Inter Milan secured a 1-0 victory over Bologna in Tuesday’s Serie A match at the Renato Dall'Ara despite having a player sent off early in the second-half.
- Bologna 0, Inter Milan 1
- Ivan Perisic wasteful in front of goal
- Felipe Melo sees red
- Mauro Icardi scores the winner
Mauro Icardi sealed the three points for the visitors when he struck in the 67th minute – just seven minutes after team-mate Felipe Melo had received his second yellow card – in a match that was short of clear-cut chances.
Inter and Bologna went into the fixture in contrasting positions on the league table, and the third-placed visitors would have been favourites to earn victory against their 18th-placed hosts.
However, it was Bologna who threatened first when forward Anthony Mounier latched onto a cross just metres from the penalty spot but fired his shot wide of the post with Bologna goalkeeper Junior Costa at his mercy.
That chance would go on to sum up the fixture, as the few opportunities which were created were either quickly snuffed out by alert defending, wasted through poor finishing or kept out by competent goalkeeping.
The next clear-cut chance fell to Inter’s Ivan Perisic some 25 minutes later, but he was also unable to break the deadlock. Perisic rose highest in the box to meet a free kick, but sent his header wide of goal.
Perisic had another opportunity in the 59th minute when he received the ball in the box, but the Croatian midfielder fired wide again.
Inter were reduced to ten men in the very next minute when Melo received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Surprisingly, the Brazilian’s dismissal didn’t seem to affect the game at all and when the next chance came it fell to Inter.
This time, the hosts made no mistake as Icardi tapped in from close range after some enterprising play from Adam Ljajic.
Roberto Mancini’s side had to withstand heavy pressure from Bologna in the final quarter but managed to hold on for victory.