Jose Mourinho maintained his 100% record in the Champions League quarter-finals as Inter knocked out CSKA Moscow to reach the semi-final stage for the first time since 2002/03.
Wesley Sneijder scored the all-important early goal at the Luzhniki Stadium to add to Diego Milito’s 65th-minute strike in Milan, leaving Inter in charge of their destiny and the Russians needing three goals.
An already uphill task became even steeper for the Muscovites shortly after the restart when Chidi Odiah was dismissed for a second booking.
Eleven against ten and a two-goal lead on aggregate made for a walk in a synthetic park for Inter who peppered Akinfeev’s area throughout the second half.
Inter will play at home to Arsenal or Barcelona in the first leg of the semi-final on Tuesday 20 April, with the return leg on Wednesday 28 April.