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Champions League final as it happened


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By Caroline Cheese

2200: Mourinho at Real Madrid? Could be fun... But as the Special One perhaps waves goodbye, I definitely say farewell. Thanks as always for your messages today. It's been emotional. Well done Blackpool and Inter Milan. Bet they don't get congratulated in the same sentence too often. See you soon.

2156: We're all looking at the reaction of one man though... Jose Mourinho hasn't chucked his medal into the crowd (yet), but he appears to be walking towards the tunnel... no, he's off to get a Portugal flag... He is now waving fondly at the Inter fans, as he clutches the match ball. Is this goodbye? Who knows? I just hope he tells us soon.

2154: Bit of a muddle this presentation in all fairness... But eventually Michel Platini comes down the steps and hands Javier Zanetti the trophy and the look on the Inter captain's face is priceless as he lifts it - unbridled joy, disbelief...

2151: Inter president Massimo Moratti will lead his club up the steps. Jose Mourinho is getting upset over someone not doing quite what he wanted them to do. Tears from some Inter fans there... Many of them won't remember the last time their team lifted this famous trophy.

From MM on 606: "When you beat the English Champions, the Spanish champions and the German champions, you deserve to win the Champions League. Congratulations Inter and Mourinho, you fully deserve to lift the trophy."

2149: The Inter Milan squad form a guard of honour to applaud the losing finalists as they head up to collect those unwanted losing medals. Nice touch.

2148: Howard Webb and his team are first up the steps to collect mementoes. He had a good game, the man in the middle.

2143: A jubilant Jose Mourinho has a little kid called Jose jr on his shoulders. I'm guessing that's his son. Only guessing mind.

2140: Disbelieving Inter Milan fans celebrate their first win in this competition since 1965 - 45 long years ago. They are Italy's first ever Treble winners after also picking up the domestic league and cup titles. Incredible - and, love him or hate him, testimony to the talents of that man Mourinho.

2137: Inter Milan are deserved champions tonight. No doubt. Jose Mourinho has shaken hands with Louis van Gaal even before the final whistle, but there are no dramatics as Howard Webb ends the game. The Inter boss wears a huge smile as he comes onto the pitch to congratulate his ecstatic players.


2136: FULL-TIME Bayern Munich 0-2 Inter Milan

2135: One minutes of the extras to go and Jose Mourinho marches over to Diego Milito and gives him a helluva hug.

2134: Into added time and Mad Marco Materazzi comes on to replace Inter's two-goal hero Diego Milito. Two fabulous goals by the Argentine too.

2131: There's a decent cross in from the left... but it's that man Walter Samuel there to clear the danger. Two minutes to go.

2128: From Infostrada: Milan could surpass Madrid as most winning city of the European Cup/Champions League. Both cities have won nine titles up until today.

2127: Six minutes remaining. Bayern have Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez on the pitch, yet seem unwilling or incapable of producing a decent cross in.

From redandblackT on 606: "Is it any wonder Walter Samuel is called the wall? Not on this display!"

2125: Bastian Schweinsteiger wins a free-kick after Dejan Stankovic's trip. That's the first time I've even mentioned Schweini, which is odd. He leaves the free-kick for Robben, who smacks the wall.

From Chris B, via text: "Milito is one of the most underrated players in the world. It's good to see him getting the attention he deserves."

Yellow card
2121: Mark van Bommel has run out of warnings. He gets yellow for a two-footed challenge on Maicon. Inter bring on Sulley Muntari for Goran Pandev.

2120: Apparently, Howard Webb played a great advantage in the lead-up to the goal. Unbelievably, I missed it, but well done Howard Webb.

2118: Philipp Lahm gets to the byeline - which has been rare today - but can't find a team-mate. Menwhile, we get a replay of Jose Mourinho's reaction to the second goal. It's a cold stare at someone in the crowd as one of the Inter subs joyously lifts him into the air.

2116: Mario Gomez replaces Ivica Olic for Bayern Munich with 17 minutes remaining.

Inter goal: Sensational. Diego Milito controls Samuel Eto'o's driven pass beautifully and then completely embarrasses Daniel van Buyten with a deft turn before beating Hans-Joerg Butt with another emphatic right-foot finish. Poor defending, but this is now Milito's final surely.

