Wesley Sneijder’s sixth minute direct kick goal left CSKA needing three goals, drastically changing the complexion of the tie. Almost immediately after the goal, Internazionale ceded possession to CSKA and concentrated on defending while probing the Muscovites on the counter. That formula was enough to give the Italian champions a 1-0 victory, advancing on a 2-0 aggregate, reaching their first UEFA Champions League semifinal final since the format changed in 2002-03.

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