MILAN - Recoba, Adriano, Recoba, Adriano. After a bleak January, the Nerazzurri got the new month off to the perfect start with a 4-0 thrashing of Siena at the Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday evening.
Alberto Zaccheroni handed San Siro debuts to Adriano and Dejan Stankovic, and the effect was clear for all to see as the Brazilian showed all his pace and power in attack while the Serb - who joined Inter from Lazio on Saturday - stamped out his authority in midfield along with an impressive Javier Farinos.
In true international style, Inter's starting line-up consisted of three Italians, two Argentines, a Paraguayan, a Spaniard, a Dane, a Serb, a Uruguayan and a Brazilian, with a Colombian, a Frenchman and another Italian on in the second half. The result was a world-class performance, with Alvaro Recoba in particularly sparkling form.
After hitting the crossbar with an angled, near-range effort, Il Chino Recoba put Inter in front on 20 minutes. The Uruguayan forward received from Adriano on the edge of the Tuscan box, side-stepped captain Mignani curled a left-footed shot out of Rossi's reach and into the top left-hand corner.
Adriano made it 2-0 just after the restart with his first goal since returning to Inter. Last man Roque Junior slipped and the Brazilian latched on to Cannavaro's long ball forward then shot past Rossi.
The Nerazzurri's third came from the penalty spot after Adriano was brought down by fellow countryman Roque Junior. Recoba stepped up to take the spot kick and smashed it into the top left-hand corner. Not to be outdone, Adriano netted his second with a low strike after superb work by Javier Zanetti on the right wing.
Inter take on Juve in another Nerazzurri v Bianconeri clash this Wednesday in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semis at the Delle Alpi.
INTER 4-0 SIENA (ht 1-0)
Scorers: Recoba 22', 67' (pen), Adriano 49', 78'
INTER: 1 Toldo, 4 J. Zanetti, 10 Adriano, 11 Stankovic (8 Lamouchi 81'), 13 Helveg, 14 Farinos, 15 Adani (2 Cordoba 46'), 17 Cannavaro (26 Pasquale 69'), 18 Kily Gonzalez, 20 Recoba, 24 Gamarra
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 9 Cruz, 19 Karagounis, 22 Okan
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni
SIENA: 1 Rossi, 4 Mignani, 5 Cirillo (39 Juarez 80'), 6 Vergassola, 9 Flo, 10 Chiesa, 15 Roque Junior, 16 Junior (3 Loumpoutis 85'), 23 D'Aversa, 28 Guigou, 33 Menegazzo (30 Cucciari 85')
Subs not used: 14 Fortin, 8 Argilli
Coach: Giuseppe Papadopulo
Booked: D'Aversa 20', Guigou 39', Cirillo 47', Farinos 54'