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By ESPN Staff
Sep 27, 2006

Magath celebrates end of Bayern's Italian drought

MILAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath celebrated a 2-0 victory over Inter Milan on Wednesday which ended his club's 18-year run without a win in Italy.

Bayern's win, thanks to late goals by Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro and German international Lukas Podolski, was their first in Italy since they beat Inter in the third round of the UEFA Cup in the 1988-89 season and left them top of Champions League group B on six points from two matches.

'It's a special win. I'm not the kind of person who sets much store by statistics but tonight we've broken our run of not winning in Italy and against a great team too,' Magath said.

'This win has confirmed what I thought about the strength of my team.'

Inter, meanwhile, were left languishing at the bottom of the group without a point.

Coach Roberto Mancini insisted that they could still finish in the top two and qualify for the knockout phase of the competition.

'There are still four matches left and our chances of qualification have not been compromised,' he said.

'We've got enough time to finish second. We have to stay calm.'

According to Mancini, the final score did not accurately reflect the match.

Inter had been marginally the better side until striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 57th minute.

'It was already a fairly tough match - Bayern are a hard enough to play with 11.

'So to have to play with 10 men for 20 or 30 minutes had a big impact on the rest of the match.

'Having said that, right up until the goal we were well in the match, creating chances.

'Two-nil is a misleading result. It's not as though Bayern had 50 shots on goal.

'Their goals came out of our lapses in concentration. Even after Ibrahimovic's sending off it was a match that we could have won'.