Final score

9 December 2007 15:00

Inter
31' (2nd half) Cordoba
7' (2nd half) Jimenez
5' (2nd half) Cruz
38' Ibrahimovic (P)
Torino
referee Massimiliano Saccani / linesmen Grilli, Rosi / 4th man Gervasoni
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Minutes Text commentary
45' Half time. Inter lead Toro 1-0.
43' Sereni makes a punched clearance from Cesar's outswinging left-wing cross.
38' GOOAAAALLLL!!!! Zlatan Ibrahimovic converts his penalty kick, stroking the ball under Sereni. Inter 1-0 Torino.
38' That was Ibra's 14th goal in all competitions this season.
37' Penalty to Inter!!!!! Ibra combines with Cruz in the area and goes down under a challenge from Comotto after collecting the return pass.
35' Granata captain Comotto's cross from the right almost goes in at the far post.
33' Cristian Chivu's right-wing corner is headed clear by Barone.
30' Inter keep up the pressure and produce another chance. Cruz fires a left-footed effort wide from just outside the box.
29' Cambiasso fails to connect with Maicon's deflected right-wing cross for what would have been a certain goal.
26' Toro go close to an opener from a counter-attack. Di Michele crosses to the unmarked Ventola who miskicks with just Julio Cesar to beat.
25' Natali cuts out Maicon's forward pass for Ibrahimovic and steers the ball out of defence.
22' Dangerous low ball into the box by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Natali blocks, conceding a corner kick.
21' Cesar's floated left-wing cross is headed clear by Natali.
17' Di Michele takes on two Nerazzurri players during a central run towards the area and sends a 25-yard shot just over.
15' Cesar shoots first time from a tight angle on the left after a looping cross by Ibrahimovic. Serena blocks with his feet.
14' Ex-Inter striker Nicola Ventola scythes wide from inside our area.
12' Rosina hits a low shot on target from 25 yards. Julio Cesar gets down and parries. Corner for the visitors.
10' Headed clearance by Burdisso after a darting run and a cross by Rosina.
9' Chivu blocks Rosina's inswinging corner.
8' Great combination between Cesar and Ibra on the left channel. The Swedish forward's poked cross is blocked by Di Loreto and it's an Inter corner.
6' Chance for Inter. Ibrahimovic unleashes a right-foot shot from the edge of the area. Sereni blocks with his feet.
5' Chivu's cross from the left edge of the Toro box takes a deflection and ends up in the arms of Matteo Sereni.
4' Maicon combines with Cruz on the right and swings in a cross. Di Loreto makes a headed clearance.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for live text coverage of Inter's Serie A Week 13 clash with Torino.
1' Nerazzurri fans will remember the last time these two teams met. On the final day of last season Inter beat the Granata 3-0 with goals from Materazzi, Maicon and Figo. After the match, a packed Meazza celebrated Inter's 15th Scudetto.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu; 4 J.Zanetti, 16 Burdisso, 19 Cambiasso, 31 Cesar; 8 Ibrahimovic 9 Cruz.
1' Torino: 1 Sereni; 2 Comotto, 14 Natali, 22 Di Loreto, 15 Dellafiore; 10 Rosina, 8 Barone, 27 P.Zanetti, 23 Lanna; 9 Ventola, 17 Di Michele.
1' Today's match will kick off after a minute's silence in memory of the workers who lost their lives last weekend after a fire broke out at a steel factory in Turin.
1' The Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA INTER!
Minutes Text commentary
45' Full time. Inter beat Torino 4-0. See you on Wednesday for UCL Matchday 6.
44' Stellone's diving header from Recoba's free kick is wide of the far post.
41' Ibra overhits his right-wing cross for Solari.
37' Di Michele's 25-yard curling free kick is over the bar.
32' Inter bring on Santiago Solari for Luis Jimenez.
31' GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Burdisso rises at the back post to Chivu's corner into the six-yard box, and Ivan Cordoba steals in to head home.
30' Jimenez tries to serve Ibrahimovic in the area but the Chilean's pass is intercepted.
25' Julio Cesar saves Recoba's 25-yard strike.
23' Dellafiore hooks clear to deny Cambiasso a chance on goal.
21' El Chino's bending corner kick is headed on to the crossbar by Natali.
21' Di Michele forces Julio Cesar into a tipped save with a chip shot from 20 yards.
20' Torino bring on Recoba for Rosina, and the Meazza applauds.
15' Inter bring on Pelé for Materazzi.
15' And Torino replace Ventola with Stellone.
14' Ibrahimovic is booked and will miss Inter's next match.
11' Lanna is yellow-carded for a foul on Cambiasso.
11' The Granata make their first change. Lanna is replaced by Grella.
7' GOOOAAALLL!!!!! Luis Jimenez scores a peach of a goal to put us 3-0 up. The Chilean collects the ball in the Toro third, advances several yards and unleashes a rising drive from 20 yards that flies into the far corner.
5' GOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Chivu crosses from the left edge of the Toro box and Cruz heads past Sereni from close range. Inter 2-0 Torino.
1' Torino get the second half under way.
1' Mancini has brought on Luis Jimenez for Cesar.
Zanetti
7.62
7.62
Cordoba
8.02
8.02
Materazzi
7.33
7.33
Cruz
8.37
8.37
Cambiasso
8.21
8.21
Burdisso
6.89
6.89
Solari
6.87
6.87
Julio Cesar
7.88
7.88
Cesar
6.41
6.41
Maicon
7.3
7.3
Ibrahimovic
8.31
8.31
Jimenez
8.66
8.66
Chivu
7.87
7.87
Average rating 7.67
7 shots on target 4
1 shots off target 6
16 fouls committed 19
6 corners 4
1 offsides 4
32:47 ball possession 22:37
Mancini v Torino

