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By Mark Meadows
MILAN Aug 24 Inter Milan beat AS Roma 6-5 on
penalties to win the Italian Super Cup on Sunday following a 2-2
draw in Jose Mourinho's first competitive game in charge of the
Sulley Muntari, a new signing from Portsmouth, gave Inter
the lead after 18 minutes of his official debut after Maicon's
cross had been deflected on to the bar by Roma defender Philippe
Last season's Cup winners Roma, playing their first game
since the death of club president Franco Sensi last Sunday,
levelled on 59 minutes at the San Siro when Daniele De Rossi
lashed a stunning drive into the top corner from 30 metres.
Inter substitute Mario Balotelli thought he had snatched
victory with a cool finish on 83 minutes but Roma forced a
second equaliser in the final minute of normal time when the
ball seemed to come off Mirko Vucinic and Inter's Dejan
After a dull extra time, Juan missed the crucial spot kick
in the shootout to give Inter victory before they start the
defence of their Serie A title at Sampdoria next Saturday.
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho, appointed in June after
Roberto Mancini was sacked despite winning the title, was forced
to play midfielder Esteban Cambiasso in defence because of
injury problems but his side still dominated at times.
"I've won the Super Cup... but I want to remember that I've
won it because Roberto Mancini won the last championship," a
gracious Mourinho told reporters.
"This game is a reply to those who say they don't play good
football in Italy. We've seen four goals and a spectacle."
Inter winger Mancini, signed from Roma in the close season,
was constantly booed by the small contingent of away fans but
put in a decent performance on the left of Mourinho's favoured
three-pronged attack with Luis Figo on the right.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic played as the lone front man despite
nagging knee trouble and he went very close to scoring before
Ghanaian Muntari struck.
Luciano Spalletti's Roma, who handed competitive debuts to
Julio Baptista and John Arne Riise, improved after the break in
the season's curtain-raiser and deserved their two equalisers.
Roma, who beat Inter 1-0 in last season's Super Cup, were
ahead in the shootout after Stankovic hit the bar but Francesco
Totti struck the woodwork and Juan's effort was saved by Julio
Cesar before captain Javier Zanetti sealed Inter's win.
(Editing by Trevor Huggins)