Top 10 Big Game Diego Milito Goals For Inter In 2009/10

Il Principe was the hero once again in the Champions League final last night with both goals to cap off a season where he has repeatedly been the man for the big occasion. Carlo Garganese runs down his 10 most decisive goals…
10) Milan v INTER - Serie A - August 29, 2009

Milito's first big goal, and in fact his first goal for Inter following his summer move from Genoa, which should have been a sign of what was to come. The ex-Zaragoza hitman was man-of-the-match as he scored the second goal from the penalty spot and created two others in a thumping 4-0 win that illustrated the gap in quality between the two rivals.




9) INTER v Atalanta - Serie A - April 24, 2010

Roma had overtaken Inter at the top of Serie A, and another slip up by the Nerazzurri would all but gift the Scudetto to Claudio Raneri's Giallorossi. Simone Tiribocchi gave Atalanta a shock early lead, and Atalanta missed a big chance to go two-up. Inter were wobbling, but Milito's equaliser laid the platform for a 3-1 victory. The next day Roma lost at home to Sampdoria, and Inter regained first place for good.

8) INTER v CSKA Moscow - Champions League Quarters L1 - Mar 31, 2010

Approaching the midway point of the second half and Inter did not look like breaking down CSKA Moscow. With a difficult trip to Russia to come in the second leg, Jose Mourinho's men simply had to gain an advantage. Enter Milito who smashed a low shot into the bottom corner. Inter won the second leg 1-0 also.

7) Dynamo Kiev v INTER - Champions League Groups - Nov 4, 2009

Trailing 1-0 to Andriy Shevchenko's goal, and having taken only three points from their previous three games, Inter were on the verge of Champions League elimination. But, with four minutes to go, Milito saved the day on 86 minutes with a poacher's finish. Then, in the final minute, Milito's shot was parried by the keeper for Wesley Sneijder to scramble home the winner. This Milito-inspired turnaround ensured that a 2-0 success at home to Rubin Kazan on matchday 6 clinched qualification to the knockout stages.

6) INTER v Chelsea - Champions League Last 16 L1 - Feb 24, 2010

Given Inter's recent struggles in the Champions League, Chelsea were favourites in this last 16 tie but they knew they were in for a match when Milito scored in the third minute of the first leg in Milan. 'The Prince' turned Chelsea captain John Terry inside and out before dispatching the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech. This goal gave Inter the confidence to go on and win 2-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.



5) INTER v Milan - Serie A - Jan 24, 2010

Milito had already scored against Milan earlier in the season during the humiliating 4-0 thrashing in week 2. And the Argentine did so one again in a big top-of-the-table clash at the end of January. Milito broke the deadlock after just nine minutes as the Nerazzurri went on to win 2-0 and virtually knock Milan out of the Scudetto chase.

4) INTER v Roma - Coppa Italia Final - May 5, 2010

It may have 'only' been the Coppa Italia, a competition hardly taken seriously in Italy, but this was a match that was vital in Inter's quest for the treble. A defeat could have also given Roma the momentum in the title race. Away at the Stadio Olimpico, Milito scored the only goal of the game five minutes before half time with an unstoppable missile into the top corner. He had also scored the winner in the semi final first leg over Fiorentina.

3) INTER v Barcelona - Champions League Semi Final L1 - April 20, 2010

Lionel Messi's Barcelona were the reigning European and Spanish champions, and considered virtually unbeatable having blitzed past Arsenal in the previous round. But, despite taking an early lead, the Blaugrana were stunned at San Siro. Milito created Inter's first two goals for Wesley Sneijder and Maicon before adding what would prove to be a decisive third. With Barca winning 1-0 at Camp Nou in the return leg, Inter progressed to the final 3-2 on aggregate.



2) Siena v INTER - Serie A - May 16, 2010

Approaching the hour mark on the final day of the Serie A season and Inter were struggling to break down already-relegated Siena in a match they had to win in order to lift the Scudetto. With Roma 2-0 up at Chievo, the Giallorossi were set to steal the championship until Milito came to the rescue by sliding the ball past goalkeeper Gianluca Curci for a 1-0 victory.

1) Bayern Munich v INTER - Champions League Final - May 22, 2010

Matches don't come any bigger than the Champions League final - Inter's first final for 38 years - and once again Milito proved to be the hero. The 30-year-old scored both goals in a 2-0 win, clinical finishes in each half to secure an historic treble for the Nerazzurri.