2113: GOALFLASH Bayern Munich 0-2 Inter Milan (Milito)

2110: Cristian Chivu can take off his head protector as he leaves the pitch to be replaced by Dejan Stankovic, which will mean Javier Zanetti moving back to left-back.

2109: The Bayern fans are up in arms as Cristian Chivu goes down with cramp. Howard Webb tells him to get up, which he does to be fair. Inter break and Daniel van Buyten makes a vital interception to stop Wesley Sneijder's pass reaching Diego Milito.

2108: Well, if Bayern do get back into this, I'll be surprised if Arjen Robben isn't involved. Julio Cesar makes a flying one-handed save to stop the Dutchman's curling effort hitting the top corner.

2106: Arjen Robben darts in between two, and goes down under Goran Pandev's very slight contact. He drives the free-kick in and it is half cleared to Thomas Mueller, whose goalbound shot hits a Esteban Cambiasso. Louis van Gaal brings striker Miroslav Klose on for Hamit Altintop.

2104: Half an hour to go, and Inter holding on to their 1-0 lead fairly comfortably.

2100: Arjen Robben's corner comes through a crowd of players, but runs away to safety on the other side. And now brilliant stuff from the Dutch winger, playing in Philipp Lahm, but Esteban Cambiasso stretches to clear the ball behind from a corner - which is a disastrous effort by Robben.

2056: Goran Pandev is given space to run forward from midfield, and he takes full advantage. He's eventually halted by Daniel van Buyten's foul, but Wesley Sneijder's free-kick is far too high.

From Alan via text: "Been commentating at Wembley on the Blackpool success (made worse by being a Forest fan) and now I'm on a train home missing the Champions League final... life really does deal a rotten hand some days."

2049: Crikey. I hope Vikram didn't really go to bed. This is sensational stuff. Arjen Robben skips past Cristian Chivu as if he's literally not there, but can't find a team-mate. Up the other end, Inter counter at pace and Goran Pandev's shot is tipped over by Hans-Joerg Butt.

2048: Surely he must score... The ball comes in from the left from Hamit Altintop for Thomas Mueller, but he shoots straight at Julio Cesar. That is Bayern's best chance of the match by a million miles.

2047: Inter Milan make Bayern wait on the pitch for a few moments before the second half gets under way. A flare goes up in the stands...

2046: Infostrada magic: Including today's final, Bayern have been trailing more minutes (352) this Champions League season than they have enjoyed a lead (209).

From Vikram, Aberdeen, via text: "I think I am going to bed. This game is dead now."
Night night, Vikram!

2038: It's a truly brilliant finish by Diego Milito for the Inter goal. He leaves Martin Demichelis in his wake as he charges into the area, fakes to shoot once before clipping the ball over the keeper. Diego Maradona may have left Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti out of his Argentina squad for the World Cup, but at least he remembered to put Milito in.

From Adrian_Houghton on Twitter: "Inter doing a good job of narrowing the pitch. Bayern need to isolate Robben against Chivu, who's on a yellow."

From Chris from London, via text: "While Milito and Eto'o are constantly buzzing around the back line, the movement up front for Bayern has been very very poor and they are allowing a brilliant defence to do their jobs with ease as it stands."

2032: HALF-TIME Bayern Munich 0-1 Inter Milan

2031: Long spell of possession from Bayern but there's no penetration. It ends with Mark van Bommel dragging a poor shot wide.

2029: Great work by Ivica Olic there after stealing possession... oh, but he ruins it all by shooting wildly over.

2028: Diego Milito is all over this Bayern defence. He pulls his marker out wide and squares the ball for Wesley Sneijder in the middle. The Dutchman sweeps it goalwards first time, but Hans-Joerg Butt makes the save.

From bwrhuicte on Twitter: "Game over? Watch the lock-down from here..."

2022: Inter threaten a second. Lovely ball swept into Samuel Eto'o, but he just miscontrols it.

Inter goal: Inter go route one to deadly effect. Julio Cesar's long goal-kick is flicked on to Wesley Sneijder by Diego Milito, who picks up the return ball and clips a delightful finish into the roof of the net past Hans-Joerg Butt.

