ADEMILSON HATTRICK SINKS REAL MADRID
Samba Boys: Brazilians Ademilson (above) and Emerson Luiz scored all of Inter's goals as they steamrolled Real Madrid at the Giuseppe Meazza, with 3 and 1 goals respectively.
Real Madrid; the most successful team in the history of the UEFA Champions League. With 9 wins, stretching back to when the competition was known as the European Cup, Los Galacticos have always been a major threat to winning the trophy. They were set to face Inter Milan in the semifinals, a new giant on the European stage, having won 3 of their 5 Champions League titles since 2010.
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza was entirely sold out, the fans were singing, the teams were on the pitch, and the referees were prepared. Everything was ready for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal between two-time reigning champions Inter Milan and "La Decima" hunters Real Madrid.
Los Galacticos had won the kick off, and Karim Benzema rolled the ball to Mesut Ozil to knock back to 16 year old central defender Miguel Prieto. The teenage sensation was making only his 4th ever professional appearance, but seemed comfortable enough when receiving the ball. The Spaniard stroked the ball toward his partner Kyriakos Papadapoulos...
And Ademilson was on the spot to intercept the pass and hammer home a finish past the helpless Iker Casillas. 9 seconds into the match, Inter Milan was up, and the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza quite nearly exploded with noise. Prieto looked absolutely heartbroken, and things weren't about to get any better.
Just three minutes later, Ademilson struck again. This time, Raheem Sterling did the damage, utilizing his pace to burst by Roger Roberto on the right flank. The Englishman crossed to the near post, and Ademilson was there once again, this time just about knocking the ball into the net with his knee. Inter was 2-0 up just 4 minutes in.
From there on out, the game was bound to be all Inter. Real Madrid hardly got a touch of the ball for the rest of the first half, and two minutes into injury time, Ademilson completed his hattrick. This one was partly Iker Casillas's fault, as his poor clearance fell straight to Raheem Sterling. The Englishman slotted in Ademilson, who quickly chipped over the stranded Spain international shot-stopper to make it 3-0 at half time.
In the second half, things almost got far worse as Iker Casillas was forced into great saves against both Rogerio and Jan Kirchhoff from a set piece and corner kick respectively. Real Madrid didn't manage a single shot all game.
With time winding down, Emerson Luiz put the icing on the cake as he met Andrea Poli's corner at the near post and flicked it into the net with ease.
Giuseppe Bergomi was asked a lot of questions and made a lot of statements after the game, but one thing he said was the most poignant: "This was the greatest footballing performance I've ever seen."
Final Score: INTER 4-0 REAL MADRID