SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 29 - 23 Mar 2014 (14.00 UK)
Inter 1 - 2 Atalanta
Bonaventura 35, 90 (A), Icardi 36 (I)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Giacomo Bonaventura bagged a brace to give Atalanta a shock victory away to Inter, who hit the woodwork four times.

This is a Lombardy Derby and also something of a taboo for Inter, who haven’t beaten Atalanta home or away since 2010. The Orobici earned a thrilling 4-3 victory at San Siro last season and came into this tie off three consecutive wins, but Yohan Benalouane was banned and Davide Brivio sidelined. Juan Jesus continued his three-match ban, with Marco Andreolli on the treatment table.

Fredy Guarin curled two long-range efforts off target in the opening five minutes, but Samir Handanovic needed a desperate save to deny Guglielmo Stendardo’s shot at the end of a long Atalanta passing move.

Handanovic required another excellent stop to keep out a Luca Cigarini volley from close range on the counter.

On 16 minutes German Denis hit the crossbar, as his header from a Giacomo Bonaventura cross down the left clipped the frame of the goal with Handanovic beaten. El Tanque scored a hat-trick here last season.

Guarin blasted straight at Consigli, then the goalkeeper was alert and managed to block Icardi when the ex-Sampdoria striker couldn’t decide whether to shoot or set up Rodrigo Palacio and ended up doing neither.

Icardi got his head to a whipped-in cross, but not enough to redirect it on target.

Atalanta took the lead and considering the number of chances in the first half it was deserved. Maxi Moralez went on the counter from his own box and rolled across for Bonaventura to drill into the near bottom corner.

However, less than a minute later it was 1-1, as Icardi had sprung the offside trap on a Guarin through ball, cut in past Mario Yepes and smashed the finish in at the near post. To celebrate, he held up a shirt declaring his love for girlfriend Wanda Nara, the ex-wife of Maxi Lopez.

More bad news for Atalanta, who lost Moralez to injury, while Danilo D’Ambrosio volleyed just wide of the far stick.

Jonathan tested Consigli after the restart, but from that corner Guarin prodded wide of the near post in acres of space. Moments later a Guarin counter was deflected wide of the target by Cristiano Del Grosso after Icardi’s assist.

Guarin unleashed a screamer that smacked against the crossbar after a poor Del Grosso clearance on 53 minutes.

Inter were extremely unlucky, as they were denied by the woodwork again five minutes later when Palacio’s glancing header looped across Consigli to bounce off the inside of the far post on a Jonathan cross.

Consigli beat away a Hernanes free kick and Yuto Nagatomo had a couple of good opportunities charged down in the box.

However, for all the pressure Inter almost found themselves 2-1 down at the 86th minute. Baselli dribbled past Mateo Kovacic to reach the by-line and pulled back for Franco Brienza, whose shot was cleared off the line by Jonathan.

Less than 60 seconds later Jonathan almost scored at the other end, as his delicate chip came off the bar and Icardi’s follow-up from three yards was deflected wide by Del Grosso.

It was Atalanta who got the ball in the net in the final minute, as a free kick was whipped to the back post where Bonaventura was totally unmarked for a header that squirmed between Handanovic’s legs from close range.

In stoppages Nagatomo had the last chance, but tried to roll across rather than shoot and it went begging.


Inter: Handanovic; Campagnaro (Kovacic 82), Ranocchia, Rolando; Jonathan, Guarin, Cambiasso (Alvarez 60), Hernanes, D’Ambrosio (Nagatomo 71); Palacio, Icardi
Atalanta: Consigli; Nica (Raimondi 75), Stendardo, Yepes, Del Grosso; Estigarribia, Cigarini (Baselli 85), Carmona, Bonaventura; Maxi Moralez (Brienza 38); Denis
Ref: Giacomelli