MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 15: Goran Pandev of Milan celebrates after he scores his team's 3rd goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan at Allianz Arena on March 15, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Two Goal Comeback Sees Inter Through, Bayern Out Of Champions League

Two second half goals allowed Inter Milan to go through to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, eliminating Bayern Munich on away goals, 3-3.

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Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League, Match Review: Nerazzurri Through After Handing Bayern Ironic Defeat

Last season, Bayern Munich came back from two goals down on the road in Champions League, using a late goal to pull even on the scoresheet while sending their club through on aggregate. This season, Inter Milan has done the same to them, sending FCB out of the competition on a 87th minute goal from Goran Pandev. Bayern, after having a two goal cushion for most of this match, is out of Champions League at the Round of 16, away goals deciding the 3-3, aggregate result.

Three minutes in, Inter had pulled-back the goal they gave up at the San Siro, Samuel Eto'o scoring after he beat the Bayern line to a Pandev pass, the assistant referee electing to keep his flag down though it looked like Eto'o had a head and a shoulder's advantage. Beating Thomas Kraft low, Eto'o evened the tie, 1-1.

By the time halftime came, Bayern has taken control of the match, scoring twice in a nine minute stretch in the middle of the period. In the 22nd minute, Mario Gómez took advantage of Júlio César mishandling a long shot from Arjen Robben, putting a shot back over his head into an undefended goal to give Bayern a 2-1 lead.

In the 30th minute, Thomas Müller made it 3-1, chipping the ball over an oncoming César, beating the Inter `keeper after he had been put in behind the Nerazzurri defense.

Bayern had two glorious chances to make it 4-1. Franck Ribéry was allowed an uncontested run on goal from 30 yards out thanks to a Lucio misread, but the Bayern winger failed to beat César, allowing the Brazilian to save over the bar. Minutes later, a ball rolled across the face of an unprotected goal by Mario Gomez almost saw Müller record his second goal, but a desperate lunge from Andrea Ranocchia saw the ball off the post in out, preserving Inter's two goal deficit.

The second half saw Bayern maintain control of play until the 66th minute. Then, a ball played in from the left by Coutinho allowed Samuel Eto'o to set up Wesley Sneijder for a one-time shot from 20 yards. The ball went straight into the lower left hand corner, making it 3-2 on aggregate.

It was a relatively similar set-up that led to Pandev's winner. Inter, having played seven minutes of desperate football, worked the play from their left flank toward the middle. There, Samuel Eto'o as given the ball, eventually laying-off into the space to the right of goal. Goran Pandev came into the ball, opening up his left foot to the shot. The ball was perfectly placed high and to his left, beating Kraft for what would be the tie-wining goal.

The shot left Bayern and supporters shocked, a surprise the home side could not shake off in time to threaten for a winner. Though they pressed over the last seven minutes, Bayern never threatened to reclaim their lead. In a fashion so similar to last year's match at Old Trafford as to render the defeat ironic, Bayern Munich was sent out of Champions League just after most had becomes accustomed to the idea of them going through.

With Goran Pandev's late goal, it's the holders that survive.


Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Final Whistle Sees Bayern Players Collapse To Pitch, Shocked By Unexpected Exit

Inter Milan was able to hold out for the last seven minutes of play in Munich, preserving the 3-2 result that sends them through to the quarterfinals. The second leg score give the holders a 3-3, aggregate result, a final that sends them through on away goals.

The result has left the Allianz Arena and the home side shocked. For most of the match, Bayern played with a two goal lead. For only the last seven minutes, Inter was in a position to go through, but when the final whistle blew, almost every player on the pitch for the Bavarians collapsed on to their back and brought their hands to their head, eliminated for the second consecutive season by Inter Milan; this year, three steps before the final.

The defeat was so harsh that match's end saw a number of Inter players consoling their counterparts after their team's initial celebrations. The fans, after 10 minutes looking on in shock, slowly started leaving the Allianz, their side shockingly put out of Champions League.


Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Goran Pandev Equalizes In 87th Minute, Has Inter Set To Go Through On Away Goals

The 80th minute sees Inter Milan approaching desperation, needing a goal to keep their Champions League alive. Whereas most of the match as seen Inter start to pressure as Bayern as brought to ball close to the center circle, the Nerazzurri is pressuring all the way up the pitch. After a few minutes of troubling Bayern this way, the home side has started to adjust, sit deeper, and create the dynamic we almost always see at the end of one goal matches: All-out attack versus all-out defense.

