Sunday August 19 2012
Palacio at the double for Inter

Birthday boy Esteban Cambiasso and a Rodrigo Palacio brace allowed Inter to crush Tunisian side Club Athletique Bizertin 3-0.

The Saturday night friendly against the four-times champions of Tunisia was played in Switzerland and represented their last test before the Europa League play-offs against Vaslui on August 23.

Samir Handanovic is out for around three weeks after undergoing knee surgery, so Luca Castellazzi filled in the gloves, while Juan Jesus and Matias Silvestre formed a new defensive partnership.

Philippe Coutinho rattled the woodwork in the opening minute

Cambiasso celebrated his birthday with a rare goal, set up by Douglas Maicon and Palacio to open the scoring from the edge of the box.

Palacio netted either side of the half-time break thanks to a control and strike from Wesley Sneijder’s assist and tapping in the rebound from Diego Milito’s parried effort.

C.A. Bizertin 0-3 Inter

Scorers: Cambiasso 14 (I), Palacio 31, 64 (I)

C.A.Bizertin: Ben Mustapha; Kaderi (Jabeur 78), Mhadhbi, Harran (Salhi 71), Hadhria (Sdiri 54), Ben Hadj Mabrouk (Jaziri 78), Mathlouthi, Mbenguey, Slama (Zaayim 54), Zouay (Harbaoui 70) Ben Amor
Inter: Castellazzi; Maicon (Jonathan 64), Silvestre, Juan Jesus (Bianchetti 73), Nagatomo (Samuel 46); Zanetti (Duncan 46), Cambiasso (Benassi 72), Mudingayi (Acampora 86); Sneijder (Livaja 46), Coutinho (Milito 46); Palacio (Forte 78)

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