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Inter ease into semis

MOSCOW, April 7- Colourful Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho became the first man to guide three different clubs to the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday as Italian champions Inter Milan defeated CSKA Moscow 1-0, 2-0 on aggregate.

An early goal by Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder – who had been an injury doubt on the eve of the match – set them on their way for their first appearance in the last four in seven years.

"The plan was to score before them," Mourinho said. "In Milan we scored after 10 shots. Today after the first one. And the tie was in the pocket.

"CSKA were under pressure today and failed to play at their best. We also didn’t play at our top in attack. I believe we should have scored at least one more goal."

Their task was made easier when Nigerian Chidi Odiah was sent-off early in the second-half for a second bookable offence.

Mourinho, who has previously taken Porto and then Chelsea to the last four with the former winning the trophy under him in 2004, could be joined as a coach to have taken three different sides to the last four by Dutchman Louis van Gaal if Bayern Munich beat Manchester United on Wednesday.

CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky admitted that Sneijder’s early goal had taken the wind out of his side’s sails.

"We came into the match looking for a win. But the early goal, along with Vasily Berezutsky’s injury made our task a great deal tougher," he said.

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"The exclusion of Chidi Odiah virtually dashed our hopes completely. But I can’t hold anything against my men today. They did all thay could."

He added: "I consider nevertheless that we looked good in both of our matches with Inter and deservedly had a place in the last eight."

Sneijder struck in the sixth minute with a freekick, which while finely struck would not have endangered the CSKA Moscow goal had Japanese international Keisuke Honda not jumped over the ball.

CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev vainly stretched out his legs to try and stop it as he was diving the other way but to no avail, and was understandably furious with Honda.

CSKA – who missed their most creative player Milos Krasic as he was suspended – rarely threatened to get back on level terms during the first-half apart from a neat move which saw Tomas Necid go agonisingly close in the 23rd minute with Inter ‘keeper Julio Cesar well beaten.

CSKA also put together another dazzling passing move with 10 minutes remaining of the first period turning the Inter midfield and defence inside out only for Pavel Mamaev to lose control of his shot inside the area, the ball going sideways instead of at the Inter goal.

Inter, though, almost made them pay again as Diego Milito – scorer of the goal in the first leg – turned inside a CSKA defender and with just Akinfeev to beat saw the Russian international ‘keeper save with his legs.

Any hope of CSKA mounting a miraculous comeback ended in the 50th minute as Odiah was redcarded by French referee Stephane Lannoy for a second bookable offence after the Nigerian – who had come on in the first-half for Vasili Berezutski – clattered into Samuel Eto’o.

CSKA did trouble Julio Cesar as Chilean winger Mark Gonzalez – once of Liverpool and Real Betis – fired in a shot but the Brazilian guardian was equal to the task and caught it smartly.

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Inter were strolling to victory, but they did draw good saves from Akinfeev through Sneijder and Dejan Stankovic, and the Russian stood tall when needed to deny Milito when he was one on one with him with 17 minutes remaining.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. kim Onsongo

    December 16, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    great statement

  2. Esther Wanjue

    December 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    PSCU is doing a great job. This statement has really educated me. Thanks Itumbi and team

  3. Mike Keter

    December 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    It is easy to understand why guys hit at PSCU. This guys are doing their job. Well written…”t is one thing to shout freedom, like Raila and his cohort in the civil
    society. The difficult part, requiring resolve, stamina and courage, is
    protecting freedom. Our constitutional order is threatened by terrorists
    and their collaborators, many of whom speak the language of civil
    rights fluently and vehemently. The Jubilee Alliance is protecting our
    freedom form terrorists, bandits, gangsters and criminals.”

