Final score

1 February 2009 15:00

13' (2nd half) Burdisso
2' (2nd half) Bianchi
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi / Linesmen: Cariolato, Pugiotto / Fourth official: Romeo
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47' Half time. Inter 0-0 Torino.
46' Maicon's corner is cleared as far as... Maicon, whose second cross is headed wide by Julio Cruz.
45' Two minutes of added time.
45' Dzemaili heads behind Zanetti's right-wing cross and it's a corner to Inter.
44' Ibrahimovic goes through on goal but Dellafiore times his tackle to perfection.
44' Dzemaili takes on Cordoba, enters the area and sends his left-foot shot over the crossbar.
43' Inter bring on Luis Figo for the injured Dejan Stankovic.
38' Di Loreto makes a headed clearance from Maicon's right-wing cross.
37' Ogbonna is booked for an off-the-ball foul on Stankovic.
35' Inter close through Julio Cruz. El Jardinero's brilliant header from Maicon's corner is palmed behind by Sereni.
35' Torino bring on Colombo for Rivalta.
32' Toro's Claudio Rivalta is unable to continue after suffering an injury. Novellino's team are momentarily down to ten men.
30' Julio Cruz receives from Ibra and sends a crisp left-foot shot just over.
26' Ibrahimovic swaps passes with Maxwell and turns his marker before testing Sereni with a low strike.
22' Inter win three corners in quick succession but nothing comes of them.
18' Cruz is yellow-carded for handling Ibrahimovic's cross in the box.
17' Sereni beats Cruz to Stankovic's right-wing cross and Paolo Zanetti sweeps clear. Davide Santon latches on to the loose ball and crashes wide from 25 yards.
16' Blerim Dzemaili slips as he sends a low 20-yard shot wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
14' Rosina bursts past Maicon and swings in a cross from the left, forcing Burdisso into a headed clearance. Bianchi's skywards header from the resulting corner is caught by Julio Cesar.
12' Zanetti closes down Rosina and blocks a shot from the Toro captain, conceding a corner.
10' Maxwell slides in at the far post but Sereni beats the Brazilian to Maicon's floated cross.
9' Diana's header from a right-wing cross is easily dealt with by Julio Cesar.
7' Ibrahimovic's free kick flies into the Curva Sud.
7' Dzemaili brings down Stankovic in a central position about 30 yards from goal. Free kick.
6' Santon takes on an opponent and gets a cross in from the left. Ex-Inter academy defender Dellafiore sweeps to safety.
5' Rosina overhits his through pass for Diana, and the ball rolls through to Julio Cesar.
2' Rosina crosses from the right. Cordoba beats Diana to the ball and concedes a corner. Rosina's corner is headed clear by Ibrahimovic.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for live text commentary of Inter v Torino.
1' Torino kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' All of this weekend's matches in Serie A and B will start a quarter of an hour late in protest at the one-year bans handed down on Brescia players Daniele Mannini and Davide Possanzini.
1' Torino: 1 Sereni; 16 Rivalta, 22 Di Loreto, 15 Dellafiore, 6 Ogbonna; 23 Abate, 4 Dzemaili, 27 P.Zanetti, 19 Diana; 90 Bianchi, 10 Rosina.<br> Subs: 99 Calderoni, 5 Corini, 8 Barone, 11 Amoruso, 30 Stellone, 32 Colombo, 33 Rubin.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 16 Burdisso, 39 Santon; 4 J.Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 6 Maxwell; 5 Stankovic; 9 Cruz, 8 Ibrahimovic.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 7 Figo, 11 Jimenez, 18 Crespo, 24 Rivas, 33 Mancini, 77 Quaresma.
