Final score

21 November 2009 18:00

23' Zalayeta
28' (2nd half) Cambiasso
42' Balotelli
22' Milito
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Calcagno, Ayroldi / Fourth official: Tagliavento
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Minute Text commentary
47' Half time. Bologna 1-2 Inter.
46' We'll probably have an extra minute or two now as Balotelli needs medical attention after an aerial duel with Britos.
45' Sixty seconds of stoppage time to play.
42' GOAL!!!!! We're back in front at the Dall'Ara as Mario Balotelli heads home Maicon's left-wing corner. BOLOGNA 1-2 INTER.
41' Balotelli's free kick hits the Rossoblu wall and goes behind for a corner.
39' Guana tests Julio Cesar with a fierce low shot from distance.
37' Incredible. Dejan Stankovic's low shot from Thiago Motta's deft through ball hits both posts. Viviano smothers the ball to deny Cambiasso.
37' Mario Balotelli is yellow-carded for tripping Raggi.
32' Milito receives from Thiago Motta on the edge of the box and fires just over.
30' Keen to redeem himself, Balotelli tries a long-range effort. It's high and wide.
29' Balotelli misses a gilt-edged chance to put us back in front. He takes the ball wide of Viviano but the Bologna keeper repositions, narrows the angle and thwarts the Italian striker. Brilliant through ball by Thiago Motta though.
28' Stankovic unleashes a shot from distance that takes a wicked deflection, forcing Viviano to concede a corner.
27' Bologna try the long ball approach again but this time Cambiasso is perfectly positioned to deny Di Vaio a clear chance.
23' GOAL. Bologna equalise within a minute. Marcelo Zalayeta controls a long ball into the box from Adailton and hits his shot into the top right corner. BOLOGNA 1-1 INTER.
22' GOAL!!!! Thiago Motta's header from Balotelli's corner is headed back into the middle by Lucio at the far post and Diego Milito is on hand to crash an unstoppable shot past Vivano. BOLOGNA 0-1 INTER.
20' Chivu makes a darting run down the left and sends his cross-shot behind for a Bologna goal kick.
17' Cambiasso sweeps wide to Maicon and the Brazilian whips in a cross. It takes a deflection off Lanna and finishes in the arms of Viviano.
15' Thiago Motta's bullet header from Balotelli's corner is on target, forcing Viviano into another save.
13' Di Vaio makes a headed clearance from Balotelli's left-wing corner.
13' Chivu tests Emiliano Viviano with a speculative shot from distance. Good save from the Bologna keeper.
11' Lucio sweeps clear, ending a dangerous attack by Di Vaio, Zalayeta and Adailton.
9' Balotelli goes down under a challenge from Britos after meeting Maicon's throw. No penalty given by Rosetti.
7' Milito appears to be bundled off the ball by Britos after a great pass into the box by Thiago Motta.
4' Milito one-twos with Thiago Motta and gets into the box, but Raggi intercepts the ball and plays to safety.
4' Balotelli swings in a right-wing cross to the far post where Stankovic is lying in wait, but the ball sails over the Serbian's head.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Dall'Ara in Bologna for live text coverage of this evening's Serie A Week 13 match.
1' Seventeen points separate these two teams. Inter are top of the tree with a five-point lead over Juventus, while Bologna are in 15th spot with 12 points from as many games.
1' Balotelli gets the nod ahead of Eto'o and will partner Milito in attack. Stankovic fills the attacking midfield position with Thiago Motta and Zanetti on the flanks and Cambiasso in the holding role. At the back it's Maicon, Lucio, Samuel and Chivu.
1' Bologna: 1 Viviano; 84 Raggi, 13 Portanova, 6 Britos, 23 Lanna; 7 Valiani, 14 Guana, 8 Mingazzini; 85 Adailton; 9 Di Vaio, 25 Zalayeta.<br> Subs: 15 Colombo, 10 Bombardini, 11 Vigiani, 21 Zenoni, 22 Osvaldo, 26 Mudingayi, 41 Marazzina.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 5 Stankovic; 22 Milito, 45 Balotelli.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 9 Eto'o, 14 Vieira, 15 Krhin, 23 Materazzi, 30 Mancini.
1' Away we go in Bologna as Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time at the Dall'Ara. Inter beat Bologna 3-1 See you on Tuesday for our Champions League clash against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
48' Viviano gets out quick to beat the onrushing Eto'o. There'll be another minute of added time.
46' Maicon is shown a straight red card after a verbal exchange with the linesman.
45' Three minutes of injury time.
44' Rossoblu playmaker Adailton wastes a free kick, sending his shot high and wide.
40' Lucio intercepts Adailton's high ball into the area for Di Vaio. Cambiasso makes the clearance.
40' Colomba brings on Zenoni for Guana.
37' Osvaldo fires into the sidenetting.
35' Mancini comes on for Diego Milito.
31' Thiago Motta is booked for an off-the-ball foul on Mingazzini.
30' Guana's long-range strike soars over Julio Cesar's bar.
30' Dejan Stankovic is replaced by Patrick Vieira.
27' GOAL!!!! Number three comes from the left foot of Esteban Cambiasso. Milito beats the offside trap, takes the ball wide and then centres for his countryman whose first time shot flies into the bottom corner. BOLOGNA 1-3 INTER.
26' Bologna substitution: Osvaldo replaces Zalayeta.
25' Eto'o combines with Thiago Motta and powers past Britos but Rosetti blows for a foul by the Cameroonian on the Uruguayan.
22' Mingazzini does enough to prevent Thiago Motta from heading in Maicon's cross at the far post.
19' Another chance for Inter and another save by Viviano as Stankovic steals in and tests the Bologna keeper from a tight angle.
18' Cambiasso runs on to Milito's pull-back and shoots with the outside of his foot. Viviano saves.
16' Zanetti muscles his way into the box and plays to Eto'o, who is immediately surrounded by three red and blue shirts.
14' Bologna bring on Mudingayi for Valiani.
12' The game springs to life after a quiet ten minutes. Eto'o turns Portanova on the byline with a brilliant piece of skill and serves Milito, who creates a yard of space before rattling the crossbar with a crisp shot that Viviano got a touch to.
3' Adailton gets to the edge of the area and flashes his shot wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
2' Zanetti makes a headed clearance from Adailton's right-wing corner.
1' Bologna get the second half under way.
1' Inter have replaced Mario Balotelli with Samuel Eto'o.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.85
2 shots on target 8
4 shots off target 3
21 fouls committed 18
2 corners 6
5 offsides 0
22:38 ball possession 30:14
Mourinho v Bologna

