21.08.10 / 22:52

Italian Super Cup: Inter 3-1 Roma

Eto'o adds second half double to Pandev goal as Nerazzurri make winning start under Rafa Benitez

MILAN - Treble-winners Inter added a fourth trophy to the collection on Saturday night, outplaying Roma at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to win the Italian Super Cup.

John Arne Riise put visitors in front but Pandev equalised before the break and Samuel Eto'o added a second-half double to ensure the Rafael Benitez era began with some silverware.

The Spanish coach named the same starting lineup that beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final and his faith was repaid as the Nerazzurri coolly saw off a spirited Roma.

There no was lack of excitement for the 65,000-strong crowd, with plenty of chances for both sides in a busy opening period before Riise broke the deadlock on 21 minutes.

Giallorossi captain Totti played an inch-perfect ball through to the Norwegian defender, who shrugged off a challenge from Zanetti and arrowed his first-time shot into the bottom right corner, in off the hand of Julio Cesar.

Pandev restored parity three minutes before the break. Vucinic passed back to Juan, who completely mis-controlled, allowing for the Macedonian to steal in and slide past Lobont.

Inter edged in front with twenty minutes remaining when Eto'o stole in to slot home Milito's cross from the right.

The Cameroon striker delivered again ten minutes from the end, firing in off Lobont from close range after a one-two with Sneijder. 

Inter 3-1 Roma (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Riise 21, Pandev 42, Eto'o 70, 80.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti (5 Stankovic 46), 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev (17 Mariga 79), 10 Sneijder (23 Materazzi 88), 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito.
Subs not used
: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 29 Coutinho, 88 Biabiany. 

: Rafael Benitez.

Roma: 1 Lobont; 77 Cassetti, 5 Mexes, 4 Juan, 17 Riise; 20 Perrotta, 7 Pizarro (11 Taddei 54), 16 De Rossi; 94 Menez (89 Okaka 83); 10 Totti, 9 Vucinic (8 Adriano 68).
Subs not used: 32 Doni, 25 G.Burdisso, 33 Brighi, 87 Rosi. 

: Claudio Ranieri.

Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Perrotta 26, Cambiasso 63, Okaka 85, Mexes 90+2, Samuel 90+4.

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