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Milito strikes twice, Inter claims Champions League title

Inter Milan's Argentinian forward Diego Milito celebrates after

Inter Milan's Argentinian forward Diego Milito celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich. (May 22, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Diego Milito helped Inter Milan capture a long-awaited title Saturday in Madrid, netting both goals in a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

Milito scored the opener in the 35th minute and practically sealed Bayern's fate in the 70th minute with a phenomenal second strike. They were his only two shots of the evening.

Inter, lead by head coach Jose Mourinho, took home the European club championship for the first time since 1965. One has to wonder whether Mourinho, who had previously won a Champions League title with Chelsea, has left Italy a winner, with rumors swirling that he'll make his next stop at Real Madrid.

While Mourinho led Inter to a rare treble (league, cup and Champions League titles), the night belonged to Milito. In the 35th minute, he settled under a punt from keeper Julio Cesar and headed it to Wesley Sneijder's feet. The Dutchman then delivered a crisp pass back to the Argentine 25 yards from goal, where he took a few touches, hesitated slightly, and beat German keeper Hans-Jorg Butt. The duo almost delivered on a second goal before halftime, but Sneijder's shot within 15 yards of goal was saved.

Although Bayern managed more opportunities in the second half, Milito struck again. He collected a pass on the left side and streaked toward goal, hesitating once inside the box to make Daniel van Buyten look silly before firing his shot into the right side to cap an incredible evening.

For Bayern, Netherlands star Arjen Robben was seemingly the only player that made Inter sweat. Bastian Schweinsteiger showed little explosiveness in the middle, adopting more of a defensive role, and had no drive to create like Robben did countless times on the wing.

Inter went through several top teams -- Chelsea and Barcelona to name a few -- to get to Madrid, and Milito helped seal an incredible season with the sport's most coveted trophy.

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