Werder Bremen 3 – Inter Milan 0


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Watched by Germany World Cup defender and Bundesliga teammate PER MERTESACKER (29), Werder Bremen’s Germany international goalkeeper TIM WIESE (1) plays the ball away from Macedonia international winger GORAN PANDEV (21) of defending European champion Inter Milan at the Weserstadion in the north German port city. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
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UEFA Champions League
Group Stage
12/7/2010

3 – Werder Bremen (GER) ——— Proedl 39′, Arnautovic 49′, Pizarro 88′
0 – Inter Milan (ITA)

A question of character and pride for a team with no hope of continuing in Europe this season is answered as host Bundesliga side WERDER BREMEN blew away visting Italian Serie A side and defending tournament champions INTER MILAN 3-0 in the final round of play for Group A of the UEFA Champions League.

Inter Milan, tied with English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on ten points heading into the last round at the group stage, might have taken the hosts a bit lightly. Spanish manager RAFAEL BENITEZ gave LUCA CASTELLAZZI, the 35-year-old signed this summer from Sampdoria of Genoa who has been starting in place of injured Brazil World Cup goalkeeper JULIO CESAR since the beginning of November, the night off. Instead, veteran third choice PAOLO ORLANDONI was given his UEFA Champions League debut by the Italian side.

Orlandoni has been with Inter Milan since the summer of 2005 but has played exactly four Serie A matches since; the 38-year-old had not started a match since the 2007-08 season.

Werder Bremen, perhaps better able to cope with the cold weather, took the initiative and would outshoot Inter Milan 14-5 for the evening.

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Werder Bremen’s highly-experienced, 34-year-old veteran defensive midfielder TORSTEN FRINGS, who has won 79 caps (10 goals) and been a member of two FIFA World Cup squads for Germany, fights for the ball with prolific Cameroon World Cup forward SAMUEL ETO’O (right), who leads Inter Milan with nine goals in Serie A this term, at the Weserstadion. (Christian Charisius/Reuters)
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Pressure from Werder Bremen finally paid off for the home side when Austria international defender SEBASTIAN PROEDL elevated himself to head the corner kick of veteran Germany international midfielder TORSTEN FRINGS into the net in the 39th minute.

Proedl, the only player to appear for injury-hit Werder Bremen in all 15 Bundesliga games this season, celebrated his first goal in any competition for die Gruen-Weissen this term.

Another Austria international, MARKO ARNAUTOVIC, added a second goal for Werder Bremen just after the break. The 21-year-old striker, who made just three Serie A substitute appearances all season for Inter Milan after being sent out on loan by Dutch club FC Twente Enschede last year, took a curling cross from Portugal World Cup striker HUGO ALMEIDA and snapped an impressive side-volley past Orlandoni. Arnautovic, who has scored two goals in a dozen Bundesliga matches this season, counts another pair from European play this term.

Peru international striker CLAUDIO PIZARRO, who has started just six Bundesliga games while struggling with fitness this season, posted the final tally after coming on as a substitute in the final quarter hour.

The 32-year-old striker, who has 35 Bundesliga goals for Werder Bremen since signing from English outfit FC Chelsea in August of 2009, turned sharply after a ball from 30-year-old Germany international defender CLEMENS FRITZ and blasted a shot from just above the penalty arc beyond the reach of the diving Orlandoni.

Pizarro, who ended as Werder Bremen’s leader with three goals in the UEFA Champions League this year, has now posted seven Tore in all competitions for the north German club.

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Cameroon World Cup striker SAMUEL ETO’O of defending UEFA Champions League champion Inter Milan, who scored three goals in his club’s 4-0 defeat of Werder Bremen in the UEFA Champions League at the end of September in Italy, is left out in the cold both literally and figuratively in the return meeting at the Weserstadion in northern Germany. (Martin Meissner/AP)
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WERDER BREMEN : Wiese – Schmidt, Mertesacker, Proedl, Pasanen (Silvestre 83′) – Fritz, Frings (Bargfrede 78′) – Marin, Hunt – Almeida (Pizarro 76′), Arnautovic

INTER MILAN : Orlandoni – Zanetti (Natalino 54′), Cordoba, Cambiasso, Biraghi – Nwankwo, Muntari – Santon (Biabiany 50′), Motta (Mariga 76′), Pandev – Eto’o

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(Frank Augstein)
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(Frank Augstein/AP)
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(Frank Augstein/AP)
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(Christian Charisius/Reuters)
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(Christian Charisius/Reuters)
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(Martin Meissner/AP)
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(Martin Meissner/AP)
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