Final score

21 February 2013 19:00

CFR Cluj
0 - 3
Inter
43' (2nd half) Benassi
47' Guarin
22' Guarin
referee Pawel Gil / linesmen P.Sadczuk , M.Wierzbowski / 4th man K.Sapela / assistants R.Malek, H.Siejewicz
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MinutesText commentary
48'The first half comes to an end: the Nerazzurri lead 2-0 on the night, 4-0 on aggregate
47'GOAL FOR INTER! Felgueiras fails to hold after Guarin's heavy touch, Alvarez collects and finds the Colombian for his second. Inter lead 2-0
45'The fourth official's board shows three minutes of added time
43'Sepsi tries his luck from range: off-target
42'Hora bursts into the box but Handanovic is smartly off his line to make the save
38'Kapetanos receives a yellow card for simulation
36'Second change for the hosts: Kapetanos replaces Rada
35'Inter go close again: Cassano plays in Palacio and the Argentine's shot is well saved by Felgueiras
34'Cassano beats an opponent in the box and plays it into the middle: a Cluj defender nips in to deny Palacio
30'Inter try and get their foot on the ball and chances are at a premium
22'GOAL FOR INTER! Alvarez feeds it through to Palacio who rolls it square to Guarin: the Colombian sidefoots it home and Inter lead 1-0
15'Kovacic is cautioned for handball
11'Maah gets half a yard and tries to bend it into the far corner: wide of the post
10'Chance for Inter: Cambiasso volleys it through towards Cassano, whose shot goes over the top
9'Cluj are forced into an early change: Hora is on in place of Muresan
7'Sepsi goes in hard on Pereira: the referee awards a free-kick and the Cluj man escapes a caution
5'Rui Pedro is free in the box after a nice dummy but he fails to get hold of his shot and Handanovic watches the ball go wide of the post
1'Inter get the game underway at the Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu
1'Alvarez, Kovacic, Cambiasso and Guarin make up the midfield four, with Antonio Cassano partnering Rodrigo Palacio in attack
1'Inter will line up with Handanovic in goal, and a back four of Zanetti, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus and Pereira
MinutesText commentary
48'It's finished Cluj 0-3 Inter at the Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu: the Nerazzurri are into the last 16, where they will face Spurs
48'Hora chips it over Handanovic but the ball cannons back off the crossbar
45'There will be 3 minutes of added time
43'GOAL FOR INTER! Cassano dinks one over the top for Benassi who outpaces Piccolo and pokes it under Felgueiras. The Nerazzurri lead 3-0!
40'Cadu is booked for a high boot on Cassano
39'Kapetanos also fails to find the target from range
38'Godemeche's shot from distance goes high and wide
35'Cluj are down to ten men after Camora, the last man, hauls down Benassi and is promptly dismissed
32'Camora fires in a vicious half-volley: Handanovic pulls off another top draw save
27'Cluj go close: Maah squares it, the ball runs loose and Hora's effort is well blocked by Pereira's sliding challenge
26'Valente replaces Rui Pedro for the home side
23'Handanovic pulls off a wonder save as Hora smashes the ball against the keeper's face from point-blank range
21'Inter sub: goalscorer Guarin goes off, Mbaye comes on
19'Godemeche screws his shot well wide
14'Rui Pedro hits it from the edge of the area, the ball catches Cambiasso and loops over the top
9'Substitution for Inter: Alvarez makes way for Pasa
8'Through ball for Maah but Handanovic is out to claim
5'The referee awards Cluj a free-kick after Guarin commits a foul on the edge of the box: Cassano had found an unmarked Cambiasso in the middle
1'Inter change: Benassi comes on for Rodrigo Palacio
1'The second half is underway at the Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu
Zanetti
6.07
6.07
Cambiasso
6.02
6.02
Ranocchia
6.03
6.03
Alvarez
6.94
6.94
Jesus
6.1
6.1
Guarin
7.02
7.02
Mbaye
6.32
6.32
Palacio
6.52
6.52
Handanovic
7.21
7.21
Benassi
7.23
7.23
Cassano
6.8
6.8
Pereira
5.88
5.88
Pasa
6.4
6.4
Kovacic
6.14
6.14
Average rating6.48
3shots on target4
16shots off target3
15fouls committed10
2corners1
1offsides3
52%ball possession48%
Coaches' second meeting: Stramaccioni won first leg

Paulo Sergio and Andrea Stramaccioni pit their wits against each other for the second time tonight, following Inter's 2-0 win in Milan, their only other meeting.

