BOLOGNA – Bologna 1-3 Inter. It was the 100th appearance for Lucio and the first match for Claudio Ranieri as Inter coach. Here is the line-up he fielded for the match against Bologna at the Stadio Dall'Aria: Julio Cesar in goal; Nagatomo, Lucio, Samuel and Chivu in the defense; Coutinho, Zanetti, Cambiasso and Obi in midfield; and an attacking pair of Pazzini and Forlan.
FIRST HALF – The Nerazzurri were wearing their white away kit as they took the opening kick-off. The start from both sides was decisive, with an intense struggle in midfield and heavy pressing on the opposition, but it was difficult to find offensive outlets. The game suddenly kicked into gear after 8 minutes, and the first chance fell to Inter. After Forlan took a deep free kick, Samuel had a clear chance to open the scoring but was foiled by the excellent positioning of Gillet. A minute later Julio Cesar left his line to anticipate Konè's pass with Di Vaio lurking. In the 11th minute Bologna were again dangerous when Di Vaio, just onside on a ball from Konè, shot and hit the upper angle of the goal frame. In the 13th minute Forlan's powerful right-footer from distance smacked off of Gillet's left post. Five minutes later Inter again came close when Portanova cleared Forlan's corner kick, but only as far as Coutinho, whose left-footed shot went just wide of the post. On 29 minutes Pazzini had an excellent chance to put the Nerazzurri ahead, but his header from Forlan's cross failed to find the right trajectory. Di Vaio caused another fright when Samuel had to close him down after another good pass from Konè. In the 35th minute Tagliavento showed Coutinho a yellow card for his foul on Morleo. On the ensuing free kick from Konè, Julio Cesar made a decisive intervention, blocking the venomous strike from the Greek international.
In the 39th minute Inter went ahead. Forlan escaped from Mudingayi in midfield with a lovely feint before touching the ball to Cambiasso, whose first-time assist was perfect for Pazzini to power home with his right foot past a helpless Gillet. The first half of the match ended with Bologna on the attack, but the Nerazzurri closed all the spaces and after two minutes of added time Tagliavento sent the teams to the dressing room.
SECOND HALF – Bologna kicked off, but Inter were the first team to look dangerous. In the 50th minute Coutinho drove through the middle of defence but was blocked by Antonson; the Brazilian then picked up the loose ball and passed it back to Cambiasso, who sent his shot crashing against the crossbar.
In the 53rd minute another chance fell to the hosts; Diamanti's cross from the right found the head of Di Vaio, but Julio Cesar pushed the header away for a corner kick. In the 61st minute Tagliavento showed a yellow card to Perez for his foul on Jonathan, who had just come on for Coutinho. The Nerazzurri made another substitution in the 64th minute, sending on Muntari for Obi. Bologna came close to an equaliser a minute later when Julio Cesar tipped away a free kick from Ramirez that was heading for the upper corner. On the ensuing corner kick Tagliavento awarded a penalty to Bologna for Samuel's foul on Portanova. Diamanti dispatched it from the spot, and although Julio Cesar got his fingertips to it he failed keep it from hitting the back of the net. In the 70th minute Muntari accidentally collided with Gillet, who injured a shoulder and was forced to leave the pitch for Agliardi. In the 74th minute Ranieri sent on Milito in place of Forlan. Four minutes later Bologna scared Julio Cesar when Ramirez's vicious shot on the turn grazed the post. In the 80th minute Tagliavento awarded another penalty; this time to Inter for a foul from Morleo (who was then sent off) on Milito, who was in on goal after some nice combination work between Cambiasso and Pazzini. "El Principe" gave no chance to Agliardi as he blasted his spot kick practically into the upper corner. Krhin was then cautioned in the 86th minute for a challenge from behind on Zanetti. Muntari took a free kick from deep on the right and Lucio correctly timed his attempt to head past Agliardi for Inter's third goal. The match ended after 5 minutes of injury time added by Tagliavento. The first match for Ranieri was a good one: at the Stadio Dall'Ara his Inter beat Bologna 3-1 with a convincing performance.
BOLOGNA 1-3 INTER (HT: 0-1)
Scorers: Pazzini 39, Diamanti 66 (pen), Milito 81 (pen), Lucio 87.
Bologna: 1 Gillet (Agliardi 25); 16 Casarini, 90 Portanova, 5 Antonsson, 3 Morleo; 15 Perez, 26 Mudingayi, 33 Konè; 10 Ramirez (Krhin 79), 23 Diamanti; 9 Di Vaio (Acquafresca 19).
Unused subs: 13 Pulzetti, 19 Vitale, 35 Paponi, 51 Loria.
Coach: Pierpaolo Bisoli.
Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 55 Nagatomo, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 29 Coutinho (Jonathan 56), 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Obi (Muntari 64); 7 Pazzini, 9 Forlan (Milito 74).
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 11 Alvarez, 28 Zarate, 30 Castaignos.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Terni).
Booked: Coutinho 35, Perez 61, Khrin 86.
Sent off: Morleo 80.
Added time: 2+5 minutes.