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1 vs 3
Played
November 9, 2012 7:05 AM EST
Stadion Partizana — Beograd
Referee:‬ Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes‎
Attendance:‬ 17186‎
 
Top of the Match
Rodrigo Palacio
Rodrigo Palacio
Inter
Fredy Guarín
Fredy Guarín
Inter
Flop of the Match
Medo
Medo
Partizan
Medo
Medo
Partizan

Partizan 1-3 Inter: Palacio & Guarin send Italians through

A subdued affair in Belgrade saw the forward prove to be the catalyst for the second time against the Serbians, with his Colombian team-mate also getting on the scoresheet

By Livio Caferoglu

Fredy Guarin against Ivan Ivanov - Partizan-Inter
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Inter recovered from a slow start against Partizan Belgrade to secure a 3-1 win in the Europa League on Thursday and confirm their place in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Andrea Stramaccioni's side failed to hit the heights of their Derby d'Italia scalp over Juventus, and they needed Rodrigo Palacio to step up to the plate with two goals midway through the second half, before Fredy Guarin could round off the victory in the latter stages. Nemanja Tomic also netted late on but it proved to be scant consolation for the hosts.

The opening passages saw the hosts looking the better side, as they looked to make home advantage count against the Nerazzurri, but coach Vladimir Vermezovic would have been dispirited to see his side fail to convert possession into chances.

On the other hand, the energy of the Alvaro Pereira and Guarin initially appeared to be Inter's most threatening outlets, but they struggled to muster any fluency in their play, though, soon began to take control of the tie.

Their improvement could have been halted by a surprise Partizan goal straight after the interval but Samir Handanovic was on alert to pull off an instinctive stop from Juan Jesus' botched clearance.

Yet the Italians used the scare as motivation for a subsequent goalrush. Moments later, Guarin played his way into the box and rolled a low ball across goal for Palacio to finish with a simple tap-in.

Milan Smjlancic then tried his best to put Partizan back on level terms, but Handanovic again came to the rescue, extending an arm to prevent the former Espanyol man from striking home the equaliser. Matias Silvestre then made a last-ditch intervention to deny the midfielder shortly after.

Guarin and Palacio then combined once more to great effect, with the Argentine getting on the end of the ex-Porto star's pass to make it 2-0. Guarin then reverted roles, this time finishing Antonio Cassano's through-ball with aplomb to complete the rout.

And despite Nemanja Tomic's best efforts in injury time, grabbing the match's fourth goal, it did not deter the Nerazzurri from attaining a club-record 10th straight away victory.


Partizan

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Nikola Petrović
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
3.00
-
I. Ivanov
Defender
3.50
-
2.50
40
Miloš Ostojić
Defender
48′
3.00
-
Medo
Midfielder
55′
2.00
-
Nemanja Tomic
Midfielder
91′
3.50
22
Sasa Ilic
Midfielder
30′
2.50
-
Milan Smiljanic
Midfielder
3.50
-
3.00
50
Lazar Marković
Midfielder
2.50

Inter

4.00
1
3.00
4
3.00
26
2.50
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
3.50
5
Juan Jesus
Defender
55′
3.00
2
Jonathan
Defender
3.50
55
4.00
13
Fredy Guarín
Midfielder
51′ 75′ 87′
 - 
16
Gaby Mudingayi
Midfielder
14′
3.00
19
3.00
7

Substitutes

33
Radiša Ilić
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 
-
Miloš Jojić
Midfielder
30′ 78′
3.00
44
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
12
 - 
-
Simone Pasa
Midfielder
3.00
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
14′
 - 
-
Andrea Romanò
Midfielder
4.50
8
 - 
22
3.50
99

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Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
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Striker
Toronto FC
7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
C. Bacca C. Bacca
Striker
Sevilla
7 0