UEFA Super Cup winners Club Atlético de Madrid began their Liga campaign in fine style with a 4-0 victory against Real Sporting de Gijón, while there was frustration for FC Internazionale Milano, the team they beat in the showpiece, in their Serie A opener.
Three days on from the 2-0 win in Monaco, José Manuel Jurado drilled in an 11th-minute opener from the edge of the penalty area. Diego Forlán doubled the hosts' lead shortly before the break, tapping in from close range after Sergio Agüero had powered into the box, and claimed his second on 63 minutes. Substitute Simão capped a hugely satisfying evening for Los Colchoneros in added time.
The Nerazzurri, meanwhile, drew 0-0 with Bologna, who sacked coach Franco Colomba on Sunday. After a tight first half in which the hosts' Henry Giménez twice missed the target when well placed, Inter began to dominate but were unable to beat goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano. The Rossoblu No1's finest save of several came when he kept out Wesley Sneijder's free-kick on 72 minutes, moments before Samuel Eto'o hit the bar from close range.
"Our legs are not fresh enough yet and it was not easy to find space tonight as Bologna defended well," said Rafael Benítez, the Inter coach. "However, we played very well in the second half, showing we were eager to earn the three points."
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