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Icardi penalty helps Inter salvage a point away to Bologna

Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images

A controversial penalty call on Eder ended with Mauro Icardi cancelling out a Simone Verdi wonder goal at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

Inter dropped points for the very first time this season on Tuesday, also having their four-game winning streak snapped since the Serie A campaign began. However, i nerazzurri retain their unbeaten run- now at five matches.

Bologna acted as a wake up call to Inter, for all intents and purposes. A young and hungry team went at Inter’s neck tonight and the Milano-based club looked shell-shocked for a good portion, but Spalletti’s men bounced back. It is important to note that Inter faced four of its former players last night: Rodrigo Palacio, Ibrahima Mbaye, Saphir Taider and, most notably, Andrea Poli, all played with an extra bit of determination and fight in their step against their former club. This grit and detrmination from the ex-Inter players was exactly what was missing from the current squad throughout most of the match. Inter looked content with being bombarded by Bologna’s attack.

As we’ve heard it before, it was the tale of two halves. Inter initially started the match sluggish and content with being out-muscled and Bologna looked like the sharp and precise machine. In the second half, though, Bologna put their foot on the brake and, as a consequence, allowed Spalletti’s men to play their game more effectively. Without pressing Inter, Bologna allowed a more direct and fluid play from the visitors, which ultimately led to more chances, the biggest one coming from Eder who was brought down in the penalty area. In the end, captain Mauro Icardi rifled home from the spot for his 6th of the season.

BOLOGNA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 19: Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionale scores a goal from the penalty spot during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on September 19, 2017 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Spalletti’s side did build in confidence after Icardi’s late penalty and Bologna were not backing down, as they created countless threats on counter attacks late on.

At the final blow of the whistle, Bologna will be disappointed in themselves for not finishing more chances while Inter will be grabbing their point, wiping the sweat off their foreheads, and looking forward to putting this match behind them.

Any draw away from home is not the worst result in the world, and especially with the first half display by Inter, they won’t be complaining too much with the final result. The draw also places Inter, if only temporarily, at the summit of Serie A.

Spalletti’s men will be looking forward to bouncing back against Genoa at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza this coming Sunday at 9:00am ET.

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