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October 25, 2012 6:00 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ L. Liany‎
Attendance:‬ 18626‎
 
 
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Esteban Cambiasso
Esteban Cambiasso
FC Internazionale
Samir Handanoviç
Samir Handanoviç
FC Internazionale
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Matías Silvestre
Matías Silvestre
FC Internazionale
Matías Silvestre
Matías Silvestre
FC Internazionale

Inter 1-0 Partizan: Palacio nets late winner

The Nerazzurri were on top for most of the encounter but were forced to dig deep for victory as the Serbians proved to be stubborn opponents

By Livio Caferoglu

Alvaro Pereira - Inter-Partizan - Europa League
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Inter needed a goal just two minutes from normal time to overcome a plucky Partizan Belgrade outfit 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.

Rodrigo Palacio was the eventual hero after he came off the bench to net the all-important winner, but not before the visitors came within a fraction of recording a shock victory.

Coutinho was arguably Inter's most dangerous player in the opening stages, looking to break clear of the Serbians' defence on any given occasion, but he was guilty of missing the game's first clear-cut opportunity.

It came on nine minutes as Jonathan's cross-field pass was brought down by Alvaro Pereira, but the Brazilian could not finish off the left-back's cross with the goal at his mercy. His night was soon cut short due to an ankle knock and he was duly replaced by Palacio.

But that did not deter the visitors from making a positive start at the Giuseppe Meazza and Lazar Markovic did wonderfully well, coming in from the left, to show Jonathan a clean set of heels and curl a strike onto the post.

Their fearless approach was almost rewarded for a second time as Matias Silvestre appeared to have conceded a penalty following a cynical challenge on Aleksandar Mitrovic. However, the infringement was deemed to have been outside the box and Nemanja Tomic could only hit the side-netting with the resulting free kick.

But despite such a promising opening, the action turned into a dour affair after the half-hour mark as both sides drifted into a lull. A string of fouls followed, with three yellow cards being shown to guilty offenders in the final 15 minutes of the opening period.

Fans who were expecting an improvement after the break were to be disappointed. A scrap ensued for most of the second half; Partizan, bottom of Group H on goal difference before the fixture, were only too happy to settle for a point.

Antonio Cassano then squandered a golden chance to claim victory midway through the second half. The Italy star was on the receiving end of a cross from Palacio, but he inexplicably ballooned his effort over the bar despite being in bundles of space in the box.

Inter remained on top for what was left of the encounter, but without ever truly threatening. Coach Andrea Stramaccioni threw on Diego Milito in a bid to salvage a winning goal, and although the Argentine did come close via a snapshot, even he could not find the back of the net.

And when Markovic, through on goal, came within a whisker of beating Handanovic with not long left, it was enough of a warning sign for the former European champions to spark into life and find the winner. Palacio popped up in the box to freely head in for the three points.

The last-gasp victory puts the Italians level with Rubin Kazan, who beat Neftchi Baku 1-0 earlier on Thursday, at the top of Group H.


FC Internazionale

1
Samir Handanoviç
Goalkeeper
3.00
26
2.00
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
3.00
5
Juan Jesus
Defender
3.00
2
Jonathan
Defender
47′
3.00
10
Coutinho
Midfielder
31′
3.00
13
Fredy Guarín
Midfielder
2.50
16
Gaby Mudingayi
Midfielder
2.50
19
Esteban Cambiasso
Midfielder
3.00
7
Marko Livaja
Striker
52′
2.50
99
2.50

Partizan

2.50
-
3.00
-
3.00
3
3.00
-
I. Ivanov
Defender
62′
3.00
40
3.00
-
Nemanja Tomic
Midfielder
44′ 80′
3.00
22
Sasa Ilic
Midfielder
76′
2.50
-
3.00
-
Medo
Midfielder
33′
2.50
-
3.00
50

Substitutes

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Vid Belec
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
3.00
23
 - 
25
 - 
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
 - 
8
3.00
22
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
33
Radiša Ilić
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
21
 - 
-
Miloš Jojić
Midfielder
76′
 - 
-
 - 
44

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
Striker
Toronto FC
7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0