Roberto Mancini faces Toro for the 6th time as a coach and is unbeaten against the Turin side, with 3 wins and 2 draws.

Details:
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Torino 0-0 ----
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Torino 1-1 1-0
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Torino 3-0 3-1

Mancini v Novellino

The two coaches meet for the 12th time after 6 Mancini wins, 4 draws and just 1 Novellino victory. The current Toro coach's only win against a team coached by Mancini came on 2 December 2001 when Piacenza defeated Fiorentina 3-1 away.

Details:
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Piacenza 1-3 ----
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Sampdoria 1-1 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 3-2 1-0
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-0 2-2
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-1 2-0
2006/07 Coppa Italia Inter-Sampdoria 0-0 3-0

Novellino v Inter

In 15 competitive matches against the Nerazzurri, Walter Novellino's teams have won 1, drawn 5 and lost 9. The one and only win was Venezia's 3-1 Serie A home victory on 16 May 1999.

Details:
1996/97 Coppa Italia Ravenna-Inter 0-1 ----
1998/99 Serie A Venezia-Inter 3-1 2-6
2001/02 Serie A Piacenza-Inter 2-3 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-0
2004/05 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 2-3
2005/06 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 1-1
2006/07 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 0-3 0-0

Mancini's teams on fire in December

With 19 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats from 26 games Roberto Mancini's teams have a points per match average of 2.34 in December - his best month of the footballing calendar. All three defeats came in the 2001/02 season when Mancini was coach of Fiorentina. Since the last defeat, a 2-0 reverse at Parma on 23 December 2001, Mancini's teams have played 21 games in the 12th calendar month, winning 18 and drawing 3.

Inter's long scoring run at home

The Nerazzurri have scored in 45 consecutive league games at home, netting a total of 106 goals. Inter 0-0 Reggina on the last day of the 2004/05 season was the last time Mancini's team failed to score in a Serie A home match.

Inter's 321-minute invincibility

Floccari's 39th-minute goal in Inter 2-1 Atalanta on 24 November 2007 was the last conceded by the Nerazzurri. Including the remaining 51 minutes of that game plus the entire matches against Fenerbahçe (3-0 home win in Champions League), Fiorentina (2-0 away win in Serie A) and Lazio (3-0 home win in Serie A), Inter haven't let in a goal for 321 competitive minutes.

