Saturday: 22nd of May '10
Looks Inter is dominating the first half of the match. Sneijder is playing some real good football. Sneijder blasted a superb kick from outside the box and was superbly saved by the Bayern goalkeeper. Robben is equally deadly in the box and is making some nice runs on the channel.
Again Sneijder spot kick was comfortably saved by Bayern goalie no problem at all. Van Gaal is peacefully sitting in his box while Mourinho is roaming on the sidelines. Shows how restless Mourinho is. Commentator just said evergreen Zanetti indeed he is, aged 36 and still going strong. Robben free kick from the far corner of the outside box, easily cleared. Ok it seems if Inter wins the finals then Italy will be 3rd in UEFA rankings and Germany will move to 4rth and vice-versa. Sneijder is been kept quit for some time by the Germans. Yes and Milito scores he scores, first blow to Bayern. The slight from his right leg deceived the keeper and of he goes on the score sheet. Now bayern is trailing and Mourinho is happy.
Well Bayern is pressing hard now. Robben off the hook this time with his shot sailing over the cross bar. Sneijder to Milito - Milito to Sneijder and Sneijder missed an easy chance. He was so close to a goal. Must say it's a bad miss he should have scored. Ollic strike from outside the box, no way near to the goal post. Half time closing in. Fans already started to blow the whistle. Van Bommel strike far wide from the goal post. Ok so it is half time and the score is Inter 1 Bayern null.
Ah yes one more thing, Bayern is placed as a home side here. They have given the real compartment while Inter has the away section. Heard if Inter wins the final then they have to give Real Madrid 3 million pounds or dollars. It was there on the clause for Sneijder transfer. Second half started with both sides knocking on each other goal posts. Klose is warming up and Etoo run was canceled by Bayern defense. Robben run and shot was foiled by Walter Samuel. Inter won a free kick thanks to Pandev the Macedonian. Sneijder on the dead ball and he misses. ball traveling safely over the goal post. Atintop misses the near post. Sneijder on the corner with the ball let's see. Yep it was cleared with ease by Bayern defense.
Chivu is really having a tough time with Robben. Bayern with the corner as Cambiasso cleared a dangerous ball. Pandev was fouled again. Lucio looks solid in defense stood firmly against Muller. Robben was fouled Pandev and Chivu seems to be in the guilty party . Robben shoots and rebound was not been capitalized by Muller. Weak cross to robben intercepted and Inter is on attack. Foul on Milito and a free kick is been awarded. Saved, Sneijder was again denied by the Bayern goalie. Ah Robben strike equaled by a superb save by Caesar.
Chivu departs and Dejan comes in for him. 1982 on the same venue Italy won the World Cup playing West Germany in the finals. So it's all written for the Italians it seems. Diego Diego Diego Milito scores. It's Inter Night, it's Mourinho night screams the commentator. It was a superb solo effort from the Argentinian. Milito is on a hat-trick lets see if he finishes the match with 3 goals. Gomes comes in for Ollic, Van Gaal must pull all his cards now. Bayen 2 goals down and only 15 minutes are left. Pandev wins a free-kick for Inter.
Robben trying to run past Zanneti and wins a corner. Corner didn't last longer and was cleared. Nice ball from Muller from the line but was cleared by Lucio. Van Bommel gets a yellow, fouled Milito. Goran Pandev makes way for Muntari. Ball Possession stats 65 Bayern 35 Inter. The game as it turns out, Italians are defending and Germans pressing on them. Now here comes the free-kick, wall is being made. Bastian on the ball Robben takes it and it hits the wall. Muntari pass intercepted and it's a throw in. Bayern on the ball, they did nothing with it. Bayern infiltrates inside Inter Box but in vain. Muller didn't show much today he's in attack and was blunt all through the match. Van Bommel catches Sneijder foot and a free-kick was given to the Italians.
Time remaining 2 minutes and I can see cup going to the Italian camp. Seems Materazzi will come off the bench. It's three added minutes. Milito receives a standing ovation and Materazzi comes in for him. Bayern fans are dead silent and Inter camp is alive and rocking. Think it's done final whistle anytime soon.
Last run by Robben and he slips. It is !! Inter Won. After 45 years they are again the kings of Europe. The trophy is been engraved for the Nezzuries. The special one is class apart and he proves it. It's over , Italians standing tall in Spain.
So it was on Tuesday, 16th of February, think the mid week fixtures of EPL and ECL will surely take away my job someday. Thank god it was not on Wednesday, otherwise could have missed my early morning meeting (10:30 AM too early for me :P).
OK, other then the fact ... whole match was dominated by United, AC were good in patches well almost brilliant. The classy Ronaldinho showed that his show is not over yet, thanks to VDS otherwise it could have been a different story all-together, happens the case if Fabianski was there b/w the United goal post.
Looking at the over all match performance, think Nesta is still one of the classy Italian defender, Seedorf is still lethal and deadly, and Beckham lustre was not there on the field as it is was there in the pre-match interviews. The three lions possessor was nearly absent in the AC midfield, still beleive AC wasted Seedorf, not including him in the starting line up. A back flick from Seedorf was all that needed in the AC camp to come over a 2 goal deficit. But, good to see it came late ... otherwise that match would have been a different story all-together.
The aging AC Milan side was brilliant in fragments. First five minutes then at the death, there show was energetic. On the downside, AC displayed a horrible defensive show at the back and some poor coordination between goalie and the last line of defense ... for the United third goal. You rarely see that kind of poor defensive show by AC defenders, who have a glorious pedigree at the defensive line. An unmarked Rooney was clearly an invitation to cast doom upon themselves, still believe AC took Rooney too lightly and it was seriously absurd as he was the lone striker. May be AC defenders were too week to contain him (exception Nesta who was brilliant and johnny was poor :P).
I am so eagerly awaiting the away fixture of AC at OT on 10th of march 2010. Lets see what strategy they come up with. I believe Seedorf will replace some-one in midfield as he was awesome that night. In spite of a awesome show in the mid-field AC really failed to capitalize the opportunity in front of the goal. The coming clash, believe will be an eye catcher with a packed OT, I am still hopeful to see Rooney bald head to shine and some nice crossing from Valencia.
Wigan:United 0-5 , Dated 21/08/08
Michael Owen just penned his first goal in his United report. A fantastic pass from Nani, and off he goes with a clinical finish on the far post ... Krikland must be awestruck, as how Owen pull this off ... watching the ball, skimming over his shoulder combined with a spasmodic state, he could have done nothing to stop that strike.
The victory over Wigan this weekend was even more sweeter, as Berba was also there on the score sheet with his superb solo effort. But the following event, was even more delightful when Owen opened his goal tally for united. Surely Neville is ain't no hater of Scoucers anymore; as the United Bossman is going to add more to his goal tally. The clinical striker must have given enough dossier to Capello, to ponder for his inception in the England squad.
The season is yet too see more of these eye catching, awestruck and exquisite goals from Owen. And the latter would be no better with Owen on the score sheet against Arsenal next weekend.