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Inter snatch late victory

Berne, Oct 26, 2012, Reuters: 23:53 IST

Holders Atletico on a roll

Rodrigo Palacio snatched an 88th minute win for Inter Milan over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday while Lazio were on the wrong end of some late drama in a 1-1 draw at Panathinaikos.

Napoli produced another poor away performance, losing 3-1 at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, and Udinese suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at Young Boys where Raul Bobadilla scored a hat-trick.

Titleholders Atletico Madrid chalked up their third straight group stage win, beating Academica Coimbra 2-1, but Athletic Bilbao, last season's runners-up, were left on the brink of elimination after losing 2-1 at Olympique Lyon. Liverpool took advantage of Udinese's slip to go top with a 1-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala.

Palacio headed in a cross from Diego Milito one minute after Partizan's Lazar Markovic nearly scored on the break. The win left Inter and Rubin Kazan, who beat Neftci 1-0, level on seven points from three games at the top of Group H.

Lazio were gifted a 25th minute lead in Athens when Giourkas Seitaridis's back pass caught goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis out of position. Toche equalised for Panathinaikos in stoppage time. Lazio stayed top of Group J with five points.

Three of Germany's four teams won, Bayer Leverkusen drubbed Rapid Vienna 4-0 away from home to go top of Group K. Hanover 96 won 2-1 at Helsingborg which took them top of Group L and Borussia Moechengladbach beat Olympique Marseille 2-0 in Group C.


Results: Group A: Young Boys bt Udinese 3-1; Liverpool bt Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0. Group B: Atletico Madrid bt Academica 2-1; Hapoel Tel Aviv lt to Viktoria Plzen 1-2. Group C: AEL Limassol lt to Fenerbahce 0-1; Borussia Moenchengladbach bt Olympique Marseille 2-0.
Group D: Maritimo drew Girondins Bordeaux 1-1; Newcastle United bt Club Bruges 1-0.
Group E: Steaua Bucharest bt Molde 2-0; VfB Stuttgart drew FC Copenhagen 0-0. Group F: Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk bt Napoli 3-1; PSV Eindhoven drew AIK Stockholm 1-1. Group G: Racing Genk bt Sporting 2-1; Fehervar bt Basel 2-1.
Group H: Inter Milan bt Partizan Belgrade 1-0; Rubin Kazan bt Neftchi Baku 1-0.
Group I: Olympique Lyon bt Athletic Bilbao 2-1; Sparta Prague bt Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 3-1.
Group J: Maribor drew Tottenham Hotspur 1-1; Panathinaikos drew Lazio 1-1.
Group K: Rapid Vienna lt to Bayer Leverkusen 0-4; Rosenborg Trondheim lt to Metalist Kharkiv 1-2.
Group L: Helsingborg lt to Hanover 96 1-2; Levante bt Twente Enschede 3-0.

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