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Prolific Palacio pushes Inter past CFR

Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 23.29CET
FC Internazionale Milano 2-0 CFR 1907 Cluj
Rodrigo Palacio scored in either half to take his tally to five goals in four UEFA Europa League outings and seal a routine win for the home side.
by Paolo Menicucci
from San Siro

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Match statistics

InternazionaleCFR Cluj

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners1
 
2
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 23.29CET

Prolific Palacio pushes Inter past CFR

FC Internazionale Milano 2-0 CFR 1907 Cluj
Rodrigo Palacio scored in either half to take his tally to five goals in four UEFA Europa League outings and seal a routine win for the home side.

Goals in either half from Rodrigo Palacio steered FC Internazionale Milano to a 2-0 victory against CFR 1907 Cluj in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie at San Siro. 

The three-time UEFA Cup winners were rewarded with the lead their possession merited when substitute Palacio broke the deadlock after 20 minutes. CFR's response was spirited, and while both teams proceeded to spurn good opportunities, Inter's European experience prevailed when the Argentina forward struck for a second time with three minutes remaining. 

The Nerazzurri suffered an early blow when Diego Milito was forced off with a knee injury, though few could have foreseen the positive consequences. Indeed, his replacement Palacio soon made a decisive contribution, latching onto Fredy Guarín's defence-splitting pass and lifting the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Mário Felgueiras.

Unperturbed, the visitors almost drew level when Robert Maah failed to connect with Camora's cross from the left, while at the other end Palacio misfired following Antonio Cassano's visionary pass. CFR full-back Ionuţ Rada almost finished the half on a high as his sweetly struck free-kick stung the fingertips of Samir Handanovič.

Andrea Stramaccioni's side emerged after the break in buoyant mood and could have doubled their advantage when Palacio collected Esteban Cambiasso's clever back-heel, before being snuffed out by Vasile Maftei. The 31-year-old made amends shortly before the close, taking receipt of Mateo Kovačić's through ball and rifling unerringly past Felgueiras to mark his fifth goal in four UEFA Europa League outings. 

Last updated: 16/02/13 0.08CET

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Lineups

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Internazionale

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CFR Cluj

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
Mário FelgueirasMário Felgueiras (GK)
6
SilvestreMatías Silvestre
Yellow Card70
3
Ivo PintoIvo Pinto
14
GuarínFredy Guarín
6
MureşanGabriel Mureşan
Yellow Card82
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso (C)
8
SepsiLászló Sepsi
21
GarganoWalter Gargano
13
PiccoloFelice Piccolo
22
Milito Diego Milito
Substitution10
14
MaahRobert Maah
Yellow Card67
Substitution79
23
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
20
CadúCadú (C)
29
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Substitution88
23
GodemècheNicolas Godemèche
Substitution39
31
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
Yellow Card32
24
RadaIonuţ Rada
55
NagatomoYuto Nagatomo
30
Rui PedroRui Pedro
Substitution84
99
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution74
45
CamoraCamora

Substitutes

27
BelecVid Belec (GK)
44
StăncioiuEduard Stăncioiu (GK)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
10
Diogo ValenteDiogo Valente
8
PalacioRodrigo Palacio
Substitution10
Goal20
Goal87
12
MafteiVasile Maftei
Substitution39
11
ÁlvarezRicardo Álvarez
Substitution74
19
BjelanovićSaša Bjelanović
Substitution84
Yellow Card89
24
BenassiMarco Benassi
22
HoraIoan Hora
Substitution79
40
JuanJuan
26
CelestinoCelestino
42
JonathanJonathan
Substitution88
62
Paun-AlexandruConstantin Paun-Alexandru

Coach

Andrea Stramaccioni (ITA) Paulo Sérgio (POR)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Christos Baltas (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Stavros Tritsonis (GRE), Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

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