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Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

Inter hands Mourinho victory over Chelsea

MILAN, Italy (AP) Jose Mourinho won his first competitive match against Chelsea since leaving the Blues in September 2007, with Esteban Cambiasso scoring the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute to give Inter Milan a 2-1 victory Wednesday night in the first leg of the European Champions League's second round.

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Mourinho's revenge: Chelsea's Didier Drogba controls the ball in front of Inter Milan's Lucio in Champions League action on Wednesday at the San Siro. Inter won 2-1. AP PHOTO

Diego Milito put the Italian champions ahead in the third minute, but Salomon Kalou tied the score in the 51st. Cambiasso scored with a left-footed shot that beat goalkeeper Petr Cech after his initial shot had rebounded back to him off a Chelsea player.

Kalou had an appeal for a penalty kick waved off toward the end of the first half.

"The important thing for us was to win, not draw," Mouinho said. "I think everyone was expecting this type of result."

The second leg is in London on March 16, which figures to be an emotional return for Mourinho to Stamford Bridge.

"I have to control my emotions and be professional, like I was today," Mourinho said. "In the tunnel, it was not a normal game for me and nor was it a normal game for them. At Stamford Bridge, I think people will be pleased to have me back because we had such a good time — but I will go to a different dressing room and a different bench."

In Moscow, Mark Gonzalez scored from 30 meters with a left-footed shot in the 66th minute, giving CSKA Moscow a 1-1 tie with Sevilla.

Man City ousted

LONDON (AP) Ryan Shawcross and Tuncay Sanli scored extra-time goals as Stoke beat Manchester City 3-1 in an F.A. Cup fifth-round replay on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals.

While Tottenham and Aston Villa made it safely into the last eight with replay victories, big-spending City's only realistic target now is finishing fourth in the Premier League.

Bridge quits England

LONDON (AP) Wayne Bridge is refusing to play for England in the wake of former captain John Terry's alleged affair with the defender's former partner.

Bridge said in a statement Thursday that his position in the squad is "untenable and potentially divisive."

England coach Fabio Capello stripped Terry of the captaincy after reports emerged that the Chelsea defender had an affair with the mother of Bridge's child.



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