Internazionale moved up to second place in Serie A as they mastered rainy conditions to win 3-1 in Bologna - their seventh victory on the trot.
Inter went two goals up through Andrea Ranocchia and Diego Milito before Bologna pulled one back soon after through Nicolo Cherubin. However, the Milan side quickly re-established their two-goal lead thanks to Esteban Cambiasso.
Andrea Stramaccioni’s visitors suffered some early scares on a slippery pitch as Bologna’s Alessandro Diamanti and Alberto Gilardino caused problems, with the home side the quicker to settle and looking the sharper in the opening stages.
Diamanti sent a free-kick narrowly wide and Gilardino was unable to get his finish on target after he had latched on to a Tiberio Guarente through ball.
But Inter gradually began to assert their influence on the match and should have taken the lead after 20 minutes when defender Ranocchia, left unmarked from a corner, could only steer his header past the near post.
Ranocchia, though, made amends for that miss soon afterwards when he looped a header into the corner of Federico Agliardi’s goal from Cambiasso’s free-kick just before the half-hour mark.
Inter made a smart start to the second half and doubled their lead by taking full advantage after Bologna had lost possession in midfield.
Rodrigo Palacio made rapid progress down the right before delivering a perfect low cross for striker Milito to sidefoot home on his 100th appearance for the club.
But Bologna never looked completely out of the picture, and Inter keeper Samir Handanovic had to make a flying save to keep out a beautifully-hit Gilardino volley before Cherubin got in ahead of the keeper to score with a glancing header from Diamanti’s cross shortly before the hour.
That goal provided the cue for an angry row between the two benches, which resulted in red cards being shown to Inter assistant coach Beppe Baresi and Bologna coach Stefano Pioli.
But the visitors remained unfazed and showed why they are on such a winning run by regaining control and restoring their two-goal cushion within 10 minutes when Cambiasso rounded off some stylish quick passing with a delightful dinked finish over Agliardi.
Even then, Bologna were not done for and only a scrambling Handanovic save prevented Gyorgy Garics from finding the corner with a cross-shot.
Inter, however, should have had the final word when fine approach play by Nagatomo created another chance for Cambiasso but, with Agliardi stranded, he could only lift his effort over the bar and into the ranks of umbrella-wielding fans behind the goal.
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- Andrea Ranocchia
- Alberto Gilardino
- Esteban Cambiasso
- Alessandro Diamanti