Inter stunned as Bologna hit back to draw at San Siro


Lautaro Martinez (10) of Inter in action against Riccardo Calafiori (C) of Bologna during the Italian Serie A football match between Inter and Bologna at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy on October 7, 2023. 

Bologna fought back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw with Inter Milan at the San Siro in Serie A on Saturday after early goals from Francesco Acerbi and captain Lautaro Martinez had put the hosts in command.

Despite dominating most of the match and racing into a 2-0 lead, Inter allowed Bologna to get back into the contest, with Riccardo Orsolini converting a penalty and Joshua Zirkzee completing the comeback in the second half.

Inter are top of the table with 19 points, one ahead of AC Milan, who play at Genoa later on Saturday. Bologna are in eighth place with 11 points.

Inter manager Simone Inzaghi admitted it was tough to accept a draw after taking the lead, 10 days after they were beaten 2-1 by Sassuolo having also gone ahead.

"It’s the second time we have taken the lead and didn’t win, last time, we ended up losing to Sassuolo, today, we made errors and distractions that we cannot allow," he told DAZN.

"Unfortunately, these distractions are costly during an otherwise very good performance.

"When we were 2-0 up, considering all that we had created and done, this draw is difficult to accept. We have to keep working and improving even more."

Inter took the lead when Acerbi scored after 11 minutes, evading his marker and heading in from a corner.

Martinez extended his remarkable Serie A scoring streak by unleashing a screamer from outside the box into the top far corner two minutes later.

The Argentine striker has 10 goals in eight league matches, twice as many as second-placed Napoli's Victor Osimhen and Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi.

Bologna reduced the deficit 19 minutes in as Orsolini converted a penalty following a VAR review that confirmed Martinez had pulled Lewis Ferguson's shirt.

Seven minutes into the second half, Zirkzee completed the comeback with a shot from the edge of the box that deceived Inter's goalkeeper Yann Sommer and found the bottom corner of the net.

Substitute Alexis Sanchez thought he had put Inter ahead again shortly before the hour mark, but his tap-in from a cross was flagged for offside.

Martinez went close again as he flicked the ball towards the back post after a corner, but it deflected off a defender and went wide.

Sommer denied Bologna an opportunity to take the three points deep into stoppage time when he stopped a cross with his feet.

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