Diego Milito and Antonio Cassano secured a comfortable Inter away victory that ended Torino’s unbeaten record.
The Nerazzurri needed to get back on track after their defeat to Inter and Samir Handanovic returned from a knee injury to take the gloves in Turin. Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio were benched, but Cristian Chivu, Dejan Stankovic, Joel Obi, MacDonald Mariga and Gaby Mudingayi were still out of action. Toro were unbeaten so far this season and usually took a very attacking approach, but seemed to focus more on the counter-attack in this game.
This was also a battle between the oldest and youngest Coaches in the Division, 36-year-old Andrea Stramaccioni and 64-year-old Giampiero Ventura. Rolando Bianchi turned wide of the near post, but Inter broke the deadlock with a goal out of nowhere.
Milito pounced on a mis-kicked Alessandro Gazzi clearance and immediately curled it into the near bottom corner from 25 metres out, leaving Jean-Francois Gillet and the Granata fans stunned.
A crucial Andrea Ranocchia intervention moments later stopped Alessandro Sgrigna getting a free header from six yards and Angelo Ogbonna’s attempt was blocked. Bianchi risked a straight red for a studs-up challenge on Alvaro Pereira, but received a booking.
A Wesley Sneijder dipping free kick almost caught out Gillet at the base of the near post, but the Belgian got down in time to push it off the line.
Milito at full stretch just failed to get on the end of a Fredy Guarin cross-shot, but was offside anyway. Jonathan got a knock to the shoulder and made way for Ricky Alvarez after the break, moving Javier Zanetti to right-back.
Sgrigna held off Ranocchia to smack a shot against the upright, but had already been flagged offside. Sneijder’s long-range strike whistled wide, but the Granata were still totally uninspired, so Ventura threw on Alessio Cerci and Riccardo Meggiorini.
The substitutes combined to set up Bianchi, whose turn was straight at Handanovic. The former Manchester City man had a fantastic chance on 65 minutes when Meggiorini stood up a cross to the back post, but Bianchi volleyed it into the ground and at the goalkeeper again.
Meggiorini sprung the offside trap only to hit the side-netting and Gazzi nodded a free kick off target.
Inter were sitting back more in the second half and put the result beyond doubt in the final stages. Cassano came off the bench, gathered a low Alvarez cross with his back to goal on the penalty spot and spun round to score.