2019: GOALFLASH Bayern Munich 0-1 Inter Milan (Milito)

2017: We're getting a slo-mo of a grinning Jose Mourinho hugging Arjen Robben after an incident over by the touchline. Lovely. It's just missing a bit of romantic French music...

Yellow card
2014: Arjen Robben tumbles over in very dramatic style as he looks to escape down the right and then stands up with his hands on his hips, almost challenging Howard Webb to get a yellow out for Cristian Chivu. The referee obliges. There was contact, so it was probably deserved, but the melodrama was all a bit unnecessary.

2012: This is no Championship play-off final, that's for sure. Barely a shot on goal so far. It's absorbing, rather than exhilarating, let's say. Arjen Robben looks dangerous for Bayern, Wesley Sneijder for Inter. No surprise there.

Yellow card
2010: Bayern defender Martin Demichelis comes through the back of Diego Milito to earn the first yellow card of the final, coolly and expertly dished out by Howard Webb. Textbook booking.

2008: Thomas Mueller is crowded out on the edge of the Inter area but the ball comes to Arjen Robben, who seems to try to lob the keeper but gets it all wrong.

2005: Some of you are wondering how Howard Webb got this final, given his below-average Premier League form of late. According to Sir Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph, Uefa judge on Champions League games only "where he has excelled". So there we are.

2003: Bayern keeper Hans-Joerg Butt is called into action after Wesley Sneijder's thumping, long-range free-kick comes off Hamit Altintop's head. Decent save.

2001: Bayern's players are appealing for a handball after Arjen Robben's dangerous cross... It was, you know. Maicon clearly handles the ball after it flicks off Daniel van Buyten's head. Howard Webb either didn't see it, or decided it was accidental.

1958: Arjen Robben looks in agony after a challenge by fellow Dutchman Wesley Sneijder... He is soon sitting up and watching attentively though as Hamit Altintop picks up the ball and has a shot deflected behind.

1957: Infostrada Sports report that Bayern's Daniel van Buyten is the first Belgian player in a Champions League final. Inter have Kenyan Macdonald Mariga on the bench. I don't know for sure - but he'd surely be the first Kenyan in a Champions League final.

1955: First real sign of danger from Arjen Robben as he skips past Cristian Chivu and then Lucio. He powers the ball in for Ivica Olic, who can't control the shot.

From George, Bristol, via text: "Take note Wembley, that's what an international standard pitch should look like."
And by an English groundsman. Can Wembley get him on board for next year?

1952: Typical from Ivica Olic. He looks like he's lost out to Lucio as he chases a through-ball but picks up the pieces and drives to the byline. Inter clear the cutback.

1950: Diego Milito slips as he goes to shoot but the ball comes back to Wesley Sneijder. The Dutchman works a bit of space, but tries to play in Milito instead of shooting - and the ball comes off a Bayern defender.

1948: Walter Samuel flicks out a leg to bring down Arjen Robben. Bit lucky not to get the game's first card there. Jose Mourinho shrugs his shoulders in very dramatic style.

1946: Nervy defending by Bayern Munich, Daniel van Buyten put under pressure by a back header and having to kick the ball out of play. Howard Webb immediately taken in by a Goran Pandev dive, but Inter can't profit from the free-kick.


1943: Lovely embrace between the two coaches. Game faces on now though.

1941: Out come the teams, walking out either side of the famous trophy. No one dares touch it, or even really look at it. One last blast of the Champions League anthem for the 2009/10 season...

1940: The Real Madrid kids are coming into their own now, unfurling enormous banners featuring the crests of both clubs. The Bernabeu looks absolutely stunning.

1938: Flamenco ladies now dashing frantically around the centre circle. What drama! Jose Mourinho waits in the tunnel - and there he is shaking hands with Howard Webb.

1936: This being a major European final, we get an opening ceremony, of which I am a great fan. At the moment, some ladies in dramatic black flamenco dresses are marching across the pitch and there are some kids dressed in what looks like Real Madrid kit hanging about. Tsk, they had to get that kit on the pitch somehow didn't they?

1934: By the way, there was a nice little line from Louis van Gaal when he was asked if Jose Mourinho could be viewed as the best manager of his generation. "Well when you are talking that generation, you are right, he is 10 years younger than me of course..."

