Final score

23 August 2009 18:00

12' (2nd half) Eto'o (P)
29' (2nd half) Kutuzov
Referee: Carmine Russo / Linesmen: Manganelli, Barbirati / Fourth official: Mazzoleni
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47' Half time. Inter 0-0 Bari.
46' Embarrassing moment for Kutuzov. Through on goal with just Julio Cesar to beat, the Belarus striker inexplicably loses control of the ball.
45' Two minutes of additional time to play.
43' Great chance for Thiago Motta on the edge of the box. Played in by Eto'o, the Brazilian sends his low shot a whisker wide of the post.
42' Materazzi is booked for a sliding challenge on Alvarez as Bari try to hit us on the counter-attack. It was a harsh challenge, but Marco did win the ball.
40' Balotelli's low free kick isn't far wide of Gillet's right-hand post. Milito steals in but just fails to divert home Mario's shot.
39' Gazzi trips Maicon and it's a free kick to Inter a few yards outside Bari's box.
34' Incredible. Milito's cross from the by-line takes a deflection off Bonucci and goes along the goal-line.
33' Nice try by Maicon from the edge of the box. With the outside of his right foot, the Brazilian tests Gillet after latching on to Stankovic's pull-back.
30' Another dangerous low cross from Alvarez. Lucio slips as he blocks the cross.
29' Early change for Inter. Mourinho replaces Sulley Muntari with Mario Balotelli.
27' A chance at the other end as Vieira plays a beautiful ball over the Bari defence for Milito to hook over the bar.
26' Julio Cesar takes the sting out of Parisi's curling free kick.
25' Bari win a free kick inches outside our box after a foul on Allegretti by Vieira, who is yellow-carded by ref Carmine Russo.
22' Nice idea by Dejan Stankovic. The Serbian picks out Milito with a through pass but the ball bounces awkwardly and the Argentine fails to control. It wasn't easy though - he had three red shirts around him.
20' Alvarez sprints past Zanetti on the right and gets a cross in. It's too high for Sforzini and Maicon makes a comfortable clearance.
12' Maicon swings in a decent cross from the right but there's no team-mate on hand. Just to make sure, Andrea Masiello heads behind. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
10' Another right-wing cross from Alvarez. Sforzini gets on the end of it and sends his header into the Curva Nord.
8' Bari come back at Inter. Alvarez plays a dangerous ball into the box but Julio Cesar has read the move and the Brazilian keeper beats Kutuzov to it.
7' Inter's first chance of the game. Eto'o one-twos with Milito and forces a save from Gillet with a fierce shot.
5' Milito weaves his way past three after a pass from Thiago Motta but Alavarez intercepts the Argentine in the Bari box.
5' Sulley Muntari whips in a cross from the right. Ranocchia beats Milito to the ball and makes a headed clearance.
2' The first chance of the game goes Bari's way as Alvarez unleashes a low shot from 25 yards. Easy save for Julio Cesar.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for our opening match of the 2009/10 season against newly promoted Bari.
1' With Cambiasso out injured, José Mourinho's diamond midfield has Vieira in the holding role and Muntari and Thiago Motta behind playmaker Stankovic.
1' No surprises up front, with Eto'o and Milito partnerning each other on their Serie A debuts for Inter. At the back, Materazzi gets the nod ahead of Chivu alongside Lucio in defence, with Maicon and Zanetti in the full-back roles.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 23 Materazzi, 4 Zanetti; 11 Muntari, 14 Vieira, 8 Thiago Motta; 5 Stankovic; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o. <br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 26 Chivu, 30 Mancini, 39 Santon, 45 Balotelli.
1' Bari: 1 Gillet; 5 A.Masiello, 13 Ranocchia, 19 Bonucci, 21 Parisi; 90 Alvarez, 9 De Vezze, 14 Gazzi, 30 Allegretti; 99 Sforzini, 20 Kutuzov.<br> Subs: 25 Padelli, 4 Carobbio, 7 Rivas, 17 S.Masiello, 18 Greco, 23 Langella, 27 Stellini.
1' 'Fight and win together with us', reads a huge banner in the Cuva Nord as we approach kick-off.
1' Away we go in San Siro as the Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
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51' Full time. Bari hold Inter 1-1 in Milan. See you next Saturday for the derby.
50' Gillet makes a punched clearance from Balotelli's left-wing corner as Inter come looking for a late winner.
49' Bari bring on Cristian Stellini for Alessandro Gazzi.
48' What a let-off! Rivas blazes over the bar from 10 yards when Alvarez was totally unmarked to his left.
48' There'll be few more second of added time as Bari prepare to make their third switch.
46' Bari try to hit us on the break after a corner is cleared and Dejan Stankovic is booked for a foul on Kutuzov.
45' Three minutes of overtime.
44' Maicon's cross from the right is headed straight at Gillet by Quaresma at the far post.
39' Ranocchia hooks out for a corner as Balotelli looks for Eto'o with a quick ball into the box.
39' Cordoba's header from Balotelli's corner is wide of the target.
35' Bari close to a second through Langella, who collects a pass from Rivas and rifles low past Julio Cesar and his right-hand post.
33' Milito wins us a corner with a deflected 20-yard shot. Nothing comes of the corner kick, taken by Balotelli.
31' Milito bursts into the box as Inter come forward in search of a quick reply, but Gillet is out quick and the Bari keeper makes a smothering save.
29' Bari equalise through Kutuzov. The Belarus striker slots past Julio Cesar after collecting Langella's cross from the left. Couldn't see that coming. Inter 1-1 Bari.
26' Russo books Andrea Masiello for a challenge on Quaresma.
25' More classy play from Ricky Quaresma. Milito serves the Portuguese with a no-look pass to the left wing and the Inter number trivelas over to the far side to Balotelli, who collides with Gillet.
24' Quaresma sends in one of his trivela crosses from the left. Parisi makes a headed clearance, conceding an attacking throw.
22' Balotelli brings down a high ball in the area but Gillet makes a smothering save to deny the young Italian.
22' Eto'o wastes a great chance to double our lead. Milito dribbles an opponent on his way into the box and plays to the unmarked Cameroonian who sends his low shot wide.
20' Back in our half, meanwhile, Langella wastes a good chance, rifling a low shot several yards wide of JC's left-hand post.
18' An unstoppable Mario Balotelli muscles past two on the right wing but he is immediately surrounded by three more opponents as he gets in the box.
17' Alvarez blasts high and wide after collecting short from Langella just outside our box.
16' In a flurry of substitutions, Ivan Ramiro Cordoba comes on for Marco Materazzi.
16' Langella is booked for foul play.
15' The visitors make their second switch. Emanuel Benito Rivas replaces Fernando Sforzini.
12' Ventura makes his first substitution. Antonio Langella comes on for Riccardo Allegretti.
11' GOAL!!!! Samuel Eto'o sends Gillet the wrong way. Inter 1-0 Bari.
10' PENALTY! Carmine Russo points to the spot after a foul by Bonucci on Milito.
8' Balotelli's second corner is blocked and clearaed by Ranocchia.
7' Diego Milito powers into the box from the left, winning us a corner after bursting past Ranocchia.
7' Lucio's back-post header from Balotelli's corner goes behind via a deflection off Ranocchia.
5' Balotelli sends a low shot wide after collecting a short pass from Eto'o, who was well served on the right by Thiago Motta.
2' Clash of heads between Bonucci and Milito after a right-wing cross from Maicon. Stankovic pounces on the loose ball and crashes his 20-yard shot way off target.
1' Bari kick off the second half.
1' Substitution number two for Inter. Ricardo Quaresma is on for Patrick Vieira.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.72
3 shots on target 4
8 shots off target 7
20 fouls committed 14
10 corners 1
1 offsides 5
26:21 ball possession 21:57
Mourinho v Bari / Ventura

