Inter through despite Trabz draw

Inter Milan guaranteed they will finish top of Group B after drawing 1-1 with Turkish side Trabzonspor in their UEFA Champions League match.

The 2010 champions had already qualified for the knockout stages prior to kick-off after Lille beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 in Moscow earlier today, but the draw means they cannot be caught at the top as they lead Trabzonspor by four points with one match remaining.

The two sides fought out an entertaining first-half with the visitors drawing first blood as Argentinian midfielder Ricardo Alvarez scored a great goal in the 18th minute. Alvarez played a 1-2 with compatriot Gabriel Milito and then slotted it past goalkeeper Tolga Zengin.

Burak Yilmaz almost broke his duck in the competition - a contrast to his lethal domestic form which has brought him 13 goals this term - three minutes later but his effort went just wide with Julio Cesar beaten.

However, the hosts didn't have to wait long for the equaliser as two minutes later veteran striker Halil Altintop saw his 25-yard effort fly into the net, though, it took a deflection off Inter's Argentinian defender Walter Samuel.

Burak Yilmaz, who has 13 goals in the domestic league but none in Europe, had a great chance but aimed his header straight at Cesar, while straight from that action Inter created a gilt-edged opportunity for themselves but Mauro Zarate's shot was well-saved by Tolga Zengin.

Trabzonspor were proving that the first result between the sides had been no fluke and Alanzinho went close to giving them the lead with ten minutes remaining of the first-half but Cesar got down well to turn it away for a corner.

Inter were a bit hesitant at the start of the second half, but finally got going when their veteran Serbian midfielder Dejan Stankevic unleashed a fierce drive and Zengin did well to turn it around the post for a corner.

Trabzonspor kept pressing and the lively Yilmaz - a target for leading clubs outside Turkey - forced a good save out of Cesar just after the hour mark.

Alanzinho also went close with 20 minutes remaining as the Brazilian got in on goal, but his shot slid just wide of the post with Cesar well beaten.