After suffering an exasperating 2-0 defeat against Juventus over the weekend, Simone Inzaghi’s boys demonstrated resilience and mental strength within their 14th symphony as Inter beat Bologna black and blue in a 6-1 victory at the San Siro.
It was a horrific start from Inter as they were incapable of pin-pointing a fine sequence of passes, causing them to constantly give away possession when building from the back.
It was Bologna who seized the first opportunity just three minutes in as a lack of concentration from Alesandro Bastoni enabled Marko Arnautrovic to slip a brilliant through ball to Musa Barrow. The 23 year-old broke out with speed past Milan Skriniar and fired an attempt across goal, but his shot went out-wide.
The Austrian international also had a major opportunity as he struck a venomous volley from close-range, but Andre Onana managed to diffuse the threatening scenario with somewhat of a miraculous save.
In the 22nd minute, Orsolini brought the ball down for full-back Lykogiannis whose volley took deflection and diverted into the back of the net to obtain the opener at the San Siro.
Despite conceding a shocking goal, the Nerazzurri remained unfazed as a fine passing scheme from out-wide enabled Denzel Dumfries to whip a well-placed cross into the box for Edin Dzeko. The veteran marksman put his experience in full display on Milanese soil as he struck a superb volley into the low-corner to find the equalizer.
In the 36th minute, Federico Dimarco stepped up to a free kick following a clumsy foul from Chilean Gary Medel on Lautaro Martinez. The wing-back wrapped his scandalizing left-foot around the ball and curled a low-driven free-kick into the low-corner to make it 2-1 on the scoreline.
Shortly before the end of the first half, Hakan Calhanoglu delivered a fine corner which Lautaro Martinez converted to a goal with a glancing header to earn himself his sixth goal of the season and doubling his side’s advantage going into the break.
After the break, the Beneamata deployed much more precision and flare within their offensive play as Nicolo Barella found Dimarco in-behind the defence. The Italian international beat his marker with marvellous first touch to push the ball away from his marker with the outside of the boot and cushioned the ball past Skorupski to make it four.
Not long after, a penalty shot was given to Inzaghi’s side after Martinez’s shot deflected off of young defender Joaquin Sosa’s hand as identified by VAR. Turkish international Calhanoglu sent the keeper the wrong way to seal a fifth within their home-stomping ground.
In the end, a Robin Gosens sitter made it six against the Rossoblu, leaping Inter into fourth with 27 points, level on points with Atalanta and Lazio who has a game in-hand.
Julian Faustini Ι GIFN