Final score

30 August 2012 20:45

48' (2nd half) Guarin
31' (2nd half) Palacio
2 - 2
FC Vaslui
34' (2nd half) Varela
35' Stanciu (P)
referee Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa / linesmen C. Miranda, B. Tavares / 4th man Moreira dos Santos
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Minutes Text commentary
46' The first half finishes Inter 0-1 Vaslui: Stanciu with the opener from the penalty spot
45' Sousa awards one minute of added time
35' Goal for Vaslui! Stanciu scores from the spot: Belec is sent the wrong way and the visitors lead on the night
34' Inter down to ten men: Stramaccioni is forced into sacrificing Cassano, replacing him with Belec
33' Castellazzi brings down Antal when through on goal and the Nerazzurri keeper is shown a red card
31' Cassano plays a neat through ball into the path of Coutinho who controls and hits it well, but his left-footed shot is dragged wide
30' Palacio gets in ahead of N'Doye to head Stanciu's free kick out for a corner
28' Samuel puts Antal's cross out for a corner. Nagatomo picks up the loose ball but can't avoid the ball going out into touch
27' Palacio is clearly brought down by Tukura 25 yards out. Cassano takes the free kick but De Sousa stops the game for offside
19' Antal cuts the ball back as he bursts into the box but fails to find his team-mate Sburlea
16' Nagatomo catches Antal: free kick to Vaslui. N'Doye strikes it but the ball sails high over the bar
13' What a chance for Inter! Cassano hits a perfect free kick onto the head of Samuel but the ball cannons back off the crossbar
12' Zanetti battles two defenders before winning a free kick in a good position having being fouled by Stanciu
5' From Sburlea's cross Caue goes for goal but the flag is up for offside
1' Here we go then: not long now till the UEFA Europa League play-off second leg at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Inter lead Vaslui 2-0
1' The Nerazzurri get the game underway as Inter v Vaslui kicks off
1' Julio Cesar uses a microphone to thank president Moratti, everyone at Inter and he reads his letter to the Nerazzurri fans
1' Julio Cesar is at the San Siro to wave farewell to his team-mates and the fans: tears and applause for the keeper as he does a lap of honour
Minutes Text commentary
48' With goals from Palacio and Guarin it finishes Inter 2-2 Vaslui. The Nerazzurri move into the Europa League group stage
48' INTER EQUALISE! Guarin scores a great individual goal, winning it back before beating two defenders and firing under the keeper. Wonder goal
47' Belec comes out to punch from N'Doye's header. A real scare for the home side
45' The referee awards three minutes of stoppage time
43' Zanetti wins a free kick following a foul by Varela: Coutinho goes for goal but sees his shot blocked
43' Antal is booked for a foul on Coutinho
40' Palacio very nearly scores his second: Guarin's first time ball finds the Argentine who strikes it with power but Straton makes a great stop
38' The referee also cautions Coutinho for time wasting
38' Sanmartean picks up a yellow card for a foul on Coutinho
37' Inter make their third and final change as Ranocchia comes on for Jonathan
36' Guarin is booked for a foul on Varela
34' Vaslui back in front! Belec comes out for a corner but doesn't get there and Varela heads into the empty net. Vaslui lead 2-1 on the night
34' Second change for Vaslui as Buhaescu comes on to replace Stanciu
31' INTER ARE LEVEL! Inter break through Coutinho who feeds Palacio with the outside of his right. The Argentine beats the onrushing Straton
30' Defensive mistake from Inter, Celeban hits it with his right but the ball goes over the top
23' Antal is impeded by Guarin and Sanmartean takes the set-piece for Vaslui but the referee blows for offside
22' Cordos picks up the first booking of the contest
22' Free kick to Inter. Guarin goes directly for goal but Straton gets down well to tip it round the post for a corner
13' First change for Vaslui with Caue making way for Sanmartean
10' Even a man light, Inter don't give in with Zanetti more determined than ever. The captain beats two opponents before crossing for Palacio but the ball is blocked
5' Coutinho tricks his way into the opposing box and tries to bend it with his right but Cordos stretches out a leg to block
1' Inter v Vaslui is back underway
1' Inter make a change for the second half: Guarin is on in place of Samuel
Average rating 6.57
6 shots on target 4
4 shots off target 6
12 fouls committed 11
5 corners 6
3 offsides 4
ball possession
Inter, 200 scoreless minutes at home in the UEFA Cup/Europa League

