In the lead up to the match at the Stadio Olympico many were lamenting Roma's poor start to the season and various reasons had been given for the poor performance so far of 'i Lupi' ( the wolves).
This match was billed as the return of Francesco Totti but it looked more like the return of the Visigoths as Inter Milans cosmopolitan or 'barbarian' outfit smashed Roma off the pitch.
Like the barbarian horde who sacked Rome hundreds of years ago the Inter side were absolutely without mercy as they exploited a Roma side that just could not get any continuity or cohesion into their play and were far to casual in defence and also guilty of thinking that they would get back into the match without working for it.
Ibrahimovich was perhaps a little lucky to not be flagged when he was put through in the fifth minute for the first goal but the Swedish marksman showed magnificent composure to calmly lob the advancing Keeper from just outside the right corner of the eighteen yard box.
At the break it was one nil to the visitors and it could have perhaps been historically likened to the Gothic hordes camping on the outskirts of the city before they made their final assault.
Because soon after the break Ibramovich was again on hand with a beauifully timed run and a masterful piece of striking that put the Nerazzuri two up.
Not only did he provide the finish but it was also his composure again that saw him calmly run between two defenders onto the ball to take it just inside the area and place a nice low shot to the bottom right of the goal.
If this wasn't enough for the home side and their supporters, worse was soon to follow, as a corner was won by Inter in the 54th minute and though the initial clearance was made the ball then fell to Stankovic who took a quick touch to control and almost in the same movement struck a beautiful shot to the left upright and in for the games third.
The Serbian showing almost magical speed of thought and execution to further increase the misery of the home side.
This was however not the end of the torment that the Nerazzuri would dish out in this match as only four minutes later the Nigerian, Victor Obinna, who was apparently only starting the match because Mourinho was angry at Adriano for being late back from Brazil, took the ball out wide on the right, jinked across the edge of the area and smashed a shot, reminiscent of the Nigerian great, Daniel Amokachi, into the Roma goal to make it four nil and reduce some of the home fans to tears.
The sack was complete then, by the 60th minute, though Roma tried in vain to get some sort of consolation for themselves they were running against defence that just would not let them in and realistically was not threatened for the entire match.
Final score 0-4.
As in England a rampant Chelsea put Middlesbrough to the sword the Milan side were equally merciless and it seems likely that these two great sides may meet in the new year when the group stages of the Champions league are completed. What a clash that would prove to be if they are both able to maintain the form that the both of them displayed this weekend.
Roma have work to do if they are not to repeat this disjointed and lacklustre performance. With a champions league outing to come against the very side that destroyed Middlesbrough on Saturday, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, it looks as if they will need to forget this match as soon as possible and try to remember how to play again.
Otherwise we could see another result like this at the hands of a Chelsea side who are at present playing the best football of any club side in Europe.