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Jose Mourinho's Internazionale ended a home winless run in the Champions League stretching back 14 months to go through to the knockout stages last night by beating Rubin Kazan 2-0.

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Jose Mourinho, the Internazionale coach, is desperate for his players to recreate their Serie A form in the vital Champions League game with Dynamo Kiev tonight.

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