One Toro win in last 12 away games

Torino's 1-0 away victory over Roma on 13 May 2007 was the Granata's last league win on the road. The Turin outfit have since played 11 Serie A away games, drawing 6 and losing 5.

Disciplinary situation


Inter
Disqualified: Samuel.
Cautioned: Burdisso, Ibrahimovic.

Torino
Disqualified: -
Disqualified: Comotto, Motta, Natali.

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(42) draws(28) defeats(17)

MILAN - Inter produced a dominant display to thrash Torino 4-0 at the Meazza, a result which stretches their lead at the top of the Serie A table to five points as Roma were held 1-1 at Livorno.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the floodgates from the penalty spot shortly before the interval, with Julio Cruz, Luis Jimenez and Ivan Cordoba adding second-half goals.

Roberto Mancini made numerous changes to the team that beat Lazio in midweek, handing Materazzi his first start since returning from injury and pushing Burdisso into a midfield role with Chivu slotting into a left-back position. Cruz started alongside Ibra in attack while Cesar returned in his customary left-wing role.

The first chance of the game came after five minutes when Ibrahimovic tested Sereni with a right-foot shot from the edge of the area.

Torino replied through Rosina, whose low 25-yard effort was well saved by Julio Cesar.

The reigning Italian champions went close again in the 15th, Sereni blocking Cesar's angled shot with his feet.

Nicola Ventola should have edged the Granata in front on 26 minutes but the former Inter man miskicked his shot from Di Michele's cross.

Inter broke the deadlock in the 38th when Ibrahimovic was brought down by Toro captain Comotto after a delightful through ball from Cruz. The Swedish forward stepped up to the spot and coolly stroked under Sereni for his 14th goal in all competitions this season.

The Nerazzurri came out for the second half with Luis Jimenez on for Cesar. The resulting tactical switches on the field had the Granata players in disarray and Inter took full advantage with two quick goals.

Five minutes in Chivu crossed from the left edge of the Toro box and Cruz headed past Sereni to double Inter's lead. Two minutes after the Argentine's ninth goal of the season Jimenez scored his and Inter's third, finding the far corner with an unstoppable rising drive.

Mancini made a further change in the 60th minute, bringing on Portuguese Under-21 international Pelé for Materazzi.

Toro boss Novellino introduced ex-Inter forward Recoba for Rosina and El Chino almost had an immediate impact, his curling corner kick headed on to the crossbar by Natali.

Ivan Cordoba made extra sure of the points in the 76th, powering home Burdisso's headed assist from Chivu's corner.

Inter 4-0 Torino (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Ibrahimovic (pen) 38, Cruz 50, Jimenez 52, Cordoba 76.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi (30 Pelé 60), 26 Chivu; 4 J.Zanetti, 16 Burdisso, 19 Cambiasso, 31 Cesar (11 Jimenez 46, 21 Solari 77); 8 Ibrahimovic 9 Cruz.
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 18 Crespo, 24 Rivas, 29 Suazo.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Torino: 1 Sereni; 2 Comotto, 14 Natali, 22 Di Loreto, 15 Dellafiore; 10 Rosina (4 Recoba 65), 8 Barone, 27 P.Zanetti, 23 Lanna (13 Grella 56); 9 Ventola (77 Stellone 60), 17 Di Michele.
Subs not used: 31 Fontana, 7 Motta, 29 Bottone, 92 Malonga.
Coach: Walter Novellino.

Referee: Massimiliano Saccani (Mantua).

Booked: Lanna 56, Ibrahimovic 59.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Sereni
Maicon 13 Comotto
Cordoba 2 Natali
Materazzi 23 Di Loreto
Chivu 26 Dellafiore
Zanetti 4 Rosina
Burdisso 16 Barone
Cambiasso 19 P.Zanetti
Cesar 31 Lanna
Ibrahimovic 8 Ventola
Cruz 9 Di Michele

substitutes

Orlandoni 22 Fontana
Jimenez 11 Recoba
Crespo 18 Motta
Solari 21 Grella
Rivas 24 Bottone
Pelé 30 Stellone
Suazo 29 Malonga