MILAN - Saturday’s away game in Turin evokes memories of tricky and hard-fought matches. Three different types of goal from three different players allowed the Nerazzurri to claim victory at the Stadio Olimpico during the 2007/07 season: a tidy header, an acrobatic right-footed strike and a clinical left-footed shot.
Three goals from three great players, all part of an Inter team that was already well of the way to breaking the record for the most consecutive league victories. The Nerazzurri’s victory over Torino was their twelfth win in a row; Mancini’s side would ultimately win 17 matches back to back.
It was Adriano who opened the scoring on 13 January 2007 as he got on the end of Douglas Maicon’s perfect cross to head past Abbiati. The Brazilian, whose goal was his third of the season, played a key role in the match as he created plenty of chances in both the first and second half. But the second half started with Torino getting an equaliser after Fiore’s cross took a deflection off the unfortunate Materazzi, which beat Julio Cesar to make it 1-1.
But the strength of this team was on display as they immediately reacted to the goal: barely a minute had passed before the Nerazzurri were back in front. Ibrahimovic latched onto Stankovic’s inch-perfect pass, and then volleyed the ball with his right while the ball was at a seemingly impossible height. The shot flew past Abbiati and restored Inter’s lead.
One with the head, one with the right.... and one with the left: it was Marco Materazzi who provided that as he coolly beat Taibi from the penalty spot. A hard-won victory.
TORINO 1-3 INTER, 13 January 2007
Goals: 25' Adriano, 59’ Fiore, 60' Ibrahimovic, 85' Materazzi pen.
TORINO: 32 Abbiati; 25 Di Loreto, 6 Cioffi, 14 Franceschini; 2 Pancaro (78’ 19 Abbruscato), 23 Ardito, 15 De Ascentis; 17 Lazetic (46’ 7 Fiore), 3 Balestri; 10 Rosina, 11 Stellone (85’ 1 Taibi)
Substitutes: 4 Brevi, 5 Gallo, 9 Muzzi, 21 Music
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni
INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell (81’ 2 Cordoba); 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 5 Stankovic; 7 Figo (64’ 19 Cambiasso); 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (86’ 21 Solari)
Substitutes: 1 Toldo, 15 Dacourt, 91 Mariano Gonzalez, 18 Crespo
Coach: Roberto Mancini
Referee: Massimiliano Saccani
Bookings: Lazetic, Figo, Vieira, Balestri
Sent off: Abbiati.