Final score

21 September 2008 15:00

31' (2nd half) Abbruscato
6' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
26' Maicon
24' Mancini
Referee: Stefano Farina / Linesmen: Liberatori, Alessandroni / Fourth official: Bergonzi
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Minute Text commentary
46' Half time. We're in total control at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to two goals in as many minutes from Brazilian pair Mancini and Maicon.
45' One minute of added time to play.
40' Burdisso gets to Saumel's low cross from the left before Abbruscato and boots to safety.
32' Pisano makes a last-gasp challenge on Mancini to deny the Brazilian a golden chance for our third goal.
29' Adriano's 40-metre free kick is way over the bar.
29' Toro bring off injured captain Rosina (calf strain). On comes Elvis Abbruscato.
28' Pisano is booked for a foul on Maicon.
26' GOOOOAAAAALLLL! Magnificent goal from Maicon. The full-back collects a pass from Vieira, advances a few yards and from just outside the area unleashes a right-foot shot that flies into the top-left corner. TORINO 0-2 INTER.
24' GOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! Adriano plays in the unmarked Mancini and the Brazilian winger's cross-shot from the tightest of angles goes in off Pisano. TORINO 0-1 INTER.
22' Mancini misses from close range after Pratali fails to clear Maicon's right-wing centre.
20' Pisano fires over from distance after beating Vieira to a loose ball.
18' Farina shows Paolo Zanetti a yellow card after a foul on Adrinao in the centre circle.
13' Back in our half, Austrian midfielder Jurgen Saumel whips in a cross from the left. Rolando Bianchi climbs highest and heads wide of the far post.
11' Ibra gets on the end of a rebound after a half-clearance from Chivu's left-wing cross, but his low shot is saved by Sereni.
8' Another chance for Toro as their captain Alessandro Rosina curls wide from just outside the area.
7' Amoruso's low 20-yard shot is wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
4' Mancini floats in a cross from the right. Adriano is beaten to the ball by Toro's Paolo Zanetti.
1' Welcome to Turin's Olympic Stadium for Torino v Inter (kick-off 15:00).
1' Torino: 1 Sereni; Diana, 22 Di Loreto, 50 Pratali, 3 Pisano; 27 P.Zanetti, 5 Corini, 24 Saumel; 10 Rosina, 11 Amoruso; 90 Bianchi. <br>Subs: 99 Calderoni, 6 Ogbonna, 7 Ventola, 8 Barone, 9 Abbruscato, 32 Colombo, 33 Rubin.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 10 Adriano, 8 Ibrahimovic, 33 Mancini.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 9 Cruz, 18 Crespo, 24 Rivas, 45 Balotelli, 77 Quaresma.
1' Match ref Stefano Farina blows his whistle, and the Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA INTER!
Minute Text commentary
47' Full time. Inter beat Torino 3-1 and go top of the table.
45' Two minutes of overtime.
43' Inter bring on Julio Ricardo Cruz for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
41' Toro go close again. Abbruscato's near-post flicked header from Saumel's left-wing cross comes back off the bar.
40' Amoruso's free kick rebounds off the Inter wall.
39' Burdisso fouls Bianchi and Torino win a free kick just outside our area.
38' Balotelli's shot on the turn is blocked after two Toro players beat Ibrahimovic to Quaresma's floated pass.
36' Toro close to a second. Julio Cesar makes a superb reflex parry from Rolando Bianchi's goalbound flicked header.
34' Esteban Cambiasso's curling free kick is over the far post.
33' Pratali gets a yellow card for a retaliatory foul on Balotelli.
31' GOAL. Elvis Abbruscato slides over from close range after getting on the end of Saumel's left-wing cross. TORINO 1-3 INTER.
30' Free kick for Torino. Saumel's low effort is on target, forcing Julio Cesar to get down at his right-hand post.
29' Balotelli is booked for a shove on Pratali.
27' Brilliant clearance by Chivu. The Romanian denies Abbruscato a chance from Bianchi's pass.
25' Toro sub Ogbonna forces a good save from Julio Cesar.
22' Another Inter switch. Mario Balotelli for Adriano.
21' Torino make their third substitution. Ogbonna replaces Paolo Zanetti.
19' José makes his first change. On comes Quaresma for Mancini.
18' Another flowing attack from Mourinho's men. Ibra serves Maicon with a delightful backheeled pass and the Brazilian looks for Mancini but Diana intercepts.
16' It's four against three as the Nerazzurri come surging forward on the break. Vieira plays in Ibra but the Swede overhits his cross for Mancini and Adriano.
14' Adriano receives from Ibra, picks his spot and has a go from 20 yards. Sereni saves.
13' Cristian Chivu sweeps clear after Abbruscato's shot is blocked.
6' Toro go close to redcung the arrears. Diana's right-wing cross takes a deflection off Cambiasso and almost dips in off the post. Corner.
6' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ibrahimovic slots past Sereni with the outside of his right foot after taking Mancini's inch-perfect pass into the area. TORINO 0-3 INTER.
3' Zlatan Ibrahimovic tests Sereni with a fierce drive from the right edge of the box.
1' Toro get the second half under way.
1' Gianni De Biasi has brought on Simone Barone for Eugenio Corini.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.35
5 shots on target 5
3 shots off target 3
18 fouls committed 15
8 corners 0
4 offsides 2
00 ball possession 00
De Biasi v Inter

Torino coach Giovanni De Biasi faces Inter for the eighth time after a win, a draw and 5 defeats. De Biasi's teams have conceded in all seven matches against the Nerazzurri, letting in a total of 12 goals, and have never won at home, with a draw and 2 defeats.