Inter have not scored at home in matches of the UEFA Cup/ Europa League since 25 March 2004, when the Nerazzurri earned a 4-3 win against Benfica thanks to their fourth goal from Oba Oba Martins in the 70th minute. Since then, including the remaining 20 minutes of that game, plus the entire matches against Olympique Marseille (0-1 on 14 April 2004) and Hajduk Split (0-2 on 9 August), there have been 200 total minutes without a goal. Moreover, in the last 5 home games of the UEFA Cup/Europa League, Inter have only scored in the 4-3 win against Benfica.

Inter: a clean sheet in competitive matches for 212 minutes

The last goal that the Nerazzurri conceded in a competitive match came on 9 August in Inter 0-2 Hajduk Split, scored by Vukovic in the 58th minute. Since then we include the remaining 32 minutes of that match, and the entire game against Vaslui (2-0 away in the Europa League) and Pescara (3-0 away in the league).

Coaching challenge: second meeting after the Nerazzurri’s 2-0 in first leg

It will be the second competitive meeting between coaches Stramaccioni and Sumudica after the Inter coach’s 2-0 win in the first leg played seven days ago in Romania. It will also be the second competitive meeting between Inter and Vaslui after the first leg match seven days ago, in which Cambiasso and Palacio scored the two goals.

Inter without a home draw in Europe for 3 years

Inter’s last home draw in Europe dates back to 20 October 2009 when, in the Champions League, they finished 2-2 against Dynamo Kiev. Since then Inter’s home record consists of 9 wins and 5 losses

Manuel De Sousa to officiate

Manuel Jorge Moreira Neves de Sousa, born in Portugal in 1975 and an international ref since 2006, will officiate an Inter match for the first time. It will be his third with an Italian club after Genoa 2-0 Slavia Prague in the 2009/10 Europa League and CSKA Moscow 3-1 Palermo in the 2010/11 Europa League. It will also be his first mach with Vaslui, while he has officiated 3 previous ones with Romanian teams in European competition, none of which have ever won: their record is 1 draw and 2 defeats.

Inter, unbeaten at home against Romanian clubs and never scoreless

Inter have played 15 competitive matches against Romanian opponents for a record of 10 wins (including 6 in the last 6 matches), two draws (both 1-1) and 3 defeats. Considering the 7 competitive matches played in Italy, the record – in the Nerazzurri’s favour – stands at 6 wins and 1 draw, with Inter always finding the net for a total of 19 goals.

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MILAN - Inter are through to the UEFA Europa League group stage following a 2-2 draw. They managed it in front of their own fans and did it the hard way, playing for much of the game with 10 men.

In the first half Vaslui led through Stanciu's penalty, Castellazzi seeing red for the challenge. Palacio levelled things in the second half on 76 minutes but three minutes later the Romanian side were back in front. Guarin however had the crowd on their feet at the end, scoring a marvellous solo effort to send Inter into the group stage.

FIRST HALF - Stramaccioni picked Silvestre and Samuel as his centre-back pairing in front of Castellazzi with Jonathan and Juan Jesus playing on the flanks. Zanetti, Cambiasso and Nagatomo made up the midfield three, while Cassano and Coutinho supported Palacio in attack.

Following the warm-up before kick-off Julio Cesar bid an emotional farewell to Inter and their fans. The keeper came out onto the pitch with his two children and received a standing ovation from the entire crowd. He will always have a place in everyone's hearts. Julio Cesar is well aware of it and he will never forget his time at the club. He had tears streaming down his face while his team-mates hugged him one by one and the crowd sang his name. Next he had a team photo and a letter for the fans and former team-mates, while he thanked president Moratti for the opportunity to say goodbye and for the 7 marvellous years he spent with the Nerazzurri. Thank you Julio!

