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FK Partizan Stadium (ATT 21,000) 8th November 2012 - Kick off 20:05 Ref: D Gomes

Partizan Partizan Belgrade vs Inter Milan Inter

Partizan 1

N Tomic (90+1)

ft

Inter 3

R Palacio (51, 75)
F Guarin (87)

Inter Milan qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League with win at Partizan Belgrade

Last Updated: 08/11/12 10:43pm

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Rodrigo Palacio: The Argentine struck a brace to send Inter Milan through to the last 32

Rodrigo Palacio: The Argentine struck a brace to send Inter Milan through to the last 32

Rodrigo Palacio bagged a brace to help Inter Milan qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League with a comfortable 3-1 win at Partizan Belgrade.

Rubin Kazan's victory over Neftchi earlier tonight meant the Italian side needed just a point in the Serbian capital to reach the knockout rounds although they were indebted to keeper Samir Handanovic for two world-class saves from Ivan Ivanov in the first half.

And Inter rewarded their keeper as Palacio netted twice and Fredy Guarin completed the triumph before Nemanja Tomic grabbed an injury-time consolation for Partizan.

The only thing left to determine in Group H will be who finishes top - which will almost certainly be decided when Kazan welcome Inter in two weeks' time.

Partizan head coach Vladimir Vermezovic still believed his side could overturn the six-point deficit the top two sides held at the start of the day - but with Rubin winning in Azerbaijan earlier, they could not afford a slip up.

They managed to subdue Inter's attacking threats in the early stages but were restricted to long-distance efforts themselves in a mundane opening.

The match sprang to life just after the half hour mark when Ivanov's bullet header was excellently tipped round the post by Handanovic.

Ivanov was sensationally thwarted again from the resulting corner, Nemanja Tomic's cross allowing the Bulgarian to power a header towards goal only to see Handanovic turn the ball away once more.

Milos Jojic squandered another chance by missing the target from close range before Palacio opened the scoring at the other end six minutes after the interval.

Guarin dribbled through two challenges on the right and his cross from the byline was chested into the net by Palacio.

Stefan Scepovic nearly drew the hosts level almost immediately afterwards but Handanovic was on hand to parry away his effort from 12 yards.

It was a pivotal stop and seemed to suck the spirit out of Partizan, who conceded a second in the 76th minute after Guarin and Palacio linked up once again.

The Argentina international, who also scored the only goal in the sides' first match two weeks ago, latched on to Guarin's through ball before slotting across Nikola Petrovic.

The Partizan keeper prevented Palacio from completing his hat-trick with a fine save but was beaten once more three minutes from time after Guarin's tap-in from substitute Antonio Cassano's left-wing delivery.

Tomic grabbed an injury-time consolation for the hosts, converting Aleksandar Miljkovic's right-wing cross, but it failed to put a dampener on Inter's celebrations.

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    • Udinese
      2 - 3
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group H
    Thu 8th Nov - Group D
    • Club Brugge
      2 - 2
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    • Bordeaux
      1 - 0
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group C
    Thu 8th Nov - Group B
    • Academica
      2 - 0
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    • Plzen
      4 - 0
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group F
    Thu 8th Nov - Group E
    • Molde
      1 - 2
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    • FC Cop'hagen
      0 - 2
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group L
    • Hannover
      3 - 2
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    • Twente
      0 - 0
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group K
    • Metalist
      3 - 1
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    • Leverkusen
      3 - 0
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group J
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      3 - 0
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group I
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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Valencia 6 13
2 Swansea City 6 8
3 Kuban 6 6
4 St Gallen 6 6

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Ludogorets 6 16
2 Chernomorets Odessa 6 10
3 PSV Eindhoven 6 7
4 Dinamo Zagreb 6 1

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Red Bull Salzburg 6 18
2 Esbjerg 6 12
3 IF Elfsborg 6 4
4 Standard Liege 6 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Rubin Kazan 6 14
2 Maribor 6 7
3 Zulte-Waregem 6 7
4 Wigan Athletic 6 5

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 6 16
2 Dnipro 6 12
3 Pacos Ferreira 6 3
4 Pandurii Targu-Jiu 6 2

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 15
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 11
3 Apoel Nicosia 6 5
4 Bordeaux 6 3

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Genk 6 14
2 Dynamo Kiev 6 10
3 Rapid Vienna 6 6
4 FC Thun 6 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 6 12
2 Slovan Liberec 6 9
3 SC Freiburg 6 6
4 Estoril 6 3

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 6 12
2 Real Betis 6 9
3 Vitoria de Guimaraes 6 5
4 Rijeka 6 4

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Trabzonspor 6 14
2 Lazio 6 12
3 Apollon Limassol 6 4
4 Legia Warsaw 6 3

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 18
2 Anzhi Makhachkala 6 8
3 Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol) 6 6
4 Tromso 6 1

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 AZ Alkmaar 6 12
2 PAOK Salonika 6 12
3 Maccabi Haifa (Isr) 6 5
4 Shakhtyor Karaganda 6 2

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