Mourinho faces the Rossoblu for the third time after home and away wins in last season's Serie A championship.


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

Colomba v Inter

Franco Colomba meets Inter for the ninth time in his coaching career after 1 win, 3 draws (all 1-1) and 4 defeats. Inter have scored in all 8 games for a total of 14 goals.


1998/99 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 1-1 ----
1999/00 Serie A Reggina-Inter 0-1 1-1
2000/01 Serie A Reggina-Inter 2-1 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Reggina-Inter ---- 0-6
2004/05 Serie A Livorno-Inter 0-2 ----
2006/07 Serie A Cagliari-Inter ---- 0-1

Colomba v Mourinho

Bologna-Inter is the first ever meeting between the two coaches.

Colomba's black November

Franco Colomba has a points per game average of just 0.83 for November. His teams have recorded 9 wins, 17 draws and 27 defeats from 53 matches in the eleventh calendar month.

Bologna on target in 10 of last 11

Bologna have failed to score in only one of their last 11 home matches in Serie A - a 2-0 defeat to Chievo on 13 September 2009. In the other 10 games taken into account, the Rossoblu have scored 18 goals.

Bologna chasing hat-trick

The Rossoblu are looking for a third straight home win after 2-1 and 3-1 victories over Siena and Palermo. If they win again today, Bologna will have won three consecutive home games in Serie A for the first time since December 2004 to February 2005, when they won 4 in a row.

Mingazzini set for milestone appearance

If he appears against Inter, Nicola Mingazzini will celebrate his 300th appearance as a professional. His 299 appearances for Ravenna, Spezia, Atalanta and Bologna are subdivided as follows: 65 games in Serie A, 136 in Serie B, 76 in Serie C1 and 22 in Serie C2. Mingazzini made his professional debut in Cremonese 0-2 Ravenna (Serie B) on 6 June 1999.