Cluj, only one win against Italian teams

Cluj have played Italian opposition on five occasions in the past: the Romanians have won one, drawn one and lost three. They are yet to keep a clean sheet against sides from the peninsula, who have managed nine goals in that time.

Inter, winners on last three trips to Romania

Inter have played 17 times against Romanian opposition in the past: the Nerazzurri have won 11, drawn three and lost three. In Romania, Inter have won four (including victories on each of their last three visits), drawn one and lost three.

Romanian teams, no home goals in last 277 minutes against Inter

Inter have won on their last three trips to Romania, without conceding: 2-0 over Rapid Bucharest in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup, 3-0 over Brasov in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup and 2-0 against Vaslui in Piatra Neamt during the current campaign. The last goal the Nerazzurri conceded in Romania was Sandu's 83rd minute winner for Sportul as they beat Inter 1-0 on 19 September 1984, in the UEFA Cup. Since then the Nerazzurri have clocked up 277 minutes without conceding in Romania.

Palacio closing in on Boninsegna

Rodrigo Palacio, scorer of 7 goals thus far in this season's Europa League, is looking to overhaul Roberto Boninsegna's all-time record for goals in a single campaign in this competition (Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup, Europa League). The man from Mantova smashed nine in the 1969/70 season.

Inter through on 6 of 7 times they've led 2-0 from first leg

Tonight is the eighth time Inter have led 2-0 from the first leg at home. The Nerazzurri have progressed on six occasions in the past: 1-1 against Universitatea in Krakow in the 1980/81 European Cup, 1-2 against Slovan Bratislava in the 1982/83 Cup Winners' Cup, 1-0 over AEK Athens in the 1986/86 UEFA Cup, 0-1 to Roma in the final of the 1990/91 UEFA Cup, 2-0 over Neuchatel Xamax in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup and 0-1 to Wisla Krakow in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup. The Nerazzurri have only gone out once having led 2-0 from the home leg: 1984/85 they went out following a 3-0 defeat against Real Madrid.

Inter's 'travel sickness'

The Nerazzurri have not won on the road in a competitive match since 8 November 2012 when they ran out 3-1 winners over Partizan Belgrade: since then Inter have recorded one draw (1-1 at Roma on 20 January) and eight defeats. Inter have conceded at least one goal in their last 12 away games, shipping 24 in the process. The last time the Nerazzurri kept a clean sheet away from home was on 7 October 2012, with the 1-0 derby win over AC Milan.

Gil takes charge

Pawel Gil (born in Lublin, Poland, on 28 June 1976) has been an international referee since 2009. He has overseen 6 matches in European competition this season. Here they are in chronological order: Apoel Nicosia 2-0 Senica FK (Europa League second qualifying round), Eskisehirspor 1-1 Olympique Marseille (Europa League third qualifying round), Dinamo Bucharest 0-1 Metalist Kharkiv (Europa League play-off), Shakhtar 2-0 Nordsjaelland (Champions League group stage), Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Champions League group stage) and Tottenham 3-1 Panathanaikos (Europa League group stage). Tonight is the first time Mr. Gil will officiate a match involving Inter or Cluj. The Polish referee has only taken charge of Romanian side once before: Dinamo Bucharest 0-2 Metalist Kharkiv, the Europa League play-off, on 23 August 2012. He has encountered an Italian team once in the past too: FC Zurich 1-1 Lazio in the Europa League on 20 October 2011.

Gil takes charge

Pawel Gil (born in Lublin, Poland, on 28 June 1976) has been an international referee since 2009. He has overseen 6 matches in European competition this season. Here they are in chronological order: Apoel Nicosia 2-0 Senica FK (Europa League second qualifying round), Eskisehirspor 1-1 Olympique Marseille (Europa League third qualifying round), Dinamo Bucharest 0-1 Metalist Kharkiv (Europa League play-off), Shakhtar 2-0 Nordsjaelland (Champions League group stage), Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Champions League group stage) and Tottenham 3-1 Panathanaikos (Europa League group stage). Tonight is the first time Mr. Gil will officiate a match involving Inter or Cluj. The Polish referee has only taken charge of a Romanian side once before: Dinamo Bucharest 0-2 Metalist Kharkiv, the Europa League play-off, on 23 August 2012. He has encountered an Italian team once in the past too: FC Zurich 1-1 Lazio in the Europa League on 20 October 2011.

