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Friday 23 March 2018

Milito's strike puts Inter in driving seat

Inter will take a slender one-goal advantage into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with CSKA Moscow next week after Diego Milito earned them a win at the San Siro.

Jose Mourinho's side took over an hour to get warmed up, but they were then guilty of wasting a hatful of chances to settle this tie after Milito's solitary strike in the 65th minute. Nevertheless, the Nerazzurri will still fancy their chances of finishing off the job in the Russian capital next week after keeping a clean sheet at home.

Mourinho had warned on the eve of the game that it was not likely to be much of a spectacle and he was proven right for the first 45 minutes. Inter struggled to find a way through a well-organised block of CSKA Moscow players, who waited patiently for their chance to break with Pavel Mamaev and Milos Krasic looking dangerous.

Samuel Eto'o then had a few half chances for the Nerazzurri, but Akinfeev's goal was rarely under any real threat. In the 55th minute, Evgeni Aldonin's 20-yard shot swirled in the air, forcing Julio Cesar to tip it over the crossbar.

That effort seemed to spark Inter into life and Eto'o's 65th-minute shot in the was then saved by the CSKA 'keeper, but he was unable to get to Milito's effort in the same minute as the Argentinian put the home side ahead with a low shot from just outside the area. Inter searched for a second, with Goran Pandev coming closest on 72 minutes.

Irish Independent

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