Inter takes 1st-leg win over Chelsea: Champions League
CSKA Moscow, Sevilla battle to a draw
Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso earned Inter Milan a 2-1 first-leg victory over Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday, while a 30-metre drive by Chilean winger Mark Gonzalez salvaged a 1-1 tie for CSKA Moscow against Sevilla.
In a high-quality and evenly contested game at San Siro, Inter coach Jose Mourinho gained an advantage over the Premier League team he led to back-to-back English titles in 2005-06. But Chelsea, managed by former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, needs only to win the second leg 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on March 16 to reach the quarter-final on away goals.
Argentina forward Diego Milito collected a ball from Samuel Eto'o and easily sidestepped Chelsea captain John Terry before firing past goalkeeper Petr Cech at his near post.
After Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's free kick from 25 metres hit the Inter bar, the visitors tied it in the 51st minute.
Salomon Kalou scored with a 22-metre shot inside the far post after a determined run by right back Branislav Ivanovic had opened up the defence.
But Chelsea was tied for only four minutes. Cambiasso hit a shot that was blocked and followed up with a low, left-footer that flew inside the far post.
Chelsea lost Cech with what appeared a serious knee injury in the 60th and replaced him with Hilario.
At Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Sevilla went ahead in the 25th minute when an unmarked Alvaro Negredo tapped the ball into an empty net from a cross by Jesus Navas. But CSKA earned the draw when Gonzalez fired in a left-footed shot in the 66th minute.
"It would have been better to win, but this can be considered a good result," Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez said. "We needed to make short passes because of the artificial pitch. We got a draw and we will decide everything in the second leg."
On Tuesday, defending champion Barcelona tied 1-1 at Stuttgart and Bordeaux won 1-0 at Olympiakos.