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Inter Milan dumps Barca, reaches final

Inter Milan reached the European Champions League final for the first time in 38 years, surviving Thiago Motta’s first-half ejection to defeat defending champion Barcelona on 3-2 aggregate despite a 1-0 loss Wednesday night in Barcelona.

Inter will play Bayern Munich in the final on May 22 at Madrid. The Italians will be seeking their third title, none since 1965.

Gerard Pique scored in the 84th minute for Barcelona, which had lost the first leg in Italy 3-1 last week. Bojan Krkic put the ball into the net in injury time but it was disallowed because of a handball called on Yaya Toure during the buildup.

A 2-0 victory would have tied the aggregate score and advanced Barcelona to its second straight final on away goals, but Inter frustrated FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic before nearly 100,000 fans at Camp Nou.

Motta was given a red card in the 28th after tangling with Sergio Busquets.


Pachuca won the CONCACAF Champions League Wednesday when Edgar Benitez scored in the third minute of stoppage time for a 1-0 win over rival Mexican club Cruz Azul in Pachuca, Mexico.

The result tied the two-game final at 2-2 on aggregate, giving Pachuca the title with more away goals. Cruz Azul won the first leg 2-1 in its stadium in Mexico City.


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