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From: Marciano on 22 May 2010 18:51
Diego Milito scored both goals as Internazionale beat Bayern Munich
2-0 in the Champions League final at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.
Milito scored either side of the break as Inter completed the treble,
having already sealed the domestic league and cup double.
Jose Mourinho became only the third man after Ernst Happel and Ottmar
Hitzfeld to win the Champions League with a second club, following his
success with Porto in 2004, in what could be his last match as Inter
The Portuguese has been heavily linked in the media with a return to
the Bernabeu as coach of Real Madrid.
The speculation about his future should not detract from a classic
Inter performance, the Nerazzurri absorbing large doses of Bayern
possession and scoring the decisive goals on the break.
Argentine Milito had scored in all three knock-out rounds and he
finished with aplomb to open the scoring after 35 minutes, flicking on
Julio Cesar's long goal kick before being picked out by Wesley
His second, 20 minutes from time, was even more impressive as Samuel
Eto'o played him in down the left channel and Milito cut Daniel Van
Buyten inside out before burying his finish in the far corner for his
30th goal of the season.
That killed off the contest as Inter won their third European title
and their first since 1965.
Without the suspended Franck Ribery, Bayern were reliant on Arjen
Robben and he created an early chance for Ivica Olic who poked the
near post cross wide.
And the German champions had an appeal for a penalty turned down by
English referee Howard Webb when Van Buyten's header struck the arm of
Inter's chief threat in the opening half hour came from two Sneijder
free-kicks which were saved by Hans Joerg-Butt while at the other end
Robben volleyed wide before the Bavarians fell behind to Milito who
lost his marker Martin Demichelis before producing a calm finish.
Inter had two good chances to extend their lead before the break as
they exposed Bayern's high defensive line.
Demichelis made a last-ditch clearance to poke the ball away from
Eto'o before Milito went clear down the left channel and found
Sneijder who shot straight at Butt from 12 yards.
Robben unleashed a curling 25-yard effort that was not too far from
the top corner at the end of the first period and Inter were almost
caught napping within 30 seconds of the re-start but Julio Cesar made
a fine save with his legs to deny Thomas Mueller who was stretching
but should have done better after picking up Olic's pass.
But Inter went straight up the other end and Milito cut back to Goran
Pandev whose curling shot was destined for the top corner only for the
flying Butt to push it over.
Louis van Gaal seemed to instruct Bayern to increase the tempo in the
second-half and Mueller's goal bound shot was headed away by Esteban
Cambiasso before another delicious curling effort from Robben destined
for the top corner was acrobatically tipped over by Cesar at full
But the second goal vanquished Bayern's hopes of their own treble as
Inter lifted their first European trophy in 12 years