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Inter out to stay unbeaten against Partizan

Published: Monday 29 October 2012, 10.05CET
Unbeaten in five meetings with FK Partizan, FC Internazionale Milano have the opportunity to qualify for the round of 32 with two games to spare if they extend that run in Belgrade.
Inter out to stay unbeaten against Partizan
Rodrigo Palacio celebrates his late winner against Partizan on matchday three ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Monday 29 October 2012, 10.05CET

Inter out to stay unbeaten against Partizan

Unbeaten in five meetings with FK Partizan, FC Internazionale Milano have the opportunity to qualify for the round of 32 with two games to spare if they extend that run in Belgrade.

FC Internazionale Milano will look to extend their unbeaten run against FC Partizan when they travel to Belgrade on matchday four.

• Inter left it late to get the better of Partizan on matchday three, Rodrigo Palacio scoring the only goal two minutes from time.

• The Nerazzurri are top of UEFA Europa League Group H and can qualify with two games to spare if they do not lose and FC Rubin Kazan beat Neftçi PFK.

Previous meetings
• Inter's record in five games against Partizan is W4 D1 L0 (W3 D0 L0 in Milan – W1 D1 L0 in Belgrade).

• Helenio Herrera's Inter overcame Hugo Rusevljanin's Partizan 4-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals en route to winning the 1963/64 European Champion Clubs' Cup, beating Real Madrid CF 3-1 in the final in Vienna.

• The teams for their first meeting, a 2-0 win for Inter in Belgrade on 26 February 1964 were:
Partizan: Šoškić, Sombolac, Mihajlović, Radović, Jovanović, Miladinović, Čebinac, Kovačević, Hasanagić, Galić, Vislavski.
Inter: Sarti, Burgnich, Facchetti, Guarneri, Picchi, Szymaniak, Tagnin, Jair, Mazzola, Milani, Suárez.

• The lineups for Inter's 2-1 win in the return leg on 4 March 1964 were:
Inter: Sarti, Burgnich, Facchetti, Guarneri, Picchi, Szymaniak, Tagnin, Corso, Jair, Mazzola, Suárez.
Partizan: Šoškić, Sombolac, Mihajlović, Radović, Jovanović, Miladinović, Bajić, Kovačević, Milutinović, Galić, Čebinac.

• It was also 4-1 on aggregate when Giovanni Trapattoni's Inter defeated Miloš Milutinović's Partizan in the third round of the 1990/91 UEFA Cup, with the Nerazzurri again going on to win the tournament, beating AS Roma in the two-legged final.

• The teams for the first leg, a 3-0 win for Inter at San Siro on 28 November 1990, were:
Inter: Zenga, Bergomi, Mandorlini, Battistini, Ferri, Paganin, Bianchi, Berti, Klinsmann, Matthäus, Serena.
Partizan: Pandurović, Stanojković, Milanič, Mijalković, Petrić, Vujačić, Bogdanović (Šćepović 74), Mijatović, Višnjić, Djurdjević, Stevanović.

• The sides for the 1-1 draw in the return fixture on 12 December 1990 were:
Partizan: Pandurović, Stanojković, Milanič, Jokanović, Mialković, Vujačić, Bogdanović, Mijatović, Višnjić, Djurdjević (Šćepović 46), Stevanović.
Inter: Zenga, Bergomi, Baresi, Stringara, Tacchinardi, Mandorlini, Bianchi, Berti, Klinsmann, Matthäus, Serena.

• Sladjan Šćepović, who came on in both legs for Partizan, is the father of the club's current strikers, Stefan and Marko Šćepović.

Match background
• Partizan's record in ten UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage home games is W2 D3 L5.

• The Nerazzurri have won five of their last seven European matches on the road, losing just once.

• Factoring in an additional tie against FK Crvena zvezda, Inter's record in seven games against Serbian sides is W5 D2 L0 (W3 D1 L0 at home – W2 D1 L0 in Serbia).

• Partizan's 14 matches against Italian teams have ended W1 D4 L9 (W1 D2 L4 in Belgrade – W0 D2 L5 in Italy). That sole victory was a 4-2 win against AS Roma in the first leg of a UEFA Cup second round tie on 26 October 1988.

Team facts
• Partizan forward Filip Knežević turns 21 on the day of the game. He has yet to play in a UEFA competition game.

• Partizan are the only side who have yet to score in this season's group stage.

• Partizan's next goal will be their 300th in UEFA competition – this will be their 195th official European game.

• Partizan's Stefan Šćepović briefly played in Italy in 2010, making two Serie A appearances while on loan at UC Sampdoria.

• Inter boast a notable Serbian talent in the form of midfielder Dejan Stanković, who started his career with Partizan's feeder team – FK Teleoptik – but transferred to Crvena zvezda at 14 and turned professional with Partizan's arch-rivals.

• Inter's coach is Andrea Stramaccioni, who stepped in on a caretaker basis to replace Claudio Ranieri in March 2012 and was then handed a contract for the 2012/13 campaign. A defender whose career was cut short by a serious injury at Bologna FC, he specialised in coaching youth teams, taking charge of the AS Roma and then Inter junior selections before getting the senior job.

• Partizan coach Vladimir Vermezović started his career as a defender for the club, moving abroad later to play for Real Sporting de Gijón, UD Salamanca, Panionios GSS and Hannover 96. He then coached Teleoptik before taking charge of the senior side from 2004-05, returning in 2012 following spells at FC Spartak Trnava and South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs FC.

Last updated: 01/05/13 9.12CET

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