino' Recoba - who was then handed the captaincy.Soon after Serbian midfielder Dejan Stankovic was injured and substituted by Estebam Cambiasso.The injury did not look too bad however.In a last roll of the dice,Miroslav Klose replaced Valdez for Werder Bremen.The game was looking in Inters control.Finally with just one minute to go of normal time.Juan Veron sent a 40 yard across pitch to Adriano,a pin point pass.He chested it passed the defender and shot the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal!Magical.2-0 and game over.Our emperor struck again!
It was a positive game that puts Inter on joint top of their group.With games against Valencia and Anderlecht coming up,they will need another good performance..... FORZA INTER!
How was that?