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November 24, 2013
• Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
Referee: L. Banti
• Attendance: 23191
P. Kone 12'
So, Inter's unbeaten away record in Serie A continues and the Nerazzurri close the gap on Napoli in the final Champions League spot to just two points. Inter will hope to keep up the pressure next Sunday when they host 18th-placed Sampdoria whilst Bologna go in search of their second away win of the season when they travel to Parma on Saturday. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this live commentary. Until next time, goodbye.
FT: BOLOGNA 1-1 INTER. Stefano Pioli's side earn a crucial point to take them clear of the relegation zone but their winless home streak against the Nerazzurri continues. Panagiotis Kone's strike gave the Rossoblu the ideal start but they were pegged back in the second half through Jonathan's deflected strike. Walter Mazzarri's side rallied for the winner and they came desperately close when Juan Jesus rattled the bar in stoppage time. Hoever, it finishes all square at the Renato Dall'Ara.
90' + 2'
JESUS HITS THE BAR! Another corner is whipped into the box and the ball makes its way to Juan Jesus at the back post who sends a stunning volley back across goal which strikes the woodwork. So unlucky for the Brazilian!
90' + 1'
ROLANDO GOES CLOSE! Jonathan whips the corner into the box and Rolando meets it, forcing Curci into a smart stop down low to his left. Can Bologna hold on?
90' + 1'
Inter win a corner, can they nick a late winner?
Alvarez has endured a frustrating evening and he finds space outside the box but can only fire a left-footed shot over the top. Two minutes of stoppage time remaining at the Renato Dall'Ara.
Kone is certainly not afraid to attempt the spectacular and he attempts to bend a long-range shot into the top right-hand corner but fires over the crossbar.
Bologna are pushing for a winner themselves but there is no blue and red shirt in the box to meet Diamanti's deep cross. Considering Inter's unbeaten away form, Pioli will be very happy to take a point here.
Walter Mazzarri makes his final change and it is an attacking one as Ishak Belfodil replaces Hugo Campagnaro. Can the Nerazzurri find a late winner?
Diamanti's initial corner is half cleared by Campagnaro and when the ball comes back into the box, Kone opts for his trademark scissor kick but can only send his effort high over the bar.
Jonathan whips a corner into the box but Curci comes through a crowd of players to punch the ball clear excellently. Bologna break with Diamanti and Crespo forces a corner down the other end. Can Bologna make it count? They have plenty of height in the box.
Morleo produces a brilliant challenge to prevent Jonathan's cross from reaching a fellow white shirt in the box but goes down again suffering from cramp. Ishak Belfodil strips off for Inter on the touchline.
It's been a scrappy last ten minutes or so with both sides finding it difficult to penetrate into the final third. Neither side look particularly likely to snatch a winner.
The Bologna players are showing signs of lethargy here and Morleo goes down with cramp. Pioli's side need to hang on for 12 more minutes here.
Mateo Kovacic has struggled to make an impact since coming off the bench and he finds himself crowded out by Krhin in the midfield. The co-owned Inter man has been tidy for Bologna this evening.
Diego Perez is no longer able to continue and he is replaced by Michele Pazienza who played under Walter Mazzarri for Napoli. Can he inflict damage against his former boss?
There is a stoppage in play here as Diego Perez goes down and requires treatment. The Uruguayan has worked tirelessly today and really restricted Alvarez's impact on this game.
GUARIN MUST SCORE! The Inter No.13 spurns another glorious opportunity to put Inter into the lead as he meets Jonathan's cutback inside the box before ballooning an effort high over the bar. That's a huge let-off for Bologna.
Guarin produces some brilliant dribbling to twist and turn his way into the Bologna box but he overcomplicates it and the chance to shoot goes begging. A frustrating night from the Colombian so far.
Stefano Pioli opts to make his second change as Jose Angel Crespo replaces Gyorgy Garics. A straight swap for the Rossoblu.
Yellow CardGianluca Curci
Gianluca Curci is furious when the linesman fails to raise his flag for offside against Palacio. The goalkeeper makes a brilliant stop to deny Guarin before picking up a yellow card for his protests.
Pereira produces a brilliant nutmeg to get past Garics down the left but his dangerous low cross into the middle is well cleared by Antonsson. The radical Swede has been solid in defence so far this evening.
Ricky Alvarez has found it difficult to escape from the surveillance of Perez but he manages to find a route into the box here before wildly blazing the ball over the bar with his weaker right foot.
Bianchi has certainly caused problems since coming on for Bologna and Juan Jesus in particular is having a difficult spell. Can Bologna find the goal to end their 11-year winless home streak against Inter?
Jonathan is looking dangerous every time he gets forward down the right and he plays a neat ball to Palacio who wins a corner off of Antonsson. However, from the resulting set-piece Cambiasso somehow volleys wide when meeting the ball unmarked from a few yards out.
Walter Mazzarri opts to make his second change and it has not been a particularly happy return for Saphir Taider as he is replaced by Mateo Kovacic.
