Final score

21 February 2009 16:00

Bologna
34' (2nd half) Britos
Inter
37' (2nd half) Balotelli
12' (2nd half) Cambiasso
referee Nicola Giovanni Ayroldi / linesmen Niccolai, Papi / 4th man Candussio
Minutes Text commentary
46' Ibrahimovic overhits his pass for Adriano and Antonioli collects at his near post as the Nerazzurri hit Bologna on the break.
46' Half time. Bologna 0 Inter 0.
45' One minute of added time.
41' Bologna close through Volpi, whose curling free kick from a tight angle on the left is just wide of Julio Cesar's back post.
40' Brilliant goalkeeping by Julio Cesar. The Brazilian moves quickly to deny Di Vaio after a pinpoint right-wing cross from Zenoni.
38' Ibra is back on the pitch and numerical parity is restored.
36' After that injury to Samuel before kick-off, more bad news for Inter as Ibrahimovic requires treatment to a knee knock.
35' The flag goes up for offside as Britos beats Sulley Muntari to Ibrahimovic's floated cross.
34' A chance for Adriano on the right edge of the Bologna box but the Brazilian's shot sails over the bar.
32' Muntari has a long-range shot saved by Antonioli but Ayroldi blows for a handball, Adriano the culprit.
31' After an uneventful few minutes Moras is shown a yellow card for fouling Ibrahimovic on the halfway line.
23' Antonioli climbs high to catch Ibrahimovic's first-time cross from Adriano's pass.
22' At the other end Julio Cesar is quick off his line to beat Marco Di Vaio to the ball.
21' Maicon has a fast cross blocked and cleared by Rossoblu full-back Lanna.
21' Brilliant through ball by Ibrahimovic for Muntari, but Antonioli narrows the angle and the Ghana midfielder's shot is over.
18' Storming run by Zanetti down the right. Il Capitano plays back to Maicon who swings in a dangerous cross but Ibrahimovic fails to head home.
16' Maicon's cross from the opposite flank is blocked by Mingazzini.
15' Davide Santon delivers a cross from the left wing. Moras makes a headed clearance.
12' Ibrahimovic's low free kick takes a deflection but Antonioli saves comfortably.
11' Inter win a free kick in a very interesting position after a foul by Britos on Cambiasso.
9' Bologna attack back and Zenoni has an effort blocked by Julio Cesar after a 40-yard run on goal.
8' Cambiasso intercepts Bombardini and sets up a counter-attack down the right but Mudingayi get back to dispossess Maicon.
6' Santon gets a shot on target from the edge of the box. Antonioli saves.
4' The first chance of the game goes Inter's way as Ibrahimovic's low 20-yard shot is parried by Antonioli.
3' Davide Bombardini has seen plenty of the ball in the opening minutes as Bologna look for openings down the left. But there's no way past Maicon.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Dall'Ara in sunny Bologna for today's four o'clock kick-off.
1' José Mourinho has made several changes to the team that beat AC Milan last weekend, with Muntari slotting into a playmaker position behind the strikers and Maxwell alongside Zanetti and Cambiasso in midfield.
1' Sinisa Mihajlovic sticks with the 4-5-1 formation used against Napoli last weekend, with Di Vaio the lone striker and Bombardini in the left midfield position to contain Maicon. Once again, Britos gets the nod ahead of Terzi in defence.
1' Bologna: 1 Antonioli; 21 Zenoni, 18 Moras, 6 Britos, 23 Lanna; 7 Valiani, 26 Mudingayi, 8 Mingazzini, 5 Volpi, 10 Bombardini; 9 Di Vaio.<br> Subs: 15 Colombo, 4 Amoroso, 19 Terzi, 20 Adailton, 25 Mutarelli, 41 Marazzina, 84 Balleri.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 6 Maxwell; 20 Muntari; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 5 Stankovic, 7 Figo, 9 Cruz, 14 Vieira, 24 Rivas, 45 Balotelli.
1' Breaking news: Rivas will take Samuel's place in the starting line-up after the Argentine injured his left calf in the warm-up.
1' Breaking news: Rivas will take Samuel's place in the starting line-up after the Argentine injured his left calf in the warm-up. Mancini goes on the bench as the extra substitute.
1' We're minutes away from kick-off as the Bologna fans pay tribute to the late Giacomo Bulgarelli with a huge Rossoblu number eight shirt.
1' After a minute's silence in memory of the Bologna and Italy legend, Nicola Ayroldi blows his whistle and the Rossoblu kick off.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter survive a late onslaught and hold on for a 2-1 victory. See you on Tuesday for round one of our Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester United.
45' From close range Di Vaio heads wide Marazzina's headed pass in the final minute. What a let-off for the Nerazzurri.
45' Three minutes of added time.
41' Balotelli's inswinging corner kick is caught by Antonioli.
38' Nelson Rivas is booked for foul play.
37' GOAL!!!!! Mario Balotelli has an instant impact with a curling free kick that sails into the bottom right corner. BOLOGNA 1-2 INTER.
36' Mourinho throws on Mario Balotelli for Maxwell.
36' Zenoni is shown a yellow card.
35' GOAL. Britos climbs high in the box and heads into the bottom left corner for his first goal in Italian football. BOLOGNA 1-1 INTER.
33' Substitution number two for Inter. It's Patrick Vieira for Adriano.
33' And Bologna make their second switch, with Adailton replacing Bombardini.
32' Bologna close again from the resulting corner but what a save by Julio Cesar from Marazzina!
31' A scare for Inter as Julio Cesar tips over a shot by Mingazzini that takes a wicked deflection off Stankovic.
29' Ivan Cordoba comes off worse for wear after a clash of heads with Marazzina but the Colombian is okay to continue.
26' Antonioli makes a punched clearance from Maicon's inswinging left-wing free kick.
25' Adriano tests Antonioli with a fiercely struck long-range free kick.
21' Nelson Rivas blocks a Di Vaio shot as Bologna counter-attack. Seconds later Bombardini swings in an outswinging cross but there's no team-mate on hand.
14' Antonioli makes a save from Ibrahimovic after the Swede dances past two in the box.
14' Mihajlovic brings on Marazzina for Valiani.
12' GOAL!!!! Esteban Cambiasso controls Adriano's headed assist from Maicon's right-wing corner and hooks home from close range. BOLOGNA 0-1 INTER.
11' Javier Zanetti's long-range shot flies wide.
7' Antonioli makes a comfortable save from Ibrahimovic.
4' Ibrahimovic stabs into the box after dribbling two opponents but Britos makes a headed clearance.
3' Stankovic is straight into the action. The Serbian looks for Ibrahimovic with a low cross from the right but Zenoni intercepts.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' José Mourinho has made a half-time switch, with Dejan Stankovic coming on for Sulley Muntari.
Zanetti
7.31
7.31
Cordoba
7.16
7.16
Adriano
6.88
6.88
Stankovic
7.06
7.06
Cambiasso
8.12
8.12
Julio Cesar
9.22
9.22
Maicon
7.22
7.22
Maxwell
6.35
6.35
Vieira
6.33
6.33
Ibrahimovic
7.59
7.59
Rivas
7.34
7.34
Balotelli
8.07
8.07
Muntari
6.03
6.03
Santon
7.36
7.36
Average rating 7.29
4 shots on target 7
1 shots off target 4
13 fouls committed 22
8 corners 2
5 offsides 5
23:51 ball possession 26:13
Mihajlovic v Mourinho

