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February 14, 2013 8:05 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ M. Koukoulakis‎
Attendance:‬ 14790‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Inter 2-0 Cluj

Goal.com was on hand to cast an eye over proceedings as two goals from Rodrigo Palacio gave the Nerazzurri a commanding lead ahead of the second leg

By Simon Harrison

  • Samir Handanoviç
    132
    6
    3.50

    Samir Handanoviç

    Made a good save from a Rui Pedro free kick in first half stoppage time, but was mainly a spectator for the majority of the game as the ball was tied up in a midfield battle.

  • Matías Silvestre
    58
    55
    2.00

    Matías Silvestre

    Was a worthy partner for Ranocchia, and performed his duties efficiently, as neither Rui Pedro or Maah enjoyed any joy against the Inter central defensive pairing.

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    138
    6
    3.50

    Andrea Ranocchia

    Remained solid and untroubled by Maah throughout, as the 24-year-old essentially shut the Frenchman out of the game.

  • Á. Pereira
    78
    37
    2.50

    Á. Pereira

    Managed to get forward and aid his side's attacks, as well as playing solidly in his own half. Picked up a needless yellow card for closing down and fouling Godemeche in the first half.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    113
    18
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Battled and harried for the ball throughout the game, as his consistent work ethic shone through. Rarely beaten for pace, as his marker failed to get in behind the Japanese international too often.

  • Fredy Guarín
    139
    16
    3.50

    Fredy Guarín

    Threaded through some well-weighted passes for Palacio and Cassano to run onto, and got a deserved assist for supplying the ball for Palacio's opener.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    88
    35
    2.00

    Esteban Cambiasso

    His hesitancy was to blame for Inter not scoring twice in the opening stages and he failed to have the metronome-like impact on the game that is his trademark.

  • Walter Gargano
    114
    6
    3.00

    Walter Gargano

    Battled well in the centre of midfield, which Inter dominated much more in the second half, as the visitors dropped deeper and tired.

  • Mateo Kovačić
    396
    9
    4.00

    Mateo Kovačić

    Displayed a good range of passing, looking composed in possession for a young player. Threaded through numerous great passes for his team-mates to run onto, and the starlet looks to have already found his feet in Italy.

  • Diego Milito
    143
    9

    Diego Milito

    Unfortunate to be substituted with what looked like potential ligament damage, after falling awkwardly following a fair challenge with Godemeche

  • Antonio Cassano
    145
    19
    4.00

    Antonio Cassano

    Was imperious in possession, and played a range of intelligent passes, which at times his team-mates did not anticipate. He was the creative spark in the Inter side, who looked less potent after his substitution.

Substitutions

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    115
    13
    3.00

    Ricardo Álvarez

    Looked composed in possession upon taking to the field, but did not have a huge impact on the match. Is looking to be turning into a good impact substitute.

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    241
    7
    5.00

    Rodrigo Palacio Top of the Match

    Took his two chances fantastically well, with two delightful lofted finishes to beat the opposition goalkeeper. Was unfortunate not to convert a hat-trick due to other spurned opportunities, but he was a class above the rest.

  • Mário Felgueiras
    2
    9
    3.00

    Mário Felgueiras

    Made himself big on two occasions to deny Rodrigo Palacio in the first half, as the Portuguese keeper came out on top in several one-on-one duels.

  • Camora
    1
    11
    3.00

    Camora

    Battled and worked hard throughout, but was generally overpowered and overrun, as Inter pushed on with the likes of Guarin in the later stages.

  • Felice Piccolo
    4
    7
    3.50

    Felice Piccolo

    Although he struggled with the pace of Palacio at times, he had a steady game, as Inter were forced to play the ball wide rather than working it through the middle.

  • Ionut Rada
    6
    6
    3.50

    Ionut Rada

    Similarly to Piccolo, he had a solid game, breaking up play and helping his side to stay compact as they dropped deep in the later stages.

  • Ivo Pinto
    1
    11
    2.50

    Ivo Pinto

    Palacio and Cassano regularly peeled off the central defenders and into wide areas, with Pinto struggling to deal with the technical ability of Cassano especially.

  • Laszlo Sepsi
    6
    8
    2.50

    Laszlo Sepsi

    Delivered one quality ball in the first half, which Rui Pedro should probably have converted, but otherwise had a very quiet game.

  • Cadu
    5
    8
    3.00

    Cadu

    Made one particularly good recovering challenge in the first half to deny Cassano from bearing down on goal, and was reasonably solid throughout, as Inter really struggled to break through Cluj.

  • Gabriel Muresan
    1
    12
    2.50

    Gabriel Muresan

    Struggled to have any kind of impact on the game. Although he was quite heavily involved in the opening stages as Cluj pushed on, in the second half he was practically invisible.

  • Nicolas Godemèche
    2
    10
    3.00

    Nicolas Godemèche

    Was strong and composed in the centre of midfield for the visitors, but was substituted in the first half after coming off worst in a challenge with Alvaro Pereira.

  • Rui Pedro
    4
    15
    1.50

    Rui Pedro Flop of the Match

    Had a very poor game, failing to even have an attempt on target, and spurned several good free kick opportunities from dangerous areas.

  • Robert Maah
    1
    10
    2.50

    Robert Maah

    Struggled to break through at any given point of the game, as he was marshalled by Ranocchia and Silvestre. His pace failed to trouble the Inter defence whatsoever.

Substitutions

  • Vasile Maftei
    2
    9
    2.00

    Vasile Maftei

    Did not have as strong a game as the man he replaced, as the 32-year-old had a slightly harder time of things in the centre of the park.

  • Ioan Hora
    2
    10
    2.00

    Ioan Hora

    Similarly to the man he replaced, Hora failed to really get a touch of the ball late on, as Inter pushed for a second goal and his side were content to sit deep and hope Inter did not double their lead.

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