The match was decided in extra time after 90 minutes without goals: first the advantage of Inzaghi’s team, then the comeback of the Emilianos who thus eliminated the Nerazzurri.
Bologna is serious this year and they showed it on Wednesday night at San Siro, achieving a new feat with a 2-1 victory over Inter after extra time and a comeback. A victory that means the elimination of the Nerazzurri from the second national competition and qualification for the quarterfinals of Thiago Motta’s team.
Another important success, which follows the 2-0 victory over Roma a few days ago, which consolidated fourth place in the championship for the Bolognese.
Big loss of ball for both teams, who entered the game reworked by their coaches.
Against the Rossoblu, who dispensed with Zirkzee, Simone Inzaghi preferred to place Arnautovic in the attacking pair with Lautaro, hoping for a decisive goal from the former.
Bologna’s defense, however, faltered but did not give up, also thanks to a heroic Raviglia.
The Nerazzurri started strongly from the beginning, in a very intense first half in which opportunities rained down for both sides.
The main chances for the locals, however, came in the first quarter of an hour, thanks to a possessed Arnautovic but above all due to the lethal insertions of Klaassen, Asllani and Frattesi.
The Italian midfielder had the most important opportunity to make it 1-0, but Ravaglia’s gloves denied him the joy of scoring.
For Bologna, however, a great opportunity came with an elegant shot from Fabbian, who, served in the 13th minute by Lykogiannis, directed a back-heeled volley into the top corner, missing by just a few centimeters.
In the second half, the pressure from Inzaghi’s men became increasingly insistent, as did their control of the ball.
Thiago Motta’s team, however, knew how to wait, defend and, at the right moment, try to attack on the counterattack.
However, once again it was the Rossoblu goalkeeper who saved the result for his team. In fact, in the 63rd minute, match director La Penna used VAR to evaluate a handball by Corazza and then awarded a penalty in favor of Inter.
Facing the man of the match, however, Lautaro Martínez failed to take advantage, letting himself be hypnotized by his rival’s gloves and launching a weak and fairly central shot, saved easily. The error was the seventh of 20 penalties committed by the Argentine, who is definitely not a specialist in the 11 meters.
After the missed penalty, Simone Inzaghi ran for cover, inserting his big players into the eleven: Dimarco, Barella and Thuram on the inside, Bastoni, Klaassen and Arnautovic on the outside.
A choice that, shortly after, was also followed by Thiago Motta, who gave space to Ndoye and Zirkzee, who until then were on the bench.
However, none of the substitutes managed to influence the match, which continued into extra time.
The wall raised by Ravaglia collapsed in the 92nd minute, when Carlos Augusto managed to find the header that made it 1-0, with a lethal header that was uncatchable even for the goalkeeper in a state of grace.
What worried Inter, shortly after the joy of the goal, was Lautaro’s grimace of pain, who was forced to leave the field in pain after suffering a thigh problem.
To see the reaction of the Rossoblu to the goal conceded, we had to wait until the last quarter of an hour of the game, when Zirkzee’s acceleration began to put difficulties for the Nerazzurri defense, which until then had managed the game almost without risks. .
In the 111th minute, a play by the Dutchman was enough to return the game to a tie. After a corner kick, the young offensive talent caught a back-heeled ball that rained down on Beukema, who, two steps from the goal, made no mistake.
Inter tried to react, but Motta’s men were already on their way and, a few minutes later, they also scored the final goal.
This time it was Ndoye who wrote his name on the scoring record, but once again, Zirkzee’s assist was decisive in launching his teammate towards the goal.
Shortly before the final whistle, the Swiss also had the opportunity to make it 3-1 but, a few meters from the goal, he preferred to deflect towards the corner kick and control the ball until the end of the match.
The Rossoblu thus achieved an extraordinary feat, illuminated by the talent of Zirkzee.