2002/03 Serie A Modena-Inter 0-2 0-2
2003/04 Serie A Brescia-Inter 2-2 3-1
2004/05 Serie A Brescia-Inter ---- 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Torino-Inter ---- 0-3
2007/08 Serie A Torino-Inter 0-1 ----

De Biasi v Mourinho

The two coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Mourinho v Torino

The Inter coach faces Torino for the first time in his coaching career.

Disciplinary situation

Cautioned: -
Disqualified: -

Cautioned: -
Disqualified: Muntari

Four Toro players on target after 180'

Four different Torino players (Amoruso, Bianchi, Rosina and Zanetti) have scored goals in the first two rounds of the 2008/09 Serie A championship - more than any other team.

No Granata home draw since February

Torino have won 4 and drawn 5 of their last 9 competitive matches at home. Their last draw at Turin's Stadio Olimpico was a 4-4 Serie A stalemate with Parma on 23 February 2008.

Di Loreto set for 200th Serie A appearance

If he plays against Inter, Torino's Marco Di Loreto will complete a double century of appearances in Italy's Serie A. The 33-year-old defender, who has played top-flight football for Perugia, Fiorentina and Torino, made his Serie A debut in Vicenza 1-0 Perugia on 1 November 2000.

Inter goalless in just one of last 18 games

Inter have failed to hit the target in just one of their last 18 matches: in their goalless draw at home to Lazio in the Coppa Italia on 16 April 2008. The Nerazzurri have scored a total of 27 goals in the other 17 games.

Mancini & goals against Torino

Of his 60 goals for Italian teams, Amantino Mancini has scored 5 against Torino. The Brazilian has scored the same number of goals against his current club Inter, Palermo and Parma.

Ibra, Vieira & goals in September

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Patrick Vieira are at their most prolific in the Serie A championship in the month of September. Of his 56 league goals in Italy the Swede has scored 11 in September, while 3 of Vieira's 9 'Italian' goals have come in the ninth calendar month.

wins(32) draws(27) defeats(32)

TURIN - Inter sit on top of the table after 270 minutes of Serie A football after a 3-1 victory over Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.

Brazilians Mancini and Maicon stunned the Granata with goals in the space of two first-half minutes, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic wrapped up the points just after the restart.

Torino reduced the deficit through Elvis Abbruscato with 14 minutes remaining and kept Julio Cesar busy in the final stages.

Cristian Chivu made his return to the starting lineup as Mourinho fielded a 4-3-3 with an attacking trio of Ibrahimovic, Mancini and Adriano - back in the starting XI for the first time since last October's match against Reggina.

Toro made a bright start and all their front men had chances in the early stages, with Amoruso and Rosina firing wide before Bianchi rose to head behind.

Inter broke the deadlock on 24 minutes when Adriano played in the unmarked Mancini, whose cross-shot went in off Pisano.

Maicon doubled the lead inside two minutes, finding the top-left corner with a sweetly struck right-foot shot after collecting Vieira's pass.

Ibrahimovic made it 3-0 six minutes after the break, slotting past Sereni from ten yards after taking Mancini's pass into the area.

The Nerazzurri continued to pressurise Torino with some flowing counter-attacks but De Biasi's men were given a lifeline when Abbruscato slid home from close range after meeting Saumel's left-wing cross.

Rallied by their goal, the Granata came looking for more and Bianchi forced Julio Cesar into a reflex block with a flicked header before Abbruscato headed against the bar. 

Torino 1-3 Inter (HT: 0-2)

Scorers: Mancini 24, Maicon 26, Ibrahimovic 51, Abbruscato 76.

Torino: 1 Sereni; Diana, 22 Di Loreto, 50 Pratali, 3 Pisano; 27 P.Zanetti (6 Ogbonna 66), 5 Corini (8 Barone 46), 24 Saumel; 10 Rosina (9 Abbruscato 29), 11 Amoruso; 90 Bianchi.
Subs not used: 99 Calderoni, 7 Ventola, 32 Colombo, 33 Rubin.
Coach: Gianni De Biasi.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 10 Adriano (45 Balotelli 67), 8 Ibrahimovic (9 Cruz  88), 33 Mancini (77 Quaresma 64).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 18 Crespo, 24 Rivas.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Stefano Farina (Novi Ligure).

Booked: P.Zanetti 18, Pisano 28, Balotelli 74, Pratali 78.

starting lineups

Sereni 12 Julio Cesar
Diana 13 Maicon
Di Loreto 16 Burdisso
Pratali 23 Materazzi
Pisano 26 Chivu
P.Zanetti 14 Vieira
Corini 19 Cambiasso
Saumel 4 Zanetti
Rosina 10 Adriano
Amoruso 8 Ibrahimovic
Bianchi 33 Mancini


Calderoni 1 Toldo
Ogbonna 2 Cordoba
Ventola 9 Cruz
Barone 18 Crespo
Abbruscato 24 Rivas
Colombo 45 Balotelli
Rubin 77 Quaresma