Final score

19 February 2017 12:30

Bologna
0 - 1
Inter
36' (2nd half) Barbosa
referee Paolo Mazzoleni / linesmen Crispi, Valeriani / 4th man Paganessi / assistants Rocchi, Gavillucci
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46' The first half comes to an end. It's goalless at the Dall'Ara but Pioli's men had two good chances.
45' There'll be one minute of stoppage time.
43' Gagliardini tries to surprise Da Costa but his shot is too near the centre of the goal.
42' Candreva with a lovely cross in towards Palacio. Mbaye puts it out for a corner.
39' Dzemaili strikes it from distance but his right-foot shot is wide of the goal.
37' Krejci with a cross-cum-shot, but Handanovic is equal to it.
35' D'Ambrosio crosses the ball into the box; it's deflected off Oikonomou and Da Costa makes the save.
30' A good break from the Nerazzurri. Eder has a go with his right from the edge of the box, but he's well-marshalled by the Bologna defence.
26' D'Ambrosio plays it into the area for Palacio, who tries to find Eder with a header. Bologna survive and the ball goes out for a corner.
22' Long ball played forward for Palacio, but he's flagged offside by the assistant.
17' Inter are still on top here. Candreva crosses to Palacio but he can't quite reach the ball.
15' Handanovic shows good timing to rush out and beat Dzemaili to the ball.
13' Candreva switches it to D'Ambrosio, who tries to play the ball back across goal. The ball hits the top of the bar and goes behind.
12' Fantastic chance for Palacio! Perisic's low cross finds him just yards out, but his effort goes over.
8' Palacio crosses it from the right, but Pulgar reads it and clears with his head.
5' Gagliardini plays in Candreva, who tries to find Eder. Masina intercepts.
3' The ball is played up towards Candreva, but Da Costa beats him to it.
1' And we're off! It's Bologna who get things rolling.
Minutes Text commentary
50' And that's it!! Gabriel Barbosa's first goal for Inter earns his side the win. The game at the Dell'Ara ends 1-0 to Pioli's men.
48' Handanovic does really well to deny Torosidis! Bologna win a corner.
47' Barbosa holds the ball up and plays it to Eder, but the Bologna defence hold firm.
45' There will be five minutes of stoppage time!
43' D'Ambrosio is booked for a late challenge on Krejci.
42' Barbosa comes close to a second!! Masina makes a block on the line.
39' Torosidis picks up a yellow card for dissent.
38' Bologna make their final change. Pulgar is replaced by Di Francesco.
36' The goalscorer was booked for taking his shirt off when celebrating.
36' GOAL!!! GOAL!!! Banega plays in D'Ambrosio, who finds Barbosa at the far post. He makes no mistake and gives Inter the lead!!!!
35' Banega is flagged for offside, though it looked very close. Bologna are holding onto the 0-0 for now. 10 minutes to go.
31' Verdi drives a threatening ball across goal but nobody can get the decisive touch. The ball goes out into touch.
29' Barbosa and Banega replace Candreva and Palacio, as Pioli opts for a double change.
24' A second change for Bologna, as Nagy is replaced by Taider.
22' Miranda commits a foul in the middle of the pitch. He's booked which means he'll sit out Inter v Roma.
20' The hosts make a change: Krafth comes on for Mbaye.
17' It's a great hit from Perisic but his effort is just over the top.
16' Verdi hits a free-kick from just over 25 yards but he can't find the target.
14' Great chance for Eder after Candreva's cross. He's all alone in the box but shoots straight into the arms of Da Costa.
10' Ansaldi replaces Murillo as Inter make their first change.
10' Perisic with a good chance. He hits it on the run and manages to hit the target, but Da Costa makes the save.
9' Joao Mario hits a first time shot towards goal after the Bologna defence clears, but his effort ends up in the stands.
6' The Nerazzurri win a free-kick from over 35 yards out. Eder strikes it powerfully but it's just wide of the post.
2' D'Ambrosio plays a teasing ball for Palacio but Torosidis manages to deal with it.
1' The second half is up and running. No changes for either side. Forza Inter!!

Palacio
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Handanovic
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D'Ambrosio
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Medel
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Miranda
5.71
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Murillo
5.69
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Perisic
6.32
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Eder
5.21
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Banega
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Ansaldi
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Candreva
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Joao Mario
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Barbosa
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Gagliardini
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1 shots on target 5
7 shots off target 10
18 fouls committed 18
1 corners 7
2 offsides 2
45% ball possession 55%
Last 5 matches

Inter are unbeaten in their last five Serie A games against Bologna (W2 D3) – the Nerazzurri have only lost twice in their last 21 games against the Emiliani in the league.

Close up on Eder

Four of Inter’s last seven goals have involved Éder, who has scored three and assisted one – this is his most prolific run in the league since November 2015.

Last nine Serie A weeks

Inter instead have won eight of their last nine Serie A games, losing against Juventus – the Nerazzurri have kept six clean sheets in the process.

Shots' record

Since the appointment of Stefano Pioli, Inter have attempted 212 shots, more than any other side in the same period in Serie A.

Bologna's issue

Bologna have already conceded 14 goals in the final 15 minutes of play, more than any other side.

wins(30) draws(15) defeats(34)

BOLOGNA – The Nerazzurri were faced with a lunch-time clash against Bologna on Sunday, in their 25th Serie A game of the season.