GREAT EFFORT FROM BIANCHI! The striker nearly puts Bologna back in the lead when he capitalises upon Juan Jesus' weak header before stinging Handanovic's palms with a dipping half-volley.
That goal has given Inter renewed confidence and they keep the pressure up in search of a second. Cambiasso lines up a shot from the edge of the box but his curling effort is well held by Curci.
That goal is Inter's 30th league strike of the season, the highest in Serie A.
GOOOALLL INTER! Jonathan will claim the goal but it is courtesy of a wicked deflection. The Brazilian collects Guarin's pass on the right corner of the box, shifting the ball past his marker and firing a shot across goal which takes a flick off Sorensen and past the helpless Curci, 1-1.
CHANCE FOR INTER! Pereira delivers a deep corner from the left but Campagnaro gets underneath the ball and can only head over the crossbar.
Inter attack straight down the other end with Palacio but Garics produces a crucial header to prevent Pereira sneaking in at the back post.
DIAMANTI GOES CLOSE! The Bologna talisman attempts to catch out Handanovic with a free kick to the near post but the Slovenian goalkeeper rushes across his goalmouth excellently to make a smart stop.
Bologna get the ball rolling for the second half. Stefano Pioli has made a substitution at the break with Rolando Bianchi replacing Jonathan Cristaldo.
HT: BOLOGNA 1-0 INTER. Panagiotis Kone's strike is the difference at the break as the relegation scrappers lead the unbeaten travellers in the late Serie A kickoff. Former Rossoblu star Saphir Taider may consider himself fortunate to still be on the field and his Nerazzurri teammates have found it frustrating in front of goal despite Guarin rattling the woodwork on the half-time whistle. Good game at the Renato Dall'Ara, let's hope for more in the second half.
45' + 1'
GUARIN HITS THE BAR! The Colombian has been frustrating in front of goal today but his fierce free kick deflects off the wall before striking the top of the crossbar. With that, the referee blows the half-time whistle.
HOW HAVE INTER NOT SCORED? Jonathan plays a brilliant slide pass down the right for Taider and the Algerian's excellent low cross somehow evades Palacio in the middle. Pereira follows up at the back post but his shot goes straight back to Taider who cannot divert the ball into the net.
Morleo certainly fancies a goal this evening but it does not appear that he has brought his shooting boots as he blasts an effort way off target. That was a waste as he had teammates better positioned in the box.
Garics requires treatment after Pereira's cross strikes him unfortunately in his nether region. He certainly took one for the team there.
Cambiasso lays the resulting free kick off to Juan Jesus but the Brazilian defender's low drive is well blocked by the Bologna wall. Still no way past Curci!
Yellow CardPanagiotis Kone
Panagiotis Kone picks up Bologna's third caution after what appeared to be a decent challenge on Guarin. The Greek forward is bemused by that decision.
INTER SHOULD BE LEVEL! Jonathan gets forward down the right and teases two Bologna defenders before floating a cross into the box, which Palacio meets unmarked but he can only head the ball wide of the post. The Argentine striker pulls his shirt over his eyes, he cannot believe he has missed.
Yellow CardArchimede Morleo
Archimede Morleo becomes the second Bologna man to be cautioned after he brings down Taider who had nipped the ball away from him at the last second.
Guarin looks to restore parity when the ball falls to him outside the box but the Colombian can only blast his shot high over the bar, much to the disappointment of Mazzarri and the Inter bench.
INTER GO CLOSE! Guarin finds space down the right and he manages to slide a low cross into the box but Garics produces a well-timed interception to deny Pereira from converting from close range.
Inter are enjoying a good spell of possession here but they cannot find a way past the Bologna defence. Juan Jesus looks to lift a ball over the top for Pereira but Antonsson is there to make an interception. This defence does not look as though it has conceded the second-most goals in the division so far!
Palacio is looking lively up front for Inter but he has not received the best of service so far. The Argentine picks the ball up on the left flank before smartly shifting the ball past Natali and blazing his shot high over the bar.
Taider finds himself dispossessed in a dangerous area by Morleo and the left wing-back tees up Diamanti on the edge of the box whose low angled drive is well blocked by Jonathan.
There is an injury concern for Nagatomo here as he goes down clutching his calf and signals to the bench. That is the end of his match and Alvaro Pereira comes on to replace him.
Bologna attack straight down the other end but Cristaldo can only direct his header straight into Handanovic's gloves after connecting with Perez's cross from the right.
Fredy Guarin is looking to impress in the hole behind Palacio and he gets in behind Antonsson to meet Cambiasso's accurate chipped pass but can only volley the ball over the bar.
Bologna are looking dangerous on the counter and Kone plays a neat reverse pass into the path of Morleo on the left corner of the box whose fizzing shot is well blocked by Jonathan.
Kone is a scorer of fine goals (search YouTube for his scissor kicks) and he attempts a spectacular acrobatic volley here but cannot make contact with the ball and a Bologna attack breaks down.
