Europa League

February 14, 2013



2 - 0

CFR Cluj-Napoca

Europa League

20:05 +00:00, February 14, 2013

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Referee: Michail Koukoulakis

Palacio's pair sees off Cluj

#INSERT type:image caption: Rodrigo Palacio scored twice for Inter in their win against Cluj END#

Rodrigo Palacio scored twice following his early entrance as a substitute to put Inter Milan in control of their Europa League last-32 tie against Cluj as they won 2-0.

Palacio, a 10th-minute replacement after a serious-looking injury to Diego Milito, scored 10 minutes after that and added a late second.

Those two goals, coupled with a clean sheet, means next week's trip to Transylvania for the second leg should hold few terrors for the Serie A side.

Cluj's Rui Pedro and Roberto Maah shot wide, the latter after Mario Camora's free-kick was only half-cleared, before Inter were forced into their early change.

And after Esteban Cambiasso volleyed wide from close range and Mateo Kovacic's drive was saved, Palacio opened the scoring in the 20th minute.

The substitute latched on to Fredy Guarin's through-ball and finished low inside the near post from the right side of the penalty area.

Gabriel Muresan fired in two poor long-range efforts as Cluj sought a response, before Palacio forced a sharp save from keeper Jorge Felgueiras at the other end.

Felgueiras saved again from Cambiasso before Cluj suffered a first-half injury of their own, Nicolas Godemeche replaced by Vasile Maftei.

Guarin was just off target with an overhead kick but Cluj could have equalised before half-time, midfielder Ionut Rada curling one free-kick over the bar before a second was brilliantly saved by Samir Handanovic. Inter's Kovacic sent a 20-yard effort wide in-between times.

Antonio Cassano shot wide and Guarin dumped a free-kick into the wall early in the second half, before the lively Palacio had a curling shot blocked by Ricardo Cadu.

Camora's free-kick from out wide caused problems for Handanovic but Inter's goal was never seriously threatened despite Cluj boss Paulo Sergio using both his remaining substitutions.

And the hosts extended their advantage when Palacio, having sent one shot high over the bar, notched his second of the night with four minutes remaining.

The Argentinian was sent clear by Kovacic's long pass and deftly clipped the ball over Felgueiras.

Guarin shot wide as the match entered injury time but Andrea Stramaccioni's side had done what they had to.

Scoring Summary

Internazionale CFR Cluj-Napoca
Rodrigo Palacio (20') 
Rodrigo Palacio (86') 


Internazionale CFR Cluj-Napoca
Samir Handanovic1 Jorge Quintas Mario Felgueiras
31 Álvaro Pereira13 Felice Piccolo
23 Andrea Ranocchia20 Ricardo Cadu
Matías Auguste Silvestre24 Ionut Rada
55 Yuto NagatomoLaszlo Sepsi
19 Esteban CambiassoGabriel Muresan
14 Fredy Guarin3 Daniel Ferreira Mendonca Ivo Pinto
21 Walter Gargano23 Nicolas Godemeche
29 Mateo Kovacic45 Mario Camora
99 Antonio Cassano30 Ramalho Couto Rui Pedro
22 Diego Milito14 Robert Maah
27 Vid BelecEduard Stancioiu 44
Javier ZanettiVasile Maftei 12
42 JonathanSoares Pedro Silva Celestino 26
40 JuanIoan Hora 22
11 Ricardo AlvarezPaun Alexandru 62
24 Marco BenassiSasa Bjelanovic 19
Rodrigo PalacioJorge Moreno Diogo Valente 10
Rodrigo Palacio for Diego Milito (10)
Vasile Maftei for Nicolas Godemeche (39)
Ricardo Alvarez for Antonio Cassano (73)
Ioan Hora for Robert Maah (78)
Jonathan for Mateo Kovacic (88)
Sasa Bjelanovic for Ramalho Couto Rui Pedro (84)
Yellow Cards
Álvaro Pereira (32)
Robert Maah (67)
Matías Auguste Silvestre (70)
Gabriel Muresan (82)
 Sasa Bjelanovic (89)
· Squads: Internazionale | CFR Cluj-Napoca