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Streak over: Atalanta rail Inter Milan 4-1

Nerazzurri manage penalty in Bergamo thrashing.

Atalanta BC v FC Internazionale - Serie A
Marcelo Brozovic of FC Internazionale looks dejected during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on November 11, 2018 in Bergamo, Italy.
Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

So much for a winning streak.

An abysmal start culminated with an even weaker finish as Inter Milan fell 4-1 to Atalanta at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia.

The loss knocked Inter back down to third in Serie A after Napoli came away with a 3-2 win at Genoa Saturday.

The first half was shockingly bad for Inter, but Atalanta managed just one goal after Hans Hateboer found the back of the net following a cross by Robin Gosens in the 8th minute.

If not for the spectacular play of Samir Handanovic, Inter’s first half deficit would have been much worse.

Handanovic pushed aside shots from Gosens, Josip Ilicic and Rafael Toloi in the first half while Inter managed no shots on goal in the first 45 minutes of the match.

”We fell back into bad habits today and failed to keep our concentration levels high, with our carelessness giving them space to exploit. When you come up against a determined and ruthless team, everything becomes more difficult,” said Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, in his post-match press conference.

Two minutes after the start of the second half, Inter drew level when Mauro Icardi converted a penalty shot following a handball call in the area by Gianluca Mancini.

“After we levelled, both teams could have gone on to win the game,” Spalletti said. “At that point we were playing better tactically but once again we were careless in our play and they proved to be stronger than us as they exploited two dead ball situations.”

Mancini earned it back for Atalanta in the 62nd minute when he headed in an the go-ahead score off Ilicic’s cross.

Berat Djimsiti converted a similar shot in the 88th minute to solidify the win. Then, in injury time, Alejandro Gómez added insult with Atalanta’s fourth goal of the match after Marcelo Brozovic was sent off following his second yellow card. It capped off the fourth straight league win for Atalanta who moved up to seventh overall in Serie A.

“We have to accept this result. It’s a game we’ll try to learn from in terms of the mistakes we made so that something like this doesn’t happen again,” Spalletti said. “The international break doesn’t change anything because it’s clear where we’re heading and I’m not worried about anything. I don’t like losing but we have time to digest this defeat and start again from a point which is in line with our expectations. In moments like this we have to remain quiet and put all our energy into playing well on the pitch.”

Inter now have the next two weeks off for the international break. They return to action on Nov. 24 when they host Frosinone at the Giuseppe Meazza.

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