"The entire world has said their bit on Adriano, I accept criticism, but it's about time I told my side of the story," said Adriano afterwards. "What was going through my head? I only needed a little more tranquility.
"Those inside the club know what really happened. President Juvenal spoke with me - he has done it in the past with other players - and I am not angry with anyone.
"Everyone has their difficult moments and I am still living mine. When things don't go as we want we are sad. But today, thanks to God, I have scored."
Asked about Adriano's performance last night, Inter president Massimo Moratti warned: "I hope Adriano knows that he is playing a decisive card and mustn't make anymore mistakes. I don't exclude him, but I don't guarantee him either."