Saturday's Serie A Week 25 fixture is the first meeting between the two coaches.

Mihajlovic v Inter

Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was Roberto Mancini's assistant coach at Inter from 2006-08, faces the Nerazzurri for the first time in his coaching career. The Serbian ended his playing career at the Milan club, for whom he scored 6 goals in 43 appearances in 2004/05 and 2005/06.

Mourinho v Bologna

Inter's home win over the Rossoblu in the first half of the season is Mourinho's only previous encounter against Bologna.

Details:
2008/09 Serie A Inter-Bologna 2-1 ----

Bologna on target in nine straight home games...

Bologna have scored in their last 9 home matches, scoring a total of 15 goals. The Rossoblu's last home fixture without scoring was their 1-0 Serie A defeat against Napoli on 28 September 2008.

...but at least one goal conceded in every home league match in 2008/09

Bologna have conceded in all 11 of their home matches in the 2008/09 Serie A championship, letting in a total of 20 goals. Last season's 1-0 Serie B win over Pisa on 1 June 2008 was the last time Bologna kept a clean sheet at home.

Adriano & goals against Antonioli

Adriano Leite Ribeiro has scored 5 of his 106 'Italian' goals in matches against Bologna keeper Antonioli - one of his three favourite targets. The Brazilian striker has also put 5 past Chimenti and De Sanctis.

Inter on target in 15 consecutive league games

The last time the Nerazzurri failed to hit the target in a Serie A fixture was last 29 October when Mourinho's team were held 0-0 by Fiorentina in Florence. Inter have since played 15 Serie A games, scoring a total of 29 goals.

