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Bologna 2-1 Inter – Player Ratings as Nerazzurri suffer heavy blow in Serie A title race

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A shock defeat against Bologna saw Inter lose for the first time in 12 games.

Bologna defeated Inter 2-1 in their Serie A game on Wednesday. Inter dropped points as they missed a golden chance to leapfrog AC Milan from the top of the league table.

A title-deciding blunder?

Inter immediately started their efforts to secure an opener and managed to do so only three minutes into the game. 

Ivan Perisic put Inter ahead with a brilliant strike after playing a quick one-two with Nicolo Barella on the edge of the box. Simone Inzaghi’s side maintained their control over the game, but the hosts managed to prevent the Nerazzurri from doubling their lead.

Bologna then shocked Inter by scoring the equalizer in the 28th minute. A searching cross from Musa Borrow found Marko Arnautovic, who headed the ball home as soon as he received it inside the box.

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Inter pushed harder to restore their lead throughout the second period. Lautaro Martinez came the closest in the 74th minute, but his header went just over the bar.

The Nerazzurri’s frustration grew as the game went into its final ten minutes. It was then that Bologna suddenly completed their comeback out of nowhere. 

Following a throw-in from Perisic, Inter keeper Ionut Radu failed to make his touch on the ball, awarding Nicola Sansone with an empty net to open.

The unbelievable blunder won the game for Bologna as Inter failed to equalize the game in the remaining minutes.

What’s next for Inter?

Inter remain second on the Serie A table, two points behind their title-rivals AC Milan. They will now prepare to face Udinese in their next league game on Sunday.

Player Ratings

Bologna: Skorupski (7); Soumaoro (6), Medel (6), Theate (7); De Silvestri (6), Svanberg (6), Schouten (6), Soriano (5), Hickey (7); Arnautovic (8), Barrow (7).

Bench: Aebischer (6), Orsolini (5), Sansone (7), Dominguez (7).

Inter: Radu (4); Skriniar (6), De Vrij (5), Dimarco (6); Dumfries (5), Barella (7), Brozovic (6), Calhanoglu (7), Perisic (7); Martínez (6), Correa (6).

Bench: Gagliardini (5), Darmian (6), Sanchez (7), Dzeko (5), D’Ambrosio (6).