Colorado stunned in Club World CupBy: Matthew Burgess | December 14th, 2010
Internacional’s Club World Cup campaign came to an abrupt end this afternoon after Congelese outfit TP Mazembe handed the Colorado a 2-0 defeat.
Inter started the game brightly with Tinga in particular looking problematic for the Mazembe defence. However after the initial period, Mazemba soon settled into their counterattacking game plan, with the pace of the Africa side proving to be a concern for Celso Roth’s side.
Despite a string of saves from the Mazemba keeper Kidiaba, Inter were unable to break the deadlock before halftime, with the African’s – who had stunned Mexican’s Pucha on Saturday – grew in confidence.
Inter failed to start the second half the same intensity which they had shown in at the beginning of the game and a nice strike from Kabangu gave Mazembe a shock 53rd minute lead.
The goal did little to spur Inter on as Roth introduced Giuliano and Leandro Damião, with any Kidiaba thwarting Inter’s attempts of levelling.
With minutes remaining, Mazembe confirmed Inter’s elimination from the tournament with Kaluyituka drilling in a well struck shot after generous defending from Inter.
Inter: Renan, Nei, Bolívar, Índio, Kleber, Guiñazu, Wilson Matius, D’Alessandro, Tinga (Giuliano), Rafael Sobis (Oscar), Alecsandro (Leandro Damião)
- Should Celso Roth step down as coach? Considering Roth has had months to prepare his team, physically and mentally (Inter conserved themselves throughout the final stages of the Brazilian championship), and other than the opening 15 minutes of today’s game, Inter looked stuck in second gear and naive defensively.
- He showed no real imagination in his changes, reliant on the raw talents of Leandro Damião and Oscar, whilst in replacing Tinga, he withdrew arguably Inter’s best player.
- Abel Braga anyone?