Inter ended their two-month drought with a very tough win over nine-man Bologna, thanks to 19-year-old Yann Karamoh’s stunner.
The Nerazzurri were increasingly tense after two months without a victory, so with Mauro Icardi injured, Antonio Candreva was dropped in favour of Yann Karamoh. Rodrigo Palacio returned to face his old club, but Simone Verdi was sidelined and Riccardo Orsolini got his first start.
Bologna had only lost one of their previous five Serie A trips to San Siro, drawing two and winning two.
Eder made an immediate impact, as Karamoh controlled a long ball, Marcelo Brozovic pulled it back from the by-line and Eder got there ahead of Giancarlo Gonzalez to tap in.
Brozovic went for goal himself, nodding well wide from a Joao Cancelo cross, but Bologna got the equaliser with the ex-Inter star. Joao Miranda shinned a clearance up into the air, Palacio let it bounce and smashed the angled drive into the far top corner on the half-volley. Rather than celebrate the equaliser, Palacio waved an apology to the Curva Nord.
Andrea Poli was having a nightmare, as first he gifted the ball for a wasted Ivan Perisic counter-attack, then seemed to clatter Eder in the penalty area, but the referee waved play on and did not request VAR. Moments later, Eder went down again and was furious, but this time there didn’t seem to be much in it.
Miranda was at fault for the Bologna goal and he was replaced by Lisandro Lopez, the defender on loan from Benfica getting his Inter debut.
Inter wasted an extraordinary double opportunity to score. First Danilo D’Ambrosio hit the bar from point-blank range on a Brozovic corner, then Eder and Milan Skriniar both went for the rebound, forcing the defender to miss from a yard.
Eder’s cross was a little too low, so Perisic had to crouch and nodded over from six yards after getting in front of the centre-backs.
Rafinha was also introduced for Brozovic, who left the field sarcastically applauding the Inter fans who jeered.
There was no jeering for Karamoh, as the 19-year-old marked his first Serie A start with a fantastic solo strike, cutting inside to curl a left-footed finish into the near top corner from 20 metres after a give-and-go with Rafinha.
Bologna then shot themselves in the foot, as Ibrahima Mbaye was already on a yellow card when he made a high, late and incredibly stupid tackle on Rafinha four minutes later.
There was still a huge scare for Inter, as 10-man Bologna had penalty appeals when Cesar Falletti’s cross struck D’Ambrosio’s arm. However, the referee viewed it on VAR and ruled it involuntary.
The Rossoblu had several more chances to equalise at San Siro, as Palacio forced Samir Handanovic to parry with his feet at the base of the near post, then a dangerous cross was scrambled clear with Falletti’s fresh-air shot.
However, Bologna ended the game with nine men, as Adam Masina was shown a straight red card using VAR for his horrific leg-breaker tackle on Lisandro Lopez.
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Sent off: Mbaye 68 (B), Masina 95 (B)