Final score

28 August 2014 20:45

Inter
35' (2nd half) Icardi
24' (2nd half) Icardi
6' (2nd half) Kovacic
3' (2nd half) Osvaldo
33' Kovacic
28' Kovacic
6 - 0
Stjarnan
referee Harald Lechner / linesmen A. Staudinger, M. Kolbitsch / 4th man M. Hameter
Watch highlights
MinutesText commentary
45'Half time: it's 2-0 here at the Meazza, Kovacic's brace is the difference so far, Osvaldo has been superb too (and hit the bar)
44'M'Vila's thunderous effort from distance is just off target
33'ANOTHER GOAL! He took his time but there's no holding him back now: Kovacic dinks a smart finish over the keeper to make it 2-0!
28'A first goal in black and blue for Kovacic, who earns the applause of the 40,000 in San Siro
28'GOAL FOR INTER! D'Ambrosio's delivery takes a deflection and drops kindly for Kovacic who turns in the loose ball: 1-0!
23'Punyed brings down Hernanes after being beaten with style by the Brazilian
21'Osvaldo tries to curl one in from 20 yards, it bounces wide of the far post
16'Some neat link-up play by Kovacic, Hernanes and Osvaldo sends D'Ambrosio down towards the byline: his cross goes behind
12'WOODWORK! Nagatomo whips a cross into the box, Osvaldo gets his head to it but it comes off the bar!
8'Superb play by Kovacic to pick out Osvaldo: the Icelandic rearguard snuffs out the danger
1'We're all set here at the Meazza for Inter's first home game of the season, this UEFA Europa League play-off return leg against Stjarnan
1'And we're off! Inter v Stjarnan is up and running. Forza Inter!
1'Obi joins Hernanes and M'Vila in midfield with Kovacic slotting in behind Osvaldo
1'Vidic is rested in defence with Andreolli coming in alongside Juan Jesus and captain Ranocchia. D'Ambrosio and Nagatomo on the flanks
1'Walter Mazzarri makes a few changes to the side that won the first leg 3-0 last week. Carrizo comes in between the sticks for a start
MinutesText commentary
47'We now await tomorrow's draw to find out who we will face in the groups
47'Inter complete the job with a 6-0 win to reach the Europa League group stage. Three from Kovacic, two for Icardi, one for Osvaldo
35'6-0 and a second of the night for Icardi, who collects Jonathan's pass and holds off his man before applying a cool finish from close range
24'Now Mauro Icardi has his name on the score sheet too, spinning on a sixpence before firing past Jonsson for Inter's fifth!
22'Mazzarri makes his final substitution, taking off Hernanes and putting Jonathan on in his place
20'A double switch for Stjarnan. Finsen and Johannsson make way for Aegisson and Runarsson
14'And a first change for Stjarnan. Gunnarsson goes off, Johannsson comes on
13'Another substitution for Mazzarri, Kuzmanovic coming on for Obi
8'Icardi replaces hat-trick man Kovacic, who receives a standing ovation as he leaves the pitch
6'GOAL FOR INTER! Nagatomo is again the provider as Kovacic grabs his third of the game. 4-0 now
5'Rauschenberg is booked for a foul on Osvaldo.
3'GOAL FOR INTER! And there's another first! Osvaldo heads in Nagatomo's cross to make it 3-0!
1'The second half is under way
Andreolli
6.72
6.72
Obi
6.38
6.38
Ranocchia
7.23
7.23
Nagatomo
7.46
7.46
Jonathan
6.52
6.52
Jesus
7.18
7.18
Kuzmanovic
6.33
6.33
Kovacic
9.6
9.6
Carrizo
6.58
6.58
Icardi
8.47
8.47
D'Ambrosio
6.66
6.66
Hernanes
6.85
6.85
M'Vila
7.51
7.51
Osvaldo
8.34
8.34
Average rating7.27
12shots on target0
14shots off target2
4fouls committed4
8corners2
4offsides1
67%ball possession33%
Inter: just one home defeat in last 16 matches

Only Atalanta, in their 2-1 Serie A win on 23 March, have been capable of a victory at the San Siro in Inter’s last 16 competitive matches there. The other results consist of seven victories and eight draws.

