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Stramaccioni impressed by unlikely goalie

Created on 19 Dec., 2012 8:36 AM GMT

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni praised the performance of stand-in goalkeeper Rodrigo Palacio during his team's 2-0 win over Verona.

Goals from Fredy Guarin and Antonio Cassano were enough to wrap up a win for the hosts in the Coppa Italia tie at the San Siro.

Inter ended the game with Argentine forward Palacio in goal after goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi was injured.

Around 400 ultras clashed with police before kick-off, and violence continued throughout the first half, resulting in a suspension of play after 15 minutes due to the spread of tear gas.

"Verona started very well and we had a few chances with Ricky Alvarez and Palacio," Stramaccioni told reporters.

"We raised the tempo after the break and scored two goals, but if this Inter (team) doesn't end with a tense finale, then we're not happy.

"Palacio is excellent in goal - he'll be an alternative we should keep in mind."

Verona coach Andrea Mandorlini was less upbeat after the game, blaming errors for his side's defeat.

"We went behind with an error in midfield, but I think the real key was represented by our mistakes in front of goal.

"We could've opened the game up again in the final 20 minutes, especially after they went down to 10 men.

"The dream is over, but we believed to the very end. Our objective for the season was never this, anyway," he said.

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