Final score

3 April 2010 15:00

40' (2nd half) Motta
7' (2nd half) Balotelli
29' Motta
Referee: Luca Banti / Linesmen: Giordano, Ghiandai / Fourth official: Gervasoni
Minute Text commentary
48' Buscè delivers a cross from the right but Bologna are short of ideas in attack and Cordoba calmly makes a headed clearance.
48' Unmarked in the box, Modesto slips while shooting. Missed opportunity for the Rossoblu.
48' Unmarked in the box, Modesto receives Buscè's cross and volleys high over the bar. Missed opportunity for the Rossoblu.
48' Half time. Inter lead Bologna by a goal to nil. Thiago Motta scored it just before the half hour.
45' Three minutes of injury time.
44' The Nerazzurri launch another counter-attack. It's three versus four as Pandev, Milito and Balotelli surge forward. The latter has a low diagonal effort blocked by Viviano.
43' Chance for Bologna. At the far post Buscè chests down Adailton's cross from the left corner flag and blazes wide.
43' Inter hit straight back and Mario Balotelli comes close with a curling shot that shaves Viviano's right-hand upright.
41' No substitution required as the Serbian retakes his place on the pitch.
40' Dejan is carried off and Inter are momentarily down to ten men as Mourinho looks at his options.
38' Stankovic remains on the ground with a hurt back after a harsh challenge by Casarini.
36' Bologna wake up and Buscè looks for Di Vaio with a high cross from the right wing. Samuel wins the duel and heads away.
32' Inter close again. Milito pounces after a mistake by Britos and pokes across the six-yard box but there's no team-mate there to apply the finishing touch.
31' Another chance for the Nerazzurri as Cristian Chivu shoots wide.
30' Inter close to a quick second with Dejan Stankovic stealing in at the far post to head wide Diego Milito's left-wing cross.
29' GOAL!!!!!!! Thiago Motta chests down the ball just outside the Bologna area and takes a quick touch before firing a low shot into the bottom right corner. INTER 1-0 BOLOGNA.
27' Mingazzini is stretchered off and is unable to continue. On comes Casarini.
25' Free kick to Inter about 35 yards to goal. Balotelli crosses over to the back post where Samuel heads down into the path of Cordoba. The Colombian is tackled by Mingazzini who needs a big of the magic spray after hurting himself.
23' Inter move into stop gear and pile on the pressure. A well-worked move ends with Thiago Motta shooting over from the edge of the box.
20' Santon swings in a cross for Balotelli. Britos gets there first but his headed clearance produces a loose ball. Pandev heads it down for Balotelli who crashes home from close range but Luca Banti blows for a foul by the 19-year-old striker on Portanova.
19' Goran Pandev has a low left-foot shot saved by the diving Viviano after sidestepping two opponents to create some space.
17' Dejan Stankovic fires a low shot wide from the edge of the area after a fast one-two with Milito.
14' Our Brazilian keeper is okay to continue and play resumes at the Meazza as Cordoba (captain this afternoon) plays his free kick short to Santon.
13' Di Vaio goes through on goal for Bologna. Julio Cesar rushes out and blocks the shot with his feet. The flag goes up for offside and JC requires medical assistance after colliding with the former Azzurri hitman.
11' Great approach play by Thiago Motta. The Brazilian elegantly turns Britos after running into the box but he balloons his shot over the bar.
10' Balotelli turns Raggi on the left and darts towards the box before testing Viviano with a low shot at the Bologna keeper's near post.
9' Inter keep up the pressure as Viviano is forced into a tricky save from Pandev's driven right-wing corner.
8' The Bologna wall takes the sting out of Balotelli's fiercely-struck free kick. Thiago Motta is beaten to the loose ball and the Rossoblu clear.
7' Balotelli goes down under a challenge from Guana just outside the Bologna box.
6' Another chance for Milito. Portanova slips in his penalty area and the Argentine pounces but Viviano narrows the angle well to keep out his shot.
4' Free kick to Bologna on the right wing after a foul on Adailton by Chivu. A scare for the Nerazzurri as Adailton's inswinging shot shaves the near post.
3' Mario Balotelli controls a long pass down the left and tries to get past Raggi but he can't stop the ball rolling behind for a goal kick.
1' Easter Saturday at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza sees defending Italian champions Inter up against Franco Colomba's Rossoblu. The Nerazzurri go into this afternoon's clash with a one-point lead over second-placed Roma (who play away to Bari) and a three-point advantage over third-placed AC Milan (who are away to Cagliari). Bologna are in fourteenth spot with 35 points.
