Inter draws 2-2 at home to Bologna in Serie A

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan twice squandered the lead and missed a penalty as its Europa League hopes were dented by a 2-2 draw at home to relegation-threatened Bologna in Serie A on Saturday.

Mauro Icardi scored twice for Inter but his goals were cancelled out by Michele Pazienza and Panagiotis Kone.

Substitute Diego Milito had his penalty saved by Bologna goalkeeper Gianluca Curci six minutes from time after Rodrigo Palacio was hauled down by Andrea Mantovani.

Inter, which was booed off the pitch at halftime and full time, remained fifth but Atalanta can close the gap to one point with a win over Sassuolo on Sunday.

"I haven't been talking about bad luck, but just certain episodes," Inter coach Walter Mazzarri said. "You only need to look at the goals we concede. A counterattack can happen, but the first equalizer went through a thousand legs. ... But that's our year. It's the fourth time we've thrown away points like this in a match we deserved to win."

Bologna moved level with Chievo Verona, which lost a city derby 1-0 against Hellas Verona.

They are two points above the relegation zone ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures.

Inter got off to a perfect start when Icardi volleyed home Yuto Nagatomo's cross with less than six minutes on the clock.

Bologna leveled 10 minutes from halftime. Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic made a fantastic save to deny Lazaros Christodoulopoulos from close range but the ball came out to Pazienza who drove a low shot in from the edge of the area.

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