The San Siro erupted after just two minutes as Inter built an attack down the inside left channel involving Eto’o and Sneijder that was drilled into the near post by top scorer Diego Milito. Michael Ballack then almost had his eye taken out by a high kick from Thiago Motta. Having played poorly for the much of the first half, Chelsea’s star performer Branislav Ivanovic created the Blues’ crucial equaliser five minute after the restart, the Russian bombing down the right and laying the ball off to Salomon Kalou who curled a 20-yard beauty into the far corner. Defying their reputation as big game bottlers Inter retook the lead four minutes later, Sneijder whipped in a cross from the left and Esteban Cambiasso was perfectly placed to pick up the scraps and thunder home the hosts second. Soon after Chelsea suffered a serious scare as keeper Petr Cech was forced off the pitch on a stretcher.
Nell’andata degli ottavi di Champions i nerazzurri si impongono a San Siro grazie ai gol di Milito a inizio gara e di Cambiasso nella ripresa. Per la squadra di Ancelotti rete del provvisorio pari di Kalou. Traversa di Drogba, infortunio al polpaccio per Cech. Ritorno il 16 marzo a Londra.
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