1' With Zanetti, Lucio, Maicon and Eto'o all serving a one-game ban, it's 4-3-3 for Mourinho and Balotelli is back in the starting lineup after a six-game absence. He will play up front with Pandev and Milito. Thiago Motta also returns after sitting out the midweek win over CSKA through suspension. The Brazilian slots in alongside Cambiasso and Stankovic in midfield. Santon, Cordoba and Chivu earn recalls in defence with Samuel partnering the Colombian in the middle.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 39 Santon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 45 Balotelli, 22 Milito, 27 Pandev.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 7 Quaresma, 10 Sneijder, 11 Muntari, 15 Krhin, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi.&#8232;<br>Coach: José Mourinho.
1' Bologna: 1 Viviano; 84 Raggi, 13 Portanova, 6 Britos, 23 Lanna; 24 Buscè, 8 Mingazzini, 14 Guana, 30 Modesto; 85 Adailton; 9 Di Vaio.&#8232;<br>Subs: 15 Colombo, 3 Santos, 11 Succi, 20 Gimenez, 21 Zenoni, 25 Zalayeta, 32 Casarini.&#8232;<br>Coach: Franco Colomba.
1' Bologna gets us started in Milan. FORZA INTER!!!!!
1' Chance for Diego Milito in the opening seconds. Balotelli serves Stankovic and the Serbian threads through to The Prince. His shot on the turn is just over. Nice try though.
Minute Text commentary
45' Casarini sums up Bologna's afternoon out in Milan, blazing over from long range.
45' No stoppage time as Luca Banti blows for full time. Inter cruise past Bologna with goals from Thiago Motta (2) and Mario Balotelli. The Nerazzurri remain a point above Roma who won 1-0 at Bari. See you on Tuesday for the return leg of our Champions League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow.
42' Double change for Inter. Argentines Cambiasso and Milito make way for Rene Krhin and Sulley Muntari.
41' GOAL!!!!! Thiago Motta does it again, sliding past Viviano from just inside the box after a one-two with Stankovic. INTER 3-0 BOLOGNA.
39' Another free kick to the visitors. Adailton is denied again by the wall.
39' Rossoblu sub Gimenez controls a short pass from Zaleyeta and fires his shot straight at Julio Cesar.
38' Free kick to Bologna on the right. Adailton's cross is blocked by Inter's two-man wall.
35' Ten minutes to go as Bologna replace their captain Marco Di Vaio with Gimenez.
34' Inter soak up a bit of Bologna pressure and pour forward on the counter. Milito gets past two defenders but can't get his shot past Viviano.
31' Chivu receives wide on the left from Sneijder, cuts inside and tests Viviano with a low shot. Not enough power in it though.
27' Stankovic is booked for diving in the box as he tries to take Milito's short pass past Raggi.
24' Mourinho makes his first change. Wesley Sneijder replaces Goran Pandev.
21' Pandev sees his angled shot saved by Viviano after a swift attack involving Balotelli and Stankovic.
20' Santon plays a long ball down the right for Balotelli. Britos gets to the ball before Mario.
18' A chance for Bologna but Di Vaio fails to connect with Adailton's cross-shot.
14' Thiago Motta slaloms through the Bologna defence. He is eventually stopped by Lanna.
12' Nice defending by Chivu. The Romania captain gets back in time to beat Buscè to a left-wing cross. Bologna fail to capitalise from the resulting corner.
9' Yellow card number one. Bologna's Lanna is booked for protesting after a terrible foul on Thiago Motta.
7' GOAL!!!! Inter soak up a Rossoblu attack, pile forward on the counter and Mario Balotelli celebrates his return to the starting line-up with a clinical finish under Viviano after receiving Milito's delightful pass. INTER 2-0 BOLOGNA.
7' Double figures. That was SuperMario's 10th goal of the season.
6' Bologna are a livelier side in this start to the second period.
4' Lanna wins a rebound on the left, races past Stankovic and whips in a cross. Chivu is taking no chances and the Romanian boots behind for a corner.
1' Bologna bring on Zalayeta for Modesto.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Free kick to Inter on the left. Cambiasso's cross is headed clear by Di Vaio. The Nerazzurri remain in attack and Milito chests down a pass before firing his low shot narrowly wide.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.39
10 shots on target 1
9 shots off target 2
10 fouls committed 13
2 corners 4
1 offsides 2
29:49 ball possession 20:15
Mourinho v Colomba

