Bologna 2-1 Inter Milan: Goalkeeper error gives AC Milan Serie A title advantage


Nicola Sansone
Nicola Sansone’s goal puts AC Milan four games from the title

Inter Milan missed the chance to go top of Serie A as a goalkeeping howler gifted Bologna victory – and put AC Milan in control of the title race.

Milan are two points clear at the top with four games to go.

Ivan Perisic put defending champions Inter ahead from 20 yards before Marco Arnautovic headed in an equaliser.

Inter goalkeeper Ionut Radu, in for the injured Samir Handanovic, air-kicked Perisic’s throw-in and Nicola Sansone tapped the winner into an empty net.

The match was initially meant to be played in January but was called off amid farcical scenes. Bologna had to quarantine because of a Covid outbreak in the squad but Serie A rules meant Inter had to turn up at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara and train as normal before a kick-off that never happened.

Inter failed in an appeal to get an automatic 3-0 win and were made to replay the fixture, a move that may cost them the title.

Stefano Pioli’s Milan now need three wins and a draw – because they have a head-to-head advantage over Inter – from their final four games to win their first title since 2011.

They do have a tougher run-in than Inter, however, with games against the teams who are currently between seventh and 10th. Inter’s opponents are all in the bottom half.

Line-ups

Bologna

Formation 3-5-2

  • 28Skorupski
  • 5Soumaoro
  • 17Medel
  • 6Theate
  • 29De Silvestri
  • 21SorianoSubstituted forDomínguezat 67′minutes
  • 30Schouten
  • 32SvanbergSubstituted forAebischerat 67′minutes
  • 3Hickey
  • 9ArnautovicBooked at 55minsSubstituted forOrsoliniat 88′minutes
  • 99BarrowSubstituted forSansoneat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Binks
  • 4Bonifazi
  • 7Orsolini
  • 8Domínguez
  • 10Sansone
  • 14Viola
  • 15Mbaye
  • 19Santander
  • 20Aebischer
  • 22Bardi
  • 55Vignato
  • 71Kasius

Inter Milan

Formation 3-5-2

  • 97Radu
  • 37Skriniar
  • 6de Vrij
  • 32DimarcoSubstituted forD’Ambrosioat 70′minutes
  • 2DumfriesBooked at 70minsSubstituted forDarmianat 80′minutes
  • 23BarellaBooked at 56minsSubstituted forSánchezat 63′minutes
  • 77Brozovic
  • 20CalhanogluBooked at 79minsSubstituted forGagliardiniat 80′minutes
  • 14Perisic
  • 10Martínez
  • 19CorreaSubstituted forDzekoat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Handanovic
  • 5Gagliardini
  • 7Sánchez
  • 8Vecino
  • 9Dzeko
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 21Cordaz
  • 33D’Ambrosio
  • 36Darmian
  • 38Sangalli
  • 47Carboni
  • 95Bastoni

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