MILAN - Inter were beaten 3-1 at home to Brescia in Sunday afternoon's Lombardy derby at the Giuseppe Meazza.
After an uneventful first half the match sprang to life three minutes into the second period when Dejan Stankovic notched his second goal since joining the Nerazzurri. The Serb broke brought down Cruz' headed flick from Pasquale's cross then rammed right-footed past Castellazzi.
Stankovic was presented with two more chances in the following fifteen minutes. His first effort from Adriano's headed pass finished wide of the near post then his second shot from Cristiano Zanetti's cross was blocked.
The visitors drew level in the 67th minute, seconds after Adriano had failed to lift the ball over Castellazzi following a blistering 30-yard run. At the other end Caracciolo did what the Brazilian didn't do to bring the sides level.
The Swallows took the lead six minutes later through Del Nero, who beat Toldo with a close-range header from a right-wing corner, then had a goal ruled out for offside before Caracciolo hit the left-hand post instead of shooting into an open goal.
Brescia made the result safe in the 83rd minute when Caracciolo's header from Schopp's right-wing cross took a deflection off Helveg. The sparks flew in the final stages as Stankovic was red-carded for retaliation.
The Nerazzurri are back in action on Wednesday evening as they host Sochaux in the Uefa Cup third round return match.
INTER 1-3 BRESCIA (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Stankovic 48', Caracciolo 67', 83', Del Nero 73'
INTER: 1 Toldo, 4 J. Zanetti, 6 C. Zanetti, 7 Van der Meyde (20 Recoba 84'), 9 Cruz (32 Vieri 71'), 10 Adriano, 11 Stankovic, 13 Helveg, 15 Adani, 18 Kily Gonzalez (8 Lamouchi 71'), 26 Pasquale
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 19 Karagounis, 22 Okan, 34 Nossa
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni
BRESCIA: 1 Castellazzi, 2 Stankevicius (19 Shopp 65'), 3 Dainelli, 4 Petruzzi (17 Guana 70'), 6 Mauri, 8 Matuzalem, 11 Del Nero, 20 Castellini, 21 Colucci, 29 Caracciolo (9 Maniero 89'), 32 Di Biagio
Subs not used: 33 Viviano, 24 Turetta, 28 Paganotto, 31 Pedrocca
Coach: Gianni De Biasi
Booked: Colucci 11', Di Biagio 17', C.Zanetti 50', Caracciolo 57'
Sent-off Stankovic 86'