Inter's 236-minute invincibility

The Nerazzurri haven't conceded on their travels since Cristiano Doni's 34th-minute goal in Inter 1-3 Atalanta on 18 January 2009. Inter's away invincibility currently stands at 236 minutes (remaining 56 minutes of Atalanta-Inter plus Catania 0-2 Inter and Lecce 0-3 Inter).

Samuel set for milestone

If he plays against Bologna, Walter Adrian Samuel will complete a century of appearances for the Nerazzurri. The Argentine defender, who made his Inter debut in the 1-0 Italian Super Cup victory over Juventus on 20 August 2005, has played one other Super Cup fixture for the Nerazzurri and worn black and blue in 67 Serie A matches, 13 Coppa Italia games and 17 European fixtures.

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(30) draws(15) defeats(34)

BOLOGNA - No messing around in Bologna. Those were the orders from José Mourinho, and the Nerazzurri obliged with a 2-1 victory that sees us move a massive twelve points clear at the top with the chasing pack still to play their Week 25 fixtures.

Esteban Cambiasso capped a period of pressure with the opening goal early after the restart but Bologna fought back and got their reward ten minutes from time when Britos snatched an equaliser. But Mario Balotelli came off the bench and restored Inter's lead within a minute with a magnificent curling free kick.

Mourninho chose to rest Dejan Stankovic and advance Sulley Muntari to the playmaker position for Satuday afternoon's clash at the Dall'Ara, with Maxwell alongside Cambiasso and Zanetti in an all-South American midfield.

But the Nerazzurri suffered a set-back in the warm-up phase when Walter Samuel pulled up with a left-calf injury. Nelson Rivas took his place in the starting lineup with Mancini the extra sub on the bench.

Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic kept faith with the 4-5-1 lineup that held Napoli 1-1 last weekend, Marco Di Vaio the Rossoblu's lone striker.

Referee Nicola Ayroldi got proceedings under way after a moving minute's silence in memory of Bologna and Azzurri legend Giacomo Bulgarelli, and Inter produced a series of early chances as Antonioli made saves from Ibrahimovic and Santon. 

The Bologna goalkeeper then denied Muntari, narrowing the angle to force the Ghana midfielder to shoot over after an intelligent through pass from Ibrahimovic.

Julio Cesar was a spectator for much of the first half but, as always, was prepared. The Brazilian blocked Zenoni's arrowed shot after a rare sortie by Bologna, moving quickly to thwart Di Vaio before the break.

Volpi went close to what would have been a spectacular equaliser in time added on, his curling free kick sailing narrowly wide of the back post.

Mourinho threw on Stankovic for Muntari at the start of the second period and Inter asserted their superiority. Cambiasso broke the deadlock twelve minutes in, latching on to Adriano's headed assist from Maicon's cross and hooking into the net.

Julio Cesar made last-gasp saves from Mingazzini and Marazzina as Bologna reacted strongly, but there was nothing he could do to keep out Uruguayan defender Britos' downwards header into the far corner in the 80th minute.

But the Nerazzurri weren't messing around and Mario Balotelli came off the bench to curl a left-wing free kick into the bottom right corner.

Inter survived a late surge from the Rossoblu and Di Vaio should have done better from close range in the last minute but found a Julio Cesar on top of his game. 

Bologna 1-2 Inter (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Cambiasso 57, Britos 80, Balotelli 82.

Bologna: 1 Antonioli; 21 Zenoni, 18 Moras, 6 Britos, 23 Lanna; 7 Valiani (41 Marazzina ), 26 Mudingayi, 8 Mingazzini, 5 Volpi, 10 Bombardini (20 Adailton 78); 9 Di Vaio.
Subs not used: 15 Colombo, 4 Amoroso, 19 Terzi, 25 Mutarelli, 84 Balleri.
Coach: Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 24 Rivas, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 6 Maxwell (45 Balotelli 81); 20 Muntari (5 Stankovic 46); 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (14 Vieira 78).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 7 Figo, 9 Cruz, 33 Mancini.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Nicola Ayroldi (Molfetta).

Booked: Moras 31, Zenoni 81, Rivas 83.

starting lineups

Antonioli 12 Julio Cesar
Zenoni 13 Maicon
Moras 2 Cordoba
Britos 24 Rivas
Lanna 39 Santon
Valiani 4 Zanetti
Mudingayi 19 Cambiasso
Mingazzini 6 Maxwell
Volpi 20 Muntari
Bombardini 8 Ibrahimovic
Di Vaio 10 Adriano

substitutes

Colombo 1 Toldo
Amoroso 5 Stankovic
Terzi 7 Figo
Adailton 9 Cruz
Mutarelli 14 Vieira
Marazzina 45 Balotelli
Balleri 33 Mancini