Final score

2 August 2012 20:45

Hajduk Split
0 - 3
27' (2nd half) Coutinho
44' Nagatomo
18' Sneijder
referee Hüseyin Göcek / linesmen M.E. EYISOY, O. AKTAS / 4th man M.KALKAVAN
Minutes Text commentary
46' Strikes from Sneijder (18) and Nagatomo (44) give Inter a two-goal advantage at half time against Hajduk Split
45' The referee awards a minute of added time
44' INTER DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Nagatomo's shot from the edge of the box takes an awkward bounce and Blazevic can only watch as it goes past him
37' A decent chance for Hajduk: on the left of the box, Jozinovic cuts back onto his right and tries to curl one in at the far post, but his shot deflects off his team-mate Andrijasevic
35' Oremus' weak effort is smothered comfortably by Handanovic
33' Nagatomo knocks an inviting ball into the centre of the box but Guarin arrives too late and is beaten to it by an opponent
31' Sneijder exchanges passes with Milito on the edge of the box and gets his shot away: deflected by the Hajduk defence
18' Maloca is shown the first yellow of the game
18' GOOOAL FOR INTER! Milito brings the ball down and lays off for Sneijder, who jinks past a few challenges inside the box before blasting home
15' Vukusic has a go from some distance but can't get hold of it properly and the ball runs wide of Handanovic's right-hand post
11' Hajduk win a corner, from which Inter break on the counter: Sneijder looks to drive into the box, Radosevic puts the ball out for a throw-in
10' Jonathan overhits his cross, Sneijder chases it anyway but Hajduk manage to win the ball back and clear their lines
4' Inter have made a bright start but it's Vukusic who creates the first real danger, sending an angled ball into the box that fortunately nobody gets on the end of
3' A long ball is hoofed up for Palacio, the Argentine collects and heads towards goal but Blazevic rushes out to clear with his feet
1' Welcome to the Stadion Poljud in Split, where in a few minutes' time Inter will kick-start their 2012/13 Europa League campaign against Hajduk
1' Wearing their red away kit, Inter get proceedings under way in this Europa League third qualifying round first leg
1' President Moratti didn't want to miss Inter's first competitive fixture of the new season and is here in the stands to watch the team
1' Zanetti and Nagatomo start at right- and left-back respectively, Guarin and Cambiasso form a double pivot in front of the defence, with attacking trio Sneijder, Palacio and Jonathan behind lone striker Milito
1' Stramaccioni, making his European bow with Inter tonight, opts for Silvestre and Chivu at centre-back in front of Handanovic
1' Hajduk Split reach this stage after beating Skonto 2-0 here in Split, followed by a painless 1-0 defeat in Latvia
Minutes Text commentary
47' Inter get their 2012/13 Europa League campaign off to a great start, beating Hajduk Split 3-0 with goals by Sneijder, Nagatomo and Coutinho
47' Silvestre is the first Inter player in the ref's book
45' We'll have two minutes of stoppage time
45' Radosevic is booked for ploughing through the back of Guarin
40' Inter are hungry for more and Jonathan tries to bend one in from way out: Blazevic saves at full-stretch
35' Maglica has another gilt-edged opportunity after Silvestre lets him in: Handanovic stands up to Croatian and makes the save
34' Hajduk also use up their third change as Tomas comes on for Oremus
33' Hajduk have a great chance to score: with just Handanovic to beat Maglica goes for the chip; Nagatomo gets back to save the day for Inter
31' Inter's final substitution: Milito comes off to be replaced by Livaja, who began his career at Hajduk
27' GOAL FOR INTER! After playing a one-two with Palacio, Coutinho drifts inside the box and coolly curls his shot inside the far post. 3-0
22' Palacio's cross from the right comes off Milovic and Blazevic has to tip it over the bar
21' Another change for Stramaccioni: Sneijder, scorer of Inter's opening goal, makes way for Coutinho
18' Vukusic tries his luck with a long-range effort and wins a corner following a deflection
9' Another substitution for Hajduk: Krsticevic decides to throw Milic on in place of Andrijasevic
7' Jonathan drills in a low cross, Milito tries to score with an exquisite backheel but the ball trickles wide
3' So close to three! Sneijder's cross finds Cambiasso yards from goal, the Argentine connects with a glancing header that flashes across the face of goal and inches wide
1' Stramaccioni makes a half-time substitution: Samuel replaces Chivu
1' The second half is under way
1' Hajduk also make a change: Maglica comes on for Ozobic
Average rating 7.11
2 shots on target 5
7 shots off target 6
14 fouls committed 9
4 corners 6
2 offsides 2
40% ball possession 60%
wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)

SPLIT - Inter's Europa League adventure got off to the best possible start this evening, as the Nerazzurri cruised to a 3-0 victory over Hajduk Split. Sneijder, Nagatomo and Coutinho got themselves on the score sheet. Inter can leave the Poljud cauldron with 35,000 Croatian fans and head back to Milan pleased with their evening's work.

