David topples Goliath as Bologna Shock Inter at the San Siro #119

Score:Inter Milan 0 Bologna 1

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San Siro
Milan Italy

After back to back to back disappointing results Inter look to get back on track as they welcome visitors Bologna. Bologna themselves look to get some momentum going as well as they sit in the relegation zone four points behind the nearest competitor Empoli. Inter now only sit five points behind their noisy neighbors Milan who will fight tooth and nail to overtake them so Inter in this match will need to win to further the gap between them. Last season Inter won the season sweep as they won both matches against them. Overall Inter have won four out of their last six matches verses Bologna where the only other two results being a draw. Despite Bologna being a relegation side there are a few things they’ll need to focus on not just as a team but when facing them as well. As a team they seriously need to work on finishing created chances. This as continued to be a key issue as of recent seasons. They will also need to work on closing any gaps in the defense which can allow their opponents the chance to get through and score goals of their own. When facing Bologna they can use attacking down the wings and long balls to their advantage as they struggle to defend in these areas. They will need to win balls in the air because that is where Bologna win the ball easier. Defensive wise they need to keep their chances limited. One last thing as a team they desperatly need to work on is their mentality because that is the main thing that can kill a team. Once a team allows negativity in the locker room it affects the whole team to where they don’t work in unison which can cause losses and dropped points. This is a easy win for Inter but as of late things may not go according to plan. In the first half Bologna took advantage of scoring oppurtunities while Inter as always took hold of the possesion. Bologna were the side to draw first blood in the thirty second minute as Santander finds the back of the net putting them up 1-0. Inter would try and find an equalizer but the half ended with Bologna on top. In the second half is where Inter overtook both the possession and scoring chances. Inter look to equalize things but they were unable to do so despite many chances as Inter fall to RELEGATION side Bologna.

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This week Inter go with the 4-2-3-1 formation. In goal is none other than Handanovic. On the defense on the left back position is Dalbert. In the middle the pairing of Skriniar and Devrij who work well together. On the right back making his Inter Serie A debut from Southampton on loan is Cedric Soares. On the defensive mid is the duo of Brozovic and Vecino. On the attacking side of things on the left wing is Perisic. In the middle is the ninja Radja Nainggolan. Then on the right wing is Candreva. Then on top is Icardi who has not scored since December. This is a weak lineup they should’ve started Martinez in the position of Radja. Instead of Vecino put Gagliardini who works better with Brozovic. They need to keep an eye on Palacio who knows what Inter is capable of and will do whatever is needed to help his side win. They also need to keep an eye on Pulagr and Lyanco as well.

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After final preparations and the lineups were announced this match gets underway. In the first minute Inter looked to strike early as Icardi from outside the box takes a right footed shot but the ball misses the goal to the right. Minutes later Orsolini would give Bologna their first chance of the match as he takes a shot from the center of the box is saved by Handanovic in the lower left corner of the goal. A minute later Poli connects a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. So far Bologna are taking it to Inter in way of scoring chances despite Inter possessing the ball. Orsolini moments later gets his second chance of the half on the right of the box taking a left footed shot but is saved in the center of the goal. Santander near the fifteen minute mark takes a header from the center of the box but the ball goes to the right of the goal. Seventeen minutes in Inter get their next chance of the half as Candreva connects a shot with the right foot but the ball goes over the crossbar on the right hand side. Perisic minutes later takes a header after a cross from Candreva in the center of the box but the ball goes to the right as well. Inter are finally showing small signs of life starting to create more chances. Nearing the thirty minute mark Icardi tries to puts his side on the board with a header misses the goal to the left this was following a cross from Candreva. Two minutes after Santander gets a right footed shot saved after sending the attempt from the center of the box. In the thirty second minute Bologna puts his side on the board after Pulgar crosses the ball to him as he connects a header from the left of the box as the ball lands in the lower left corner putting them up 1-0. This is definitely not a spot where Inter want to bein especially against a relegation side. Following this Inter look for an equalizer as Vecino takes a shot from the center of the box but it goes over the crossbar. Poli two minutes later takes a left footed shot which is blocked. Before the half ends Radja looks to put Inter back in equal terms with a right footed shot but his attempt is blocked with that the half ends with Bologna up 1-0. If Inter don’t wake up soon this match will be lights out for them which means they only got a point out of their last three matches.

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Bologna take a Shock Lead at the San Siro 

 

After the break this match resumes. Inter look to equalize things while Bologna look to keep their lead. In the first minute of the half Inter make their first subbing of the match as Martinez comes on for Candreva. Seconds later Dalbert from outside the box takes a left footed shot which is blocked. This is followed by Perisic also with the left foot but this from the left of the box is blocked as well. Inter are starting to create more chances in this half but as the damage been done or will they capitalize on one of their chances time will tell. After the fifty minute mark Radja takes a right footed attempt which is saved in the center of the goal. Eight minutes later Cedric in his Serie A Inter debut looks to give Inter the life they need with a right footed shot but it goes to the right of the goal. Minutes later Bologna get their first chance of the half as Poli connects a right footed shot but his shot is blocked. Inter need to capitalize on one of their chances now or this will be another disappointing performance. In the sixty sixth minute Martinez takes a header but the ball goes to the right of the goal. Mario nearing the seventy minute point comes on for Radja. Minutes later Icardi gets a left footed shot blocked from the center of the box. Seconds later he follows up with a header after a cross from Cedric from the right of the box is saved in the lower right corner. With fifteen minutes of the match Vecino from the center of the box takes a header but the ball goes to the left of the goal. With eleven minutes Inter make their last substitution as Ranocchia comes on for Cedric. In the final minute of the match Inter would have one final chance to come away with a point as Martinez from the center of the box takes a right footed shot but it would go to the left of the goal. With that Bologna win the match 1-0 and Inter getting yet another dismal result.

 

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Icardi’s Frustrations continue watch his goal drought continue  

 

This was an absolutely and utterly disappointing result. The team is showing no heart or determination. Inter as of late and showing in this match that the players are only playing for the name on the backs of their kits not for the logo on the front. They had eighteen chances in this match and only three were on target which means as this issue continues they struggle time and time again to finish chances. Defense wise they showed to be the slightly better side in the match. In my opinion Skriniar as been a solid consistent player and is showing huge leadership qualities if Icardi leaves he would do good in the captain roll. The man of the match is Poli who was good at creating chances along with assisting his side to the win they needed as they are now a point behind Empoli and are on track to getting out of the relegation zone. Next week Inter take on Parma where in the first half of the season Parma would win the match 1-0. Inter will look to not make the same mistake twice but as of late it could be the same result. They will also need to win in order for Milan not to overtake them as well. As always until the next one FORZA INTER.

 

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The Photo of the night as Bologna win their first away win of the season 

By the numbers
Inter Milan
Possession 62%
Shots 16
On target 3
Passes 528
Pass success 81%
Bologna
Possession 38%
Shots 8
On target 4
Passes 331
Pass success 72%

Top of the table
Juventus 19-3-0 60pts
Napoli 16-3-3 51pts
Inter Milan 12-4-6 40pts
Milan 9-9-4 36pts
Roma 9-8-5 35pts

Bottom of the table
Udinese 4-7-11 19pts
Empoli 4-6-12 18pts
Bologna 3-8-11 17pts
Frosinone 2-7-12 13pts
Cheivo 1-9-12 9pts

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