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Inter give Mourinho a winning return

Published: Wednesday 17 September 2008, 0.26CET
Panathinaikos FC 0-2 FC Internazionale Milano
José Mourinho marked his UEFA Champions League comeback with a victory as Mancini and Adriano goals earned Inter the points in Group B.
by Michael Harrold
Inter give Mourinho a winning return
Mancini celebrates his goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PanathinaikosInternazionale

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
5
Corners7
 
4
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed18
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 17 September 2008, 0.26CET

Inter give Mourinho a winning return

Panathinaikos FC 0-2 FC Internazionale Milano
José Mourinho marked his UEFA Champions League comeback with a victory as Mancini and Adriano goals earned Inter the points in Group B.

José Mourinho marked his return to the UEFA Champions with a victory as goals in each half from Mancini and Adriano earned FC Internazionale Milano the points at Panathinaikos FC in Group B.

Tireless Ibrahimović
Almost a year to the day since Mourinho, who led FC Porto to the 2004 title, parted company with Chelsea FC, the tireless Zlatan Ibrahimović teed up both Mancini on 27 minutes, then substitute Adriano five minutes from time, to put a smile on the face of the Portuguese coach whose side kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign in commanding fashion. The closest Panathinaikos came was when Bryce Moon hit the crossbar shortly before half-time, though the resolve they showed after falling behind will at least be a comfort to coach Henk Ten Cate. 

Inter warning
Ten Cate was Frank Rijkaard's assistant when FC Barcelona were crowned champions in 2006 and was No2 to Avram Grant last season as Chelsea reached the final. Now in his first UEFA Champions League match as a head coach, he surprised home supporters with a much-changed lineup, starting Dimitris Salpingidis as the lone attacker in a safety-first 4-5-1 formation. After a sluggish opening Inter created the first real chance on 13 minutes when Maicon slipped Ibrahimović through on goal, only for the Sweden striker to roll his effort harmlessly wide. The warning, though, had been sounded.

Mancini strikes
On 17 minutes Greens goalkeeper Mario Galinović tipped Ricardo Quaresma's shot around the post, then punched away Ibrahimović's drive. Inter were beginning to find their way through with alarming regularity and a goal was not long in coming. Ibrahimović out-muscled Simão to the ball, got the better of both Giannis Goumas and Mikael Nilsson before sliding a pass into the path of Mancini who fired Inter deservedly in front on 27 minutes.

Moon shines
Panathinaikos, Greece's sole representative in the competition, responded immediately with Júlio César forced to tip Moon's strike over the bar. It was a rare call to action for the Inter goalkeeper, but it signalled the start of a mini-duel between the pair. Moon's low attempt was well held by the Brazilian on 38 minutes before another shot from the South African deflected off Marco Materazzi and on to the crossbar three minutes before the break. Moon's exploits offered hope to Ten Cate who had had to replace the injured Giorgos Karagounis with Andreas Ivanschitz.

Adriano strikes
Ivanschitz proved the catalyst for some enterprising play from the Athens club in the second period, as Panathinaikos took the game to Inter. Júlio César blocked one strike from the Austrian international on 50 minutes and was also relieved to see Cleyton's shot curl just wide. He then had to be alert to deny Ivanschitz's dipping free-kick on 68 minutes. As the match wore on, though, Inter tightened the screw, and added a second when Ibrahimović slipped Adriano through with five minutes to play. Panathinaikos next face Anorthosis Famagusta FC, who defeated their Greek rivals Olympiacos CFP in qualifying, while Inter welcome Werder Bremen to San Siro.

Last updated: 17/09/08 12.02CET

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

internazionale

Internazionale

1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
2
MoonBryce Moon
Substitution82
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
4
MattosMarcelo Mattos
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas (C)
6
MaxwellMaxwell
10
CleytonCleyton
Yellow Card33
8
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
13
MaiconMaicon
Yellow Card46
15
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
14
VieiraPatrick Vieira
Substitution63
21
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution36
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
23
SimãoSimão
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
Yellow Card22
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
33
ManciniMancini
Goal27
Substitution82
29
NilssonMikael Nilsson
Substitution72
77
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution62

Substitutes

30
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
3
SarriegiJosu Sarriegi
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Substitution62
9
SouzaRodrigo Souza
Substitution82
9
CruzJulio Cruz
17
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution72
10
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution82
Goal85
22
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
20
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution63
27
IvanschitzAndreas Ivanschitz
Substitution36
39
SantonDavide Santon
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli

Coach

Henk ten Cate (NED) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Javier Novoa Robles (ESP)

Fourth official

Carlos Delgado Ferreiro (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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