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Inter Milans Diego Milito celebrates scoring against Bayern Munich during their Champions League final soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid
By Guest Writer Rob Watts.

Inter Milan completed a domestic treble after overcoming a determined Bayern Munich side to clinch the Champions League at the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. There European achievement is added to the list of an championship title as well as the Coppa Italia under departing manager Jose Mourinho.

Bayern started off brightly and dominated possession most of the first half; Arjen Robben running the show for the Munich side. The Bayern winger gave Inter left-back Christian Chivu a hard time; beating him down the right hand side to set up Ivica Olic who put it wide. Robben then sliced wide after a mix up in the Bayern defence.

Inter started to show the kind of attacking play that has helped them win the Serie A and Coppa Italia. Wesley Sneidjer saw a 40-yard free-kick deflected away from Bayern keeper Hans Jorg Butt. Inter broke the deadlock after 34 minutes, Milito running onto an exquisite pass from Sneijder and clipped the ball home for a brilliant finish.

Inter barely deserved the lead so soon after Bayern had dominated and the German outfit would have been disappointed to concede after a brilliant spell. Just after the 2nd half kicked off, the German champions could have been level. Thomas Mueller failed to connect with a side finish, allowing Cesar to parry his shot away.

Robben remained Bayern’s main threat with his pace and skill on the right hand side. The dutchman’s free-kick almost produced an equalizer, only for Mueller’s shot to be blocked. Just like in the first half, Milito produced another moment of magic. The Argentine brilliantly turned defender Mark van Buyten, before blasting his 30th goal of the season.

Milito’s second goal was effectively game over for Bayern and Inter coasted to victory in Milan. An extremely fitting end to Mourinho’s reign as Inter boss, where ironically his last game in charge for them was at the stadium where he will be taking over at arguably the world’s biggest side Real Madrid.

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