For the second consecutive match, Inter Milan held a lead in the second half.
But this time, Inter held on to that lead and took a 3-0 victory on the road at Bologna to enter the international break with four points from three matches.
It was a new connection that turned the tide and gave Inter Milan their first win of the season as Matteo Politano and Radja Nainggolan — on his Inter debut — came together in the 67th minute to give Inter a 1-0 win at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna.
0-1 @OfficialRadja @Inter vs. @BolognaFC1909en #BolognaInter pic.twitter.com/BW4YvVBTlj— Der Fußballkehrer (@Fussballkehrer) September 1, 2018
Late in the match, Antonio Candreva seemed to make a statement for getting back into the starting XI after Ivan Perisic put in a great cross the Candreva finished in the 83rd minute to give the Nerazzurri a 2-0 lead late.
It was Perisic who put the game away when, just three minutes later, a pass from Matias Vecino found Perisic who promptly worked the ball around and found the back of the net, thanks in part to a deflection off
With the services of Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan still managed to dominate possession against Bologna Saturday afternoon.
Keita Balde, starting in place of Icardi, and Nainggolan got their first starts of the season for the Nerazzurri and Inter showed pace early on. Inter dominated possession throughout the first half, but that possession yielded little result as the offensive unit failed to find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes.
In fact, Inter managed just five shots near the goal during the first half, even with what seemed to be a faster press with Nainggolan and Balde coupling with Ivan Perisic and Matteo Politano.
74% possession for @Inter in the first 26 mins. 5 attempts on goal. 0 on target #BolognaInter#SerieA #SempreInterLIVE #InterStats— Inter Stats (@InterStats) September 1, 2018
Inter went 40 minutes without putting a shot on goal, according to WhoScored.com.
Now, the Nerazzurri will take the international break and return to action Sept. 16 when they host Parma at the San Siro.
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