German side Shalke 04 recovered from being a goal down in the 1st minute to pull off an impressive 5-2 win at reigning chamions Inter Milan last night. The italians started the game as strong favourites and even though Matip equalised for the German side on 17 minutes it looked like normal service would be resumed when the Argentinian international Milito restored inters advantage.
However Shalke were level again before the break, and then a 3 goal blast in the second half silenced the Italian contingent of the 75,000 crowd, and left them with one foot in the semi finals.
Inter Milan will now effectively need to win by 4 clear goals to turn this one around, and although they showed great battling qualities against Bayern Munich in the last round it is almost impossible to see them advance from here.
The Champions League Semi Final draw has paired Britains best hopes Chelsea & Manchester United guaranteeing an English presence in the last 4, but probably dashing any hope of an al English final. The final 8 are comprised of 3 English Clubs, 2 Spanish, and one each from Italy, Germany and the Ukraine.
Looking at the ties objectively we expect the final four to comnprise Inter Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid & Chelsea, although with teams of this quality anything can happen and some exciting football looks instore.
Inter Milan v Schalke 04
Real Madrid v Tottenham
Barcelona v Shakhtar Donetsk
Chelsea v Man Utd
Schalke 04 who lost to Bayern Munich at this stage last season stunned the current German Cup holders with a 1-0 win to reach the German Cup final on Wednesday night and in doing so kept alive their chances of playing in Europe next season.
Schalke who are currently lying 10th in the Bundesliga, will now face second divison Duisburg in the Berlin Final in May. The winning goal was scored by veteran Spanish striker Raul.
This defeat for Bayern Munich coming on the heels of a 3-1 Bundesliga defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday means that last years double winners will probably end the nseason trophyless unlessthey can go one better in this seasons Champions League.
Their opponents Duisburg claimed their place with a 2-1 win over Energie Cottbus and they will be the first second-division club to compete in the final since 2004.