Champions League: Inter Milan 1 – 1 Werder Bremen

German Football
By German Football October 2, 2008 04:07

Champions League: Inter Milan 1 – 1 Werder Bremen

MILAN, October 1 (Champions League) – Claudio Pizarro came back to haunt his former boss as he helped his team to a share of the points in a thrilling Champions League Group B clash at the San Siro.

Maicon fired Internazionale into an early lead in the 13th minute as the Nerazzurri attack threatened to overrun Werder Bremen.

But the Germans slowly began to get a foothold in the game and the hosts were made to rue their sackful of missed opportunities when Pizarro, who Inter boss Jose Mourinho managed at Chelsea, netted a deserved equaliser just after the hour mark and almost bagged a winner right at the death.

Inter, eager to erase memories of the weekend’s derby defeat to AC Milan, began the brighter and almost got off to the perfect start as with barely 25 seconds on the clock Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a great cross into the box which Adriano controlled well on his chest, but the Brazilian’s bicycle kick flew narrowly over the bar.

Minutes later it was Adriano’s turn to provide his strike partner as he put a brilliant 40-yard crossfield ball into Ibrahimovic, but the angle was just too tight for the Sweden forward.

However, Inter, in fine attacking form did not have to wait long for their opener as, with the ever dangerous Adriano pushing forward, Frank Baumann’s attempted clearance rebounded off his team-mate and into the path of Maicon who raced into the box before lifting the ball over the onrushing Tim Wiese.

Bremen searched for an equaliser two minutes later with their first chance of the match as Diego managed to squeeze a shot between two Inter players but his 20-yard effort was too weak and Julio Cesar made an easy save.

The visitors were beginning to get into the game and were practically camped in the Inter half but their lack of creativity meant they could not find a way past the Nerazzurri defence.

Inter looked more likely to score and enjoyed a series of half chances before Dejan Stankovic missed a glorious opportunity to double his side’s advantage in the 37th minute, leaving him beating the ground in frustration.

One on one with the goalkeeper, the Serbia midfielder should have controlled Mario Balotelli’s long ball better, but it ran away from him and by the time he reached it the angle was too tight.

The hosts were almost made to rue that opportunity seconds later as Pizarro came agonisingly close to levelling the scores.

Sebastian Prodl put in a great cross from the right byline which fizzed past the Inter defence and Pizarro seemed certain to score but the Peruvian hit the post from very close range.

The second half started as calmly as the first had been frantic with neither team creating any real opportunities.

However, Bremen had scored 10 goals in their previous two games and it was no surprise when they eventually found the back of the net, as a great ball from Prodl found Pizarro waiting at the back post and the on-loan Chelsea striker scored for the fourth game in succession.

Ibrahimovic almost netted a deserved goal seven minutes later as he dribbled into the area and tried to force his way through the Bremen defence but there were simply too many white shirts and Wiese was able to collect the ball.

The Swede should have helped the Nerazzurri secure all three points five minutes from time with a great ball which Julio Cruz was inches away from getting a toe to and an almost certain goal.

The San Siro faithful were left shaking their heads in disbelief again just seconds later as a super strike from Maicon curled towards goal but hit the outside of the post.

And they almost finished the game empty handed as, in injury-time, Cesar spilled Naldo’s free-kick into the path of Pizarro but the Peruvian volleyed into the side netting.

German Football
By German Football October 2, 2008 04:07
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