Wesley Sneijder set Inter Milan on
their way to a comfortable 3-0 win away at Hajduk Split in
Europa League qualifying on Thursday, giving the Serie A side a
successful start in their first competitive game of the season.
Dutchman Sneijder rifled Inter ahead after 18 minutes and
Japan's Yuto Nagatomo put them 2-0 up against the Croatian side
just before the break.
Brazilian Philippe Coutinho completed the scoring in the
second half of the third qualifying round first-leg tie.
"It's a good result but what I liked was the fact that we
never stopped trying to play football and we gave very little
away," Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni said.
Inter are hoping to recover from a difficult last season
when Stramaccioni, initially given the job on an interim basis,
became the third coach to be employed by club president Massimo
In other ties, a second-half strike from Stewart Downing
gave Liverpool a 1-0 win away to Belarus side Gomel and last
season's beaten finalists Athletic Bilbao beat Croatia's Slaven
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