Europa League: Neftchi Baku PFC 1-3 Inter
Inter dominated this Group H Europa League game against Neftchi with their youngsters proving their worth, especially Phillipe Coutinho who once again was fantastic, adding weight to my argument that he should be Wesley Sneijder’s heir and be replacing the Dutch trequartista fairly soon, as I discussed in my article ‘It’s time to offload Sneijder’ on ESPN FC
The youngsters really shone in this game as did Fredy Guarin, the future is looking bright for Inter.
The first half was all Inter and Guarin, looking more like a winger tonight, was at the heart of the first two goals. Ten minutes were on the clock when the Colombian drifted in from the right and played a neat pass for Coutinho, who turned the ball past Stamenkovic with a crafty backheeled flick. Guarin then provided more of the same for Obi to score with an easy finish on the half-hour mark. Inter’s third came in the 42nd minute with a bit of help from Bertucci, the defender wrongfooting his own keeper with a deflected intervention that enabled Livaja to nod home. Canales pulled one back shortly after the restart but the hosts didn’t have enough to trouble the Nerazzurri further.
Inter scored their 500th and 501st goals in European competitions this evening and the win takes them to the top of Group H alongside Rubin Kazan on four points. The next Europa League appointment is in three weeks’ time when Partizan Belgrade visit the Meazza. (via inter.it)
Read my full opinion on Stramaccioni’s choices for this match in my article on ESPN FC
Posted on October 5, 2012, in Europa League and tagged Cambiasso, Coutinho, Europa League, Football, Gargano, Garritano, Guarin, Handanovic, Inter, Jonathan, Juan Jesus, Livaja, Mudingayi, Neftchi Baku PFC, Nerazzurri, Pereira, Ranocchia, Silvestre, Stramaccioni. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.