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September 16, 2012
• Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
Referee: L. Banti
• Attendance: 26000
D. Milito 13'
A. Cassano 84'
Thanks for joining me on what has been a thrilling Serie A battle which has seen Torino's woeful record against Inter continue. Good night!
Andrea Strammacioni will undoubtedly be delighted with the result as Inter look to re-establish themselves as potential title-challengers after last season's disappointing campaign. A resilient defensive performance capped off with two well-taken goals has helped to settle the encounter in Inter's favour.
The Torino players applaud the home fans as they leave the pitch and receive a brilliant reception.
FULL TIME AT STADIO OLIMPICO! Inter bounce back from their 3-1 home defeat against Roma in style. Milito and Cassano with the goals as Inter move to fifth place, three points behind leaders Juventus. Torino slip to ninth position.
Credit is due to Torino; they have worked tirelessly today. If they show the same fight and determination in all of their league games, they will surely avoid relegation back to Serie B.
Yellow Card Kamil Glik
YELLOW CARD: Kamil Glik receives a caution after a mistimed challenge.
Zanetti to the rescue! The Argentine produces a crucial interception to prevent Sansone from advancing in on goal. A wonderful performance from the veteran in his 576th appearance for the club.
Inter can sense that the game is approaching its final moments and seem content to see out these remaining minutes by keeping the ball.
Goal Antonio Cassano
GOOAALLLL!!! Antonio Cassano makes it two in two. The Italian international striker collects Ricardo Alvarez's left-wing cross with his back to goal, before swivelling past his marker and firing the ball into the opposite corner. What a start to his Inter career and surely all three points are heading back to the San Siro!
Assist Ricardo Álvarez
Andrea Stramaccioni looks to sure up the midfield by introducing Walter Gargano in place of Fredy Guarin.
Another chance goes begging for Torino after the freekick is floated in to the penalty box and headed narrowly wide by Alessandro Gazzi. Ten minutes remain in their bid to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Yellow Card F. Guarín
YELLOW CARD: Fredy Guarin is the third Inter player to be cautioned after hauling down his marker outside the box. Good freekick opportunity for the home side here.
Final substitution for Torino. Bianchi has run his socks off for Il Toro today and is duly replaced by Gianluca Sansone. Can he find a way past Samir Handanovic?
Antonio Cassano has looked rather sluggish since coming on and Inter are struggling to hold onto possession up front.
Inter have conceded two or more goals in four of their last five matches. Can Andrea Stramaccioni's side hang on to a rare clean sheet? 17 minutes remaining.
Yellow Card Alessandro Gazzi
YELLOW CARD! Alessandro Gazzi is the latest man in the book after a mistimed challenge on Inter captain Javier Zanetti.
Here come Giampiero Ventura's side again! Mario Santana produces a dazzling piece of skill to get past Nagatomo and lofts the ball up to the back post but Juan is on hand to nod the bal away from danger expertly.
Torino continue to pour forward and Riccardo Meggiorini finds himself in space on the left-hand side of the box but he skews his shot into the side netting from an acute angle.
Substitution for Inter as Wesley Sneijder, who has failed to show his creative qualities today, is withdrawn for summer signing Antonio Cassano.
Yellow Card Samir Handanoviç
Fantastic save from Handanovic! Guarin loses the ball cheaply within the Torino half and the home side counter attack down the left-hand side. As the ball is swung into the box, Bianchi meets the ball with a sweetly-struck volley but the Slovenian shotstopper is equal to his rasping effort.
Torino enjoying a good attacking spell at the moment as Antonio Cassano strips off on the touchline for Inter.
Rolando Bianchi continues to make a nuisance of himself up front and he swivels excellently with the ball to evade Ranocchia on the edge of the box but his scuffed effort rolls safely into the gloves of Handanovic.
Double substitution for Torino as Alessandro Sgrigna and Alen Stevanovic make way for Alessio Cerci and Riccardo Meggiorini. Ventura hoping fresh legs will help his side to find a route back into this match.
Even at 39, he's still got it! Javier Zanetti makes two lungbusting runs to the byline, tricking his way past the defence before sending in two teasing crosses which are dealt with fantastically by the Torino rearguard.
This game has turned into a fantastic end-to-end encounter with both sides playing at pace. Torino look to inflict damage with their counter-attacks and it needs a superb interception by Ranocchia to keep his side ahead.
Wesley Sneijder hasn't had the busiest of games so far but he steps into the limelight to send a curling effort just wide from 25 yards with Gillet anxiouslty scrambling across his goal.
Fredy Guarin tries his luck on goal from outside the penalty area after shifting inside his marker onto his left foot, but skews his shot harmlessly past Gillet's goal.
POST! Torino nearly level the scores after Sgrigna does excellently to spring the offside trap but his thumping right-footed drive crashes agonisingly against the woodwork.
Mariano Santana produces a wonderful bit of skill to get in behind Nagatomo but sends his cross wastefully over Handanovic's goal.
The teams emerge from the tunnels and this contest is set to get back underway. Ricardo Alvarez has joined the fray, replacing Jonathan. It looks as though Alvaro Pereira will now move to left-back.
Andrea Stramaccioni seems to have got his tactics spot on so far. Switching to a 4-5-1 formation has made Inter more resolute in midfield. Will we see Giampero Ventura make any changes at the break?
Diego Milito's strike was one of sheer genius and predatory instinct. Will he finish as the top scorer in the Serie A this season?
Torino's last victory over their Milanese opponents came in a 2-0 home win in February 1994. Can they produce a second half fightback to end their 18-year winless streak?
