MILAN – Inter welcome Cluj to the Stadio Meazza tonight for the
first leg of their 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie. As we
wait for kick-off, we’ve put together a few facts and figures courtesy of
Inter are unbeaten in their last 14 home matches and have
scored at least once in all 14. Their most recent home defeat came on 23 September 2012 at the hands of Siena (0-2 in Serie
Andrea Stramaccioni and Paulo Sergio are squaring up for
the first time as opposite coaches today. This is also the first ever meeting
between Inter and Cluj.
The Nerazzurri are facing Romanian opposition for the 17th
time, with their record currently standing at W10, D3, L3. Of the eight games
contested in Milan, Inter have won six and drawn two, hitting the net
21 times in the process.
Cluj’s record against Italian teams reads W1, D1, L2. All four
fixtures have produced goals for both sides.
Tonight’s match official is Michael Koukoulakis of Greece. The
37-year-old has been an international referee since 2008. He has
never officiated a fixture involving Inter or Cluj before, but has
overseen other Italian teams on two occasions, with one win and one
draw for the Italians.