Match Report: Inter Milan 2-1 Lille
The Italian giants, struggling in this season’s Serie A, needed a win to stay on top of Group B. They proved too much for the French champions, with Walter Samuel and Diego Milito putting them two goals up. De Melo scored to set up a tense finish, but Inter held out to leave the two sides at opposite ends of the group table.
Date: 2nd November 2011
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Scorers: Samuel (18), Milito (65); de Melo (83)
Yellow Cards: Walter Samuel; Rozehnal, Beria
Red Cards: None.
Inter Milan Castellazzi, Zanetti, Chivu, Lucio, Walter Samuel, Stankovic, Thiago Motta, Milito, Zarate, Sneijder. Subs: Alvarez, Obi, Pazzini.
Lille Landreau, Rozehnal, Chedjou, Beria, Cole, Pedretti, Mavuba, Debuchy, Hazard, Jelen, Sow. Subs: Obraniak, de Melo, Payet.
Full Match Report
Miltio and Inter started the quickest as the Argentine bashed the ball against the bar with a clever lob after being played through by Chivu. Mauro Zarate came oh so close to giving Inter the lead as Mickael Landreau almost let the ball go under his diving frame. Walter Samuel then scored from the resulting corner to give the Italians the lead with 18 minutes on the clock.
Lille allowed the rest of the half to peter out without offering much, with Eden Hazard and Joe Cole looking the most likely to create something out of nothing as the referee brought the first-half to a close in Italy.
Many thought Diego Milito had missed his chance to score as he missed an open goal at the start of the second-half. His effort went over the bar from just six metres out with Mickael Landreau stranded with no chance of saving it. He followed this by squandering a chance on the break by not playing Zarate or Stankovic in when they were much better placed to score.
Javier Zanetti made a surging run into the Lille area, and this time Milito would not waste his opportunity, flicking the ball into the back of the net. With Inter fans starting to celebrate, there was still time for de Melo to set up nervy finish when the substitute scored with just seven minutes left. It was to no avail, though, and Inter Milan sent Lille home with nothing.
Man of the Match: Mickael Landreau – The Lille ‘keeper kept Inter Milan out well for most of the night, making several good saves to give his side half a chance.