1' Zlatan will partner Julio Cruz in attack, with Dejan Stankovic in the playmaker role. Maxwell slots in alongside Zanetti and Cambiasso in midfield, while Davide Santon makes his fourth consecutive start at left-back.
1' Today is a special day for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will wear the Nerazzurri shirt for the 100th time.
1' Victory over Toro, yet to win away from home this season, will see us open up a nine-point lead at the top of the table as the Granata's city rivals Juventus crashed to their second consecutive defeat yesterday against Cagliari.
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49' Full time. Inter 1-1 Torino.
46' Unbelievable. Ibrahimovic hits the post with a header from Quaresma's curling free kick, and Burdisso blazes over from six yards after Sereni blocks Cambiasso's close-range shot.
45' Three minutes of added time.
45' Quaresma sidefoots over the bar after being played in by Luis Figo.
41' Burdisso close to a second from the resulting corner. Stellone makes a last-ditch clearance after the Argentine's effort comes back off the post.
40' Maicon's angled shot from the right is blocked by Sereni.
39' Quaresma receives on the edge of the box and shoots straight at Sereni.
38' Ibra and Crespo go close from the reslting corner. Dzemaili makes a headed clearance from the Swede's hooked effort, with the Argentine's follow-up finishing on the roof of the net.
37' Ibrahimovic's header from Quaresma's cross forces Sereni into a punched save.
35' Novellino makes his third change. Matteo Rubin comes on for Ignazio Abate.
34' Toro hit us on the break. Cordoba sprints back and makes a tactical foul on Diana, earning himself a yellow card.
33' Luis Figo's free kick takes a deflection and it's a corner.
32' Ibrahimovic is fouled by Paolo Zanetti and we win a free kick in an inviting position about 25 yards from goal.
30' Figo sends in a high cross from the right. Sereni saves.
29' Quaresma frees Santon down the left and the 18-year-old plays short to Ibrahimovic who pokes wide from inside the Granata box.
25' Inter bring on Hernan Crespo for Julio Cruz.
24' Maicon's snapshot from 20 yards is inches wide of Sereni's right-hand post.
24' Diana gets on the end of Abate's right-wing cross and sends his first-time shot wide.
23' Quaresma's shot on the turn is way over the bar.
22' Toro bring on Stellone for Bianchi.
19' Dzemaili drags his right-foot shot wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
17' Sereni makes a punched clearance from Figo's inswinging free kick.
15' Rosina tests Julio Cesar with a curling free kick.
14' Burdisso is booked for a foul on Rosina.
13' GOAL!!!! We're back in the game as Nicolas Burdisso heads home Luis Figo's left-wing corner. INTER 1-1 TORINO.
9' Rosina's curling shot from the right edge of the box is saved by Julio Cesar at his back post.
7' Cordoba climbs highest in the box and heads Figo's corner on target, but Sereni makes a miraculous save.
2' Toro take a shock lead through Rolando Bianchi, who outjumps Cordoba in the box and heads home Abate's right-wing cross. INTER 0-1 TORINO.
1' Inter get the second half going.
1' José has brought on Quaresma for Maxwell.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.66
7 shots on target 2
9 shots off target 4
16 fouls committed 22
14 corners 6
2 offsides 1
25:36 ball possession 24:09
Mourinho v Novellino

