Mourinho masters his mentor

2010-05-22 22:40

Madrid - Mourinho's Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final of the Champions League in Madrid as Diego Milito scored a brace.

Diego Milito scored twice as Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League final Saturday to end a 45-year wait for its third title.

The Argentina striker scored in the 35th and 70th minutes at the Bernabeu Stadium to add the title to Inter's triumphs back in 1964 and '65.

The merited victory _ Inter dominated the game throughout _ meant that Inter coach Jose Mourinho completed the triple triumphs of the Champions League and domestic league and cup successes and became the third coach to win the title with two different clubs. Mourinho won it with FC Porto in 2004.

Mourinho also overcame Luis van Gaal coach of Bayern that had once mentored a young Mourinho at Barcelona.

The loss meant that Bayern missed out on the treble, having also won the domestic league and cups.

Although Bayern had chances early in the second half, Inter's defense was rock solid as it has been all through the competition, especially when it knocked defending champion Barcelona out in the semifinal.

The triumph was also a big one for Mourinho amid speculation that he might walk out on Inter and move to Real Madrid, the club that plays at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

The first half was a tale of the contrasting fortunes of two Dutchmen.

Bayern's Arjen Robben, left rolling on the ground after three solid tackles by Inter defenders in the first 13 minutes, earned himself three shooting chances but couldn't recreate the accurate strikes that eliminated Fiorentina and Manchester United.

Inter's Wesley Sneijder, by contrast, forced Bayern 'keeper Joerg Butt into a punching save and set up the first half strike by Milito.

From a huge kick upfield by Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Milito headed the ball on to Sneijder who returned it immediately with a superbly accurate pass through the Bayern defense. Milito held off a defender before firing past the 'keeper from 12 meters, sparking wild celebrations among the Inter fans at the other end of the stadium.

It should have been 2-0 just before halftime when Sneijder and Milito combined again. This time the Argentina striker put the Dutchman clear but his shot was blocked by Butt.

In an amazing sequence in the opening minute of the second half, Bayern almost equalized and then went close to falling 2-0 behind.

Bayern opened up the Inter defense and Hamit Altintop presented Thomas Mueller with a clear shooting chance only for the 20-year-old striker to see his shot bounce off the 'keeper's legs.

Inter survived that scare to break out at the other end. Milito burst down the left and crossed to Goran Pandev, whose left-footed lob was acrobatically finger-tipped over the bar by Butt.

Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar matched that when Robben's shot from the corner of the area appeared to be curling inside the far post but the Brazilian dived to push it away.

It was a crucial save as Inter broke out to score a second which effectively killed off the game.

Samuel Eto'o's pass found Milito on the left and the striker twisted past Daniel van Buyten before firing inside the far post in front of the Inter fans.

Scorers: Diego Milito 35', 37'

  • amelam - 2010-05-23 08:20

    Way to go Special One. You're the best.

  • Andile @ Emba - 2010-05-23 08:36

    instead of chasing the Brazillians why can't SAFA chase the Europeans like th "Special One"? I wonder if we are going to Brazil 2014?

  • kenneth - 2010-05-23 11:41

    How was it and what possible comments do you have about this match? Kenneth

  • rayale - 2010-05-23 12:59

    to all the bafana supporters i hope you watched the champions league final so that yo can see what real football is about. To the special one i salute you. You don't just talk the talk but you can also walk the walk. Well Done Jose Mourinho you are da man

  • Haibo - 2010-05-23 13:12

    If only we could get a coach like "The Special One" to take care of BB....this man is the real deal...

  • S`mamiso Gumede - 2010-05-23 14:53

    it was a very nice game to be watched, I enjoyed every minute of it. Gud luck to the Inter Milan players for their commit ment and also to the master mind choach Jose. I loveeeeeee Inter.

  • Hopefull Fan - 2010-05-24 07:51

    One thing is for sure, SA nneds to get rid of their current coach and Safa should sort out their administration. I am still hopefull that Bafana on the wave of support from our fellow countrymen can cause an upset in the tournament. We might not win Mexico but the other teams in our Group can be won. Jose Mourinho is a technical genius and we could learn from this. Also I hope Benni plays.

  • Supafly - 2010-05-24 08:29

    If you talk $#it, back it up! This guy does both. Even his ditractors must have some admiration, well mixed with a tiny bit of jelous off course! Talk about balls! Watermellons don't have $#it on these ones! Lol. Ola Maurihno

  • AL - 2010-05-24 11:31

    Congrats Inter!!! Bayern were absolutely shocking. How they managed to make the final is beyond me!!

  • REALITY - 2010-05-24 12:43

    @ AL...Bcos they played poor sides like manure

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