Inter Milan advances to Club World Cup final

Dejan Stankovic, Javier Zanetti and Diego Milito scored to lead

European champion Inter Milan over Asian champion Seongnam Ilhwa

3-0 Wednesday night and into the final of the Club World Cup.

Inter will play African champion TP Mazembe in Saturday’s


Dejan Stankovic jumped over a defender and slotted home in the

third minute and Zanetti scored from point-blank range in the 32nd

off a back-heel pass from Milito, who got the final goal in the

73rd after goalkeeper Jung Sung Ryong parried Samuel Eto’o’s


Nerazzurri coach Rafa Benitez has been under pressure with his

team 13 points behind Serie A- leading AC Milan.

”It’s been a difficult time with a lot of players coming back

from injuries,” Benitez said. ”I could see from the first minute,

everyone was concentrating, focused. From the beginning to the end,

we were trying to win, trying to score and doing our job.”

Milito, defender Cristian Chivu and goalkeeper Julio Cesar

returned from injuries. Inter midfielder Wesley Sneidjer limped off

in the opening minutes against the South Korean champion after a

rough tackle. Benitez said he doubts Sneidjer will play


Benitez, the former Liverpool coach, is used to speculation

about his job.

”After 25 years as a coach, eight trophies, five finals and two

promotions, I know football can be like this,” he said of the

criticism. ”I have confidence in myself, in my staff. The only

thing I can do is keep working, don’t read the press and hopefully

I will enjoy the final.”