Inter clinches second round with draw

BY foxsports • November 22, 2011

Inter Milan advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League despite only drawing 1-1 at Trabzonspor on Tuesday.

The Serie A team went through when Lille defeated CSKA Moscow 2-0 earlier in the day.

Inter midfielder Ricardo Alvarez scored in the 18th minute with a side-footed shot past the goalkeeper following an exchange with fellow Argentine Diego Milito that pierced the defense.

The hosts leveled five minutes later when Halil Altintop's left-footed shot hit the crossbar and went in after deflecting off Inter defender Walter Samuel, wrong-footing goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Inter leads Group B by four points from second-place Trabzonspor. Lille and CSKA are a further point back.

Trabzonspor will play at Lille and Inter will face CSKA Moscow in the last round of the group stage on Dec. 7.

Trabzonspor had increased the pressure after conceding and almost found the net in the 21st when forward Burak Yilmaz shot wide after receiving an outstanding pass by midfielder Gustavo Colman.

Julio Cesar denied Alanzinho in a clear chance in the 34th minute following a clever turn by the Brazilian midfielder.

Three minutes later, Inter forward Mauro Zarate's effort from a tight angle was blocked by goalkeeper Tolga Zengin.

Trabzonspor started the second half as aggressively as the first half. In the 49th minute, a fierce free kick by Burak Yilmaz was punched away by Julio Cesar.

In the 54th minute, a volley blasted by Stankovic from the edge of the box was stopped by Zengin in an excellent save.

Inter missed a great chance at the hour mark when Zarate received a pass from Esteban Cambiasso, whose first effort was blocked by Tolga and his second in the follow-up was blocked by defender Arkadiusz Glowacki.

Zengin made a good save in the 65th after Milito's clever pass to Zarato, whose run into the box was halted by the goalkeeper.

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