6 Apr 2011

Schalke stun defending champions Inter Milan

9:23 am on 6 April 2011

Holders Inter Milan face almost certain elimination from European football's Champions League after collapsing to a stunning 5-2 home defeat by a makeshift Schalke 04 team in their quarter-final first leg at the San Siro this morning.

Inter looked on course to continue the defence of their title when in the first minute Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer ran out to head the ball clear and Dejan Stankovic calmly volleyed the ball into the net from just inside his own half.

The German side struck back through Joel Matip and although Diego Milito briefly restored Inter's lead, two goals from Edu, one from Raul and an own goal by Andrea Ranocchia put Schalke in complete control of the tie.

Inter's night got even worse when defender Cristian Chivu was sent off for his second yellow card midway through the second half.