GREAT CHANCE FOR INTER! The visitors almost respond immediately when Palacio produces an excellent piece of skill to elude his marker on the edge of the box but he cannot produce the finish to match as Curci denies him in a one-on-one situation.
Yellow CardAlessandro Diamanti
Stefano Pioli is furious that the referee has not shown Taider a second yellow card in the build up to that goal and he certainly has a case. Diamanti vents his frustration to Luca Banti and receives a yellow card for his protests.
BOLOGNA TAKE THE LEAD! The hosts break quickly from a corner with Diamanti who has his shirt tugged by Taider. The referee plays the advantage and Cristaldo races clear down the right before squaring the ball for Panagiotis Kone who squirms a shot between Handanovic's legs and into the net. 1-0 Bologna!
Alvarez produces some fantastic skill to trick his way past Perez down the left but his dangerous cross towards the near post is crucially headed clear by Sorensen. Neither goalkeeper has been tested in the opening ten minutes but it is the visitors who are on top.
Jonathan and Taider combine neatly for Inter down the right but once again the Algerian cannot pick out a teammate in the box and his cross loops onto the top of the net. Inter are beginning to settle now.
Taider is clearly looking to make an impression against his former employers and he cuts inside the challenge of his marker on the right but cannot quite pick out the unmarked Palacio with his lofted cross into the box.
Bologna are applying some good early pressure here and their fans are in fine voice despite the poor recent run of results. A win would be so valuable for Pioli's side this evening as they lurk perilously above the relegation zone.
Diamanti whips a teasing cross into the box but Antonsson cannot generate enough power or direction on his header and Inter manage to clear the danger.
Yellow CardSaphir Taider
Saphir Taider made quite a name for himself at Bologna but he picks up a booking within 90 seconds after a mistimed challenge on former teammate Morleo.
Guarin produces some neat skill to win a corner off Sorensen down the left but Alvarez's delivery is well cleared by Antonsson.
Luca Banti blows his whistle and Inter get the game underway. Can they make it eight wins out of nine on this ground?
The players observe a minute's silence in respect of the Sardinia flood victims. Kick-off is moments away...
The two teams emerge from the tunnel to a rapturous reception from both sets of fans. Bologna are in their traditional red and blue jerseys with Inter in their alternative white strip. Can Inter extend their 11-year unbeaten run at the Renato Dall'Ara? Let's find out...
As for Inter, Walter Mazzarri makes two changes. Hugo Campagnaro's timely recovery from injury allows him to replace the suspended Andrea Ranocchia in defence whilst Juan Jesus returns to replace Walter Samuel. Cristian Chivu, Mauro Icardi and Diego Milito are sidelined through injury.
Stefano Piolo makes two changes to the side which lost 2-1 to Atalanta as Cesare Natali and Diego Perez come in to replace Jose Angel Crespo and Inter-owned Diego Laxalt. Andrea Mantovani, Henry Gimenez and Niccolo Cherubin remain on the sidelines.
INTER (3-5-1-1): Handanovic; Campagnaro, Rolando, Juan Jesus; Jonathan, Taider, Cambiasso, Alvarez, Nagatomo; Guarin; Palacio.
BOLOGNA (3-5-1-1): Curci; Natali, Antonsson, Sorensen; Garics, Khrin, Perez, Kone, Morleo; Diamanti; Cristaldo.
Bologna will no doubt be looking towards Alessandro Diamanti to guide them to only their second home win of the season and the Italy international has already scored three Serie A goals this campaign. Can the Rossoblu bounce back from the 2-1 against Atalanta before the international break with a victory this evening? Without further ado, here are the lineups...
Indeed, all the signs point to an Inter victory. Aside from their good form at this stadium, Inter are unbeaten away from the Giuseppe Meazza, scoring a remarkable 18 goals on their travels. Walter Mazzarri's side have lost only one of their twelve league matches (a 3-0 home defeat to Roma) and tonight, they come up against the division's second-worst defence.
The Renato Dall'Ara has proved a happy hunting ground for Inter in recent seasons and they have not tasted defeat here since 2002. In this fixture last season, goals from Andrea Ranocchia, Diego Milito and Esteban Cambiasso gave the Nerazzurri a 3-1 victory.
The pressure is on Stefano Pioli to reverse his side's fortunes at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara and despite receiving backing from the board's directors last month, Bologna need to pick up some points fast. The Rossoblu could drop into the relegation zone if they suffer defeat to Inter tonight and they are only one point off bottom side Catania. Who will seal the crucial three points tonight? Bringing you all the action from the Renato Dall'Ara, my name is Max Bentley.
It's a new era at Inter as after 18 years in charge, Massimo Moratti stepped aside to be replaced by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir. The new owner has expressed his ambition for Inter to return to the glory days and hopes that the next crop of youngsters from the Nerazzurri academy can help them to achieve just that. Inter have made good progress under Walter Mazzarri this season and will hope to extend their unbeaten away record when they face a relegation-scrapping Bologna outfit this evening.
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