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UEFA Champions League

  • September 29, 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 48126

Inter 4-0 Werder Bremen: Samuel Eto'o Shines In Nerazzurri Romp

Inter 4-0 Werder Bremen: Samuel Eto'o Shines In Nerazzurri Romp

The Reigning champions were no match for their German counterparts...

Defending European champions Inter cruised to a 4-0 win over Werder Bremen in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Samuel Eto'o bagged a first-half brace and Wesley Sneijder added a third in the 34th minute before the Cameroon ace netted his hat-trick in the 81st minute to complete the rout.

The match started at a frenetic pace, with both sides looking to open the scoring. Hugo Almeida had a wonderful chance after only three minutes. Inter 'keeper Julio Cesar decided to venture out of his penalty area in an attempt to fend off a loose ball but the midfielder lobbed a shot over his head and saw it bounce towards goal however Lucio was alert and clear the danger away.

Not even a minute later, Almeida again had another opportunity, as he blasted a free kick from the edge of area, with Julio Cesar at full-stretch to save the shot.

Werder Bremen almost broke the deadlock on 20 minutes when Marko Marin delivered a dangerous ball into the middle for Almeida, but the midfielder's mid-air attempt on goal could not find the back of the net.

Inter broke the scoreless deadlock on 21 minutes when Esteban Cambiasso knocked the ball through to Samuel Eto'o, who calmly slotted his shot underneath Time Wiese.

Six minutes later, Eto'o extended the lead as he latched on to Lucio's pass, and slid his shot under Wiese, leaving the Werder Bremen defence for dead.

Dejan Stankovic looked to kill the match off just after the half-hour, as his rifled shot from just outside the penalty area was tipped over the crossbar by Wiese.

Sneijder found the back of the net on 34 minutes, as Eto'o slid a through-pass for the Dutchman, who ran on to the ball and chipped over the advancing goalkeeper to make it 3-0.
The German side tried to get back into the match by lifting the tempo, but the Nerazzurri shut down any attacking opportunities.

Werder started the better of the two sides in the second half, as they looked to close the gap on the scoreboard. Marin chipped a pass over the Nerazzurri defence to Almeida, but his shot was parried away by Luca Castellazzi, who replaced Julio Cesar. The Italian goalkeeper then had more work to do on 51 minutes, as Wesley had found space in the box, and thundered a shot on target, but the  custodian was equal to the task, diving to his right.

Coutinho looked to further increase the reigning champions' lead a minute later, taking on the German defence. His resulting shot could not get past Wiese, who blocked the ball and cleared the danger.

Shockwaves went through the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, as Lucio went down clutching his left knee just before the hour mark, requiring the stretcher to come out and take the Brazilian away.

Coutinho kept trying to score for the Beneamata, and on 73 minutes almost had what he was seeking, finding space and skipping past a defender to fire a volley, but it only went as far as Sebastian Proedl, who stood in the way.

Bremen's best opportunity of the half came from a Marko Arnautovic free-kick from 35 yards out, but the former Nerazzurri player could only blast his effort into the stands.

Eto'o grabbed his third goal of the evening in the 81st minute when he got on to the end Sneijder's pass, beat the offside trap, rounded the 'keeper and finished off the move to make it 4-0.

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