ADRIANO HAT-TRICK TOO MUCH FOR TREVISO
MILAN - Inter made the best possible start to the Serie A season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over newly promoted Treviso, with Brazilian ace Adriano grabbing all three goals.
Roberto Mancini's side dominated Treviso from start to finish as the midfield line-up of Stankovic, Cambiasso, Veron and Figo, the agility of Recoba and the power of Adriano proved too much for the Veneto outfit.
Alvaro Recoba had two good chances in the opening period, crashing a diagonal shot wide before hitting the post on 20 minutes. Adriano put Inter ahead on 32 minutes with a lethal left-foot finish after meeting a long ball forward from Materazzi then entering the box from the right, taking on Lorenzi in the process.
Making his competitive debut for Inter, Luis Figo had a chance to open his scoring account on the stroke of half time but fired over after connecting with a Cambiasso cut-back.
The Emperor doubled in the 68th minute with a close-range shot past Handanovic after controlling Stankovic's ball in from the left, then completed his hat-trick eleven minutes later with a low shot to finish off a fine solo run by substitute David Pizarro.
The Nerazzurri's next competitive fixture is away to Palermo after the international break.
INTER 3-0 TREVISO (HT: 1-0)
Scorers: Adriano 32, 68, 79
INTER: 12 Julio Cesar, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 5 Stankovic, 7 Figo, 10 Adriano (6 C.Zanetti 81), 14 Veron (8 Pizarro 71), 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Recoba (9 Cruz 67), 23 Materazzi
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 13 Zè Maria, 21 Solari, 33 Wome
Coach: Roberto Mancini
TREVISO: 1 Handanovic, 10 Beghetto (31 Fava 62), 11 Gallo (7 Chiappara 77), 14 A. Filippini, 22 Galeoto, 24 Dossena, 25 Dellafiore, 27 Reginaldo, 28 Pinga (8 Muntasser 62), 35 Lorenzi, 75 E. Filippini
Subs not used: 34 Zancopè, 5 Parravicini, 17 Anderson, 20 Giuliatto
Coach: Ezio Rossi
Bookings: E. Filippini 23, Cambiasso 40, Dellafiore 70, Lorenza 90+2