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CL: Impressive Inter leave Barça on the ropes

FC Internazionale Milano gave a rousing home performance to take a 3-1 first-leg lead in their UEFA Champions League semi-final against FC Barcelona on Tuesday night.


Barca lost by a two-goal margin for the first time under manager Pep Guardiola as strikes from Wesley Sneijder, Maicon and Diego Milito, after Pedro had given Barca the lead, set up a fascinating second leg at the Nou Camp next Wednesday. Barcelona captain Carles Puyol was booked and will miss the return along with Inter midfielder Dejan Stankovic. In one of the most electric atmospheres inside the San Siro for years, both sides stretched every last sinew to the limit as Europe’s top club competition again showed why fans the world over are so hooked on the excitement, Reuters comments. “Anything can happen in the second leg. We can go there and lose the game and lose the coach,” Inter boss Jose Mourinho cryptically told a news conference. “What happened today happened, it wasn’t a dream. It was reality. We deserved to win. We saw a team working until the death. The team was destroyed by what they gave on the field.” Inter, who were last European Cup winners in 1965 and playing in their first Champions League semi-final since 2003, then demonstrated the steel-plated resilience Mourinho has instilled in his men by hitting back on the half-hour.


Europa League semifinals, today


Club Atletico de Madrid will look to make it to a major final for the first time since the 1985/86 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup as they meet Liverpool FC for a third time in Europe in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night. Club Atletico de Madrid will look to make it to a major European final for the first time since losing to FC Dynamo Kyiv in the 1985/86 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup as they meet Liverpool FC for a third time in Europe in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.


On the other semifinal the carrot of a European final at their home stadium hangs before Hamburger SV but semi-final opponents Fulham FC will be keen to extend their most successful season on the continent. A final appearance at their own home stadium is within touching distance of Hamburger SV, but they will not underestimate a Fulham FC side who are in the semi-finals of a major European competition for the first time in their history, uefa.com comments.

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