Last November's reverse fixture in Bologna is the only previous encounter between the two coaches.

2009/10 Serie A Inter-Bologna ---- 3-1

Mourinho v Bologna

Mourinho takes on the Rossoblu for the fourth time after three victories. His teams have netted and conceded in all three previous meetings, scoring seven and letting in three.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Bologna 2-1 2-1
2009/10 Serie A Inter-Bologna ---- 3-1

Colomba v Inter

Franco Colomba faces Inter for the tenth time after one win, three draws (all 1-1) and five defeats. Inter have scored in all 9 games for a total of 7 goals. His only win against the Nerazzurri, Reggina's 2-1 win at the Stadio Granillo in Reggio Calabria on 1 October 2000, resulted in the sacking of then Inter coach Marcello Lippi.

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
2009/10 Serie A Bologna-Inter 1-3 ----

Inter unbeaten in 40 home games

Inter haven't lost a home game since their 1-0 UCL defeat to Panathinaikos on 26 November 2008. In their successive 40 matches at home, the Nerazzurri have won 29 and drawn 11. Inter are without a home defeat in domestic competitions since 22 March 2008 when they lost 2-1 to Juventus in Serie A, having since registered 33 wins and 12 draws in Italian league and cup games. That defeat to the Bianconeri was also Inter's last in Serie A. They have since played 37 league games at home, winning 27 and drawing 10.

Inter yet to concede at home in second half of season

The Nerazzurri haven't let in a goal at home in Serie A since Maccarone's effort in the 65th minute of Inter 4-3 Siena on 9 January 2010. Inter have since hosted AC Milan (2-0), Cagliari (3-0), Sampdoria (0-0), Genoa (0-0) and Livorno (3-0), without conceding a single goal.


Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o form the most decisive strike partnership in the 2009/10 Serie A after 31 rounds of matches. Their goals have earned Inter 32 points (15 Milito, 17 Eto'o).

Bologna against Inter: one point from last 11 games

The Rossoblu's last victory over Inter was a 2-1 home win on 10 February 2002. Bologna have since played 11 games against the Nerazzurri, drawing one and losing ten (including six defeats from last six games).

Colomba: a sacking after a defeat to Inter

Franco Colomba has been sacked seven times in his career, including one after a match against Inter. It was on 22 November 2003 when his Reggina suffered a 6-0 Serie A defeat at San Siro - the biggest defeat of his career.

wins(46) draws(23) defeats(13)

MILAN - Thiago Motta opened and completed the scoring with his second and third goals of the season, with Mario Balotelli adding his tenth in between as Inter romped to a 3-0 victory over Bologna.

The convincing Easter Saturday win at the Giuseppe Meazza keeps the Nerazzurri a point ahead of Roma - 1-0 winners away to Bari - with six games of the season remaining.

The Brazilian midfielder netted a minute before the half hour as Inter capitalised on a dominant period, with the young Italian scoring the second shortly after the break. Thiago Motta put the icing on the cake with his second of the game four minutes from time.

With Zanetti, Lucio, Maicon and Eto'o all serving one-game bans, José Mourinho rang in the changes for Serie A Week 32. Balotelli started in attack with Thiago Motta returning in midfield and Cordoba, Chivu and Santon earning recalls in defence.

Franco Colomba countered Inter's 4-3-3 with a 4-4-2, with Di Vaio and Adailton leading the front line.

A fast start by the Nerazzurri saw Milito narrowly miss the target with a classy shot on the turn. Bologna replied through Adailton, his inswinging free kick shaving the near post.

Inter piled on the pressure and Viviano made saves from Balotelli and Pandev, the Italian youngster also having a goal ruled out for a foul on Portanova.

It was a question of when, not if, and Thiago Motta popped up with the deserved opener a minute short of the half hour when he chested down outside the area and picked his spot before crashing beyond Viviano and into the far corner.

Mourinho's men could easily have been four-nil up at the break. Stankovic rose unchallenged at the far post to nod wide a Milito cross, while Balotelli saw one shot hit the outside of the post and another saved by Viviano on the stroke of half time.

Bologna started the second period with Zalayeta on for Modesto and the Rossoblu appeared to have an extra spring in their step. But Inter soon put the game beyond the visitor's reach when Balotelli sidefooted under Viviano after a superb pass from Milito on 52 minutes.

Thiago Motta completed a miserable afternoon out for the Rossoblu with another fine effort in the closing stages as the Nerazzurri saved their energy for Tuesday's Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow. He exchanged passes with Stankovic to prize open the defence and bury his shot into the bottom left corner.

Inter 3-0 Bologna (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Thiago Motta 29, 86, Balotelli 52.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 39 Santon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso (15 Krhin 87), 8 Thiago Motta; 45 Balotelli, 22 Milito (11 Muntari 87), 27 Pandev (10 Sneijder 69).

Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 7 Quaresma, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi.

: José Mourinho.

Bologna: 1 Viviano; 84 Raggi, 13 Portanova, 6 Britos, 23 Lanna; 24 Buscè, 8 Mingazzini (32 Casarini 27), 14 Guana, 30 Modesto (25 Zalayeta 46); 85 Adailton; 9 Di Vaio (20 Gimenez 80).
Subs not used: 15 Colombo, 3 Santos, 11 Succi, 21 Zenoni.
Coach: Franco Colomba.

Referee: Luca Banti (Livorno).

Booked: Lanna 54, Stankovic 72.

Att.: 57,169.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Viviano E.
Santon 39 Raggi A.
Cordoba 2 Portanova D.
Samuel 25 Britos M.
Chivu 26 Lanna S.
Stankovic 5 Buscè A.
Cambiasso 19 Mingazzini N.
Motta 8 Guana R.
Balotelli 45 Modesto F.
Milito 22 Adailton
Pandev 27 Di Vaio M.


Toldo 1 Colombo R.
Quaresma 7 Santos
Sneijder 10 Succi D.
Muntari 11 Gimenez H.D.
Krhin 15 Zenoni C.
Mariga 17 Zalayeta M.
Materazzi 23 Casarini F.