After early goals from Francesco Acerbi and captain Lautaro Martinez had placed the hosts in charge, Bologna battled back from two goals down to snag a 2-2 draw with Inter Milan at the San Siro in Serie A on Saturday. Bologna’s comeback came after Inter Milan had taken the lead.
Inter enabled Bologna to get back into the game despite the fact that they dominated the most of the encounter and raced out to a 2-0 lead. In the second half, Riccardo Orsolini converted a penalty kick, and Joshua Zirkzee completed the comeback to bring Bologna within striking distance of Inter.
Inter now has 19 points, giving them a one-point lead over AC Milan, who are scheduled to play away at Genoa later on Saturday. With 11 points, Bologna are currently in seventh position.
Simone Inzaghi, the manager of Inter, said that it was difficult to settle for a draw after gaining the lead. This came ten days after Sassuolo defeated Inter 2-1 after taking the lead against them.
“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 said to DAZN.
“Unfortunately, these interruptions are expensive during what would have been an excellent performance otherwise.
“When we were up 2-0, considering everything that we had created and done, this draw is difficult to accept. It is difficult to accept.” We are going to have to keep working hard and make much more progress.
Acerbi scored for Inter after 11 minutes, outrunning his defender and heading in a header from a corner kick. This gave Inter the lead.
Two minutes later, Martinez unleashed a screamer from beyond the box that found its way into the upper far corner of the goal, extending his incredible scoring run in Serie A.
The Argentine forward has scored ten goals in eight league matches, which is twice as much as Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi, who are tied for second place.
Orsolini scored a goal for Bologna 19 minutes into the game after a penalty was awarded to them after a review by the video assistant referee (VAR) determined that Martinez had tugged Lewis Ferguson’s shirt.
Zirkzee completed the comeback with a drive from the outside of the box seven minutes into the second half. The ball fooled Inter’s custodian Yann Sommer and into the bottom corner of the net.
Alternate for Alexis Sanchez felt that he had placed Inter back in the lead just before the hour mark, but the official ruled that his tap-in from a cross was illegal because he was in the offside position.
After a corner kick, Martinez came close to scoring once again as he flicked the ball towards the back post, but it was diverted off of a defender and missed the target.
When there was just a few minutes left in stoppage time, Sommer blocked a cross with his feet to deny Bologna the chance to win the game and capture all three points.