Mourinho looking for fourth consecutive away win

Inter have won three away games on the trot, with 5-0 and 2-0 wins over Genoa and Livorno in Serie A and a 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. If the Nerazzurri beat Bologna, they will have won four consecutive away matches for the first time since the period from December 2007 to January 2008, when Mancini's Inter won 5 away games in a row in Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League matches.

Eleven different players on target

Eleven Inter players have scored in the first 12 rounds of the 2009/10 Serie A championship. In alphabetical order, they are: Balotelli, Cambiasso, Eto’o, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Motta, Muntari, Sneijder, Stankovic, Vieira. No other team has scored with as many different players.

Eto'o's decisiveness

Samuel Eto'o is one of the two most decisive players in the 2009/10 after 12 rounds of matches, the other being Sampdoria's Pazzini. Both players have earned their teams 11 points.

wins(33) draws(15) defeats(35)

BOLOGNA - Inter made light work of Bologna with a well-deserved victory at the Stadio Dall'Ara, increasing their Serie A lead to eight points ahead of Sunday's matches. 

Diego Milito opened the scoring on 22 minutes with a typical finish but Bologna replied within sixty seconds through Marcelo Zalayeta. Mario Balotelli, preferred to Samuel Eto'o in attack, restored Inter's lead with a headed goal before the break, with Esteban Cambiasso wrapping up the points in the second half.

After a sluggish opening period Bologna goalkeeper Viviano suddenly had his work cut out. He kept out a long-range drive from Chivu and a close-range header from Thiago Motta, but there was little he could do to save Milito's shot on 22 minutes. Thiago Motta's wayward header from Balotelli's corner was headed back into the middle of the area by Lucio and Milito swivelled before crashing home.

Bologna's reply came within sixty seconds. Zalayeta brought down Adailton's long-range pass into the area and took it wide of Julio Cesar and two defenders before firing into the top right corner as the Dall'Ara erupted.

Balotelli had a quick chance to put the Italian champions back in front but Viviano did enough to narrow the angle. Stankovic went even closer with a shot that hit both posts before Viviano smothered the ball to stop Cambiasso from slotting over the line.

Balotelli got his reward four minutes before the interval. Maicon swung in a corner from left and the young Italian rose on the edge of the six-yard box to power home his header.

Inter came out for the second half with Samuel Eto'o on for Balotelli and the Cameroonian brought the match to life with an amazing piece of skill on the byline, setting up Milito who rattled the crossbar with a rising drive that Viviano somehow got a touch to.

The Bologna keeper made more saves from Cambiasso and Stankovic, before the former sealed a fourth consecutive away victory with a well-taken finish in the 72nd minute. Milito beat the offside trap and crossed for Cambiasso to stab first time into the bottom right corner.

Inter were reduced to ten men in added time when Maicon was shown a straight red card for dissent.

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

Scorers: Milito 22, Zalayeta 23, Balotelli 41, Cambiasso 72.

Bologna: 1 Viviano; 84 Raggi, 13 Portanova, 6 Britos, 23 Lanna; 7 Valiani (26 Mudingayi 59), 14 Guana (21 Zenoni 85), 8 Mingazzini; 85 Adailton; 9 Di Vaio, 25 Zalayeta (22 Osvaldo 71). 

Subs not used
: 15 Colombo, 10 Bombardini, 11 Vigiani, 41 Marazzina.
: Franco Colomba.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 5 Stankovic (14 Vieira 75); 22 Milito (30 Mancini 80), 45 Balotelli (9 Eto'o 46).
Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 15 Krhin, 23 Materazzi.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin).

Booked: Balotelli 37, Thiago Motta 76.
Sent off
: Maicon 90+1.

starting lineups

Viviano 12 Julio Cesar
Raggi 13 Maicon
Portanova 6 Lucio
Britos 25 Samuel
Lanna 26 Chivu
Valiani 4 Zanetti
Guana 19 Cambiasso
Mingazzini 8 Motta
Adailton 5 Stankovic
Zalayeta 22 Milito
Di Vaio 45 Balotelli


Colombo 1 Toldo
Zenoni 2 Cordoba
Bombardini 23 Materazzi
Mudingayi 14 Vieira
Vigiani 15 Krhin
Osvaldo 30 Mancini
Marazzina 9 Eto'o