Two goals from Adriano lifted Inter Milan past Swiss side Basel and into the lucrative group stages of the Champions League here Tuesday. Inter, semi-finalists in Europe's top club competition two years ago, prevailed 4-1 in this third round second leg qualifier to go through 5-2 on aggregate.
Adriano, whose 44-year-old father died after a sudden and undisclosed illness at the start of the month, put the Italians ahead in the opening minute, the 22-year-old Brazil international doubling up at the start of the second half.
Yugoslav midfielder Dejan Stankovic scored Inter's second with Uruguyan striker Alvaro Recoba completing their haul a minute before the hour mark. Basel's consolation goal came in the 49th minute from Mile Sterjovski.