Final score

14 September 2002 15:00

Inter
23' Vieri
Torino
referee Paolo Bertini / linesmen Mitro, Camerota / 4th man Ragone
MinutesText commentary
45'Ref Bertini signals two minutes of injury time.
41'YOU'RE OFF! Torino player Comotto is given his marching orders for headbutting Materazzi in reaction to a challenge.
35'A text-book one-two between Crespo and Dalmat finishes with the Argentine's shot blocked by Luca Bucci.
26'Scarchilli strikes an indirect free-kick for Torino that finishes in the back of the Inter net. Quite rightly, Bertini disallows the goal. But in any case, Galante was offside.
23'GOOOAAAAAL!!! Dalmat disposes of two Toro defenders down the right wing, then swings in a cross that Vieri meets at the near post to power a header past Bucci. 1-0 to Inter!
19'Recoba's precision free-kick from the right wing finds the head of Di Biagio in the middle of the Torino area, but the Italian international midfielder fails to connect properly.
15'Fantastic combination between Crespo and Vieri, the ball is then played through to Recoba, who is caught in possession by the Torino defence.
13'Torino look dangerous in the Inter half and Cannavaro is forced to make a providential tackle in the box to deny Scarchilli.
6'After a 20-yard run, Vieri has a superb chance to fire the Nerazzurri into the lead, but shoots wide of the right-hand post.
4'Ferrante blasts a 25-yard free kick well over Toldo's crossbar.
1'Referee Bertini gets the match underway. We're ready to rock!
MinutesText commentary
49'That's it! Inter win 1-0 and earn three valuable points.
45'Ref Bertini assigns four minutes of injury time.
42'Inter substitution, Emre on for Recoba.
40'Coco sends in an inch-perfect cross from the left for Vieri, who heads just wide.
34'Nerazzurri on the attack down the right. Vieri provides Crespo with an assist but the Argentine shoots just over the crossbar.
30'Torino substitution, Lucarelli on for Ferrante.
19'Inter substitution, Almeyda replaces Gigi Di Biagio.
18'Torino substitution, Osmanovski on for Magallanes.
12'Vieri heads a Recoba corner on to Cordoba, who wastes a great chance by shooting way over from a good position.
8'Torino substitution, Balzaretti on for Conticchio.
6'Recoba beats a Torino player on the left wing, then makes a run before sweeping in a high cross for Crespo, who outjumps his marker but heads off-target.
3'The second half is underway.
2'After two minutes of injury time, the referee sends the players into the changing rooms for the half-time break.
Di Biagio
6.69
6.69
Recoba
6.7
6.7
Vieri
7.57
7.57
Zanetti
7.28
7.28
Cordoba
6.93
6.93
Dalmat
7.57
7.57
Materazzi
6.37
6.37
Emre
6.76
6.76
Toldo
6.56
6.56
Coco
6.6
6.6
Almeyda
6.44
6.44
Cannavaro
7.44
7.44
Crespo
6.37
6.37
Average rating6.87
5shots on target1
5shots off target2
18fouls committed17
10corners2
4offsides4
33:43ball possession26:25
Torino - Former Nerazzurri

Conticchio (youth sector, 1993/94 season)
Ferrante (11 appearances in official matches from January to June 2001, 1 goal)
Frezza (0 appearances from July to August 1995)
Galante (88 appearances in official matches from July 1996 to September 1999, 3 goals)
Mezzano (10 appearances in official matches from July 1997 to December 1998, 0 goals)

Inter - Former Torino players

Coco (22 appearances in official matches in 1999/00, 0 goals)
Vieri (9 appearances in official matches from July 1990 to November 1992, 2 goals).

Torino - Former Nerazzurri

Conticchio (youth sector, 1993/94 season)
Ferrante (11 appearances in official matches from January to June 2001, 1 goal)
Frezza (0 appearances from July to August 1995)
Galante (88 appearances in official matches from July 1996 to September 1999, 3 goals)
Mezzano (10 appearances in official matches from July 1997 to December 1998, 0 goals)

Cuper vs. Camolese

Head-to-head clashes between the two coaches see Hector Cuper in command - 1 win and 1 draw in official Serie A matches last season.

Torino's record on opening round

Torino haven't won on the first day of the championship since 1996, when they beat Cesena 1-0 in the Serie B. Since then, the Granata have drawn 2 matches and lost 3. In the Serie A, Torino haven't won on their previous 4 opening matches (2 draws and 2 defeats). Their last win on the opening day of a Serie A season was on 29 August, 1993 - 3-0 away to Piacenza.

Bucci a step away from 200 Serie A goals let in

Luca Bucci is a step away from letting in his 200th goal in the Serie A. The Torino keeper, who has collected 174 appearances in the Italian top flight, made his debut on 29 August, 1993 in Udinese 0 Parma 1. He let in his first goal in the third round of that season (8 September, 1993) in Lazio 2 Parma 1. Diego Fuser was the scorer.

Inter consistently on target in previous 13 rounds, last goalless match against Torino

Inter have consistently hit the target in the last 13 rounds of the Italian championship, with a total of 26 goals scored. Ironically, the last time Inter failed to score was in the 0-0 draw against Torino at the San Siro on 2 February, 2002.

Inter vs. Torino on opening day - taboo for Granata

This Saturday's match between Inter and Torino is the fourth meeting between the two sides on the opening day of the championship. On the three previous occasions, the Nerazzurri have won twice, with the other match finishing in a draw.
In Milan in 1942, Inter won 1-0 thanks to Demaria's goal; in Milan in 1957 the clash finished 0-0; in Turin in 1994 the Nerazzurri won 2- 0 thanks to efforts from Ruben Sosa (currently playing for Shanghai Shenhua SVA in China) and Dennis Bergkamp (currently with Arsenal in England).

Inter chasing victory number 1100

Inter have racked up a total of 1099 victories in the one-division Serie A championship. Their first success came on 6 October, 1929 with a 2-1 victory over Livorno 2-1. Rivolta and Meazza scored for the Nerazzurri on that occasion after Palandri's opener for the Tuscan side.

wins(42)draws(27)defeats(17)

starting lineups

Toldo 1Bucci
Cannavaro 13Galante
Cordoba 2Fattori
Materazzi 23Delli Carri
Coco 77Comotto
Zanetti 4Conticchio
Di Biagio 14Scarchilli
Dalmat 18Vergassola
Recoba 20Castellini
Crespo 9Magallanes
Vieri 32Ferrante

substitutes

Fontana 12Sorrentino
Pasquale 26Garzya
Adani 15Balzaretti
Emre 5Lucarelli
Conceiçao 7Osmanowski
Almeyda 25Mezzano
Vivas 31De Ascentis