Yann Karamoh had not received a lot of playing time since joining Inter Milan in the summer.
But, thanks to continued injury to Mauro Icardi and a formation change by Inter manager Luciano Spalletti gave Karamoh his first start of the season against Bologna and the teenager took full advantage.
In the 63rd minute, Karamoh rocketed a shot from well outside the area that Bologna goalkeeper Antonio Mirante had little chance to stop.
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19-year-old Yann Karamoh puts Inter Milan ahead with a stunning solo strike.
His first ever goal in Serie A pic.twitter.com/eWh1rWDfgo
The goal, plus a late red card for Ibrahima Mbaye and Adam Masina to put Bologna down to nine men, was enough to help Inter to a 2-1 win and snap an eight-game winless streak. Coupled with Napoli’s 4-1 win against Lazio, the Nerazzurri move into third in Serie A.
For Karamoh, he was started in place of Antonio Candreva for reasons not given immediately by the club. Nonetheless, the 19-year-old, who joined Inter on loan from Caen, took his first ever start in Serie A and made it count.
In fact, it was Inter’s newest additions that made the biggest impact in the win.
Karamoh’s goal was set up nicely by Barcelona loanee Rafinha – who came on in substitution in the second half. Rafinha drew Mbaye’s second yellow card in the second half to force the red card. Benfica defender Lisandro Lopez drew a challenge from Masina which, after reviewed by the VAR, forced a straight red card and Bologna down to nine men for the final minutes of the game.
But, more importantly, the play breathed life back into the Nerazzurri who had struggled since the start of the new year, failing to win in 2018 until Sunday.
It was Eder who drew first blood in the game for Inter when Karamoh played a long pass to Marcelo Brozovic. Brozovic found Eder streaking to find the back of the net ahead of center-back Giancarlo Gonzalez in the second minute.
Brozovic had an opportunity minutes later as Joao Cancelo put in a nice cross, but Brozo’s header was well wide of the net.
In the 25th minute, Bologna equalized in a story that has been all too familiar for Interisti. Joao Miranda failed to make a solid clearance and Rodrigo Palacio made him pay with a shot into the upper 90 past Samir Handanovic. Interestingly enough, rather than celebrate the goal, Palacio merely waived an apology to the Curva Nord.
The Nerazzurri had a few opportunities to take the lead before halftime. Ivan Perisic intercepted a clearance from Andrea Poli but wasted the opportunity and nearly gave away a penalty, but referee allowed play to continue.
Inter will travel away from the San Siro next week when they head to Genoa for a 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.
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