Three takeaways from Inter 2-2 Bologna: Lautaro goes from hero to zero, Orsolini should play for Italy

Inter were celebrating a two-goal lead after Lautaro Martinez's thunderous strike against Bologna, but an in-form Riccardo Orsolini and Martinez's clumsy overall display meant the Nerazzurri dropped points in Serie A.

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For the first time in the 2023/24 Serie A campaign, Inter have registered a draw as their match against Bologna finished 2-2 on Matchday 8.

The Nerazzurri were leading 2-0 after just 13 minutes thanks to goals from Francesco Acerbi and Lautaro Martinez, but the Rossoblu came back with Riccardo Orsolini and Joshua Zirkzee finding the back of the net.

It was a mixed performance from the Inter captain, who scored a breathtaking goal from long range, but also conceded a penalty. Meanwhile, the Bologna winger is experiencing a purple patch of form, making his exclusion from the Italy Men’s National Team rather strange.

Lautaro equals Inter scoring record but also concedes costly penalty

Since arriving at Inter in 2018, Lautaro has been a prolific scorer for the Italian giants, and his goal in the first half further cemented his place in Nerazzurri history.

The Argentine has become just the third player in the club’s history to reach double digits in the opening eight rounds of a Serie A season. He currently has 10 goals after eight matches, whereas Giuseppe Meazza scored 11 in 1935/36, and Antonio Valentin Angelillo incredibly found the back of the 16 times in 1958/59.

Despite his historical moment, he made an error which brought Bologna back into the game. When the Rossoblu took a corner, Lautaro was holding Lewis Ferguson in the penalty area and brought him down. After a VAR check noticed the infringement, the Felsinei got the penalty and Orsolini converted the kick.

Perhaps in a fixture of greater importance, this error from the Nerazzurri captain would receive greater criticism. The 26-year-old has shown that he is a proven scorer and a capable captain, but he cannot make these mistakes when there is more at stake for Inter. For his sake and the club’s, that challenge on Ferguson must remain an anomaly.

Bologna’s Riccardo Orsolini celebrates.[@Bolognafc1909]

Orsolini should be in the Italian national team

An integral part of the Bologna squad under Thiago Motta, Orsolini provides the Rossoblu creativity and scoring prowess from the right wing.

He kept his composure to score the penalty, he posed a threat from set-pieces with his ball delivery, and he created three other potential scoring opportunities. Following his hat-trick against Empoli, the 26-year-old now has four goals in Serie A this season, and all of them from the last two rounds.

Despite his form for Bologna, Orsolini has not been selected by Italy coach Luciano Spalletti for the Azzurri squad, and their upcoming 2024 European Championship qualifiers against Malta and England.

It is likely that the Felsinei winger will be brought into the Italian squad if someone withdraws due to injury, but his current form suggests that he should have been selected for the Azzurri in the first place.

Inter’s Benjamin Pavard battles with a Bologna player. [@Inter]

Bologna making history despite excessive draws and lack of firepower

This result was the fifth draw of the season for Bologna, making them this season’s draw specialists in Serie A along with Udinese.

The Rossoblu are a team that know how to keep it tight in defence, having conceded just six goals in eight games. However, they have only found the back of the net just eight times, averaging a goal a game, and Orsolini has provided half of that tally.

If Bologna are to going to be a contender for a spot in Europe for 2024/25, Motta needs more output from his forwards. Zirkzee scored his first goal of the season, and hopefully this is a catalyst for better things to come. However, the presence of Musa Barrow on the left wing has been missed since he joined Saudi club Al-Taawoun.

On a more positive note, this is the first season since 1989/90 that Bologna has been unbeaten in seven out of their first eight Serie A fixtures. The Felsinei went on to finish eighth at the end of that campaign, qualifying for the UEFA Cup – the forerunner to the Europa League – and they went on to reach the quarter-finals.

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