Palacio: "Top spot, now we can relax a little"

MILAN – Rodrigo Palacio spoke to Mediaset Premium after scoring the goal that sent Partizan to defeat: "It was an important win that leaves us top and means we can relax a little bit for the rest of the group. I’m over my injury now. I’ve already got two goals and I hope to keep on scoring. We’re slowly edging towards the big match against Juventus but we have a couple of big games before then. We’re a great team and we want to show that again on Sunday at Bologna."

Zanetti: "Inter on the up. Super save from Samir"

MILAN – "Winning tonight is a good sign. Now we can concentrate on the league." Javier Zanetti was pleased with his side’s win over Partizan Belgrade and reserved particular praise for Handanovic: "Samir pulled off a super save and then lwe made the most of it down the other end. This team is definitely on the up. We did find it a little hard at times today, Partizan were set up well, but looking at ourselves it’s clear that whoever goes out there is capable of doing a job for the team. We put in a gritty display. After a few difficulties in the first half, we came out and showed what we can do in the second. We’re following our path and we all feel we have a part to play. Are we Juve’s main rivals? We want to be up there challenging with them. Sneijder? I hope he can get over his injury problems soon because he gives us something extra and he’s desperate to come back. It’s a key player for us. Coutinho? He twisted his ankle, hopefully it’s not serious."

Handanovic: "It's my job to keep the ball out"

MILAN – It was one of those saves that keeps your team in it, and on this occasion it enabled Inter to go up the other end and grab the winner against Partizan Belgrade. Yet Samir Handanovic remains his modest self: "That’s what football’s about. Besides, we’d created so many chances before then and been wasteful. It was important to win tonight, it’s all that mattered. Partizan seemed to wane in the second half and we took control. In the first half we didn’t close them down as well as we needed to. It’s the goalie’s job to keep the ball out. That’s what I’m here for. You don’t get more or less important saves."

UEL, Inter 1-0 Partizan Belgrade

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. 

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

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.
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
Coach: Vladimir Vermezovic.

Referee: Liran Liany
Assistants: Nahmias, Biton.
Fourth official:
Additional assistants: Masiah, Reinshreiber.

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