José Mourinho faces Bari and their coach Giampiero Ventura for the first time in his coaching career.

Ventura v Inter

Giampiero Ventura faces Inter for the fifth time in his coaching career after 3 defeats and a draw. His teams have conceded a total of 13 goals in these 4 matches.

1998/99 Serie A Cagliari-Inter 2-2 1-5
2001/02 Serie A Udinese-Inter ---- 2-3
2005/06 Serie A Messina-Inter ---- 0-3

Disciplinary situation

Cautioned: -
Disqualified: -

Cautioned: -
Disqualified: Meggiorini.

Inter unbeaten in season openers since 2000/01

Inter's last defeat on the opening day of a Serie A season was on 1 October 2000 when a 2-1 loss to Reggina in Reggio Calabria resulted in the sacking of Marcello Lippi. In their eight season openers since the 2000/01 campaign, Inter have won 5 (4-1 at home to Perugia in 2001/02, 1-0 at home to Torino in 2002/03, 2-0 at home to Modena in 2003/04, 3-0 at home to Treviso in 2005/06 and 3-2 away to Fiorentina in 2003/04) and drawn 3 (2-2 away to Chievo in 2004/05, 1-1 at home to Udinese in 2007/08 and 1-1 away to Sampdoria in 2008/09).

Inter: one defeat in last 41 home league games, one game without scoring in last 76

Inter have lost just one of their last 41 home Serie A matches (a 2-1 defeat to Juventus on 22 March 2008), winning 32 and drawing 8 of the other 40. The Nerazzurri have failed to score in only one of their last 76 league games at home (a 0-0 draw with Genoa on 26 October 2008), scoring 167 goals in the other 75 matches.

Bari return to top flight after eight seasons in Serie B

Bari return to Italy's top flight after an eight-year absence. The Cockerels left the Serie A without a win in 10 games, with 1 draw and 9 defeats since their last win, a 3-2 home victory over local rivals Lecce on 31 March 2001.

Bari's 17-match run without away win in Serie A

Since their 1-0 away win at Venezia on 7 May 2000, Bari have played 17 away matches in the Serie A, losing 14 and drawing 3.

