Final score

25 October 2012 19:00

42' (2nd half) Palacio
1 - 0
Partizan Belgrade
referee Liran Liany / linesmen S. Nahmais, D. E. Biton / 4th man O. Bornshtein / assistants M. Masiah, R. Reinshreiber
Minutes Text commentary
46' 0-0 at the break between Inter and Partizan Belgrade. Coutinho carved out a number of chances and Markovic hit the post
45' Liany grants one minute of stoppage time
45' Jonathan hits in a deep cross, Livaja gets up at the far post but rests his elbows on his marker and is blown for a foul
44' More protests from the visitors but the ref isn't standing for any nonsense: he adds Tomic to his book
36' Pereira centres for Cambiasso but the Argentine can't get his header on target
35' Mr Liany initially signalled a penalty for the Serbian side but Silvestre's foul was outside the box. Tomic sends the free kick wide
33' Medo is shown a yellow card for protesting
32' Silvestre catches Mitrovic on the edge of the area and is booked
31' Coutinho took a bruising from that last challenge and can't continue. He hobbles off as Palacio comes on in his place
30' Miljkovic tests Handanovic with a low drive from range, the big goalie gets down well to block it
27' Coutinho leaves his man for dead again with a smart first touch, his second is a bit too heavy though and Ostojic makes a sliding tackle
21' PARTIZAN HIT THE POST. Lazar Markovic gets past Jonathan and curls one towards the far corner. It comes back off the upright
20' Pereira sends in a cross which Coutinho can't quite reach
18' Great skill from Coutinho as he skips past one man then sends another skidding off the pitch with a neat stop; he plays the ball across the box for Cassano, whose backheeled effort hits Partizan's defensive wall
9' CHANCE FOR INTER. Pereira runs onto a long ball and pulls it back from the by-line for Coutinho: the Brazilian sidefoots his volley wide
4' From the following corner the ball drops for Livaja but the Croatian youngster blasts his volley over
3' Coutinho turns his man with a flash of pace and sprints goalwards, the defence close him down then Jonathan's effort is saved by Petrovic
1' Welcome to the Stadio Meazza for Matchday 3 of the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League. Inter host Partizan Belgrade tonight looking to end their run of winless matches at home in Europe this season
1' Handanovic almost gets himself into trouble under pressure from Malkovic and is forced into making a hurried clearance
1' The Nerazzurri take the kick-off, Inter v Partizan Belgrade is under way. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Guarin and Mudingayi form the workhorse central midfield pairing with Jonathan and Pereira operating on the flanks. Coutinho will be given licence to roam behind strike duo Livaja and Cassano
1' With Zanetti starting on the bench Cambiasso takes the captain's armband for this game and lines up in defence alongside Silvestre and Juan Jesus
Minutes Text commentary
48' That's it! Inter have beaten Partizan Belgrade 1-0 thanks to Palacio's 89th-minute header. The Nerazzurri join Rubin Kazan on 7 points
45' There will be three minutes of added time
44' Marko Scepovic is booked
42' GOOOAAAL FOR INTER! Down the other end Milito crosses, Palacio leaps, Petrovic probably should do better but can't keep it out. 1-0!
42' HEROICS FROM HANDANOVIC! Partizan break, Markovic is through on goal but the keeper sticks out a big hand and makes a massive save. Whew!
40' Pereira comes to the rescue and hacks the ball away from Sasa Markovic as he was bearing down on goal
37' Inter have a free kick following a foul by the newly entered Markovic on Pereira: there's no one on the end of it
35' Here's Partizan's last substitution: Tomic leaves the pitch to be replaced by S. Markovic
31' Stramaccioni makes his final change: Milito comes on for Cassano
31' Partizan bring on Jojic in place of Ilic
29' Medo mistimes his challenge on Cambiasso. The ref opts not to book the Sierra Leone midfielder already on a yellow
21' First substitution for Partizan: Scepovic M. comes on for Mitrovic
19' Ostojic lunges at Cassano but is spared a booking by the referee
16' Another good chance for Inter. Cassano brings Palacio's cross under control in a great position but inexplicably skies his shot
11' Jonathan tries to pick out Cambiasso in the box, the ball falls for Palacio but he stabs his effort wide
9' CHANCE FOR INTER! Jonathan finds the ball at his feet after a mistake by Markovic and tees up Silvestre, whose shot is blocked by Petrovic
7' Stramaccioni makes his second change and replaces Livaja with Zanetti
5' Markovic makes a menace of himself again, dinking a clever ball over the Inter backline for Mitrovic, who fails to connect at full stretch
5' Mitrovic fouls Pereira but the ref lets him off with a warning
2' Jonathan is booked for a foul on Markovic
2' Tomic has a shot at goal but that's no problem for Handanovic
1' Partizan get the second half under way. 45 minutes for Inter to win this: come on you Nerazzurri!
Average rating 6.65
3 shots on target 4
6 shots off target 4
15 fouls committed 15
7 corners 1
3 offsides 1
ball possession
Partizan, only one clean sheet in last 12 European away games

Partizan have had a clean sheet in only one of their last 12 away matches in European competition. It happened on 19 July 2011 in the Champions League when they beat Shkendija Tetovo 1-0. In the other 11 matches the Serbs have let in a total of 19 goals.

