Inter keep firm hold of second as Bologna drop points. #196

Inter Milan 2 Bologna 1

Renato Dall’Ara
Bologna Italy

After their win gainst Brescia erlier this week Inter take on eleventh place Bologna. Bologna however are coming off a loss. Inter have won four out of their last six matches against them. In this match Bologna look to get a better position in the table with a win while Inter look to get a win to keep on the heels of Juventus who are looking for their ninth Scudetto. Which if you’re not a Juventus supporter this is one thing that fans everywhere don’t want to see again. Inter are looking to be the first club in eight seasons to overthrow the reigning champions. Inter in this match will have a few things they will need to work on. Offensive wise they will need to make sure to capitialize on their chances. They however need to beware of being caught offside which as caused a lot of missed goal chances. Defensively they will need to work on keeping Bologna’s chance limited as of late they’ve had a hard time stopping clubs from creating chances of their own. They will also need to block any chances Bologna do create and steal the ball from them. They will also need to capitialize on chances on counter attack situations as well. Despite Alexis Sanchez and Sensi being injured this still should be an Inter win as they are the stronger side but never count out Bologna because even if they’re losing are strong at coming back from deficits so anything is possible. In the first half both sides did a great job creating chances. Inter were more solid however in finishing them. The half would end with both sides at a draw of 0-0. In the second half both sides continued their chance creating. Bologna would be the first to break the deadlock with a goal from Soverino. This made things 1-0 for the homeside. But Inter weren’t going to go down quietly as after the seventieth minute Lukaku finds the net making things even once more. Before the match ended Inter converts a penalty from Lukaku as they manage to get by and win the match 2-1.

This week Inter stick to the becoming all to familiar 3-5-2 formation which as been a formation that is working in Inter’s favor as of late. In goal is Handanovic who as captain as helped turned this club around and making sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to. On defense on the left is Bastoni who is becoming a good player to swap with either Skriniar, Devrij and Godin in this case he is replacing Godin in the starting lineup. This is to keep players as fresh as possible he is good at blocking chances and stealing the ball. In the middle is one of the clubs best defenders at the moment along with Skriniar who is capping them off on the right. On the midfield on the left is Biraghi replacing Asomah from Tuesdays match he is proving to be a key asset as well. On the defensive mid the pairing of Barella and Gagliardini. In the center is Brozovic who as played every single match so far this season and is a player who could use some resting as he’s looking worse for wear as of recent. On the right starting over Candreva is Lazaro who is getting his second start of the campaign. Up in front is the killer duo of Lukaku and Martinez who are a force to be reckoned with. This is a solid lineup capable of winning this match.

After final preparations and fans making their bets this match gets underway. Two minutes into the match Bologna got the first chance of the match as Sansone takes a shot from outside the box but it gets saved by Handanovic in the center of the goal. A few minutes later Inter get their first chance of the match as Martinez gets a shot saved from the center of the box. This is followed by a shot from Devrij which gets blocked. Lukaku who as been on fire this season takes a shot from the center of the box but his attempt gets blocked. After the twenty fifth minute Sansone Several minutes later Lukaku takes a shot from the right side of the box but gets saved in the lower right corner. Svanberg misses a shot from outside the box as the ball goes to the right of the goal. A minute later Lukaku takes a shot from outside the box but gets saved in the center of the goal. Both sides have done a great job creating chances and doing a solid job keeping each other from scoring. So far both sides are evenly matched as there is eight minutes to go in this opening first half. Gagliardini gets a shot blocked from outside the box. Before the half ends Bologna looked to get on the board as Palacio takes a shot from the right of the box which is saved by Handanovic in the center of the goal with that the half ends with each side at 0-0. If Inter pick up the momentum they may have a shot at winning this match.

After half time pep talks and any team changes this match resumes. Savenberg just like the first half got the first chance of this half missing a shot from outside the box after a free kick. Minutes later the stalemate is broken Soriano lands a shot from outside as the ball lands in the lower right corner making things 1-0 to the home side. A minute later Lukaku looked to bring things back on even terms with a shot from a close distance to the goal misses to the left of the goal. After the seventieth minute Skriniar gets a header saved from the center of the box as it gets saved in the lower right corner. This is followed by a substitution as Vecino comes on for Gagliardini. Inter make their next subbing of the match as Candreva comes on for Biraghi. Lukaku takes a shot from the right of the box as the ball lands in the center of the goal making things even once again. Bani looked to give Bologna the lead once again with a shot from the center of the box but goes over the crossbar. Lukaku takes a shot from the left of the box but it gets saved in the top center of the goal. With five minutes to go in the match Politano comes on for Lazaro. As the match was ending towards a draw Bologna Orsolini takes a bad foul on Martinez which granted Inter a penalty which is converted by Lukaku landing the ball in the lower left corner making things 2-1 and Inter then held on for the win with that giving them three points kepping them on the neck of Juventus.

This is another win for the black and blue grass snakes as the race for the title continues. But something worth mentioning another club who as joined the hunt for the Scudetto is Roma. Despite them having a rocky start to the season they have done a great job gaining momentum as they now sit in third place. Inter did a great job coming back from the deficit they were in early in the second half. They did a great job creating and finishing chances and having eight of them end up on target. They also did a great job blocking chances and saving Bologna’s chances despite the one goal they had. Inter are real contenders this season but it will all depend on if they don’t go through the dreaded winter curse if they make it through that unscathed they have a real shot at it. The man of the match is Lukaku who scored both goals and created most of the chances in this match. He in my opinion besides Sensi was the signing of the season. Inter in their next match return to the Champions League as they take on Dortmund in Germany. As always until the next on Forza Inter.

By the numbers

Inter Milan

Possession 52%
Shots 15
On target 8
Passes 450
Pass success 81%

Bologna

Possession 48%
Shots 11
On target 3
Passes 424
Pass Success 80%

Top of the table

Juventus 9-2-0 29pts
Inter Milan 9-1-1 28pts
Roma 6-4-1 22pts
Atalanta 6-3-1 21pts
Lazio 5-3-2 18pts

Bottom of the table

Lecce 2-3-5 9pts
Genoa 2-2-6 8pts
Brescia 2-1-6 7pts
SPAL 2-1-7 7pts
Sampdoria 1-2-7 5pts

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