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

Mourinho v Torino

The Portuguese coach has faced the Granata on one previous occasion.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Torino ---- 3-1

Novellino v Inter

In 16 competitive matches against the Nerazzurri, Walter Novellino's teams have won 1, drawn 5 and lost 10. His one and only win was Venezia's 3-1 Serie A home victory on 16 May 1999.

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
2007/08 Serie A Torino-Inter ---- 0-4

Inter on target in 12 consecutive league games

José Mourinho's Nerazzurri have scored in each of their last 12 Serie A fixtures, scoring a total of 23 goals. Their last league match without scoring was the 0-0 draw at Fiorentina on 29 October 2008.

Goals in 66 of last 67 home games in Serie A

The Nerazzurri have failed to score in just one of their last 67 Serie A matches at home (Inter 0-0 Genoa on 26 October 2008), scoring a total of 145 in the other 66.

Ibra 100

If he plays against Torino in Serie A Week 22, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make his 100th appearance for the Nerazzurri. The Swedish striker, who made his black and blue debut in the 4-3 extra time victory over Roma in the Italian Super Cup on 26 August 2006, has played for Inter 73 times in the Serie A, 3 in the Coppa Italia, 3 in the Italian Super Cup and 20 in the Champions League.

Novellino's teams on fire in February

Walter Novellino's teams traditionally do better in February than any other month of the footballing calendar, with a points per match average of 1.79 thanks to 30 victories, 14 draws and 14 defeats from 58 matches.

One Toro win in last 10 league games

Torino have won just once in their last 10 Serie A games, losing 6 and drawing 3. That sole victory was a 1-0 home win over Napoli on 21 December 2008.

Granata one of two teams without away wins in 2008/09

With 3 draws and 7 defeats from their Serie A travels in 2008/09, Torino are one of two teams still without an away win this term. The other team is Catania. Torino, who have conceded in every away match (total 21 goals let in), last won away from home on 11 May 2008 when they beat Livorno 1-0.

wins(47) draws(29) defeats(17)

MILAN - Nicolas Burdisso replied to Rolando Bianchi's opener as Inter held Torino 1-1 in Milan, a result that sees the Nerazzurri increase their lead at the top of the Serie A table to seven points.

In what was a dull opening half, Ibrahimovic had a shot saved by Sereni and Cruz fired narrowly over before forcing a palmed save from the Toro keeper.

Torino's best chances fell to their Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili, who shot wide from 20 yards before crashing over the bar after a run into the box.

Injuries forced both coaches into changes before the break, with Colombo replacing Rivalta and Figo coming on for Stankovic.

Mourinho made his second switch at half time, bringing on Quaresma for Maxwell, who started the match in midfield.

The Portuguese winger barely had time to settle when Bianchi outjumped Cordoba in the box and headed past Julio Cesar to stun the home crowd.

Cordoba had an immediate chance to redeem himself with a bullet header from Figo's corner but Sereni pulled off a brilliant save, but there was nothing the Toro keeper could do to prevent Burdisso from nodding home Inter's equaliser in the 58th minute.

Diana went close with a first-time shot from Abate's cross and in the same minute Maicon sent his snapshot inches wide of the target.

From then on in it was all Inter as the Nerazzurri launched an all-out assault for a winner. Dzemaili made a headed clearance from the Ibrahimovic's hooked effort, with Crespo sending his follow-up shot on to the roof of the net.

Burdisso hit the post and Quaresma sidefooted over from an inviting position before the woodwork denied Ibrahimovic a goal on his one hundredth appearance for Inter in time added on.

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

Scorers: Bianchi 47, Burdisso 58.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 16 Burdisso, 39 Santon; 4 J.Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 6 Maxwell (77 Quaresma 46); 5 Stankovic (7 Figo 43); 9 Cruz (18 Crespo 70), 8 Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 11 Jimenez, 24 Rivas, 33 Mancini.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Torino: 1 Sereni; 16 Rivalta (32 Colombo 35), 22 Di Loreto, 15 Dellafiore, 6 Ogbonna; 23 Abate (33 Rubin 80), 4 Dzemaili, 27 P.Zanetti, 19 Diana; 90 Bianchi (30 Stellone 67), 10 Rosina.
Subs not used: 99 Calderoni, 5 Corini, 8 Barone, 11 Amoruso.
Coach: Walter Novellino.

Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Cruz 18, Ogbonna 37, Burdisso 59, Cordoba 79.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Sereni
Maicon 13 Rivalta
Cordoba 2 Di Loreto
Burdisso 16 Dellafiore
Santon 39 Ogbonna
Zanetti 4 Abate
Cambiasso 19 Dzemaili
Maxwell 6 Diana
Stankovic 5 P.Zanetti
Cruz 9 Bianchi
Ibrahimovic 8 Rosina


Toldo 1 Calderoni
Figo 7 Corini
Jimenez 11 Barone
Crespo 18 Amoruso
Rivas 24 Stellone
Mancini 33 Colombo
Quaresma 77 Rubin