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Mourinho plots 1-0 win for Inter Milan at Chelsea

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

LONDON (AP): Inter Milan eliminated Chelsea 1-0 to squeeze into the Champions League quarter-finals after a four-year absence, while CSKA Moscow made it for the first time, at Sevilla's expense yesterday.

Samuel Eto'o, who also handed Chelsea their last home defeat in the Champions League four years ago, scored with 12 minutes left to give Inter a 1-0 win and end Chelsea's 21-match unbeaten streak at home in the tournament.

While Inter advanced 3-1 over two matches, CSKA won 2-1 at Sevilla to go through 3-2 on aggregate.

Final goal

Tomas Necid put CSKA ahead in the 39th minute, beating goalkeeper Andres Palop, but Diego Perotti equalised two minutes later. Keisuke Honda got the final goal in the 55th when Palop punched his long free kick into the net.

But Chelsea's efforts to win European club football's top trophy go on. The English Premier League club lost two semi-finals under Jose Mourinho, lost a penalty shootout in the 2008 final and were beaten in a contentious semi-final by last season's eventual winner Barcelona.

"This is the story of this club, and this is the story of these players, so this is a demonstration of history," Mourinho said on his return as Inter manager. "I'm not saying Inter are better. I'm saying today Inter were much better.

"Today I was the enemy, and today the enemy won."

The Stamford Bridge crowd sang Mourinho's name on his first return since leaving the club in 2007 and jeered him at the end.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was sent off with three minutes left, for stomping on Thiago Motta's foot after the Inter midfielder bundled into him in the area with a challenge that could have yielded a penalty.

Eto'o also scored the winner the last time Chelsea lost at Stamford Bridge - 2-1 to Barcelona in February 2006, when Mourinho was coach.

More possession

At Sevilla's Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Sevilla had slightly more possession, but struggled to create chances as they and CSKA looked cagey. But once CSKA were ahead, they looked comfortable protecting the lead as the clock ticked down.

"It wasn't to be, they played better than us," Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido said. "Our team was too tensed up."

The quarter-final line-up will be completed today when defending champions Barcelona host Stuttgart and Bordeaux host Olympiakos. Barcelona need only to stop the German club from scoring after a 1-1 first-leg draw, while Bordeaux lead 1-0.