Final score

30 August 2010 20:45

Referee: Paolo Valeri / Linesmen: Maggiani, Manganelli / Fourth official: Orsato
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46' Walter Samuel requires treatment to a facial cut after an aerial duel with Di Vaio.
46' Half time at the Dall'Ara. It's goalless between Bologna and Inter.
45' Wesley Sneijder's rising drive from a long-range free kick soars inches over the bar.
45' One minute added on.
44' The game has opened up now and Inter storm forward on the counter. Sneijder serves Eto'o who plays to Milito, but Britos intercepts with a diving header and Viviano gathers.
43' The Nerazzurri come back at Bologna and Sneijder has a low effort saved by Viviano.
41' Bologna hit us on the break. Mudingayi sweeps wide to Di Vaio and the Rossoblu captain crosses. The ball falls to Gimenez who chests down and blazes over.
40' Sneijder lashes in a corner from the left flag. Lucio connects at the back post but Ekdal clears.
37' Bologna attack down their right. It comes to nothing as Chivu defuses a Garics-Di Vaio one-two.
37' Esposito for a foul on Sneijder.
34' McDonald Mariga hits a low diagonal shot wide of the far post.
30' Cambiasso latches on to Mudingayi's loose clearance from Sneijder's right-wing corner and volleys over the bar from 20 yards.
28' Sneijder for a foul from behind on Casarini.
26' Lucio beats Gimenez to a Mudingayi pass into the box and coolly sees the ball over for an Inter goal kick.
23' Sneijder wins a duel with Rubin on the Inter left and whips in a cross. Portanova intercepts Milito in the six-yard box.
22' Corner to Inter as Mariga's effort from distance takes a strong deflection.
20' Garics has a dig from a tight angle on the right. Its spins off Chivu and goes behind. Portanova steals in at the near post from the resulting corner, taken by Casarini, and heads on target. Julio Cesar blocks.
15' Garics volleys wide as Bologna go close from a corner.
14' Lucio intercepts Casarini's ball for Di Vaio and it falls to Gimenez, who lobs over from the edge of the area with Julio Cesar well off his line. Bad miss.
13' Pandev turns Rubin on his way into the box from the right flank and looks for the corner, but the last touch is his and it's a Bologna goal kick.
7' Milito collects Eto'o's ball down the Inter left but sees his shot blocked by the Rossoblu defence.
5' Mariga makes a good sliding tackle on Gimenez as Bologna look for openings down their left.
1' Our defence of the Serie A title starts here at the Stadio Dall'Ara in Bologna. Rafa Benitez reverts to the 4-2-3-1 formation that beat Roma in the Italian Super Cup and there are a few changes from Monte Carlo. McDonald Mariga gets the nod ahead of Dejan Stankovic alongside Esteban Cambiasso in midfield, while Goran Pandev returns to the starting lineup after warming the bench against Atletico last Friday. Javier Zanetti slots in at right-back in place of the injured Maicon.
1' Bologna: 1 Viviano; 16 Esposito, 13 Portanova, 6 Britos, 19 Rubin; 32 Casarini, 26 Mudingayi, 12 Ekdal, 8 Garics; 20 Gimenez, 9 Di Vaio.<br> &#8232;Subs: 22 Lupatelli, 7 Della Rocca, 18 Moras, 21 Cherubini, 35 Paponi, 65 Meggiorini, 77 Siligardi.<br> &#8232;Coach: Paolo Magnani.
1' Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 17 Mariga, 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev, 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito.<br> Subs: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 5 Stankovic, 23 Materazzi, 29 Coutinho, 39 Santon, 88 Biabiany. <br>&#8232;&#8232;Coach: Rafael Benitez.
