Antonio Cassano provided an assist on his Inter debut, as the Nerazzurri dominated on Pescara’s return to Serie A after 20 years.
Massimo Moratti handed the reins to former youth team Coach Andrea Stramaccioni after a strong run as caretaker towards the end of last season. He started with new signings Antonio Cassano and Walter Gargano, but Rodrigo Palacio was suspended, Samir Handanovic, Cristian Chivu, Dejan Stankovic, Ricky Alvarez, Joel Obi, MacDonald Mariga and Gaby Mudingayi injured.
Pescara made their return to Serie A for the first time in 20 years, though Zdenek Zeman and many of the players who earned their promotion left over the summer. Former Milan midfielder Giovanni Stroppa was now on the bench, having only previously worked as Coach at the Rossoneri youth academy and Lega Pro side Sudtirol-Alto Adige. Alessandro Crescenzi was sidelined for this fixture.
An early shot from ex-Brescia man Jonathas was deflected wide and Vladimir Weiss was booked for simulation after letting himself fall over a Javier Zanetti challenge.
Gianluca Caprari had the first real chance, forcing a save out of Luca Castellazzi with his looping free kick.
However, Inter broke the deadlock by taking advantage of a defensive error. Javier Zanetti sent Diego Milito down the right side of the box and his cross-field daisy-cutter pass was comfortably tapped in by an unmarked Wesley Sneijder.
Pescara were stunned and Inter made the most of the situation, doubling up their advantage straight away. Cassano sprung the offside trap down the left from Sneijder’s through ball and rolled across for Milito to sweep home undisturbed.
Castellazzi fingertipped a looping Capuano header over the bar, while Gianluca Caprari’s angled drive flew across the face of goal to skim the far stick.
Inter had to thank their stand-in goalkeeper just before half-time, as Castellazzi flew to palm an Emanuele Cascione header out from under the bar following Zanon’s cross.
Perin kept his cool to close down Milito, sent clear by Fredy Guarin on the counter-attack.
Milito really should’ve made it 3-0 when springing the offside trap, but ballooned over an open goal as Perin came sprinting out.
The third goal did eventually arrive, as Milito ran on to a Guarin ball down the right and rolled across for Philippe Coutinho to tap in from seven yards.
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