Inter win to join uninspired Lazio at top

Inter Milan beat lowly Bologna 2-1 at the San Siro to join Lazio at the top of Serie after the Romans were held to a 1-1 home draw by Lecce.

updated: October 09, 2008 17:40 IST
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Inter Milan beat lowly Bologna 2-1 at the San Siro to join Lazio at the top of Serie after the Romans were held to a 1-1 home draw by Lecce.

An exquisite Zlatan Ibrahimovic finish and an Adriano penalty gave champions Inter the spoils against Bologna, who pulled a goal back through Vaggelis Moras on Sat.

At the Stadio Olimpico, veteran striker Simone Inzaghi scored a minute from time to salvage a point for league leaders Lazio, who remain top on goal difference, after Simone Tiribocchi had given Lecce a first-half lead.

In Milan, Ibrahimovic could have put Inter in front sooner than he did but Francesco Antonioli saved the Sweden striker's shot when he went through one-on-one.

But Jose Mourinho's men were in front on 25 minutes after Adriano beat his man down the left and crossed for Ibrahimovic to flick the ball with the outside of his boot past Antonioli despite facing the wrong way.

It was a goal that was an almost exact replica of a strike by former Inter boss Roberto Mancini in his Lazio playing days 10 years ago.

Inter threatened to run riot as Ibrahimovic finished wildly over the bar and Antonioli did brilliantly to keep out an Adriano effort.

But five minutes into the second half Sergio Volpi handled a cross from Brazilian winger Mancini and Adriano buried the spot kick low to the goalkeeper's left.

It seemed as if Inter were home and dry but a defensive mix up between South Americans Javier Zanetti and Ivan Cordoba presented Moras with a simple finish.

Mourinho said the final score did not do justice to Inter's performance.

"The match is easy to analyse. One team had seven or eight great scoring chances and scored two goals and the other didn't even create a single chance but scored one goal because of our mistake," he said.

"During the game I could be calm in the dugout but if you look at the score you could be forgiven for thinking it was a close match.

"We have to be pragmatic, though, we've taken three points and we're top (on points)."

Inter continued to press and control the game and late on substitute Dejan Stankovic saw his fierce shot saved by Antonioli while Nigerian forward Victor Obinna was well off target with a shot after meeting a Maicon cross he should have left for Ibrahimovic.

The Swede could have scored his second of the game deep into injury time but he fired wide when one-on-one again with Antonioli.

For a team who came into the match with four wins from their first five league matches and whose president Claudio Lotito claimed in the build up that the glory years were on their way back, Lazio were hugely disappointing.

Still, Inzaghi claimed it was an important point gained. "I'm happy for me and for the team because tonight we certainly didn't deserve to lose," he said.

"We've earned a good point but now it's already the time to think about the next match because today we really wanted the three points but we didn't get them."

Stefano Mauri came close to turning home a cross at the back post before Cristian Ledesma fired in a free-kick from the left that Francesco Benussi had to tip over the bar on 14 minutes.

But for all Lazio's possession, pressure and territorial advantage, Lecce held firm and took the lead in simple fashion.

Right-back Tiziano Polenghi advanced down the right and swung over a cross that Tiribocchi met with a firm downward header that bounced up and went in off the underside of the bar.

Substitute Aleksandar Kolarov almost restored parity on 66 minutes with a vicious curling free-kick but it clipped the bar and went over.

Then with a minute left, substitute Mourad Meghni's cross found it's way to Inzaghi three yards out and the forward made no mistake.