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Qarabağ hold Inter but fall short

Qarabağ FK 0-0 FC Internazionale Milano
The home side earned a creditable draw but bowed out as FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk won to claim second place in Group F.

Federico Bonazzoli of Internazionale in action with Badavi Guseynov (right) of Qarabağ
Federico Bonazzoli of Internazionale in action with Badavi Guseynov (right) of Qarabağ ©AFP/Getty Images

Qarabağ exit despite goalless draw at home to Group F winners Inter
Dnipro jump from fourth to second by beating St-Étienne in the section's other game
Juan Pablo Carrizo denies Leroy George twice to thwart the home side
Hosts have last-minute goal disallowed during a frantic finish
Round of 32 draw takes place in Nyon at 13.00CET on 15 December

Qarabağ FK bowed out of the UEFA Europa League despite a goalless draw at home to Group F winners FC Internazionale Milano.

The hosts started the day second in the section, but with AS Saint-Étienne also on five points and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk one further back, there was little room for error. A cagey contest ensued as Qarabağ mulled over whether to play for a draw or press on for victory, and they could not summon the goal they needed after Dnipro prised a winner in the other group fixture.

The visitors played with the greater freedom in Baku, given that their place at the summit was already assured, and René Krhin scuffed their first chance across goal on seven minutes. Namik Alaskarov fired wide of the near post at the other end, but further openings were scarce in the first half.

The hosts lost Vüqar Nadirov to injury just before the break but responded by creating their best opportunity via Leroy George, who bustled his way into the box and drilled in an effort that Juan Pablo Carrizo somehow deflected over the bar.

The goalkeeper denied George from close range again as the pair resumed their duel after the interval. A Dnipro goal then changed the qualification picture for Qarabağ, and the visitors nearly exploited the greater urgency from Gurban Gurbanov's men when Pablo Osvaldo rifled an effort from distance that Ibrahim Šehić repelled.

Šehić kept out another fierce attempt, this time from 17-year-old Federico Bonazzoli, as Roberto Mancini's charges finished strongly. Nevertheless, Qarabağ still had time for one last flourish, but a disallowed goal ended their hopes of progression.