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Italian Serie A

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 23rd March 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Piero Giacomelli

Inter Inter Milan vs Atalanta Atalanta

Inter 1

M Icardi (36)


Atalanta 2

G Bonaventura (35, 90)

Inter suffer home defeat

Last Updated: 23/03/14 4:38pm

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Hernandes in possession for Inter Milan

Hernandes in possession for Inter Milan

Giacomo Bonaventura punished Mauro Icardi's failure to grab Inter Milan all three points at San Siro by doing so himself for upwardly-mobile Atalanta.

Icardi equalised almost immediately after Bonaventura opened the scoring shortly before half-time but the Argentinian shot wide of an open goal with two minutes remaining.

Bonaventura duly headed home the winner and it finished 2-1 as Atalanta registered a fourth straight victory that moved them into ninth place in the Serie A table.

Inter remain one point behind Fiorentina, whose game in hand takes them to Napoli later on Sunday.

After struggling for results over the festive period Inter had stabilised and were looking to take fourth place with a third straight win.

But the team from Bergamo were the brighter side in the early stages and regularly got themselves in good positions to test goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Guglielmo Stendardo forced a firm punch from the Slovenian before Luca Cigarini was denied from a first-time shot as Handanovic showed quick reflexes to make the save.

Atalanta came even closer in the 19th minute, German Denis clattering the crossbar with a header from Bonaventura's cross.

Inter, who had already worried Andrea Consigli with a drive from Rodrigo Palacio, looked like opening the scoring when Icardi beat the offside trap to shoot straight down the Atalanta goalkeeper's throat.

Palacio had been well-placed to tap home had his countryman slipped the ball across the area.

In the 35th minute, Atalanta unlocked the game when Bonaventura smashed past the flailing Handanovic from outside of the box.

The hosts were riled and responded in the best possible way.

From the restart, Icardi danced straight into the area, skipped over the challenge Mario Yepes and slipped the ball into the bottom corner.

With winning runs to be extended and targets to be reached over the season run-in, neither club was prepared to settle for the draw and the second half was suitably frenetic.

Fredy Guarin thundered a 25-metre screamer against the bar before Palacio clattered the base of a post with a driven header.

Cigarini was soon denied by Handanovic as Atalanta pushed back upfield.

Andrea Ranocchia should have done better with a header from Guarin's free-kick as Inter went all out for the win but there was drama at the other end as Jonathan cleared Franco Brienza's effort off the line.

The moment that may give Inter nightmares for some time to come arrived in the 88th minute.

When Jonathan slipped the ball into Atalanta's six-yard box, it seemed nothing could stop Icardi from slotting home a dramatic winner.

The Argentinian inexplicably blasted wide, however, and he was punished almost immediately.

On the stroke of full-time, Handanovic dropped to his knees after watching Bonaventura nod home his second goal, this time from a Brienza free-kick.

It was Inter's first home defeat since October 5 and suddenly a return to Europe seemed much further away.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 25 58
2 Roma 25 49
3 Napoli 25 45
4 Anderlecht/Bordeaux 25 43
5 Fiorentina 25 42
6 Sampdoria 25 39
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Torino 25 36
9 Inter Milan 25 35
10 AC Milan 25 34
11 Palermo 25 34
12 Sassuolo 25 29
13 Udinese 24 28
14 Empoli 25 28
15 Verona 25 28
16 Chievo 25 25
17 Atalanta 25 23
18 Cagliari 25 20
19 Cesena 25 19
20 Parma 23 10