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HT: Inter take Atalanta by surprise

  /  autty

Inter have taken the 2-0 half-time lead in Bergamo, with Danilo D’Ambrosio and an Ashley Young stunner, but Atalanta are fighting back.

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This was a head-to-head for second place, as only one point separated them, although a draw here and Lazio winning away to Napoli would let the Biancocelesti leapfrog both of them. Josip Ilicic and Jose Luis Palomino were unavailable, while the Nerazzurri missed Stefano Sensi and Matias Vecino, dropping Christian Eriksen again.

It took under two minutes to break the deadlock, as a corner was only grazed by Romelu Lukaku’s head to put Pierluigi Gollini off, so Danilo D’Ambrosio nodded in at the back post.

Gollini also landed awkwardly during that move and had to come off, replaced by Marco Sportiello. Atalanta fought back, but Duvan Zapata came sliding to meet a Mario Pasalic low cross, crashing into Samir Handanovic.

Inter doubled their lead in real style, as Ashley Young ran forward, saw no real options, so curled a stunning long-range right-foot effort into the far bottom corner. It had a wicked bend on it, as if it was remote-controlled to go around Sportiello’s fingertips.

Atalanta continued to pour forward, flinging crosses into the box, but Inter defended with vigour. A Robin Gosens cross found Mario Pasalic acrobatically volleying at the back post, but Young made the goal-line-clearance almost without realising it.

Atalanta 0-2 Inter (Half-Time)

D’Ambrosio 2 (I), Young 20 (I)

Atalanta: Gollini (Sportiello 5); Toloi, Caldara, Djimsiti; Castagne, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pasalic; Gomez, Duvan Zapata

Inter: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Bastoni; D’Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young; R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez

Ref: Giacomelli

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