yardımcı hakemler: hans ten hoove (ned), rob van de ven (ned)
4. hakem: kevin blom (ned)
internazionale: júlio césar (gk), javier zanetti (c), dejan stanković (dk. 52 esteban cambiasso), lúcio, thiago motta, samuel eto'o, wesley sneijder, maicon, diego milito, walter samuel (dk. 15 iván córdoba), mario balotelli (dk. 77 sulley muntari)
yedekler: francesco toldo (gk), patrick vieira, david suazo, marco materazzi
teknik direktör: josé mourinho (por)
rubin: sergei ryzhikov (gk), césar navas, sergei semak (c), lasha salukvadze, alejandro domínguez, aleksandr ryazantsev (dk. 84 evgeni balyaykin), christian noboa (dk. 81 petr bystrov), vitali kaleshin, aleksei popov, rafał murawski, gökdeniz karadeniz (dk. 74 alan kasaev)
yedekler: nukri revishvili (gk), cristian ansaldi, macbeth sibaya, andrei gorbanets
teknik direktör: kurban berdyev (rus)
goller: 1-0 samuel eto'o dk. 31 2-0 mario balotelli dk. 64
sarı kartlar: dk. 46 mario balotelli, dk. 69 lúcio (internazionale) dk. 28 rafał murawski, dk. 43 césar navas (rubin)
purposeful inter power past rubin published: thursday 10 december 2009, 0.50cet
fc internazionale milano 2-0 fc rubin kazan
goals in either half from samuel eto'o and mario balotelli secured josé mourinho's attack-minded side a first knockout round berth.
by richard aikman from san siro
goals in either half by samuel eto'o and mario balotelli fired fc internazionale milano into the uefa champions league first knockout round at the expense of fc rubin kazan.
balotelli masterclass the nerazzurri had posed little threat before eto'o broke the deadlock just after the half-hour, capitalising on excellent wing-play by javier zanetti and the awareness of balotelli. the first goal was all-important in this must-win match for both sides and balotelli all but ended the contest with a strike worthy of settling any game on 64 minutes, a spectacular long-range free-kick bringing san siro to its feet and inter into the first knockout round as group f runners-up behind fc barcelona.
noboa pass with both sides requiring victory to guarantee progress the match got off to a cautious start, although josé mourinho's decision to field three strikers spoke volumes for his intent. balotelli's inclusion might have been rewarded on seven minutes, when the italy under-21 forward rolled past aleksei popov and césar navas only to shoot straight at sergei ryzhikov. the visitors soon came closer to taking the lead themselves, christian noboa sending gökdeniz karadeniz through with a brilliant pinpoint pass, but júlio césar was alive to the forward's scuffed shot.
zanetti purpose inter needed inspiration; it came on the half-hour from their captain, zanetti. the 36-year-old rolled back the years by weaving past a clutch of rubin players on the left, and though he was eventually tackled the ball inadvertently reached balotelli on the byline. the youngster cleverly cut it back for the unmarked eto'o to rifle into the roof of the net.
inter ascendant stung by the setback, kurban berdyev's men gained more urgency going forward, but that left them vulnerable to the counterattack. zanetti again carved open the rubin rearguard with another exciting run which was eventually halted illegally by navas. inter were growing with confidence, wesley sneijder finishing a fine team move involving zanetti, diego milito and thiago motta with a shot that curled just over, while maicon's effort before the break was so powerful it took two attempts from ryzhikov to clear the danger.
blistering strike rubin raised their game after the restart, alejandro domínguez in particular threatening from set-pieces. the argentinian caught mourinho's men out with a corner which gökdeniz side-footed over, while another found navas unmarked at the far post but it was more of the same as the defender miscued. domínguez had an opportunity himself when he raced on to noboa's pass but júlio césar saved. moments earlier balotelli should have scored when he dragged across goal when teed up by milito's miscue, but he soon made up for it, unleashing a blistering, swerving free-kick past ryzhikov from 34 metres.
inter cruise for perhaps the first time in this group stage, inter now looked comfortable. even when a noboa effort fizzed wide they immediately went down the other end and flexed their attacking muscle again, sneijder firing against the upright from long range. nothing could spoil the nerazzurri's night, however.