Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Inter hammered 5-0 in Gamper Trophy

Serie A champions Inter were hammered 5-0 by Barcelona in the 42nd Joan Gamper Trophy at the Camp Nou tonight.

The Nerazzurri travelled to Spain without a number of key players who stayed behind to continue their preparations for Saturday's Serie A trip to Empoli.

Barca edged in front after just seven minutes when Ronaldinho powered home his penalty after a foul by Chivu on Giovani. After procuring the opener, youngster Giovani took the ball past Chivu and fired past Toldo from close range to double his team's lead after only 12 minutes on the clock.

Toldo pulled off a series of fine saves before the break, including a diving parry from Ronaldinho's free kick, but there was little the keeper could do to keep out Toure's stunning long-range effort for Barcelona's third before half-time.

Inter showed signs of a recovery after the interval, with Argentines Crespo and Solari both missing chances to reduce the arrears. Their compatriot Lionel Messi produced a moment of magic eleven minutes in, serving Iniesta who slotted past Toldo to make it 4-0.

And with eleven minutes remaining Brazilian midfielder Motta rose in the area to head home and complete the rout. A terrible night for Inter.

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