Stefano Pioli was forced into a number of changes for the game, with Geoffrey Kondogbia and Mauro Icardi unavailable for selection, the second serving a suspension. On a more positive note, Ivan Perisic was back in contention and started on the left. Meanwhile Joao Mario lined-up in a central midfield role alongside Roberto Gagliardini.

The hosts kept hold of the ball in the early exchanges, with Inter looking to hit their opponents on the counter, harnessing the pace offered by Antonio Candreva and Perisic on the flanks. There was a lot of intensity on the pitch but the game felt a bit scrappy. Fans had to wait until the 12th minute for the first effort on goal.

Danilo D’Ambrosio teed up Perisic who played a teasing ball to the back post; Rodrigo Palacio was too eager and got in front of the ball, failing to get an effort on target. Bologna hit back moments later, as Adam Nagy won a loose ball and fed Blerim Dzemaili. However, Samir Handanovic was alert and got down low to collect the ball.

Another opportunity fell to Palacio, who came within inches of Candreva’s cross from the right, while Gagliardini saw an effort blocked by Nagy after being set up by D’Ambrosio. Ladislav Krejci and Dzemaili both had attempts on goal as the first half drew to a close, with Gagliardini testing Angelo Da Costa at the end of the period.

The second half began at a more frenetic pace, with Krejci setting up Simone Verdi after only a matter of seconds. However, his left-foot shot was poorly hit. Down the other end of the pitch, Eder struck a fierce free-kick from just over 25 yards but failed to test the opposition goalkeeper. 

Perisic had a presentable opportunity on 54 minutes, hitting the ball on the volley with the outside of his right foot, but Da Costa made the save at his near post. Teed up by Candreva a few minutes later, Eder could only meet the cross with a weak attempt.  Perisic then threatened with a wicked left-foot strike which grazed the top of the crossbar.

On 67 minutes came a yellow card for Miranda, a decision which means the Brazilian will have to sit out the game against Roma. Meanwhile, as Inter continued their quest for a winner, Pioli sent on Cristian Ansaldi, Gabriel Barbosa and Ever Banega, with Jeison Murillo, Candreva and Palacio leaving the field.

Shortly after Verdi’s teasing ball threatened the Inter rearguard, two of Pioli’s substitutes were involved in the decisive moment of the game. Just after 80 minutes, Banega played a wonderful pass towards D’Ambrosio, whose ball across goal was met by Barbosa at the back post. The Brazilian made no mistake with his left-foot finish, scoring his first competitive goal as an Inter player.

The youngster could well have doubled his tally just moments later, with Da Costa beaten, but Vasilis Torosidis got in the way to divert the ball out for a corner.

With five minutes of stoppage time on the clock, Bologna pushed forward in a search for a leveller. On 93 minutes, Torosidis found himself free to the left of the Inter goal but Handanovic rushed out to make a crucial save. It was a key contribution as the game finished 0-1, with Inter taking home all three points, keeping pressure on those above.  

BOLOGNA 0-1 INTER
Scorers: Barbosa (81)

BOLOGNA: 1 Da Costa; 15 Mbaye (4 Krafth , 64), 2 Oikonomou, 35 Torosidis, 25 Masina; 16 Nagy (8 Taider, 69), 5 Pulgar (14 Di Francesco, 83), 31 Dzemaili; 9 Verdi, 21 Petkovic, 11 Krejci.
Subs not used: 83 Mirante, 97 Sarr, 6 Viviani, 13 Brignani, 17 Donsah, 18 Helander, 19 Sadiq, 22 Rizzo, 44 Silvestro.
Coach: Roberto Donadoni

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 24 Murillo (15 Ansaldi, 54), 17 Medel, 25 Miranda, 33 D'Ambrosio; 5 Gagliardini, 6 Joao Mario; 87 Candreva (96 Barbosa, 74), 23 Eder, 44 Perisic; 8 Palacio (19 Banega 74).
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 2 Andreolli, 11 Biabiany, 20 Sainsbury, 21 Santon, 55 Nagatomo, 99 Pinamonti.
Coach: Stefano Pioli

Yellow cards: Miranda 67, Barbosa 81, Torosidis 84, D'Ambrosio 88, Banega 89.
Added time: 1 + 5 minutes.

Referee: Mazzoleni.
Assistants: Crispo, Valeriani.
Fourth official: Paganessi.
Additional assistants: Rocchi, Gavillucci.

starting lineups

Da Costa 1 1 Handanovic
Mbaye 15 24 Murillo
Oikonomou 2 17 Medel
Torosidis 35 25 Miranda
Masina 25 33 D'Ambrosio
Nagy 16 5 Gagliardini
Pulgar 5 6 Joao Mario
Dzemaili 31 87 Candreva
Verdi 9 23 Eder
Petkovic 21 44 Perisic
Krejci 11 8 Palacio

substitutes

Mirante 83 30 Carrizo
Sarr 97 2 Andreolli
Krafth 4 11 Biabiany
Viviani 6 15 Ansaldi
Taider 8 19 Banega
Brignani 13 20 Sainsbury
Di Francesco 14 21 Santon
Donsah 17 55 Nagatomo
Helander 18 96 Barbosa
Sadiq 19 99 Pinamonti
Rizzo 22
Silvestro 44

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