Palacio pleased with stint

Inter Milan midfielder Rodrigo Palacio was relieved to navigate a surprise stint in goal as the Nerazzurri beat Verona 2-0 on Tuesday night to progress to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.

Last Updated: 19/12/12 at 10:46 Post Comment

Rodrigo Palacio: Had a stint in goal for Inter

Rodrigo Palacio: Had a stint in goal for Inter

Andrea Stramaccioni's men took their time to get going against the Serie B outfit, but Antonio Cassano and Fredy Guarin both scored after the break to guarantee a last-eight meeting with Napoli or Bologna, who play on Wednesday night.

But with 10 minutes of normal time remaining - and with all three of Stramaccioni's substitutes in play - Inter goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi fell awkwardly on his shoulder, prompting ex-Genoa playmaker Palacio to pull on the gloves for the first time since his childhood.

The Argentinian told Inter's official website: "I made a great save from (Alessandro) Carrozza! We were leading 2-0 so we felt a bit comfortable but it was important to win the match.

"Why did I go in goal? Initially (Cristian) Chivu said that he'd do it, then Stramaccioni decided he wanted either me or (Ricky) Alvarez.

"Luckily it was only 15 minutes! Had I done it before? Yes, a few times as a kid.

"On Saturday it's Genoa, it'll be a special game for me, but now I'm an Inter player. It won't be an easy match.

"What do I want from 2013? To win the league."

Stramaccioni was content with the manner of victory over Andrea Mandorlini's promotion-chasing side.

He said: "Verona made a great start to the match, I think they're one of the best sides in Serie B and have a great coach.

"We changed the tempo at the beginning of the second half and opened up a two-goal lead.

"Palacio in goal? With his stature he made the backline feel safe."

Stramaccioni then gave an update on Castellazzi's injury, adding: "He'd picked a knock when he made his first save, but the medical staff told me not to worry."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

England bow out of Women's World Cup after added-time own goal

Laura Bassett's added-time own goal saw England exit the Women's World Cup with an agonising 2-1 defeat to Japan.

Dani Osvaldo leaves Southampton two years early

Southampton have terminated the contract of record signing Dani Osvaldo.

Slaven Bilic missing from West Ham bench for Europa League opener

Academy manager Terry Westley will be in charge when West Ham make their Europa League debut against Andorran side FC Lusitans.

Mail Box

Are United Aiming Too High On Transfers?

One mailer wonders whether United are aiming a little high on their transfer ambitions. Plus, BAHs, West Ham in Europe, petty annoyances and Michu to United...

Liverpool Are Attractive To Strikers

You've got little competition and bags of service from midfield, so surely strikers would love to join Liverpool? Plus England's future, Callum Wilson handshakes and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company