Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/2/11
Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Juventus was Inter's fifth loss in nine league games and left them one place above the Serie A relegation zone. But Inter, who won 1-0 at Lille two weeks ago, are top of Group B and strengthened their grip through Walter Samuel's header and Diego Milito's second-half strike before Vinicius De Melo pulled a late goal back for Lille. Inter started like men possessed as Milito hit the bar in the second minute with a lofted shot before Cristian Chivu had an effort blocked by Benoit Pedretti less than a minute later. An entertaining opening saw Mauro Zarate's effort saved by Mickael Landreau and Pedretti drill a shot wide at the other end. Pedretti was again off target a minute later while team-mate Ireneusz Jelen had an effort blocked from inside the box. Zarate forced a save from Landreau with his fizzing 18th-minute shot and seconds later the deadlock was broken. Wesley Sneijder's corner was typically dangerous and centre-back Samuel was happy to capitali...
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