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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 37 86
2 Roma 37 70
3 Lazio 37 66
4 Napoli 37 63
5 Fiorentina 37 61
6 Genoa 37 59
7 Sampdoria 37 55
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 37 51
10 AC Milan 37 49
11 Palermo 37 46
12 Sassuolo 37 46
13 Verona 37 45
14 Chievo 37 43
15 Empoli 37 42
16 Udinese 37 41
17 Atalanta 37 37
18 Cagliari 37 31
19 Cesena 37 24
20 Parma 37 18