Italian winning streak against Icelandic clubs

Italian teams have always come away as winners in their five previous European encounters against Icelandic teams. The goal difference stands at 22 Italian goals and one Icelandic goal; this statistic includes the Nerazzurri’s first-leg 3-0 win at Stjarnan and the home and away games between Juventus and Valur (1986/87 European Cup), and Torino and KR (1991/92 UEFA Cup).

Stjarnan scoreless for 222 minutes

The last goal for the Icelandic side in European competition came courtesy of Toft on 48 minutes in the 1-0 win over Polish side Lech Poznan on 31 July. We can then include the remaining 42 minutes of that match, plus the entire return game in Poznan (0-0), as well as the loss against Inter (0-3 in Reykjavik).

Austrian Lechner to officiate

Refereeing the game will be 40-year-old Harald Lechner, who has been an international since 2010. This will be the Austrian’s ninth European match (which so far consist of four home victories, three draws and one away win) and his first time in charge of a game featuring either Inter or Stjarnan. It will also be his first time refereeing a game that features either an Italian or an Icelandic side.

Second time for Mazzarri and Sigmundsson, Stjarnan and Italy

Today’s match will be the second ever encounter between coaches Walter Mazzarri and Runar Pall Sigmundsson as well as the second meeting between Stjarnan and an Italian club after the Nerazzurri’s 3-0 first-leg win in Reykjavik on 20 August.

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MILAN – The door to Europe is now wide open and Inter can stride through it after 180 minutes against Stjarnan. A whole continent beckons and is there to be conquered thanks to the Nerazzurri's double success in Iceland and Milan. Thanks to the backing of the 45,000 who turned up at the Stadio Meazza. Thanks to a fine hat-trick from Kovacic (including an exquisite chip), Osvaldo's header and a brace by Icardi.

The 6-0 second-leg triumph was a victory earned by a compact, battling team that never let up. Just as the coach ordered. Now all the attention turns to the draw on Friday 29 August (13:00). But before then let's enjoy having reached our first target of the season.

 

Inter 6-0 Stjarnan (HT 2-0)
Scorers: Kovacic 28, 33, 51, Osvaldo 47, Icardi 69, 80.

Inter: 30 Carrizo; 6 Andreolli, 23 Ranocchia, 5 Juan Jesus; 33 D'ambrosio, 88 Hernanes (2 Jonathan 67), 90 M'Vila, 20 Obi (17 Kuzmanovic 58), 55 Nagatomo; 10 Kovacic (9 Icardi 53), 7 Osvaldo.
Subs not used: 1 Handanovic, 13 Guarin, 15 Vidic, 97 Bonazzoli.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Stjarnan: 1 Jonsson; 4 Vemmelund, 29 Rauschenberg, 9 Laxdal D., 14 Arnason; 7 Johannsson A. (16 Runarsson 65) , 8 Punyed; 11 Bjorgvinsson, 10 Gunnarsson (27 Johannsson G. 59) , 24 Toft, 17 Finsen (12 Aegisson 58).
Subs not used: 25 Johannesson, 18 Barddal, 20 Ottesen, 23 Blondal.
Coach: Runar Pall Sigmundsson.

Referee: Harald Lechner.
Booked: Rauschenberg 4, Nagatomo 90.
Added time: 0+2 minutes.
Attendance: 45,660.

starting lineups

Carrizo 301 Jónsson
Andreolli 64 Vemmelund
Ranocchia 239 D. Laxdal
Jesus 514 Árnason
D'Ambrosio 3329 Rauschenberg
Hernanes 887 A. Jóhannsson
M'Vila 908 Punyed
Obi 2010 Gunnarsson
Nagatomo 5511 Björgvinsson
Kovacic 1017 Finsen
Osvaldo 724 Toft

substitutes

Handanovic 125 Johannesson
Jonathan 212 Aegisson
Vidic 1516 Rúnarsson
Guarin 1323 Blöndal
Kuzmanovic 1718 Barddal
Icardi 920 Ottesen
Bonazzoli 9727 G. Jóhannsson