Gil takes charge

Pawel Gil (born in Lublin, Poland, on 28 June 1976) has been an international referee since 2009. He has overseen 6 matches in European competition this season. Here they are in chronological order: Apoel Nicosia 2-0 Senica FK (Europa League second qualifying round), Eskisehirspor 1-1 Olympique Marseille (Europa League third qualifying round), Dinamo Bucharest 0-1 Metalist Kharkiv (Europa League play-off), Shakhtar 2-0 Nordsjaelland (Champions League group stage), Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Champions League group stage) and Tottenham 3-1 Panathanaikos (Europa League group stage). Tonight is the first time Mr. Gil will officiate a match involving Inter or Cluj. The Polish referee has only taken charge of a Romanian side once before: Dinamo Bucharest 0-2 Metalist Kharkiv, the Europa League play-off, on 23 August 2012. He has encountered an Italian team once in the past too: FC Zurich 1-1 Lazio in the Europa League on 20 October 2011.

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CLUJ - Inter have seen off Cluj 3-0 tonight, and storm into the Europa League last 16, 5-0 on aggregate. Fredy Guarin bagged two and Benassi added a third late on, and the Nerazzurri will now meet Tottenham Hotspur for a place in the quarter finals.

Cassano missed a great chance after 10 minutes as he fired over when one-on-one with Felgueiras. After 22 minutes Alvarez showed quick feet before steering it through to Palacio: the Argentine looked up and unselfishly rolled the ball square to Guarin to tuck into the empty net and give the Nerazzurri the lead.

The Colombian didn't stop there however: once again Alvarez was involved, picking up the ball after Felgueiras had fumbled, and his pass gave Guarin another straightforward finish. Cluj found themselves a man down, ten minutes from time, as Camora hauled down Benassi when through on goal. Inter also finished the match with only ten men on the field as a muscle injury forced Ranocchia off with a few minutes to play. On 88 minutes Benassi was celebrating his first professional goal as he poked under the advancing Felgueiras, following a delicious ball from Cassano, and made it 3-0 to Inter.

A late equaliser from Tottenham sent them through 3-2 on aggregate over Lyon and the English side will meet the Nerazzurri in the last 16. The first leg will be played at London's White Hart Lane on 7 March.

Cluj 0-3 Inter (HT: 0-1)
Scorers: Guarin 22, 45+1, Benassi 88.

Cluj: 1 Felgueiras; 20 Cadu, 13 Piccolo, 24 Rada (Kapetanos 36); 23 Godemeche; 3 Ivo Pinto, 6 Muresan (Hora 9), 8 Sepsi, 45 Camora; 14 Maah, 30 Rui Pedro (Valente 71).
Subs not used: 44 Stancioiu, 12 Maftei, 19 Bjelanovic, 26 Celestino.
Coach: Paulo Sergio.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 4 Zanetti, 23 Ranocchia, 40 Juan Jesus, 31 Pereira; 11 Alvarez (Pasa 54), 19 Cambiasso, 29 Kovacic; 14 Guarin (Mbaye 66); 8 Palacio (Benassi 46), 99 Cassano.
Subs not used: 27 Belec, 21 Gargano, 26 Chivu, 49 Terrani.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Referee: Pawel Gil (POL).
Booked: Kovacic 16, Kapetanos 38, Cadu 84.
Sent off: Camora 80.
Added time: 3+3 minutes. 

starting lineups

Felgueiras1 Handanovic
Cadu4 Zanetti
Piccolo23 Ranocchia
Rada40 Jesus
Godemeche31 Pereira
Ivo Pinto11 Alvarez
Muresan19 Cambiasso
Sepsi10 Kovacic
Camora14 Guarin
Maah8 Palacio
Rui Pedro99 Cassano

substitutes

Stancioiu27 Belec
Kapetanos21 Gargano
Valente24 Benassi
Maftei26 Chivu
Bjelanovic28 Pasa
Hora33 Mbaye
Celestino49 Terrani