LIVE: Inter vs Bologna

LIVE: Inter vs Bologna

Mihajlovic’s side have simply been outclassed in the first half. They enjoyed a greater share of possession and looked comfortable on the ball, but Inter have been clinical and are counter-attacking with real purpose. 

There goes the half-time whistle! Inter have been ruthless in the first 45 minutes, scoring within six minutes as Dumfries’ low cross was turned in by Martinez. Skriniar headed Dimarco’s corner in on the half-hour mark to double the hosts’ advantage, and Barella profited from a poor clearance to add a third just four minutes after that. It’s 3-0 to Inter at the break!

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: INTER 3-0 BOLOGNA

44′ SAVE! Dzeko clips a lovely ball into the path of Dimarco, arriving into the left side of the box and lashing a volley into the ground that Skorupski has to dive to his right to beat away!

43′ Inter build more patiently for a change and force Bologna back until Vecino decides to hit one from distance and sees his effort blocked away.

41′ Inter have had less possession than Bologna overall but look far more threatening when they do have it. Dumfries has been particularly useful down the right with his driving runs forward.

39′ Bologna continue to look comfortable on the ball but have looked blunt in the final third in the last 20 minutes.

Bologna

36′ Hickey earns himself a deserved yellow card for hauling Dumfries down cynically as the Inter wing-back burst in behind him.

Internazionale

34′ GOAL!!! BARELLA MAKES IT THREE!!! Dumfries gets down the right and plays a neat one-two before sliding a dangerous ball into the six-yard box. De Silvestri tries to poke it clear, but only succeeds in finding Barella, who reacts sharply to redirect the ball into the net! It’s 3-0 to Inter!

32′ Bologna have been punished by some clinical Inter finishing. The hosts have had three shots so far and two of them have ended up in the back of the net.

Internazionale

30′ Dimarco’s cross had plenty of pace and was into a dangerous area, allowing Skriniar to simply redirect the ball into the net with a well-placed header.

Internazionale

30′ GOAL!!! SKRINIAR HEADS IN A SECOND FOR INTER!!! Dimarco swings a corner in from the right and the defender loses his marker, arriving in space to glance a header past Skorupski from six yards! It’s 2-0 to Inter now!

Internazionale

29′ That injury forces Correa off early now, with fellow summer signing Dzeko coming on to partner Martinez in attack.

27′ Correa is back up and play has resumed but he doesn’t look right at all. Inzaghi is already preparing a change on the sidelines.

25′ Correa goes down off the ball and appears to be in some pain. It’s possible he collided awkwardly with someone as Inter peppered the Bologna box with crosses over the last minute.

L. De Silvestri

Yellow Card

Bologna

23′ De Silvestri is the first player to go into the book after a very clumsy challenge on Correa. An easy decision for the referee.

21′ Brozovic tries to test Skorupski from range after good work from Dumfries down the right, but his effort is tame and the Bologna keeper gathers easily.

19′ CLOSE! What a chance for Bologna to equalise! Soriano is played in down the left side of the box and steers a shot across goal that Handanovic palms up into the air. It falls for Sansone on the penalty spot and the attacking midfielder lashes a vicious half-volley towards the top-left corner, but it flies agonisingly wide!

17′ Inter are starting to take control of proceedings and are enjoying their first extended spell of possession, forcing Bologna to defend deep and remain organised.

15′ A couple of fouls break up the flow of the game, which has been a little disjointed since Martinez’s opening goal.

13′ NO PENALTY! Sansone whips a free-kick into the box that Bonifazi flicks on and it deflects off Bastoni on the way through to Handanovic, who dives to punch clear. There are furious appeals for handball, but the referee waves them away.

10′ Mihajlovic cuts a frustrated figure on the touchline. His men had started promisingly, but were caught out by a clinical counter-attack and are now chasing the game.

8′ Coming into the contest, Martinez had failed to score in five Serie A games against Bologna, the most of any side other than Roma (six games), but has broken his duck against the Emiliani inside the opening six minutes this evening.

Internazionale

6′ Dumfries made up considerable distance as he dragged his side forward on the break before producing a delivery of real quality into a dangerous area that Martinez simply had to guide into the net.

Internazionale

6′ GOAL!!! MARTINEZ FIRES INTER IN FRONT!!! Dumfries leads a ruthless counter down the right and gets to the corner of the box before producing a terrific low cross that Martinez guides into the top-left corner from close range! It’s 1-0 to Inter!

3′ Bologna have started positively, keeping the ball well in the early stages of the game and probing for openings in the Inter defence.

1′ We’re underway at San Siro!

Bologna have equalled their best start to a Serie A season in the three points for a win era (7 points as in 2019/20 and 2002/03); the last time they won at least three of their first four games in a top-flight campaign was back in 2001/02.

Inter have won their last 17 home league games; only three teams in Serie A history have embarked on a longer winning run on home soil: Torino in 1948 (21), Milan in 1950 (19) and Juventus in 2014 (25) and in 2017 (33).

Meanwhile, Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic makes two alterations despite his side’s 1-0 victory over Hellas Verona last time out. Olsen and Sansone come into the starting line-up, with Orsolini and Barrow finding themselves on the bench.

Inter manager Simone Inzaghi makes four changes after the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. Darmian, Calhanoglu, Perisic and Dzeko all drop to the bench, with Dumfries, Vecino, Dimarco and Correa replacing them in the side.

Bologna substitutes: Arthur Theate, Emanuel Vignato, Sydney van Hooijdonk, Riccardo Orsolini, Adama Soumaoro, Luis Binks, Wisdom Amey, Federico Santander, Ibrahima Mbaye, Mitchell Dijks, Musa Barrow, Francesco Bardi.

Bologna (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Skorupski; Lorenzo De Silvestri, Gary Medel, Kevin Bonifazi, Aaron Hickey; Nicolas Dominguez, Mattias Svanberg; Andreas Skov Olsen, Roberto Soriano, Nicola Sansone; Marko Arnautovic.

Inter substitutes: Andrea Ranocchia, Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Darmian, Alex Cordaz, Aleksandar Kolarov, Roberto Gagliardini, Ionut Radu, Edin Dzeko, Ivan Perisic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Martin Satriano, Danilo D’Ambrosio.

Inter (3-1-4-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrj, Alessandro Bastoni; Marcelo Brozovic; Denzel Dumfries, Nico Barella, Matias Vecino, Federico Dimarco; Joaquin Correa, Lautaro Martinez.

A win for Inter would take the reigning Serie A champions to the top of the table – at least temporarily. However, they must overcome a Bologna side who are level on points with the Nerazzurri after three games.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Serie A fixture between Inter and Bologna at San Siro in Milan.

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