FIRST HALF - As expected, a red-hot reception awaited Inter at the Stadion Poljud as the Nerazzurri began their latest European adventure wearing the new red away kit. Stramaccioni went with Silvestre and Chivu in front of Handanovic, Jonathan and Nagatomo as full-backs, Zanetti, Cambiasso and Guarin in midfield and Palacio, Milito and Sneijder in attack.

Captain Zanetti – just two games away from reaching the incredible milestone of 800 club appearances – was featuring in a European fixture for the 150th time.

Meanwhile Hajduk Split and Inter were locking horns for the first time. Hajduk means 'fighter' and the Croatians lived up to their name from the opening salvos. Inter were game for a fight though and took the lead in the 18th minute. Milito did well to thread the ball through to Sneijder and the Dutchman showed great close control to dribble past a couple of Hajduk defenders and smash his finish into the top corner.

Inter cranked up their passing game after the goal but the hosts kept looking for a way through. The Nerazzurri doubled their lead on 44 minutes thanks to a right-footed curler from Nagatomo – picked out by Sneijder – and a helpful deflection off Maloca which left Blazevic stranded.

One minute's added time was played before Stramaccioni's side went in at half time leading Hajduk Split by two goals to nil.

SECOND HALF – Samuel replaced Chivu at half time as Inter came out after the break and continued to stamp their authority on the game, Hajduk apparently lacking the strength to fight their way back. They had a go but failed to keep their wits about them in the danger area.

The Nerazzurri dished out more punishment in the 73rd minute when Coutinho, having replaced Sneijder shortly before, scored a beauty: a couple of neat exchanges on the left flank saw Palacio free the young Brazilian, who entered the box and tucked his shot just inside the far post.

With ten minutes to go Handanovic was called into action, the big Slovene standing his ground to deny Maglica.

So, after two minutes of added time, Inter emerged as 3-0 victors and already have one foot in the Europa League play-offs. Meanwhile Hajduk left the pitch to a long, affectionate applause from their fans. Isn't European football great?

Hajduk Split 0-3 Inter (HT: 0-2)
Scorers: Snejder 18, Nagatomo 44, Coutinho 73.

Hajduk Split: 1 Blazevic; 6 Vrsajevic, 22 Maloca, 5 Milovic, 17 Jozinovic; 7 Andrijasevic (4 Milic, 54), 14 Radosevic; 11 Oremus (29 Tomas, 77), 18 Caktas, 20 Ozobic (9 Maglica, 46); 13 Vukusic.
Subs: 19 Vugdelida, 16 Lustica, 24 Vukovic, 27 Jonjic.
Coach: Miso Krsticevic.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 42 Jonathan, 6 Silvestre, 26 Chivu (25 Samuel, 46), 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 14 Guarin; 8 Palacio, 22 Milito (88 Livaja, 76), 10 Sneijder (7 Coutinho, 65).
Subs: 12 Castellazzi, 16 Mudingayi, 24 Benassi, 33 Mbaye.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Referee: Hüseyin Göcek.
Booked: Maloca 18.
Added time: 1+2 minutes.

starting lineups

Blazevic 1 Handanovic
Vrsajevic 4 Zanetti
Maloca 6 Silvestre
Milovic 8 Palacio
Jozinovic 10 Sneijder
Andrijasevic 14 Guarin
Radosevic 19 Cambiasso
Oremus 22 Milito
Caktas 26 Chivu
Ozobic 42 Jonathan
Vukusic 55 Nagatomo


Milic 12 Castellazzi
Maglica 7 Coutinho
Lustica 16 Mudingayi
Vugdelida 88 Livaja
Vukovic 25 Samuel
Jonjic 33 Mbaye
Tomas 24 Benassi