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March 16, 2011

Inter gives Bayern a taste of the defending champion’s pride

With Pandev’s goal in the 88th minute the Italian squad came from behind to overcome a series that was against them since leg 1.

By Andrew Hill

Those who were hoping for an early elimination of the defending champions from the UEFA Champions League will have to keep on waiting, as the rematch from the 2010 final against Bayern Munich had the same ending: a victorious Inter. The squad demonstrated a great deal of self steam to overcome a two-game series where they found themselves down in the score in both occasions. Losing the first game at home 1-0 fed the illusions of the German squad fans that thought they were going to have their revenge against them this time, but they didn’t.

Just like every knockout game in Europe’s finest club competition that game had its controversial decision: Inter’s first goal which Bayern Munich claims to be have been in offside, and which was going to end up being decisive in the final result. With that early goal at minute two Eto’o gave Inter the equalizer in the aggregate, since Gomez had given the German squad the lead in the first game of the series disputed in Italy.

With that goal the home team was forced to score at least one more goal if they wanted to win the series, and they were going to be able to do so just 18 minutes later through Gomez. This goal sent the defending champions back against the ropes, same position in which they where before the game began.

Pandev scored the winning goal.

At minute 30 things got even worst for Inter after Muller sent the ball to the back of the net giving his team a two goal lead in the aggregate. This goal made the fans present at the Allianz Arena go wild, as their chances to avenge the 2010 final painful defeat grew significantly.

But unfortunately for their fans, Bayern Munich was unable to finish Inter with one more goal, and their rivals began to work their come from behind victory with Sneijder’s goal at minute 63. With the game tied to two, Inter now needed only one more goal to make the epic win possible, due to the strenght of away goals in case of tiebreaker.

Inter fought very hard for that goal, and had to suffer a lot to achieve it, as it came only when the clock marked the 88th minute thanks to a superb shot from Pandev that unleashed the madness of their fans as they watched the score that read: Inter 3 – Bayern 2, 3-3 in the overall with the tiebreaker rule favoring them.

An incredulous Allianz Arena saw how all the euphoria from Bayern Munich followers was instantly washed away from their faces as the sadness and delusion took over their expressions. Once again their team had fallen victim of the same rival; again the story repeated itself.

Mistakes have a high cost to pay, and Bayer Munich’s mistake was being unable to score that so awaited third goal. But it wouldn’t be fair to just blame the German squad for that, as Inter also did their part by never giving up and making the best from Bayern Munich’s deficiency to score.

The defending champions are still around, and if contenders really plan to stand a chance against them, they better get ready to fight until the last second of injury time, for only when the referee blows the final whistle will Inter players finally stop fighting.

About the Author
When it comes to sports, Andrew Hill is more than just a passionate fan. Despite being in the early years of his career as a journalist, which began in 2006, he has proven that he can translate that passion into truthful and objective information of interest for the sports betting industry. As of today he specializes in the coverage of European soccer and NCAA basketball for BetIAS’ website.  

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