Tuesday 17 January 2017

Raul seals Schalke date with United

Schalke 2
Inter Milan 1
(Schalke win 7-3 on agg)

Published 14/04/2011 | 05:00

Raul eludes goalkeeper Julio Cesar before he scores his team's first goal. Photo: Getty Images
Raul eludes goalkeeper Julio Cesar before he scores his team's first goal. Photo: Getty Images

Schalke set up a Champions League semi-final encounter with Manchester United after beating Inter Milan for the second time in a week yesterday.

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Following last Tuesday's emphatic 5-2 victory in Italy, it was the talismanic Raul and defender Benedikt Howedes who scored the goals which rubber-stamped Schalke's advance to the final four.

Inter failed to create anywhere near enough chances to bring about the unlikely comeback the defending European champions were hoping to achieve, only Thiago Motta managing to get his name on the scoresheet.

The first half was a cagey affair as the home side seemed happy to soak up Inter pressure and attack when possible.

And Raul made Inter pay for their inability to create worthwhile chances by scoring clinically on the stroke of half-time, when he showed great composure to round Julio Cesar and slot home his 71st Champions League goal.

Inter, who changed shape at the interval by bringing on Goran Pandev for Stankovic, pulled a goal back four minutes into the second half when a deep Sneijder corner was headed goalwards by Lucio and bundled home by Motta from four yards out.

But the outcome was sealed in the 81st minute as Howedes latched on to a fantastic lofted ball from Raul before hammering past Cesar from the edge of the box.

Irish Independent

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