Ventura's coaching debut in Serie A against Inter in 1998

Bari coach Giampiero Ventura makes his return the top tier after 3 years without Serie A football. His last match in the top flight was on 14 May 2006 when his Messina side lost 1-0 away to Palermo. Ventura's coaching debut in Serie A was on 13 September 1998. On that occasion, he led Cagliari to a 2-2 home draw against Inter.

Almiron poised for hundred

Sergio Bernardo Almiron is set to make his 100th appearance in Italy's Serie A. The Argentine midfielder, who made his Serie A debut in Perugia 1-2 Udinese on 23 September 2001, has played top-flight football for Udinese, Empoli, Juventus and Fiorentina.

wins(20) draws(8) defeats(3)

MILAN - Samuel Eto'o scored from the spot on his Serie A debut at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza as Inter's quest to win a fifth straight league title began with a 1-1 draw against newly promoted Bari.

The Cameroon striker, who netted in his competitive debut for the Nerazzurri against Lazio in the Super Cup earlier this month, tucked home his spot kick early in the second half after a foul on his strike partner Diego Milito.

But Bari, back in the top flight after an eight-year absence, equalised eighteen minutes later through Belarusian international Vitali Kutuzov.

There were few surprises in José Mourinho's starting lineup, with Eto'o and Milito making their Serie A debuts for Inter up front, Thiago Motta his in a diamond midfield with Vieira in the holding role, and Lucio his alongside Materazzi at the centre of defence.

Serie A new boys Bari, without the injured Barreto and the disqualified Meggiorini, relied on Kutuzov and Sforzini to spearhead their attack.

The new-look Inter gave an early sign of their attacking potential when Eto'o's fierce shot forced a difficult parry from Gillet after a one-two with Milito. The Argentine striker should have scored inside the half-hour when he met Vieira's inch-perfect pass over the Bari defence, but he hooked over the bar.

Two chances in thirty minutes were too few for José Mourinho. On came Mario Balotelli for Sulley Muntari and Inter switched from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 with Milito in the centre-forward role.

Inter were immediately more effective in attack, with Maicon going close from Stankovic's pull-back and Milito almost scoring when his cross from the by-line took a deflection off Bonucci.

Balotelli missed by an inch with a low free kick that Milito just failed to divert beyond Gillet, and Thiago Motta blazed a low effort narrowly wide after a pass from Eto'o.

Bari could have taken the lead in added time at the end of the first half but Kutuzov, through on goal with just Julio Cesar to beat, lost control of the ball.

Mourinho made his second substitution at the break, bringing on Quaresma for Vieira as his team went from 4-3-3 to 4-2-4.

Bari were pinned back in their own half and Balotelli drove wide after collecting a short pass from Eto'o, who was well served on the right by Thiago Motta.

The breakthrough came when Milito was fouled in the box by Cockerels defender Bonucci, with Eto'o sending Gillet the wrong way with his resulting spot kick.

The Inter number nine wasted a gilt-edged chance to increase our lead after receiving a short pass from Milito, firing wide a low shot when totally unmarked in the area.

Kutuzov made amends for his error before the break with Bari's equaliser on 74 minutes, slotting beyond Julio Cesar after collecting Langella's cross from the right.

The visitors had two late chances to snatch all three points, with Langella sending a low shot just wide before Rivas blazed over the bar when it would have been easier to pass to the unmarked Alvarez to his left. 

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

Scorers: Eto'o (pen) 56, Kutuzov 74.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 23 Materazzi (2 Cordoba 61), 4 Zanetti; 11 Muntari (45 Balotelli 29), 14 Vieira (7 Quaresma 46), 8 Thiago Motta; 5 Stankovic; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 26 Chivu, 30 Mancini, 39 Santon.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Bari: 1 Gillet; 5 A.Masiello, 13 Ranocchia, 19 Bonucci, 21 Parisi; 90 Alvarez, 9 De Vezze, 14 Gazzi (27 Stellini 90+4), 30 Allegretti (23 Langella 57); 99 Sforzini (7 Rivas 60), 20 Kutuzov.
Subs not used: 25 Padelli, 4 Carobbio, 17 S.Masiello, 18 Greco.
Coach: Giampiero Ventura.

Referee: Carmine Russo (Nola).

Booked: Vieira 25, Materazzi 42, Langella 61, A.Masiello 71, Stankovic 90+1.

Att.: 53,369.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Gillet
Maicon 13 Masiello A.
Lucio 6 Ranocchia
Materazzi 23 Bonucci
Zanetti 4 Parisi
Muntari 11 Alvarez
Vieira 14 De Vezze
Motta 8 Gazzi
Stankovic 5 Allegretti
Milito 22 Sforzini
Eto'o 9 Kutuzov


Toldo 1 Padelli
Cordoba 2 Carobbio
Quaresma 7 Rivas
Chivu 26 Masiello S.
Mancini 30 Greco
Santon 39 Langella
Balotelli 45 Stellini