HALF TIME. Inter go into the dressing room one nil ahead at the break courtesy of Milito's wonderful long-range strike. It is the striker's second league goal of the season as he looks to build on his tally of 24 from the previous Serie A campaign.
Alen Stevanovic makes a burst down the right flank but he is tracked excellently by Nagatomo who does excellently to prevent the cross. The Japanese wing-back has been one of Inter's best performers this half with a willingness to get forward and support the midfield.
There will be three minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half.
A stop in play as Fredy Guarin receives some treatment but the Colombian international should be back on his feet shortly.
Diego Milito believes he should be awarded a freekick on the edge of the box when he goes down under a challenge from Brighi but Luca Banti waves play on. Torino searching desperately for an equaliser before half-time although Inter looking dangerous whenever they get the ball into the wide areas.
Diego Milito goes within inches of doubling his tally but just cannot get onto Sneijder's right-wing cross. The Argentine striker looks in an imperious mood today.
Ranocchia breathes a sigh of relief after he is outmuscled by Bianchi but the striker can only fire his effort straight at Handanovic who tips the ball wide for a corner.
Yellow Card Yuto Nagatomo
YELLOW CARD: Nagatomo is the latest man to be punished after foolishly kicking the ball away after being found in an offside position. It was an excellent ball from Sneijder to find the Japanese wing-back and on second glance, Nagatomo may have been marginally onside.
Inter are happy to be patient and wait for the gaps to appear in the Torino defence. It looks like Andrea Stramaccioni's side are keen to hold onto their one-goal advantage until the break.
Yellow Card Juan Jesus
YELLOW CARD: Juan is the first Inter man in the referee's notebook after a clumsy challenge through the back of a Torino attacker.
That was close. Sgrigna makes a beautiful run off the last Inter defender to run onto a slide pass but is denied a run on goal by the linesman's flag.
Torino trying to use Bianchi's aerial threat to trouble the Inter defence but Ranocchia and Juan have so far dealt well with the former Manchester City striker.
Matteo Brighi working hard to try and help Torino back into this match. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a bright start to his Torino career, scoring in the previous match against Pescara.
Sneijder's freekick dips over the wall but Gillet gets down quickly to the left to prevent it from sneaking in. Inter starting to stamp their authority on this match.
Yellow Card Salvatore Masiello
YELLOW CARD: Masiello receives Torino's second caution after felling the evergreen Javier Zanetti. Freekick for Inter just outside the box with Wesley Sneijer lurking.
Yellow Card Rolando Bianchi
Torino continue to push Inter high up the pitch and Sgrigna is causing the defence problems with his strong build-up play.
YELLOW CARD: The challenges are flying in now and Rolando Bianchi receives the first caution of the game for a rash tackle on Alvaro Pereira.
A win for Inter today could take them up to fifth place in the league table.
Torino have responded well to falling behind but the Inter rearguard stays firm to defend a series of left-wing crosses
Torino look to hit back immediately and Angelo Ogbonna's left-footed piledriver from outside the box forces Handanovic into a smart save
Goal Diego Milito
GOOAAALLL! Diego Milito has opened the scoring for Inter. A loose ball 25 yards from goal was pounced upon by the Argentina international. And with just one touch, he smashed it into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Rolando Bianchi has Torino's first shot on goal as his sidefooted volley just evades Samir Handanovic's right-hand post.
Fredy Guarin and Esteban Cambiasso starting to dictate the play in the middle of the park as Inter continue to push forward in search of the opener
Chance! Nagatomo makes a fantastic run down the left flank but after cutting back at the byline, his right-footed cross just evades Milito at the back post
Inter trying to get play up to Diego Milito early but Torino are pressing quickly and Inter are beginning to misplace some of their passes
Torino starting to settle into their rhythm now and seem content to attack Inter down the flanks with the pace of Stevanovic and Santana.
Early chance for Torino. Alessandro Sgrigna plays a ball in behind Jonathan Moreira but the ball runs just too long for Alen Stevanovic and the danger is cleared.
Inter making a bright start with plenty of possession but Torino seem content to sit back and soak up any early pressure.
And we are off and underway as Torino kick off. Can Ventura's side continue their impressive start to the season?
We are moments away from this Serie A clash getting underway and there is a wonderful reception for the home side as they make their way onto the pitch. The man in black tonight is Luca Banti.
Inter have beaten Torino in their last eight clashes at the Stadio Olimpico, their most recent was a 3-1 win in September 2008
Here's a stat for you: Torino are the only side in Serie A yet to concede this season and even more impressively, they have restricted their opponents from not even having a single shot on target so far. Can Inter's frontline be the first to pierce the Il Toro defence?
Inter (4-5-1) Handanovic; Jonathan, Ranocchia, Juan, Nagotomo; Zanetti, Guarin, Cambiasso, Pereira; Sneijder; Milito
Torino (4-4-2) Gillet; Darmian, Glik, Ogbonna, S.Masiello; Stevanovic, Brighi, Gazzi, Santana; Sgrigna, Bianchi
TEAM NEWS: Giampiero Ventura sticks with the same side which trounced Pescara 3-0 before the international break whilst Andrea Stramaccioni makes four changes from the side which were defeated by Roma with Samir Handanovic making his Inter bow in goal in place of Luca Castellazzi. Matias Silvestre, Walter Gargano and Antonio Cassano are also replaced by Jonathan Moreira, Juan and Esteban Cambiasso.
Good evening folks and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the Serie A clash between newly promoted Torino and Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico. My name is Max Bentley and I'll be giving you all the stats and action from tonight's encounter. Feel free to tell me your thoughts on the game on Twitter @MaxBentley1.
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