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Bologna travel to face Roma next, while Inter host Sassuolo.
There goes the full-time whistle! Inter striker Lukaku’s first-half goal – a tap-in after his initial header from close range was saved – proves the difference between these two sides in a closely-fought contest. The hosts may feel aggrieved not to have earned a point, but they weren’t clinical enough with their chances despite giving a good account of themselves and making Inter work hard for their victory. The result, however, sees the Serie A leaders extend their gap at the top to eight points with a game in hand as they close in on the title. It finishes 1-0 to Inter!
90′ + 4′ FULL-TIME: BOLOGNA 0-1 INTER
90′ + 2′ Conte makes a late change in midfield now, bringing Barella off for Vecino.
90′ There will be three minutes of added time. Can Bologna grab an equaliser in the time that remains?
88′ Yet another yellow card is shown as Gagliardini, this time, goes in recklessly on Jurawa twice in quick succession.
86′ Brozovic follows his team-mate into the book immediately, having tripped his man in the same phase of play after the referee had played advantage.
86′ Bastoni slides in late on Barrow as Bologna build a slick attack and is the latest player to be booked.
85′ Juwara slides in and hacks Sanchez down from behind as the Inter forward led a counter-attack, earning the Bologna substitute a yellow card.
84′ Vignato lines one up from outside the box as Bologna try to snatch that equalising goal, but he’s charged down.
82′ Bologna substitute Vignato goes into the referee’s book as he catches Skriniar following a sliding challenge by the Inter defender.
80′ The next Bologna change sees left-back Dijks replaced by an extra striker in Juwara.
80′ Mihajlovic makes two more changes now, starting with a like-for-like swap on the right wing as Olsen goes off for Orsolini.
77′ Lukaku is the next to try his luck from a free-kick, but he gets just under the effort and blasts it over the bar.
75′ Two of Inter’s substitutes combine as Sanchez finds Darmian with a ball into the middle of the box and the defender strikes at goal, but it’s blocked away!
73′ Svanberg is penalised for handball in the defensive third and Sanchez steps up to take the free kick for Inter, but it strikes the top of the wall and doesn’t trouble the goalkeeper.
71′ Young is the next player to depart, with the more defensively astute Darmian replacing him at left wing-back.
71′ Conte responds with a double-change of his own. Martinez is off, with Sanchez coming on up front to replace him in support of Lukaku.
69′ Sansone, despite looking lively, is also replaced, with Vignato coming on to take his spot.
69′ Mihajlovic makes a double-change as he looks to get back on level terms now. The first alteration sees Dominguez go off for Svanberg in midfield.
67′ BLOCK! Martinez surges forward with the ball and plays an incisive pass to Lukaku on the left side of the box. The Belgian thumps a low strike at goal, but it’s deflected up and over the bar!
65′ SAVE! De Silvestri puts a cross into the middle and Sansone is there to meet it and guide it towards the bottom-right corner, but Handanovic gets down to make the save!
63′ WIDE! Olsen stands the ball up to the back post where Dominguez races forward from midfield to head at goal, but the angle is too tight and he can’t place it inside the post!
61′ Conte makes the first change of the match, replacing Eriksen with Gagliardini on the left of the midfield three.
L. De Silvestri
61′ The referee takes a dim view of De Silvestri’s challenge on Young and gives the Bologna defender a yellow card.
59′ CHANCES! Bologna counter switfly and Barrow goes for the far corner from the left side of the box, but he places it wide! Less than a minute later, Sansone pops up in the area to have a pop, but it’s charged down!
57′ WIDE! Soumaoro concedes a corner and it’s swung in towards the towering frame of Ranocchia, who steers a header at goal but can only nod it wide!
55′ The second half has certainly been played at a more frenetic pace – picking up where the end of the first half left off.
53′ Ranocchia finds himself in the referee’s book after a poor foul on Barrow in the Bologna box as an Inter free-kick came in.
51′ POST! Inter launch a swift counter-attack and Martinez shifts the ball cleverly on the edge of the box before curling towards the bottom-right corner, but it pings back off the post! It’s only half-cleared and Brozovic is found by Barella outside the area before having a go from range, but he sends it over!
50′ BLOCK! Bologna progress smoothly down the left and Soriano is found on the right side of the box, but his strike is blocked away.
48′ WIDE! Bologna work a slick attack and Soriano slides a low ball into Sansone in the box with his back to goal. Sansone swivels and tries to pick out the top-right corner, but sends it narrowly wide!
46′ We’re back underway for the second half!
Bologna started the game well and Mihajlovic will want his side to try and assert the same level of control they did when the second half resumes, but they need to be more clinical. Meanwhile, Inter began slowly but took their chance when it came along – Conte will expect a better all-round performance after the break, however.
There goes the half-time whistle! Bologna enjoyed more of the ball, particularly in the opening stages, but Inter took the lead as Lukaku tapped in after his powerful header was saved at point-blank range. The hosts had a glorious chance to equalise just before the half-time whistle, but Soriano somehow turned his effort over the bar from just a couple of yards out! It’s 1-0 to Inter at the break.
45′ + 3′ HALF-TIME: BOLOGNA 0-1 INTER
45′ + 3′ MISS! What a miss from Soriano! Sansone whips in a corner from the right and it somehow finds its way to Soriano just a few yards out, but he inexplicably turns over the bar from point-blank range!
45′ + 1′ SAVE! A throw-in is flicked on to Barrow, who pulls off a lovely back-heel as it’s worked back to the edge of the box for Schouten to place an effort at goal, but Handanovic tips it over the bar!