A coaching first

This will be the first ever meeting between coaches Stramaccioni and Vermezovic.

Inter, unbeaten and always finding the net at home

When considering the Serbian federation as a natural continuation of the federation of the then Yugoslavia, followed by that of Serbia Montenegro, there have been 4 previous competitive meetings between the teams, and Partizan Belgrade have yet to come out victorious, while at the same time always letting in a goal. The record stands at 3 wins for Inter and 1 draw, with 8 goals scored by the Nerazzurri. Inter have won both of the matches played at home.

Inter at home: unbeaten and always scoring

When considering the Serbian federation as a natural continuation of the federation of the then Yugoslavia, followed by that of Serbia Montenegro, Inter will be facing a Serbian team for the 11th time in a competitive match. So far their record is 7 wins, 2 draws (both 1-1) and only 1 defeat (0-1 away to Belgrade XI on 8 March 1961 in the Fairs Cup). In their 5 matches played at home so far, Inter are unbeaten and have always scored for a favourable record of 4 wins and one draw with 15 goals scored.

Partizan, winless in Italy

When considering the Serbian federation as a natural continuation of the federation of the then Yugoslavia, followed by that of Serbia Montenegro, there have been 19 previous meetings between Partizan Belgrade and Italian teams, with a record of 3 wins for the Serbs, 6 draws and 10 Italian victories. Also, considering the 9 matches they have played so far in Italy, Partizan have yet to win, with 3 draws and 6 defeats.

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

MILAN - An 89th-minute header by Rodrigo Palacio gave Inter all three points in their 2012/13 UEFA Europa League Matchday 3 clash with Partizan Belgrade. The Argentine striker came off the bench on the half-hour mark to replace Coutinho, a real handful for the Serbians before being forced off injured. Lazar Markovic struck the post on 21 minutes and was denied by a fantastic save from Handanovic, which led to El Trenza scoring from the resulting counter-attack less than a minute later.

The win takes the Nerazzurri up to 7 points in Group H alongside Rubin Kazan, while Neftchi and Partizan Belgrade remain on 1 point.

Inter 1-0 Partizan Belgrade (HT: 0-0)
Palacio 88.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 6 Silvestre, 7 Coutinho (Palacio 31), 14 Guarin, 16 Mudingayi, 19 Cambiasso, 31 Pereira, 40 Juan Jesus, 42 Jonathan, 88 Livaja (Zanetti 52), 99 Cassano (Milito 76).
Unused subs: 27 Belec, 21 Gargano, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Partizan Belgrade: 30 Petrovic; 2 A.Miljkovic, 3 Volkov, 4 Medo, 7 Tomic (S. Markovic 80), 15 Ivanov, 22 S.Ilic (Jojic 76), 40 Ostojic, 45 Mitrovic (S. Scepovic 66), 50 L. Markovic, 99 Smiljanic.
Unused subs: 33 R.Ilic, 17 Sretenovic, 18 A.Lazevski, 44 M.Scepovic.
Coach: Vladimir Vermezovic.

Referee: Liran Liany (ISR).
Assistants: Nahmias, Biton.
Fourth official: Bornshtein.
Additional assistants: Masiah, Reinshreiber.

Booked: Silvestre 33, Medo 33, Tomic 44, Jonathan 47, Ivanov 66, Scepovic 89.
Added time: 1+3 minutes.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 Petrovic
Silvestre 6 Miljkovic
Cambiasso 19 Volkov
Jesus 40 Medo
Jonathan 42 Tomic
Guarin 14 Ivanov
Mudingayi 16 Ilic S.
Pereira 31 Ostojic
Coutinho 7 Mitrovic
Livaja 88 Markovic L.
Cassano 99 Smiljanic


Belec 27 Ilic R.
Zanetti 4 Scepovic S.
Palacio 8 Sretenovic
Gargano 21 Lazevski
Milito 22 Markovic S.
Ranocchia 23 Jojic
Samuel 25 Scepovic M.