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W Bremen Werder Bremen vs Inter Milan Inter

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M Arnautovic (49)
C Pizarro (88)

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Inter humbled by Bremen

Pressure mounts on Benitez after latest defeat

By Soriebah Kajue.   Last Updated: 07/12/10 10:16pm

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Benitez: Pressure mounting

Benitez: Pressure mounting

A woeful Inter Milan blew the chance to finish top of Group A as they were cut down by a resurgent Werder Bremen.

Man of the Match Marko Arnautovic. The young striker is rumoured to have a bad attitude but if he manages to sort that out, a bright future lies ahead. Goal of the Match Claudio Pizarro. The veteran striker showed real class with an unerring strike after a sweet turn. Talking point The pressure on the Inter Milan boss will now be mounting. They have now lost five of their last nine games in all competitions. Save of the Match - Paolo Orlandoni. His save from Hugo Almeida volley in the first half prevented a certain goal.

Goals from Sebastian Prodl, Marko Arnautovic and Claudio Pizarro compounded the misery on a woeful night for Rafa Benitez.

The pressure on the Inter boss will now increase as Bremen remain bottom of the pile despite their final matchday success.

Inter arrived in Germany with a much-changed line up for a game they needed to win if they were to have any chance of overhauling Spurs.

Key names such as Wesley Sneijder, Lucio and Diego Milito did not even travel, while injury deprived them of Julio Cesar, Walter Samuel, Coutinho, Joel Obi, Maicon and Christian Chivu.

Not having that abundance of talent at your disposal is sure to weaken your team. But it was the manner of the defeat that will surely worry Benitez.

Inter are the Champions League holders and won the treble last season, but there was scant evidence of the spirit that saw them triumph last year.

Effort

It took them until the 44th minute of the first half to register their first effort at goal which was a Goran Pandev header that went over.

Prior to the game, they had lost four of their last eight games.

So they would not have welcomed a tie against a Bremen team that had not lost to Italian opposition in eight games.

It was a record that, in truth, never looked like being broken.

Hugo Almeida had the first sight of goal on the half hour with a clever volley after a neat bit of control that was tipped over by Paolo Orlandoni.

That effort signalled a period of Bremen dominance. Inter were disjointed with so many changes and were made to pay.

Aaron Hunt raced down the left before getting to the byline and putting in a dangerous ball that was cleared by Esteban Cambiasso.

Temporary

That proved just a temporary reprieve. Torsten Frings put in a corner that Prodl rose to head home to give Bremen a deserved lead after 39 minutes.

Arnautovic then doubled the advantage with a sweet left-foot volley from Almeida's cross from the left after 49 minutes.

It was sweet revenge for the 19-year-old who spent last season on loan at Inter but only made three appearances.

He should have doubled his tally but he mistimed his header and it came off his shoulder.

Bremen went on to dominate the reminder of the half and hit the post and bar as they exerted their dominance over a poor Inter team.

Claudio Pizarro claimed the third in the 89th minute with a sweet shot on the turn from outside the area to finish off the game as a contest.

Pandev almost salvaged some pride for Inter in the dying embers of extra time but his effort came back off the post.

SV Werder BremenTeam StatisticsInternazionale
3Goals0
11st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target1
8Shots off Target5
7Blocked Shots1
11Corners1
14Fouls9
2Offsides3
1Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
88.1Passing Success80.7
20Tackles16
80Tackles Success62.5
60.2Possession39.8
64Territorial Advantage36

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