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Punters celebrate 13/5 draw as Inter Milan were held by Atalanta in a tense match-up



Serie A leaders Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by Atalanta, which could dent their hopes in winning their first Scudetto since 2010.

Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring inside four minutes but a late equaliser from Robin Gosens helped Atalanta earn a crucial point.

However, they will be disappointed having not walked away with a win having dominated the affair and club top scorer Luis Muriel missing a penalty in the 88th minute.

The Nerazzurri were heading into the highly anticipated fixture as slight favourites with odds of a win 23/20 compared to Atalanta’s 11/5.

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Inter Milan start in rapid fashion with star striker Romelu Lukaku crashing a shot against the post in just the first 20 seconds of the game. The former Manchester United striker was 10/11 to score today but his brilliant strength and technique were unable to get Inter an important first goal.

However, it did not take long for Antonio Conte’s side to get the breakthrough as Lautaro Martinez linked up with strike partner Lukaku to open the scoring.

The Argentinian was 5/1 to score first and latched on to Lukaku’s lovely knockdown to strike a fierce shot past the keeper in the fourth minute.

Atalanta dominated possesion throughout the first half and had a couple of half-chances but it was Martinez once again who had a great opportunity to double Inter’s lead.

Lukaku put the young striker through but Martinez was forced wide by the keeper. The striker proceeded to chip the keeper but his effort was cleared off the line by defender Berat Djimsiti.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side started to get into the game following that chance and had a sensational chance to equalise. Rafael Toloi header from Papu Gomez’s free-kick was expertly saved by Samir Handanovic but the defender failed to connect with the rebound with the goal gaping.

Replays showed that Martinez had prevented Toloi from getting to the rebound of his effort but VAR decided to not award a penalty even with the protests of the Atalanta players.

Atalanta started the second half in similar fashion with substitute Ruslan Malinovskiy hitting the post inside 10 minutes from the restart.

Gasperini’s side continued to dominate the ball and their pressure eventually paid off. Atalanta equalised after an expertly taken goal by defender Robin Gosens.

They had a chance to steal three points after a penalty was awarded in the 88th minute due to young defender Bastoni fouling Malinovskiy in the box. However, Luis Muriel’s penalty was stopped brilliantly by captain Handanovic to help Conte’s side keep a point.

Inter still sit atop of Serie A by one point albeit having played an extra game than second-placed side and reigning champions Juventus. Gasperini’s Atalanta are in 5th place with Roma just ahead in the last Champions League spot.

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