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January 15, 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: G. Gava
• Attendance: 45000
D. Stanković 20'
D. Milito 30'
S. Eto'o 63', 72'
H. Giménez 77'
90' + 3'
That's it!! Inter record a magnificent victory. 4-1! A powerful performance from the champions... they are indeed back. Thank you very much for your company this evening. Make sure you stay with Goal.com for all the post match reaction, reports and player ratings.
90' + 2'
Penalty appeals after Milito has his shirt pulled back off the ball but the referee waves play on. A definite penalty, but it wont make a difference this game is won.
Three minutes left to play...
To their credit Bologna continue to go forward, as Zanetti strides towards the Curva Nord who continue with their ovation... there is still a match going on Javier!
This time it is Zanetti off to a standing ovation. The San Siro salutes a hero and legend
Pandev!!! Wide!! The forward has the ball on the edge of the area but he goes for power and it ends up high and wide. Britos initially gave the ball away to Maicon. Sloppy from Bologna.
Milito surrounded by 3 Bologna players in the penalty area, tries to take the ball round them but is forced to back peddle but the ball goes out of play and its a goal kick to the away side.
Lucio makes another clearance, this time from a Della Rocca cross. The Brazilian has been imperious this evening.
Inter have the ball once more but Mariga is a little indecisive in his passing but he wins a throw in on the right side.
Goal H. Giménez
GGGGOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Gimenez!!!!!! Goal mouth scramble from the corner and the ball drops to the substitute who fires into the roof of the net. Surely too late for a comeback?
Gimenez tries to curl one in from the edge of the box, on the right but Castellazzi makes a good save and its a corner to Bologna.
Eto'o comes off for Pandev and receives a standing ovation. Garics will be pleased.
How long before we see number five? Place your bets now...
Goal Samuel Eto'o
GGGGGOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!!! ETO'O!!!!!!!! Curled into the left hand side of the goal from 20 yards out. Inter are back!!
Eto'o stands over it...
Mariga brings the ball forward. Zanetti takes control of the loose ball, and wins a free kick on the edge of the Bologna box.
Thiago Motta off; Mariga on
There is no way back for Bologna now. Inter are back on top and seem unwilling to give the ball away.
Maicon on the right floats a cross to the back post where Thiago Motta is unmarked but he shoots wide. That should have been number 4.
Assist Diego Milito
Goal Samuel Eto'o
GGGGGOOOOOAAAAAL!!!!! ETO'O!!!!!!! On the left he jinked by Garics into the box, played a 1-2 with Milito and after receiving the back heel return pass he slide home into the far corner past a static Viviano.
And just as I say that...
If only Bologna could hit the target when they shoot. They have dominated the second half but just cannot find the quality ball in the final third.
Gimenez with a lovely piece of skill on the right to take the ball past Chivu, a back heel flick. He then takes the ball to the edge of the area where he shoots wide.
Bologna dominating possession at the moment and Inter seem quite happy to sit back. Ekdal with a shot from just inside the penalty area but he slices the effort and it flies wide.
Di Vaio with a magnificent free-kick 25 yards out slightly left of centre. He shaved the post... literally!!
The tactical changes by the away side have made a slight difference as they look to exploit the gaps in behind Maicon and Chivu.
Ramirez races with the ball through the middle, plays the ball into the path of Gimenez but his poor first touch sets his off balance and his shot is wide from 20 yards out.
Mudingayi lasts 5 minutes and is taken off after a woeful match with Gimenez his replacement. As Malesani looks to shuffle his pack a little.
Inter have it deep in the Bologna half near the corner flag, but Bologna win it back and come forward on the right, but who is there once more... yes it is captain fantastic Javier Zanetti! He easily dispossesses Ramirez
Inter win an early free kick as Mudingayi brings down Thiago Motta 20 yards out on the left side. Chivu with the free kick, swung in but cleared by Bologna.
We're back here at the San Siro as Inter get the second half underway...
45' + 2'
The referee blows for half time. Inter lead at the break through Stankovic and Milito. The Nerazzurri have been dominant and have looked somewhat unstoppable. Bologna did have one chance through Marco Di Vaio but he was thwarted by Castellazzi. Join us in 15 minutes for the second period.
