Inter Milan Defeats Bayern Munich in Final of Champions League

Inter Milan defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League final to win its first European soccer title in 45 years.

Diego Milito scored both goals at the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid as Inter added the European Cup to its Italian Serie A and Coppa Italia triumphs this year. It’s the sixth club overall, the first from Italy, to claim the “Treble” of the European Cup, domestic league and domestic cup championships in a season.

The title is Inter’s third in Europe’s top club competition and the first since back-to-back victories in 1964 and 1965. It’s the second European Cup victory for Inter manager Jose Mourinho, who led Porto to the title in 2004. He joins Ottmar Hitzfeld, who did it with Dortmund and Bayern, and ex-Feyenoord and Hamburg coach Ernst Happel as the only managers to win the trophy with two different clubs.

Glasgow Celtic in 1967, Ajax in 1972, PSV Eindhoven in 1988, Manchester United in 1999 and Barcelona in 2009 are the other teams to win the European treble.

Inter defeated defending champion Barcelona 3-2 in their two-match semifinal last month. The Italian club also had to get passed English Premier League champion Chelsea and CSKA Moscow to get to the final four for the first time in seven years.