Now for the game and it was time to take on Vaslui. Inter's defence were right on song from the start as they thwarted a Romanian attack. The Nerazzurri nearly took the lead on 13 minutes: Cassano's free kick found the head of Samuel but his effort came back off the crossbar. Vaslui were not to be discouraged though and used their pace down the flanks to try and cause problems for the home side. It was a rather even contest with both sides looking to exploit set-pieces but without success. Inter went close again just after the half-hour mark. Cassano threaded it through to Coutinho who shot across goal with his left but Straton put it out for a corner. Two minutes later, on 33 minutes, Castellazzi brought down Antal in the box. Penalty to the visitors and Inter down to ten men following the keeper's dismissal. Stanciu sent Belec the wrong with the resulting spot-kick, the latter having come on to replace Cassano. Vaslui led on the night and Inter began to struggle. After one minute of added time the first half came to an end with the score Inter 0-1 Vaslui.

SECOND HALF - Inter made a change for the second period with Guarin replacing Samuel. The Nerazzurri were quicker to the ball and stronger in the challenge despite being down to 10 men. The hosts tried to press the ball high up the pitch. Guarin went close with a free kick on 66 minutes, faking to shoot before arrowing the ball in towards the near post. Straton got down well to make the save. In the 70th minute Zanetti had the crowd on their feet, finding Palacio, but his effort at the near post was deflected out for a corner. Inter appeared to have greater focus.

Celeban gave the hosts a scare though a quarter of an hour from time, but shot high following a defensive mix-up. A minute later Inter launched a counter attack. Coutinho broke forward covering 50 yards before playing it through for Palacio with the outside of his boot. The Argentine found the back of the net with his left. Vaslui were back in front on 79 minutes though. Inter failed to defend a corner and Varela was able to head home easily. With 6 minutes remaining Palacio brought out the best in Straton. Belec also did well to deny N'Doye in stoppage time.

A few moments later and the Nerazzurri had the equaliser, Guarin pinching the ball in midfield before beating two defenders and rifling a right-footed shot under the goalkeeper. A wonderful goal from a real fighter. Following 3 minutes of added time it finished Inter 2-2 Vaslui, and the Nerazzurri are through to the Europa League group stages.

Inter 2-2 FC Vaslui (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Stanciu 35, Palacio 76, Varela 79, Guarin 90+3.

Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 42 Jonathan (Ranocchia 82), 6 Silvestre, 25 Samuel (Guarin 46), 40 Juan Jesus; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 55 Nagatomo; 99 Cassano (Belec 34), 7 Coutinho; 8 Palacio.
Unused subs: 10 Sneijder, 22 Milito, 24 Benassi, 88 Livaja.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Vaslui: 89 Straton; 3 Varela, 5 Celeban, 8 Antal, 9 Sburlea, 10 Stanciu (Buhaescu 79), 16 Caue (Sanmartean 58), 23 Salageanu, 25 Tukura, 67 Cordos, 79 N'Doye.
Unused subs: 1 Coman, 20 Milanov, 30 Costin, 33 Charalombous, 40 Varga.
Coach: Marius Sumudica.

Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR).

Booked: Cordos 67, Guarin 81, Sanmartean 83, Coutinho 83, Antal 88.
Sent off: Castellazzi 33.
Added time: 1+3 minutes.
Attendance: 41,326.

starting lineups

Castellazzi 12 Straton
Jonathan 42 Varela
Silvestre 6 Celeban
Samuel 25 Antal
Jesus 40 Sburlea
Zanetti 4 Stanciu
Cambiasso 19 Caue
Nagatomo 55 Salageanu
Coutinho 7 Tukura
Cassano 99 Cordos
Palacio 8 N'Doye


Belec 27 Coman
Ranocchia 23 Sanmartean
Benassi 24 Milanov
Guarin 14 Costin
Sneijder 10 Charalombous
Livaja 88 Varga
Milito 22 Buhaescu