1' Defending Italian champions Inter get us started at the Renato Dall'Ara. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!!
1' Foul by Esposito on Eto'o. Samuel gets on the end of Sneijder's curling free kick from the left wing but his looping header is saved by Viviano.
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52' Di Vaio's long-range shot from the free kick is on target, but Julio Cesar saves comfortably.
52' Full time at the Dall'Ara. Bologna 0-0 Inter.
51' Samuel brings down Di Vaio and Bologna are awarded a long-range free kick.
50' Sneijder's free kick takes a wicked deflection off Portanova and goes behind for a corner.
49' We win a free kick deep in injury time as Zanetti is brought down about 35 yards from goal.
45' Siligardi for Garics.
45' Six minutes more to play.
43' Casarini for a foul from behind on Lucio.
43' Another chance for Inter. Viviano spills Sneijder's strong long-range effort and then smothers the ball to deny Cambiasso.
42' Sneijder sweeps wide to Chivu and the Romanian whips in a cross. At the far post Cambiasso fails to connect with his outstretched leg.
38' Inter's Serie A debutants combine as Coutinho looks for the head of Biabiany with a floated cross from the right. Viviano - easily Bologna's best player tonight - intercepts.
36' Jonathan Biabiany for Diego Milito.
30' Mariga for an off-the-ball foul on Meggiorini.
29' Coutinho controls Eto'o's cross at the far post and plays back to the Cameroon forward, whose close-range volley is palmed on to the crossbar by Viviano.
28' Sneijder's curling free kick is on target at the near post. Viviano makes a great save one-handed save.
27' Eto'o is brought down outside the Bologna box on the left. Good position for Wesley.
25' Mariga's deflected shot goes out for a corner after some good approach play by Eto'o and Milito.
23' Meggiorini for Gimenez.
20' Bologna attack down their right wing and Garics sends in a cross for Di Vaio. Julio Cesar beats him to the ball.
19' Milito aims his curling cross from a free kick to the far post, where Viviano saves.
18' Julio Cesar saves Gimenez's header.
17' Della Rocca for Ekdal.
16' Coutinho for Goran Pandev.
15' Mudingayi for a foul on Sneijder.
14' Samuel Eto'o picks up the ball in the Bologna third and makes a darting run on goal before dragging his low shot wide.
14' Viviano parries away a delightful curling shot from Wesley Sneijder. It's a different Inter now.
11' Nice move by Inter. Eto'o serves Sneijder with a neat back-heeled pass and the Dutchman rifles wide of the far post.
10' Eto'o twists and turns on the left, gaining the space to whip in a dangerous cross. Viviano beats Milito to the ball and blocks with his fists.
8' Sneijder floats a pass into the Bologna box for Milito but Viviano is quick off his line.
7' Viviano saves Pandev's diving header from Milito's right-wing cross.
6' Zanetti blocks two crosses in quick succession from Gimenez on the left wing, earning us a free kick after a foul by the Uruguayan.
3' Milito receives from Pandev on the edge of the D and fires a low shot at Viviano.
2' Ekdal has a go from distance. His low shot on the turn is wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
1' Bologna kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.79
2 shots on target 7
4 shots off target 6
20 fouls committed 15
2 corners 7
5 offsides 2
33% ball possession 67%
Magnani v Benitez