2 minutes of time added on...
Bologna finding it hard to keep a hold of the ball and are having to play a high number of long through balls that are bread and butter to the Inter defenders.
Della Rocca surrounded by Inter players and he forces him to give up possession. Inter have certainly got that hunger back.
Bologna have the ball now, some good build up play, finally a ball played through to Ramirez but he is given offside. Replays show he was in an onside position though.
Inter playing with extreme confidence. Bologna finding it difficult to get the ball from the champions.
Free kick to Bologna 30 yards out slightly to the left of centre, Di Vaio with it but Castellazzi gets down low and palms the ball round the post for a corner.
Di Vaio!!! No!!! the striker takes the ball past Lucio and closes in on goal. He hits the ball from the D. Castellazzi stands up well and makes a good save. Those are the chances Bologna need to take.
Bologna now have a mountain to climb. Before tonight they were unbeaten in their last three away matches.
Assist Thiago Motta
Goal Diego Milito
GGGGOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!!! MILITO!!!!!!!!!!! Through ball played to the striker by Thiago Motta, he goes down the left side of the six yard box before a looping effort wrong footed Viviano and the ball drops over the line. 2-0 Inter.
Bologna with a nice piece of build up play on the right, but they cannot find the quality delivery to trouble Cordoba and Lucio at the back.
Cambiasso with a wonderful turn in the middle of the park, plays the ball out left where Samuel Eto'o picks up the ball but he cannot fashion a shooting chance and the ball falls to Maicon on the edge of the area who shoots wide.
Zanetti equals Beppe Bergomi's Serie A appearances for Inter tonight. Both have 519 games in the top flight of Italian football for Inter.
Zanetti just charged 50 yards to win the ball back in the right back position to cheers from the San Siro crowd. The Inter captain is an inspiration to the Inter fans
Assist Samuel Eto'o
Goal Dejan Stankovic
GGGGGGOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!!! STANKOVIC!!!!!!!!!! Mudingayi passed straight to Eto'o who advanced into the penalty area before playing a delightful through ball to Stankovic who tapped in from the penalty area. Suspicions of offside there... but it doesn't matter Inter are 1-0 up.
Cordoba back on the park with a nice bright white bandage wrapped round his head. Inter with possession once more, making headway down the right as Maicon crosses for Eto'o but his header back across goal is cleared.
Cordoba down after a clash of heads with Di Vaio. Could new signing Andrea Ranocchia be in for another appearance for the Nerazzurri?
Milito on the left, cuts inside and lays the ball off to Cambiasso who in turn lays it to Stankovic but his shot from 25 yards sails miles over the bar.
Inter coming down the middle through Milito and Eto'o, but the long ball forward is easily dealt with by Bologna.
Ekdal and Rubin combine on the left and win a throw. Ramirez with a long shot and wins a corner for his troubles.
The away side finally get a foothold in the game...
Maicon marauding down the right and a cross come shot goes wide. Inter with all the ball and putting extreme pressure on the Bologna goal.
Milito with the first effort on goal from just outside the area but it is deflected over the bar and Inter have a corner kick. Cleared... crossed back in, Milito again... this time he HITS THE POST with a close range header. He should have put that second chance away.
In a very smokey San Siro, Inter are getting a feel for the game as they spray the ball along the back line.
We are underway here at the San Siro as Bologna kick off...
Bologna - 1 E. Viviano 8 G. Garics 13 D. Portanova 6 M. Britos 19 M. Rubin 15 D. Perez 26 G. Mudingayi 7 F. Della Rocca 12 A. Ekdal 10 G. Ramirez 9 M. Di Vaio
Lets look at this evenings line ups: Inter - 12 L. Castellazzi 13 Maicon 6 Lucio 2 I. Cordoba 26 C. Chivu 4 J. Zanetti 19 E. Cambiasso 8 T. Motta 5 D. Stankovic 22 D. Milito 9 S. Eto'o
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Inter against Bologna from the Stadio San Siro. Inter are unbeaten under Leonardo and have in fact won every game under their new coach. Bologna on the other hand have been plunged into fresh turmoil after being deducted a further two points following financial irregularities. The match is about to kick off so stay tuned...
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