Inter beats 10-man Bologna 3-1 in Ranieri's debut
ROME (AP) -Inter Milan won its first match of the season Saturday, beating 10-man Bologna 3-1 on new manager Claudio Ranieri's debut.
Inter forward Diego Milito scored a penalty in the 81st minute and defender Lucio added another for the visitors in the 87th after Bologna's Alessandro Diamanti had leveled the match at 1-1 with a penalty in the 66th.
Giampaolo Pazzini had put Inter in front in the 39th and Bologna defender Archimede Morleo was sent off for taking Milito down from behind inside the area in the 80th, leading to Milito's penalty.
Both Diego Forlan and Esteban Cambiasso hit the woodwork for Inter.
Ranieri was hired on Thursday to replace Gian Piero Gasperini, who was fired a day earlier after Inter's 3-1 loss to newly promoted Novara.
"Let's hope this marks a turnaround,'' Milito said. "Ranieri's arrival has given us a lot of enthusiasm, mostly at the psychological level. But I want to share these three points with Gasperini, too. They're also his, because he did a great job but unfortunately we weren't able to transmit that to the pitch.''
Inter has four points from four matches, leaving it three points behind Serie A leaders Genoa, Juventus and Udinese.
"It was good to start off on the right foot,'' said Ranieri, who has also managed Valencia, Chelsea, Juventus and Roma. "These guys needed to find a way to win and gain some self-confidence.''
Bologna has one point.
AC Milan, which is also attempting to get its first league win, was hosting Cesena later, while Napoli faced Fiorentina.
On Sunday, it's: Chievo Verona vs. Genoa; Atalanta vs. Novara; Cagliari vs. Udinese; Catania vs. Juventus; Lazio vs. Palermo; Siena vs. Lecce; and Parma vs. Roma.
Ranieri handed Pazzini his first start of the league season, lining the Italy forward up alongside Forlan in a 4-3-1-2 formation.
Both forwards made impacts immediately, with Forlan hitting the post in the 13th and Pazzini then scoring with a long-range shot that Bologna goalkeeper Francois Gillet could only get a weak hand on.
Gillet also stopped an attempt from Inter defender Walter Samuel in the eighth minute at the Dall'Ara stadium.
Bologna captain Marco Di Vaio had the hosts' best chance of the half in the 11th after slipping behind Inter's defense, although with goalkeeper Julio Cesar well positioned his angled shot just missed the target.
In the 50th, Cambiasso hit the crossbar with a long shot, and Inter then struggled for a stretch.
Julio Cesar did well to push a header from Di Vaio wide in the 53rd, then made a diving save from a free kick by Gaston Ramirez in the 65th.
Samuel fouled Daniele Portanova to set up Diamanti's penalty, and then Inter took control again after Gillet exited with an apparent left shoulder problem in the 69th.
Lucio's goal came with a header following a free kick.
Inter next travels to Russia to face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday, having opened its European campaign with a shock 1-0 home loss to Turkish debutante Trabzonspor.