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

Magnani v Inter

Bologna Primavera coach Paolo Magnani, who will lead out the Rossoblu against the Nerazzurri after the sacking of Franco Colomba, faces Inter for the first time in his coaching career.

Benitez v Bologna

On his Serie A debut, Rafael Benitez faces Bologna for the first time.

Only one Bologna point in last 12 games against Inter

Bologna haven't beaten Inter at home or away since their 2-1 Serie A victory on 10 February 2002. In their successive 12 games against Inter, the Rossoblu have collected one draw (a 2-2 Serie A stalemate in Milan on 10 November 2004) and 11 defeats.

Inter on target in 19 consecutive matches against Rossoblu

Inter have scored 42 goals in 19 consecutive home and away games against Bologna, last failing to score against the Emilia-Romagna outfit on 7 November 1999 when they lost 3-0 at the Stadio Dall'Ara in Serie A.

Bologna unbeaten in last five season openers

The Rossoblu have escaped defeat in their last five season openers, collecting 2 victories (1-0 at Pescara in 2006/07 Serie B and 2-1 at AC Milan in 2008/09 Serie A) and 3 draws (0-0 at Triestina in 2005/06 Serie B, 0-0 at home to Rimini in 2007/08 Serie B and 1-1 at home to Fiorentina in 2009/10 Serie A). Bologna's last opening-day loss dates back to 2004/05: a 1-0 defeat at Cagliari in Serie A on 12 September 2004.

Inter-Bologna on opening day for 4th time after three one-nils

Inter play Bologna on the opening day of a season for the fourth time since Serie A became a unified championship in 1929/30. All three previous meetings have ended 1-0. Inter won at home in 1969/70, Bologna won away in 1977/78, and Inter won away in 1978/79.

No Inter defeat on opening day of season since 2000

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 9 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 4 (2-2 away to Chievo in 2004/05, 1-1 at home to Udinese in 2007/08, 1-1 away to Sampdoria in 2008/09, and 1-1 at home to Bari in 2009/10).

Defending champions unbeaten on opening day since 1991/92

Not since the 1991/92 season has a defending Serie A champion lost on the opening day. On that occasion it was Boskov's Sampdoria who lost 3-2 to Cagliari at the Stadio Sant'Elia after twice taking the lead (Silas 11', Francescoli pens 14', 50', Mancini 15', Herrera 67'). In the 17 successive seasons (excluding the 2005/06 campaign when the 2004/05 title was not assigned) the reigning champions have notched 10 victories and 7 draws.

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

BOLOGNA - Rossoblu goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano celebrated his call-up to the Italian national team with a polished performance to keep Inter at bay in Serie A's first ever Monday night fixture.

Julio Cesar was a spectator for most of the second half at the Stadio Dall'Ara as the Nerazzurri did everything but score - Viviano making a string of fine saves to ensure Inter opened their defence of the Scudetto with a point.

Bologna gave the Italian champions a run for their money in the first half but it was a different story after the restart as Rafa Benitez's men stepped up a gear.

Viviano saved Pandev's diving header and then parried away Sneijder's curling effort after Eto'o sent a couple of low shots wide. The Bologna shotstopper surpassed himself with an exceptional one-handed save from a Sneijder free kick and showed his quick reflexes again when he palmed Eto'o's close-range volley on to the bar.

He almost ruined his performance two minutes from time when another Sneijder shot proved too hot to handle, but smothered the ball to deny the onrushing Cambiasso.

Bologna survived a further scare deep in injury time when Sneijder's long-range free kick took a vicious deflection off Portanova.

Bologna 0-0 Inter

Bologna: 1 Viviano; 16 Esposito, 13 Portanova, 6 Britos, 19 Rubin; 32 Casarini, 26 Mudingayi, 12 Ekdal (7 Della Rocca 62), 8 Garics (77 Siligardi 90); 20 Gimenez (65 Meggiorini 68), 9 Di Vaio.
Subs not used
: 22 Lupatelli, 18 Moras, 21 Cherubini, 35 Paponi. 

Coach: Paolo Magnani.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 17 Mariga, 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev (29 Coutinho 61), 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito (88 Biabiany 81).  
Subs not used: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 5 Stankovic, 23 Materazzi, 39 Santon.
: Rafael Benitez.

Referee: Paolo Valeri (Rome).

Booked: Sneijder 28, Esposito 37, Mudingayi 60, Mariga 75, Casarini 88.

Att.: 28,439.

starting lineups

Viviano 1 Julio Cesar
Esposito 4 Zanetti
Portanova 6 Lucio
Britos 25 Samuel
Rubin 26 Chivu
Casarini 17 Mariga
Mudingayi 19 Cambiasso
Ekdal 27 Pandev
Garics 10 Sneijder
Gimenez 9 Eto'o
Di Vaio 22 Milito


Lupatelli 12 Castellazzi
Della Rocca 2 Cordoba
Moras 5 Stankovic
Cherubin 23 Materazzi
Paponi 39 Santon
Meggiorini 29 Coutinho
Siligardi 88 Biabiany