  4. Graham

    December 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Idiots. is this the best Itumbi and Co. can do. On Facts they may be right but life is not abour facts…it is about reality. Unasikia Itumbi

  5. Grace

    December 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Itumbi is the chief Jubilee propagandist – I must however admit I love listening to him. The boy can convince you even with a lie

    • Jongere

      December 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      He can convince only the Grace, if you are a woman then that is very normal. Hurrah Itumbi the IT specialist in Kenya. But I wouldn´t give Itumbi such a honourable title “Propagandist”which to date, the most prominent guy with this title was Prof. Josef Goebbel the German-Nazi propagandist and if you are interested find out the havoc he created in the 2nd World War.

  6. isindu

    December 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Don’t we just hate the politics of where we are as a Country? Jubilee and ODM can take their hatred elsewhere. Perhaps we need to find an alternative to the two since neither is interested in prudent governance but rather mini-battles that are inconsequential in policy yet alienates the same household.

    • Jongere

      December 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      You have a point here. The Presidential Press Unit should not be the “Political Buro” for the ruling coalition. That is the work of the party. Maybe I am wrong. We have a completely new style from Kenya that apparently will outlive the leader who accepted the entity. Kudos for the team for they bring no advantage to the Office. When the team has sub-qualified lots like Itumbi who is evidently amateurist with professionals but may be incompetent then you have an entity which is a nonstarter.

  7. Qwani

    December 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    What Babu yearns for is a repeat of the 2007 violence. He would cherish the idea of the country becoming ungovernable and hope for the return of the nusu mkate government, with himself of course featuring in some high position somewhere.
    As mentioned in this article, it doesn’t matter how he gets power. For him the end justifies the means.

    • Jongere

      December 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Your last sentences applies to those you support too. when you point someone, the other fingers point at you.
      Shameless.

  8. Nyakwaragakhan

    December 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    A Presidential Press bureau shouldn’t all along be presenting propaganda-laced nonsense. President Kenyatta is the luckiest leader ever, controlling a parliament with a wide majority and in reign of a robust educated population. All he needs to do is to provide leadership and not PR and unnecessary pageantry. He should inspire hope in young Kenyans who are graduating from schols and unversities ready to join the queue of building the nation. He should create employement and deal firmly with insecurity. He can only do these by vanguishing tribalism which thrives best withing the courts of his palace. Let him address the issue of security proactively, donning military fatigue doesnt defeat terrorism, neither posting portraits with idle army chiefs will scare our enemies. The opposition will remain alive to execute their roles of opposing, but that shouldn’t distract a genuinely elected government. Learn to out-do the opposition by delivering your pre-election promises.

    So far, Jubilee govt has not delivered anything, not even a stalled project can be counted on their name. Projects that were initiated by the last regime are the ones the president and his deputy have been busy for 18months visiting (claiming to be initiating), worst still, such projects are encountering bottlenecks courtesy of the most corrupt Harambee House bureaucrats. Institutions have been ethnicised. The security docket is under the armpit of those known to habour a notion of “our government” and “our people”. A practice that has only served to divide the country further. Instead of addressing all these, the president through his handlers has only managed to push thro’ our throats a legislation that will curtail our rights, and further undermine the constitution which we fervently fought for.

    Mr. Odinga is not Mr. Kenyatta’s enemy, Mr. Kenyatta’s enemies are his tribes men who have surrounded state lawns with crude arsenals to protect what they call their own.

  9. Jongere

    December 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    @Qwani:disqus maybe you have that in mind and can happen depending on how the election will be conducted. How about bringing in a total electronic voting system that is tamper proof and devoid of this inherent thievery? Supporting transparency is not being against the current leader, no.
    The article above is just full of propaganda. I think everyone wants security and liberty for no one eats politics. You see these young men working for the Presidential Press Unity can not gag anybody by using G. W. Bush´s slogan that he used to brand some Western European:”You are either with us or with the terrorist” and he failed to convince anybody. They are going to convince the core supporters but only that.
    They assume smartness to earn huge sum of shillings but would fail.

  10. John Kerera

    December 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Well written and to the point. Clearly this article expresses many Kenyans sentiments about Cord and its leadership. I hope this article was posted by all media houses for the public to read!

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