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Neftçi find Inter too hot to handle

Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 19.51CET
Neftçi PFK 1-3 FC Internazionale Milano
Fredy Guarín ran the show, setting up all Inter's goals as the visitors spoiled Neftçi's home debut in a UEFA competition group stage.
Neftçi find Inter too hot to handle
Coutinho opened the scoring for Inter in Baku ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

NeftçiInternazionale

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners9
 
5
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
19
Yellow cards0
4
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 19.51CET

Neftçi find Inter too hot to handle

Neftçi PFK 1-3 FC Internazionale Milano
Fredy Guarín ran the show, setting up all Inter's goals as the visitors spoiled Neftçi's home debut in a UEFA competition group stage.

Despite a much improved second-half display, Neftçi PFK suffered disappointment in their debut home group stage game as they succumbed to the quality of FC Internazionale Milano.

In the first UEFA game between clubs from Azerbaijan and Italy, the Nerazzurri strode into a three-goal lead by the break. Fredy Guarín crossed for Coutinho and Joel Obi before instigating Marko Livaja's second goal in the competition. Nicolás Canales got one back in the 53rd minute as Neftçi upped their game, but Inter held on comfortably to move onto four points in Group H.

The hosts started nervously and when Jonathan released Guarín in the tenth minute, the Colombian played a telling ball for Coutinho, who applied a tidy back-flicked finish. Neftçi roused themselves, but just as it looked as though they were getting a foothold in the game, Inter struck again.

Guarín ran onto Coutinho's lay-off, streaking down the right before squaring for Joel Obi. The Nigerian had never scored for Inter, but that did not show as he placed his shot across Saša Stamenković with supreme confidence to double his side's lead on the half-hour. His first goal for the club, and Inter's 500th in UEFA club competition.

Inter were cruising by the 42nd minute when Livaja made it three. Guarín was again involved, threading through a pass that Bruno Bertucci could only divert into the path of Livaja and the Croatian had the simple task of heading into an empty net.

Neftçi looked shell-shocked but responded admirably. Spurred on by captain Rashad A. Sadygov, they got one back when Julius Wobay ventured down the right and his cross-shot was touched in at the back post by Canales – the Azerbaijani champions first ever group stage goal. They poured forward, but found Inter and keeper Samir Handanovič in resolute form.

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Lineups

neftçi

Neftçi

internazionale

Internazionale

30
StamenkovićSaša Stamenković (GK)
1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
5
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
6
SilvestreMatías Silvestre
6
SadygovRashad A. Sadygov (C)
7
CoutinhoCoutinho
Goal10
Substitution75
9
FlavinhoFlavinho
14
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution82
10
WobayJulius Wobay
16
MudingayiGaby Mudingayi
11
CanalesNicolás Canales
Goal53
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso (C)
15
RamosEric Ramos
20
ObiJoel Obi
Yellow Card25
Goal30
Substitution64
16
Bruno BertucciBruno Bertucci
31
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
Yellow Card84
21
NurahmadovKamil Nurahmadov
Substitution46
40
JuanJuan
22
ShukurovMahir Shukurov
42
JonathanJonathan
Yellow Card87
32
YunuszadeElvin Yunuszade
88
LivajaMarko Livaja
Goal42

Substitutes

12
BalayevEmil Balayev (GK)
12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
3
YunisoğluSaša Yunisoğlu
21
GarganoWalter Gargano
Substitution82
4
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
23
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
Substitution64
Yellow Card72
8
E. AbdullayevElshan Abdullayev
24
BenassiMarco Benassi
17
А. AbdullayevAraz Abdullayev
44
BianchettiMatteo Bianchetti
19
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov
Substitution46
55
NagatomoYuto Nagatomo
28
MehdiyevEmin Mehdiyev
61
GarritanoLuca Garritano
Substitution75

Coach

Boyukagha Hajiyev (AZE) Andrea Stramaccioni (ITA)

Referee

Kevin Blom (NED)

Assistant referees

Berry Simons (NED), Davie Goossens (NED)

Fourth official

Bas van Dongen (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Danny Makkelie (NED), Tom van Sichem (NED)

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