Final score

17 February 2012 20:45

Inter
0 - 3
Bologna
40' (2nd half) Acquafresca
38' Di Vaio
37' Di Vaio
referee Antonio Damato / linesmen Niccolai, Musolino / 4th man Doveri
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MinutesText commentary
47'Inter on the attack as the half comes to an end. Sneijder's cross is charged down but it falls for Faraoni, who fizzes a snapshot wide
45'Damato signals 2 minutes of added time
44'Free kick for Bologna: Diamanti tries to curl it over the wall but his effort clears the bar too
41'Nagatomo crosses and Forlan knocks it goalwards but the ball ends up in Gillet's hands
40'Sneijder is booked
38'ANOTHER FOR BOLOGNA! Ranocchia chests down a long ball but doesn't realise Di Vaio is lurking, the striker steals in and makes it 0-2
37'GOAL FOR BOLOGNA! Ramirez wriggles his way down the left, Perez pretends to shoot then finds Di Vaio in space, who beats Julio Cesar. 0-1
31'Diamanti fouls Lucio and his name is the first to go into Damato's book
30'Forlan wins the ball off Portanova, gets past him and goes for goal with his left: Gillet saves with his feet
30'Inter go close again, and it's Maicon once more. Sneijder's cross is met at the near post by the Brazilian, who turns his header inches wide
28'Cambiasso's foul on Ramirez gives Bologna a free kick from 35 yards out. Diamanti strikes it well but Julio Cesar is well positioned to claim at the near post
24'Pazzini receives a long pass and drives forward with the ball before feeding Forlan on the edge of the box. The Uruguayan is offside
17'Portanova is clearly holding back Faraoni with his arm
17'CHANCE FOR INTER. Sneijder takes a corner, Maicon leaps and connects with a firm header, Gillet saves with his foot
14'Pazzini gets on the end of a whipped corner and turns a volley goalwards, it takes a deflection off an opponent but a goal kick is awarded
13'Faraoni is back on the pitch and gives Maicon a return ball to run onto. Morleo plays safe and concedes a corner
9'Faraoni has a problem with his ankle, doctor Combi is giving him treatment at pitch side
6'First ball into the box for Inter: Maicon is in space on the right and crosses, Garics is on hand to chest the ball back to Gillett
1'The Nerazzurri take the kick-off and Inter v Bologna is under way. FORZA INTER!!!
1'Diamanti and Ramirez start behind Di Vaio
1'Milito is also unavailable so Pazzini plays as the lone striker with Faraoni, Sneijder and Forlan in support. The Uruguayan is making his first start since returning from injury
1'Without Stankovic and Alvarez, Ranieri fields experienced duo Zanetti and Cambiasso in front of the defence
1'Welcome to the Stadio Meazza for Inter v Bologna in Week 24 of the 2011/12 Serie A season!
MinutesText commentary
48'Inter v Bologna ends 0-3 with a brace by Di Vaio and a goal from Acquafresca. The Nerazzurri remain on 36 points
45'There will be 3 minutes of stoppage time
40'0-3 TO BOLOGNA. Acquafresca bursts into space and finishes past Julio Cesar with a low drive
39'Sneijder touches on for Lucio, the Brazilian shoots over from a distance
33'Sneijder whips in a free kick, Lucio heads and Gillet makes the save. But the ref had already whistled for the Brazilian's offside position
31'Change for Bologna: Di Vaio makes way for Acquafresca
29'Maicon knocks in a cross for Pazzini, but he's beaten to it by Raggi
25'Substitution for Bologna: Ramirez off, Kone on
24'Another change for Inter: Castaignos enters the stage for Faraoni
22'WHAT A CHANCE. From an Inter free kick Ranocchia gets up and flicks on but Gillet does well to deny him
20'Sneijder crosses for Pazzini but the whistle had already gone for offside
16'Ranieri decides to bring on Poli in place of Forlan
14'CHANCE FOR INTER. Nagatomo goes on a neat little run and picks out Forlan, who shoots first time but with no power. Gillet dives and saves
13'Bologna make their first change: Taider replaces Diamanti
9'Sneijder tries a clever through ball for Pazzini but the striker was trying to stay onside and can't get to it
6'Mudingayi finds Di Vaio with a forward ball and striker goes for goal; his effort is deflected behind for a corner
3'Maicon plays in Forlan on the right and the Uruguayan hits a cross-shot that clears Gillet's bar
1'The second half between Inter and Bologna begins
Zanetti
4.31
4.31
Cambiasso
3.44
3.44
Julio Cesar
3.59
3.59
Maicon
3.24
3.24
Lucio
3
3
Sneijder
3.71
3.71
Ranocchia
2.64
2.64
Pazzini
2.97
2.97
Nagatomo
4.44
4.44
Faraoni
4.07
4.07
Castaignos
3.19
3.19
Poli
4.76
4.76
Forlan
2.8
2.8
Average rating3.55
5shots on target4
6shots off target2
20fouls committed12
6corners2
3offsides7
55%ball possession45%
Ranieri and his former player Pioli in opposite dugouts for 2nd time

This is only the second time Ranieri and Pioli have faced each other as coaches after ChievoVerona 2-2 Roma (Serie A) on 4 December 2010. The current Bologna manager played under Ranieri at Fiorentina in the 1993/94 and 1994/95 season. The first year they won the Serie B championship gaining promotion to the top flight, Pioli making 30 appearances with no goals. In their second term together, Fiorentina ended the year in 10th place (24 appearances, 0 goals for Pioli).

