Champions League: Inter Milan beats CSKA Moscow

Updated: 09 November 2007 18:22 IST

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Esteban Cambiasso scored two goals each Wednesday to help Inter Milan rally to a 4-2 win over CSKA Moscow.

Champions League: Inter Milan beats CSKA Moscow

Milan:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Esteban Cambiasso scored two goals each Wednesday to help Inter Milan rally to a 4-2 win over CSKA Moscow and maintain its lead atop Group G in the Champions League.

After early goals from CSKA strikers Jo and Wagner Love, Ibrahimovic scored in the 32nd minute and Cambiasso in the 34th.

Cambiasso scored again in the 67th and Ibrahimovic netted with a long-range shot in the 75th.

"It was a difficult match," Inter coach Roberto Mancini said. "Our start was uncertain. Then, their goals woke us up. We needed something strong. ... In the end it was an entertaining match."

After four matches, Inter leads Group G with nine points, eight more than CSKA, which cannot advance to the second round of the competition.

Inter next hosts Fenerbahce and CSKA hosts PSV Eindhoven on Nov. 27.

After a slow start, Inter could have scored several times in the first half. Maicon, Walter Samuel, Javier Zanetti, and Ibrahimovic all had chances that missed the target.

Jo scored with a powerful shot from the edge of the area in the 23rd after trading passes with Love.

Love shook off two defenders to double the lead in the 31st as CSKA hit Inter on the counterattack.

"They are very strong up front," Mancini said. "We did well to get back into the game immediately."

The Nerazzurri increased the tempo to score twice in three minutes.

Ibrahimovic lost his marker at the back post and volleyed in Christian Chivu's looping free kick past CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Cambiasso equalized after Hernan Crespo stepped over the ball, allowing it to run into the area for the midfielder.

After going close on a couple of occasions in the second half, Ibrahimovic scored the best goal of the night. The Sweden forward dribbled from midfield before hitting a drive into the top right corner.

"It was a fantastic goal," Mancini said. "But so was the one Crespo left for Cambiasso."

Cambiasso could have had a hat trick, but he headed wide of an empty net from point-blank range in the 63rd.

Inter was missing the injured Luis Figo, Patrick Vieira, Dejan Stankovic and Marco Materazzi and the suspended Nicholas Burdisso.



Topics : Football Inter Milan
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