Final score

23 August 2012 20:45

FC Vaslui
0 - 2
28' (2nd half) Palacio
23' Cambiasso
referee Bas Nijhuis / linesmen P. Langkamp, N. Siebert / 4th man D. Makkelie
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Minutes Text commentary
46' The teams go in at half time with the Nerazzurri a goal to the good: Cambiasso's 23rd-minute strike separates the sides at the moment
46' PALACIO HITS THE POST! The forward controls Nagatomo's cross with his head and shoots. So close!
45' Nijhuis gives one minute of added time
40' N'Doye spanks a wicked swerving effort towards goal and Castellazzi makes a brilliant save at full stretch to tip round the post
35' Guarin tries his luck, the ball deflects off Valera and goes behind for a corner
34' Sneijder lets fly from range, the keeper fails to hold onto it and Palacio collects the bound. But the Argentine is adjudged to have been in an offside position
28' Palacio has a go from outside the box, Coman gets down to save
23' GOAL FOR INTER! Sneijder's corner is headed clear as far as Cambiasso, who hits a dipping volley inside the near post. 1-0
21' The Belgian midfielder can't continue. Nagatomo comes on in his place
19' Mudingayi has picked up an injury and is forced to leave the pitch. That looks like the end of his night unfortunately
13' Sneijder has a free kick of his own down the other end and goes for goal. It comes off the wall, then Mudingayi shoots but Ranocchia is offside
12' A foul by Mudingayi gives Vaslui a free kick: Sanmartean takes it, Sneijder heads clear
7' Sneijder's ball finds Palacio in the box, the Argentine goes for a shot on the turn but play is halted for offside
4' Palacio whips in a cross, Coman comes out to collect the ball
1' Vaslui take the kick-off and we're underway. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Milito leads the Nerazzurri front line with Sneijder and Palacio in support. Coutinho starts on the bench
1' Castellazzi in goal, Zanetti and Maicon full-backs with Silvestre and Ranocchia at the heart of defence. A three-man midfield of Cambiasso, Guarin and Mudingayi
Minutes Text commentary
48' Inter take a two-goal cushion back to the Meazza for the return leg next Thursday after beating Vaslui 2-0, Cambiasso and Palacio on target
46' Varga is booked for a foul on Maicon
45' We'll have three minutes of stoppage time
39' Sburlea, in an offside position, heads goalwards: Castellazzi tips it over the bar
37' Stramaccioni uses up his last sub: Olympic silver medallist Juan replaces Sneijder
37' Coutinho plays a one-two with Palacio on the edge of the box before driving a low effort at goal. Too weak, it's no problem for Coman
31' Nijhuis extracts his second yellow of the evening: this time it's for Coutinho
30' Last substitution for Vaslui: Caue comes on for Celeban
28' Stramaccioni throws Coutinho into the fray in place of Milito
28' INTER HAVE A SECOND! Sneijder breaks and finds Palacio, whose first touch isn't great but he recovers to find the net from wide on the right
27' Maicon is the first name in the ref's book for a foul on Sanmartean
26' Charalambou goes close with a right-footer from distance that skims the bar
23' Varga drives a cross-shot across the six-yard box and wide of the far post
20' Vaslui have a free kick following a foul be Guarin. Sanmartean takes it, Charalambou gets his head on the end of the cross but is flagged for offside
18' N'Doye shoots from outside the box but his effort sails over the bar
16' Another change for the hosts: Niculae makes way for Sburlea
12' Guarin tries to curl a shot inside the far post: it doesn't curl enough and clears Coman's right-hand upright
1' Vaslui have made a half-time substitution: Vargu replaces Stanciu
1' The second half starts with Inter leading Vaslui 1-0
Average rating 6.99
1 shots on target 9
9 shots off target 6
15 fouls committed 10
11 corners 5
4 offsides 4
ball possession
Bas Nijhuis overseeing the action

Dutchman Bas Nijhuis is the referee for Vaslui v Inter. Born in Enschede on 12 January 1977, and an international referee since 2007, Nijhuis is officiating a competitive European match involving Vaslui – and Romanian sides in general – for the first time. This is also his first meeting with Inter in competitive fixtures, but he has crossed paths with an Italian club once before: in the 2009/10 Europa League group stage, Genoa overcame Lille 3-2 (Palacio was amongst the scorers). Nijhuis has refereed both Romania U-21 and Inter U-21: the Romanian youngsters drew 0-0 at home against their French counterparts in an U-21 European Championships qualifier on 16 October 2007, while Italy beat Wales 1-0 in Pescara on 7 September 2010, also an U-21 Euros qualifier.

Vaslui and Inter: past clashes with Inter and Romania

Sumudica and Stramaccioni are meeting for the first time in competitive fixtures. Vaslui have faced Italian sides on two previous occasions, both against Lazio in the 2011/12 Europa League group phase: 2-2 in Rome and 0-0 in Piatra Neamt. Inter have taken on Romanian teams 14 times, totalling 9 wins (all 5 of the last 5), 2 draws (both 1-1) and 3 defeats. Considering only games played on Romanian soil, the Nerazzurri have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 3.

Zanetti reaches 800-game milestone

A special night for Javier Zanetti, who makes his 800th appearance in Nerazzurri colours. Ever more the recordman in Inter's 100-year history, Zanetti notches up his 151st appearance in European competitions against Vaslui. Add in 570 Serie A games, 66 Coppa Italia matches and 13 in other competitions (Champions League and Europa League qualifiers, Italian and European Super Cups, Club World Cup) and you get the extraordinary total of 800. Over the course of his Nerazzurri career, which began on 27 August 1995 with a 1-0 Serie A victory over Vicenza, Zanetti has won 5 league titles, 4 Coppa Italias, 4 Italian Super Cups, 1 Champions League, 1 Club World Cup and 1 UEFA Cup. 16 trophies in all.

Inter's 308 minutes without conceding to Romanian sides

Inter haven't conceded against Romanian teams since 15 September 1993, when they beat Rapid Bucarest at home in a UEFA Cup tie. Since Andrasi's goal in the 52nd minute, the Nerazzurri defence hasn't been breached for nearly three and a half games: the remainder of that first leg against Rapid and the return leg (a 0-2 way win), plus two 3-0 wins over Steagul Rosu Brasov in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup. 308 minutes in total.

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)

starting lineups

Coman 12 Castellazzi
Milanov 13 Maicon
Celeban 6 Silvestre
Charalambou 23 Ranocchia
Sălăgean 259 4 Zanetti
Antal 19 Cambiasso
Varela 14 Guarin
Sânmărtean 259 16 Mudingayi
N'Doye 10 Sneijder
Stanciu 8 Palacio
Niculae 22 Milito


Catalin 27 Belec
Sburlea 7 Coutinho
Caue 25 Samuel
Gheorghiu 40 Jesus
Costin 42 Jonathan
Varga 55 Nagatomo
Cordos 88 Livaja