After a couple of Inter forays down their left were broken up at the edge of the attacking third, Bayern was able to break out and establish possession in the Inter half, wasting two minutes of time while the Nerazzurri collapsed in defense, set-up, and then tried to win the ball. Once the did, the holders broke into the Bayern end but quickly gave the ball away when a diagonal pass from the right was over-hit in trying to connect to Wesley Sneijder.

One minute later, the miraculous moment comes. Inter finds the equalizer - the goal that should send them through. Coutinho brings the ball in from the left and gives to Samuel Eto'o, whose nice work on the ball draw the defense before he lays a pass off to the right of the area. The ball rolls slowly, as if bowled out of somebody's arm, and waits for Goran Pandev to come from deep, hitting a perfect ball first time, the left-footed shot going into the upper left hand corner.

Inter Milan ties the match, 2-2. They draw even in the tie, 3-3, but now holding two away goals, the holders are set to survive, provided the can keep Bayern off the scoresheet until the 95th minute.


Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Mario Gómez Comes Close, Wesley Sneijder Comes True, Bringing Milan Within One

Mario Gómez nearly put this match away. In the 62nd minute, his volley from 17 yards out was parried by Júlio César, keeping the score 2-1 (3-1), but a few feet to either side of the goalkeeper, and the German's well-struck ball would have ended Inter Milan's defense. Instead, Bayern maintains their lead.

The chance came on a ball played behind the defense to the left of goal, with a hard-working Franck Ribéry saving the ball. The winger chipped a ball back toward the middle, over Thomas Müller, to Mario Gómez at the edge of the penalty area. The striker got his knee above a ball just under knee-high, putting a bullet straight at César. The `keeper's punch kept Milan within two.

One minute later, Milan halved the lead. Coutinho, coming in from the left, played a ball to the right of the area. Samuel Eto'o took a touch and, rather than taking on Danijel Pranjic, laid a ball off for an oncoming Wesley Sneijder. The Dutch attacker's first shot was a perfect ball, finding Thomas Kraft's lower right hand corner from 20 yards out. With the first meaningful threat they had mounted since the match's third minute, the defending champions are within one goal of advancing.


Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League, Halftime: Intermission Finds Holders On The Brink, Down Two

Two terrible defenses gave onlookers an exciting half of football, one that played against Leonardo's approach. Setting-up his team to absorb attacks and counter, the Inter Milan coach has been undone by a poor evening from central defenders Lucio and Andrea Ranocchia, with an error by Júlio César compounding problems. Despite an early goal from Samuel Eto'o that pulled his team even, Leonardo finds his team own two goals going into halftime, with Mario Gómez and Thomas Müller staking the hosts to a 3-1 lead.

The scoreline is no less than the Germans deserve, having gone close toward half-time through Frank Ribéry and Müller. Saves by César and Ranocchia have given Nerazzurri supporters hope of resuscitation, though with little to recommend the holders for a halftime comeback, we may be looking at the last 45 minutes of Italy's European campaign.

After three minutes, Inter looked set to vigorously defend their title. A through ball from Goran Pandev and some reticence on the part of the linesman to flag Samuel Eto'o for offside gave the Cameroonian license to make the tie 1-1. In the 22nd minute, however, Inter unintentional enacted a piece of social justice, with Júlio César's mishandling of some Arjen Robben speculation leading to a Mario Gómez goal. Eight minutes later, Robben and Müller combined to give the young German a 30th minute goal and give FCB a commanding 3-1 lead.

Looking to the Inter bench, there's scarce attacking talent ready to help. Coutinho could be brought in for Thiago Motta. Yuto Nagatomo could come in a left back for Cristian Chivu. But with Diego Milito out and Giampaolo Pazzini cut-tied, Leonardo is short on options.

On the other bench, Louis van Gaal has various ways he can sure-up his defense. Holger Badstuber was a surprise omission from the starting XI, while Anatoliy Tymoschuk could help in central defense or midfield.


Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Thomas Müller Gives Bayern Commanding Lead

Thömas Muller has given Bayern Munich a 2-1 (3-1) lead in just before the half hour mark, giving Bayern Munich a commanding lead on the defending champions. Inter Milan, after evening the tie in the third minute, now find themselves two goals down, with a skillful chip from Müller putting Bayern up two in the 30th minute.

The play started with Arjen Robben, on the ball in the middle of the pitch, playing a ball toward the edge of the penalty area, where Müller was making a run across the top of the box. From there, Müller ran into a ball, the step he had on his mark allow him to take his first touch toward goal. Júlio César came out to cut off his angles, but at 10-yards out Müller had plenty of the goal to work with, using his second touch to chip over the goalkeeper and into the right of goal.

With 120 of 180 minutes played, Bayern is up 3-1, now having one foot in the quarterfinals.


Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Julio Cesar Mistake Allows Mario Gomez To Put Bayern Back In Front

Bayer Munich's defense looks terrible. That their attack has held more of the match's possession has masked it, given us the impression that the third minute breakdown may be isolated, but when the back line looked disorganized in trying to deal with a long diagonal ball out of the back, it seems FCB is going to rue Louis van Gaal's decision to go with Daniel van Buyten and Breno in central defense.

Luckily for FCB supporters, their club seems capable of outscoring their opponents, something that became evident in the 22nd minute with the help of Júlio César. Then, Arjen Robben cut in from the right wing and put an innocent (speculative) shot on goal from 24 yards. César tried to take it against his chest but coughed the ball up to his right. There, Mario Gómez was able to play the bouncing ball, putting a shot back, over his head and into goal, giving Bayern a 2-1 lead on the tie.

It was the second goal César has be culpable for in the tie, a rebound he gave up late in the first leg leading to the first goal. Today, his mistake has given control of the tie back to Bayern, who are now even on the day, 1-1.


Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Samuel Eto'o Pulls Inter Even In Third Minute

They're underway at the Allianz Arena, where Bayern Munich is looking to protect the 1-0 lead they earned in Milan. It's been four years since a defending champions left UEFA Champions League this early in the competition. Unfortunately for Inter Milan, it was another Italian team, fellow San Siro inhabitants AC Milan.

Early in the match Wesley Sniejder commits a foul, giving countryman Arjen Robben and opportunity to serve a ball from the right toward the near post. None of his teammates are there, but it's still a dangerous ball that wasn't well defended by Internazionale. Júlio César catches it.

The next time FCB has possession, another foul, with Bastian Schweinsteiger hauled down in midfield. Two minutes, two fouls for Inter, but the free kick is given to them, allowing them to start a mini-break down the left side. Philipp Lahm stands up the counter, allowing Bayern to regain possession.

After losing possession at the edge of the Inter area, Bayern makes the first mistake of the match. Goran Pandev is allowed to thread a ball through the defense, giving Samuel Eto'o plenty of room behind a high line, in front of Thomas Kraft. Replays showed Eto'o was probably offside, but in no whistle goes. The Cameroonian waits for Kraft to commite then puts his shot under him, giving Inter a 1-0 lead in the third minute.


Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League, Lineups: Samuel Eto'o, Goran Pandev To Lead Nerazzurri Attack

It's a pretty straight forward selection for Leonardo, who looks set to play 4-3-1-2 today at the Allianz Arena, the second leg of Inter Milan's Round of 16, UEFA Champions League tied against Bayern Munich. The holders will be without Argentines Javier Zanetti and Diego Milito, the latter's absence leading Leonardo to chose and attack speared by Samuel Eto'o and Goran Pandev, with Giampaolo Pazzini cup-tied.

Behind that tandem but at the head of the midfield, Wesley Sneijder will be Internazionale's creator. He'll be buttressed by a three man shield: Estaben Cambiasson, Dejan Stankovic and Thiago Motta.

At the back, Lucio has made the starting XI, having been a fitness doubt. He'll start along side Andrea Ranocchia in central defense, with Maicon and Cristian Chivu to their right and left. Júlio César starts in goal.

Internazionale, Starting XI: César; Maicon, Ranocchia, Lucio, Chivu; Stankovic, Cambiasso, Motta; Sneijder; Eto'o, Pandev

Bench: Castellazi, Materazzi, Cordoba, Nagamoto, Mariga, Kharja, Coutinho


Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League, Lineups: Breno Gets Call In Largely Unchanged FCB Team

There are few surprises in Louis van Gaal's selection for today's UEFA Champions League match with visiting Inter Milan, though a staunch FCB supporter may feel that downplays the choices in central defense. Between Breno and Daniel van Buyten starting there and Danijel Pranjic getting the call at left back, Holger Badstuber and Anatoliy Tymoschuk have been pushed to the bench, the German international's inclusion the most curious. Philipp Lahm starts on the right, of course.

Farther up the pitch, Luis Gustavo gets the call along side Bastian Schweinsteiger in midfield, with Toni Kroos missing out. Thomas Müller centers the next band, between Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben. Mario Gomez starts up top.

Joining Badstuber, Tymoshuck and Kroos on the bench and Miroslav Klose, Andreas Ottl, Hamit Altintop and Hans-Jorg Butt, who backs-up Thomas Kraft.

Bayern Munich, Starting XI: Kraft / Lahm, van Buyten, Breno, Pranjic / Gustavo, Schweinsteiger / Robben, Müller, Ribéry / Gómez.

Bench: Butt, Badstuber, Tymoshuck, Ottl, Kroos, Altintop, Klose

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