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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 25,824) 31st August 2014 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Doveri

Torino Torino vs Inter Milan Inter

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Vidic sees Red in Inter draw

Last Updated: 31/08/14 10:50pm

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Nemanja Vidic is given his marching orders

Nemanja Vidic is given his marching orders

Nemanja Vidic's Serie A debut ended prematurely as the former Manchester United defender was shown a red card in Inter Milan's 0-0 draw against Torino, who missed a penalty at the Stadio Olimpico.

Marcelo Larrondo was guilty of missing the best chance of the night from the penalty spot in the 19th minute of the battle between two of Italy's Europa League qualifiers.

Vidic then saw his debut come to an end just moments before the end as ironic applause earned him a second yellow card in stoppage time, meaning he will miss the Nerazzurri's clash with Sassoulo.

While Vidic was making his debut for Inter, there was no sign of Alessio Cerci in the Torino squad with the Italy international on the verge of joining Atletico Madrid - the Spanish champions having announced a deal was in place on Monday night.

Instead, Fabio Quagliarella led the Torino attack with Larrondo chosen ahead of Paulo Barreto to partner him.

It was Quagliarella who earned Torino a penalty when he went down in the area under the challenge of Vidic, and the referee pointed to the spot, even though he could maybe have let play continue with Larrondo well placed to score.

Perhaps upset not to have had the chance to put the ball away on that occasion, Larrondo convinced regular penalty taker Omar El Kaddouri to let him take the spot-kick, but he lacked conviction with his effort and Samir Handanovic pushed the ball behind.

Inter had to wait until early in the second half for their first real opening of the match with Hernanes and Mauro Icardi combining well, but Torino responded well with Larrondo and Quagliarella both going close.

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri sent Pablo Osvaldo on to boost his attack, but the former Southampton forward was unable to make an impact on the game.

That was instead what Vidic did, learning the hard way what not to do in Serie A as his ironic applause towards the officials earned him his second yellow card of the night and a walk of shame off the Stadio Olimpico pitch, just seconds before the rest of the two sides followed.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 31 73
2 Lazio 31 58
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 31 53
5 Sampdoria 31 50
6 Fiorentina 31 49
7 Inter Milan 32 45
8 Genoa 31 44
9 Torino 31 44
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 31 41
12 Udinese 32 38
13 Sassuolo 31 36
14 Chievo 31 36
15 Verona 31 36
16 Empoli 31 34
17 Atalanta 31 30
18 Cesena 31 23
19 Cagliari 31 21
20 Parma 31 13

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