Inter inflicted a third straight Serie A defeat on Atalanta by winning 3-2 at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
It was La Dea who took the lead but two goals from Edin Dzeko and an own goal from Jose Luis Palomino put the Nerazzurri 3-1 up. It was Palomino who got Atalanta back in with a shout but they couldn’t force an equaliser.
Atalanta got a golden chance to take the lead in the 24th minute when Duvan Zapata was tripped in the box by Stefan de Vrij in a clumsy challenge, Lookman stepped up and fired the penalty into the top right corner in emphatic fashion.
Inter fight back impressively
It was a fairly evenly contested first half with minimal clear-cut chances created by either side, but Inter took one that came their way in the 36th minute. Alessandro Bastoni’s cross was flicked on by Lautaro Martinez and Dzeko was waiting to poke the ball into the net.
Not long into what was a much more entertaining second half, Inter completed the turnaround and made it 2-1. Nicolo Barella worked the ball out wide to Federico Dimarco who fired it across the face of goal. A mixture of Dzeko and Atalanta defender Joakim Maehle helped the ball over the line before Juan Musso could claw it back out again.
Palomino returns with plenty of involvement
Just five minutes later, it was 3-1 to Inter. A corner was swung in and it was Martinez again who flicked it on. This time it was Jose Luis Palomino, on his first appearance of the season after being cleared of doping charges, who headed into his own net.
Atalanta showed minimal sign of getting back into the game but then with 13 minutes to go, Palomino scored in the correct goal as he headed in Teun Koopmeiners’ corner. Andre Onana got a hand to it at full stretch but could only divert it into the top corner.
Despite a lot of late pressure on the Inter goal, Simone Inzaghi’s side held firm to move ahead of both Juventus and Atalanta.