1930: Still, enough about the players and the fans, I wonder how English whistler Howard Webb is feeling? He told a BBC colleague yesterday he was "absolutely thrilled" to have been given the Champions League final. And he told Uefa's website: "It's a massive honour, the pinnacle I suppose of a referee's club career. I'm sure we'll have butterflies in our stomachs but we'll be keen to put in a good performance and assist in a really clean game I hope. The adrenalin will be flowing but we'll all perform better because of that."

From insettostecco on Twitter: "Javier Zanetti plays his 700th match for Inter tonight. Would deserve a goal."

1925: If this is what Saturday night does to the atmosphere at a Champions League final, then I think Uefa has made the right decision. With about 20 minutes until kick-off, it's rocking and rolling at the Bernabeu.

From marcusmerehay on Twitter: "I can't help thinking that Bayern just won't offer enough without Ribery. I've been impressed with Mueller though."

Legend Franz Beckenbauer: "I think it's going to be a very close game. Both teams are the same more of less, both coaches are more or less the same. I'm optimistic for Bayern Munich because the team is in very good shape. Louis van Gaal has worked very hard and now he is the king of Munich. Now he wants to be the king of Germany!"

From castrolfootball on Twitter: "Bayern Munich only won 53% of their games without Ribery in the Bundesliga this season."

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Inter first to play Champions League final with 11 'foreign' players starting. Club with most 'home' players starting was Bayern in 1999 with 10."

1910: There is no English team in the final for the first time since 2004... sniff... but lovely Uefa have shown sympathy by appointing Howard Webb as our referee! His assistants Mike Mullarkey and Darren Cann and fourth official Martin Atkinson complete a glorious English quartet at the Bernabeu. And hear this: Real Madrid's groundsman is Paul Burgess, who's apparently a Blackpool fan. In years to come, we'll call it the English Final.

From optapaolo on Twitter: "With a goal tonight v Bayern, Samuel Eto'o would become the first player in the Champions League era to score in three different finals."

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson at the Bernabeu: "My heart is always with Inter. But if you were a betting man, it would be a very difficult decision where to put your money."

1904: And Mourinho bit back in brilliant style... "We won the tie in Barcelona but everyone talks about Barcelona winning and says we parked the bus in front of the goal. We didn't park the bus, we parked the aeroplane and we did it for two reasons. One, because we only had 10 men Thiago Motta was sent off and two, because we beat them 3-1 at San Siro, not by parking the bus, or the boat or the airplane but by smashing them."

1901: There has been a little bit of needle around the playing style of Mourinho's teams. Bayern winger Arjen Robben accused his former coach at Chelsea of being someone who "doesn't think too much about playing nice football, but of winning games." Van Gaal simply stated: "He trains to win. I train to play beautiful football and win. My way is more difficult."

1857: Considering this is a major final involving Jose Mourinho, the build-up has been relatively sedate. Interesting, sure, but hardly fireworks. Maybe it's because Mourinho comes up against a man with whom he had a "special relationship" at Barcelona. "He is a great coach and I learned a lot from him, my time with him definitely marked me. For three years we worked together and his house was 50 metres from my house, so we almost worked 24 hours a day together."

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho, without suspended midfielder Thiago Motta, springs few surprises with his team selection, Chistian Chivu taking the place of the Brazilian in the starting XI. Javier Zanetti, on his 700th appearance, marshals the midfield of an Inter side that is again without an Italian. With Franck Ribery also banned, Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal deploys Hamit Altintop in midfield, with Thomas Badstuber at left back and Thomas Muller partnering Ivica Olic in attack.

1848: TEAMS Bayern Munich v Inter Milan
Bayern Munich: Butt, Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Badstuber, Robben, Van Bommel, Schweinsteiger, Altintop, Muller, Olic. Subs: Rensing, Gorlitz, Klose, Pranjic, Contento, Gomez, Tymoschuk.
Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Eto'o, Sneijder, Pandev, Milito. Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Stankovic, Muntari, Mariga, Materazzi, Balotelli.
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

1845: Hola. Welcome along to the Champions League final with storylines coming out of its (big)ears. Mourinho against his former mentor, at the stadium he could well be managing at next season; Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben back on turf they used to call home; both teams going for historic trebles...

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