44′ The game is struggling for rhythm now as the high number of turnovers and fouls disrupt the flow of the contest.
42′ It’s a scrappy, end-to-end affair now with neither side in control of proceedings. There’s plenty of loose touches and loose challenges at the moment from both sets of players.
40′ CHANCES! The game is getting stretched now! Soumaoro sees a header blocked at one end after meeting Sansone’s cross and less than a minute later, Barella blasts an effort from distance that just whistles past the top-right corner!
38′ Olsen steps up to a free-kick but he can’t test Handanovic with the effort, skewing it high and wide of the target.
36′ CHANCES! First, Ranocchia goes close with a header from a corner, but he nods narrowly wide of the target, before Martinez wriggles into a dangerous position in the box, but his shot is deflected away!
L. De Silvestri
34′ That change is now made, with Tomiyasu going off for De Silvestri at right-back in a like-for-like switch.
33′ Tomiyasu goes down injured and it looks like he will have to be replaced. The defender doesn’t look at all pleased.
31′ Soumaoro is booked in the aftermath of the goal for a challenge in the build-up that the referee played advantage from.
31′ GOAL!!! INTER TAKE THE LEAD!! Bastoni gets forward from the back and is fed down the left by Young. The defender swings a terrific cross into the middle that Lukaku meets powerfully with his head. Ravaglia somehow manages to keep it out from close range, only for the rebound to fall back to Lukaku, who taps in from virtually on the goal-line! It’s 1-0 to Inter!
28′ NO PENALTY! Lukaku goes down in the box as a cross comes in from the right and the Inter striker feels he’s been fouled, but the referee isn’t interested! The Belgian looks exasperated at the decision.
26′ Inter are enjoying their best spell of the game so far and are piling pressure on the Bologna box now as they start to put crosses into the mix.
24′ Bologna’s grip on the game is slipping slightly as Inter start to impose themselves on proceedings, making it harder for the hosts to keep the ball for as long as they were at the start of the contest.
22′ Bastoni tries to play the ball down the left touchline, but Young had strayed into an offside position and the flag goes up to halt the attack.
19′ OVER! Bologna win the ball in midfield and burst forward on the counter. Sansone chooses to go for the spectacular, striking a dipping shot over the bar from distance and Mihajlovic is furious on the sidelines.
17′ WIDE! Eriksen steps up to an Inter free-kick from some distance out on the right and elects to go for goal, hitting a low drive towards the goalkeeper’s side, but Ravaglia has his angles covered and watches it fizz past the post!
15′ Bologna work another neat attack and the ball is crossed into the box, but it doesn’t quite fall for the hosts and Inter hack it clear.
13′ Despite Inter’s lack of possession, the pace of their formidable strike partnership makes them a real threat on the counter and the visitors are certainly looking to feed the front two whenever they have the ball.
11′ Inter are seeing fractionally more of the ball now but are being pressed relentlessly into turning the ball over. Bologna are very much in control of the game at the moment and are playing well.
9′ Lukaku leads an Inter counter-attack but lacks support and goes for a speculative shot from distance, but it’s straight at the goalkeeper, who saves and holds on.
7′ The ball is fizzed into the Inter box and Handanovic claims, but Inter can’t play their way out and Bologna have it back once again.
5′ Bologna have started this game very positively and have absolutely dominated possession in the opening minutes – they have had over 90% of the ball in these early stages.
3′ NO PENALTY! Bologna work the ball around patiently and it’s eventually slipped into the box for Barrow, who goes down under pressure, but the referee waves his appeals away and play goes on!
1′ We’re underway in Bologna!
Inter come into this game off the back of eight consecutive league victories. The only time they have won nine in a row in Serie A was in 2007, when they set a competition record of 17 straight wins.
Bologna’s last win at Dall’Ara stadium against Inter in Serie A came back in February 2002: since then, the Rossoblu have picked up only three points in 14 home league games against the Nerazzurri (D3 L11).
Meanwhile, Inter head coach Antonio Conte makes three alterations to the team that beat Torino 2-1 in their last outing with Ranocchia, Eriksen and Young coming in from the start. De Vrij and Gagliardini are named amongst the substitutes, while Ivan Perisic is not fit and doesn’t make the squad.
Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic makes four changes to the side that beat Crotone 3-2 last time out as Ravaglia, Schouten, Olsen and Sansone come into the side. Svanberg and Orsolini drop to the bench, while Lukasz Skorupski and Rodrigo Palacio miss out altogether.
Inter substitutes: Roberto Gagliardini, Ionut Radu, Matteo Darmian, Alexis Sanchez, Matias Vecino, Daniele Padelli, Andrea Pinamonti, Arturo Vidal, Stefan de Vrij, Stefano Sensi.
Inter XI (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Andrea Ranocchia, Alessandro Bastoni; Achraf Hakimi, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Christian Eriksen, Ashley Young; Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez.
Bologna substitutes: Angelo da Costa, Andrea Poli, Valentin Ivaylov Antov, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Paolo Farago, Mattias Svanberg, Emanuel Vignato, Musa Juwara, Riccardo Orsolini, Andri Fannar Baldursson.
Bologna XI (4-2-3-1): Federico Ravaglia; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Danilo, Adama Soumaoro, Mitchell Dijks; Jerdy Schouten, Nicolas Dominguez; Andreas Skov Olsen, Roberto Soriano, Nicola Sansone; Musa Barrow.
Serie A leaders Inter come into this fixture five points clear of second-placed Milan with two games in hand on their local rivals and will be looking to widen their gap at the top even further as they visit a comfortably mid-table Bologna side.
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