One defeat in 11 for Ranieri against Bologna: in 1996

This is the twelfth time Ranieri has faced Bologna as a coach in a competitive fixture. So far he has managed 8 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat, which came all the way back in 1996 when his Fiorentina team lost 3-1 at the Stadio Dall’Ara. In home games Ranieri is unbeaten against today's opponents: 3 wins and 2 draws in 5 previous meetings.

No draws for Pioli against Inter, who always score against him

This is the fourth time that Pioli has taken on Inter as a coach in a competitive fixture, with 1 win and 2 defeats to date. The Nerazzurri scored in all 3 previous games - 5 goals in total.

Inter goalless for 201 minutes

Inter haven't scored in a competitive game since 1 February, in the 4-4 draw against Palermo at the Meazza (Serie A): all four Nerazzurri goals were bagged by Milito, the last one coming in the 69th minute. Since then, in the remaining 21 minutes of that match plus the Serie A games lost to Roma (4-0 away) and Novara (0-1 at home), they have gone 201 minutes without finding the back of the net.

Black-and-blue, red-and-blue, different goal solutions

Inter have managed to get 14 different players on the score sheet this season (only AC Milan have had more with 15). Those 14 Nerazzurri are Alvarez, Cambiasso, Castaignos, Coutinho, Faraoni, Forlan, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Nagatomo, Pazzini, Ranocchia, Sneijder and Thiago Motta. Conversely, Bologna have only had 7 different scorers (Acquafresca, Cherubin, Diamanti, Di Vaio, Loria, Portanova and Ramirez), which is the joint second fewest in the league; Chievo also have 7 while Cesena have only 6.

Bologna haven't beaten Inter in 10 years

Bologna haven't won a competitive game against Inter - home or away - since 10 February 2002, when they won 2-1 in a Serie A match. In the 15 competitive matches played between the two sides since then, there have been 2 draws and 13 wins for Inter.

Fair play vs foul play

Inter are the team with the fewest yellow cards in Serie A 2011/12: just 35. Bologna on the other hand have picked up the second highest number of bookings: 62. Only Atalanta (with 64) have a worse record.

No goals in Bologna's midfield

Bologna are the only team in the 2011/12 Serie A season so far unable to get a midfielder on the score sheet. Of their 18 goals, 3 have been netted by defenders (1 each by Cherubin, Loria and Portanova) and 15 by forwards (6 Di Vaio, 4 Ramirez, 3 Acquafresca and 2 Diamanti).

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MILAN - "What's happening? We can see what's happening: we're not doing what we're capable of doing. It's one of those moments, we just have to accept our responsibility and apologise to the president and our fans, who were behind us until we went 2-0 down and then understandably they started protesting after the third. For a few games now the opposition have hurt us with their first chance, today we got hit twice in two minutes. We must stand together at the moment. I said yesterday that we are playing with a 10-kilo weight. I expected a tough game tonight but not like that." Claudio Ranieri was looking for no excuses as he commented on Inter's defeat against Bologna to Sky Sport Italia.

Could playing in the Champions League next Wednesday away from the Meazza could be a good thing for the Nerazzurri? "Maybe, I don't know. We have to talk together now, look at and analyse everything to explain why we conceded a goal from their first chance. We had found our balance and we were very tight tactically speaking; now we've lost that."

Could it be down to the fact that the formation has been tinkered with too much? "It may have something to do with that but if I did it it was because we played games that required it."

Asked if he was considering a drastic decision or resignation, Ranieri replied: "No, absolutely not. We're all united and we want to find a solution."

Against Bologna the team seemed to be lacking order and balance, but Ranieri explained: "You can control lots of things but when you make mistakes like this it's hard to find a solution because they aren't the sort of mistakes we normally make. We conceded to Novara with their first chance as well."

The coach then asked about Sneijder: "He should be that extra man for us behind the striker but when I see things are tough out there I move him wide. I have to find a way to fit the whole team together. Should I have put on an extra striker when we were 2-0 down? It's easy to say that when you lose, but if your house is falling down there's no point trying to put another tile on top; you try to add a supporting pillar. When games take that sort of turn everything becomes more difficult, but we're not going to give up: we'll discuss it tomorrow and we'll find the best solution for it."

Ranieri commented further on the game to Mediaset Premium: "All we can do at the moment is close ranks and knuckle down. It's a funny moment, they have one shot and they score. We'd just had two chances and then we find ourselves two goals down in a minute. We must accept the president's decision to leave the stadium. He's our biggest fan, he can't contest the team and his disappointment - which is the same way we feel - prompted him to leave the stadium. As I said, we have to apologise to him and all the fans. Is the sale of Thiago Motta the cause of all this? Selling a single player cannot be the cause. We have to work and try to produce a good performance against Marseille to win back the faith of our president and our fans."

"We must find our determination of old," Ranieri continued. "We saw that a bit today but we can't repeat certain errors. The fans are right to remember José Mourinho; they should never forget him given the success he achieved at Inter. It didn't bother me to hear the fans chanting his name, but that coach isn't here any more, this is a different Inter, one that is currently going through a rough patch and that needs to respond. That means with the fans too and we have to win them back with our performances and our success."

The Nerazzurri coach said to Rai Sport: "I'll speak to the team tomorrow morning. We're men of sport and we must show a reaction because on Wednesday we have a tough, important match."

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1Gillet
Maicon 13Raggi
Lucio 6Portanova
Ranocchia 23Antonsson
Nagatomo 55Garics
Zanetti 4Perez
Cambiasso 19Mudingayi
Faraoni 37Morleo
Sneijder 10Ramirez
Forlan 9Diamanti
Pazzini 7Di Vaio

substitutes

Castellazzi 12Agliardi
Palombo 17Taider
Poli 18Pulzetti
Obi 20Cherubin
Chivu 26Kone
Zarate 28Rubin
Castaignos 30Acquafresca