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Inter catch Lazio in pole position

Published: Sunday 5 October 2008, 0.45CET
S.S. Lazio's home draw with US Lecce allowed FC Internazionale Milano to join the Roman club at the top of Serie A after José Mourinho's men defeated Bologna FC at the San Siro later on Saturday evening.
Inter catch Lazio in pole position
Zlatan Ibrahimović accepts the congratulations of his Inter team-mates ©Getty Images

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2008, 0.45CET

Inter catch Lazio in pole position

S.S. Lazio's home draw with US Lecce allowed FC Internazionale Milano to join the Roman club at the top of Serie A after José Mourinho's men defeated Bologna FC at the San Siro later on Saturday evening.

FC Internazionale Milano joined S.S. Lazio at the top of Serie A after beating Bologna FC 2-1 at the San Siro on Saturday night.

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José Mourinho's side bounced back from last weekend's Milan derby defeat and the following home draw with Werder Bremen in the UEFA Champions League courtesy of goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Adriano. Vangelis Moras was the scorer for struggling Bologna.

Ibrahimović's star turn
Inter, chasing a fourth league win in six games, broke the deadlock after 25 minutes with arguably the play of the match. Adriano crossed and Ibrahimović back-heeled the ball into Francesco Antonioli's net on the volley. The Nerazzurri went further ahead five minutes after half-time when Adriano tucked away a penalty awarded for handball against Bologna's Sergio Volpi. Six minutes later, though, Daniele Arrigoni's team were given a lifeline as a defensive mix-up between Javier Zanetti and Iván Córdoba resulted in a confident finish from Moras past goalkeeper Júlio César. However, an equaliser proved beyond a Bologna side who might have conceded further goals to Dejan Stanković and Ibrahimović.

Lazio held
Lazio lost exclusive pride of place in the table because they could only draw at home to mid-table US Lecce. Delio Rossi's team were grateful for the intervention of substitute Simone Inzaghi whose 89th-minute equaliser rescued a point at the Stadio Olimpico. Lecce were in front after 26 minutes when Simone Tiribocchi headed in a Tiziano Polenghi cross to catch Lazio on the counterattack. The southern club had chances to extend their advantage before Lazio pushed them back in the second half and eventually wore down the resistance of Mario Beretta's men. Inzaghi finally found a way past Francesco Benussi when left unmarked with only the keeper to beat.

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