Inter Milan avoided setting a club record for their longest winless run in Serie A on Sunday when a stunning strike from teenager Yann Karamoh gave them a 2-1 win over Bologna who finished with nine men.
Inter had failed to win their last eight league matches, plus two more in the Coppa Italia, since thumping Chievo 5-0 on Dec. 3 and their previous five outings in Serie A had ended in 1-1 draws.
The win took Inter third although there is a huge 14-point gap between themselves and Juventus above them on 62 points. Napoli lead with 63 points after their 4-1 win over Lazio on Saturday.
The video replay system (VAR), being trialled in Serie A and other competitions, was involved in more controversy at Torino where visitors Udinese had a goal controversially disallowed on their way to a 2-0 defeat.
Eder gave Inter a perfect start at San Siro by turning in Marcelo Brozovic’s pass in the second minute but, as so often this year, the hosts shot themselves in the foot.
Inter defender Miranda made a hash of a clearance and allowed Rodrigo Palacio to nip in and equalise against his old club in the 25th minute.
Inter missed two excellent chances after halftime and their frustration showed when Brozovic was substituted, jeered off the field and responded by sarcastically applauding the San Siro crowd.
But the mood changed completely thanks to 19-year-old Karamoh who played a one-two with Rafinho, slipped past two defenders and fired a 25-metre shot past Mirante in the 63rd minute.
It was the Frenchman’s first goal in Serie A following his move on loan from Caen in August.
Bologna defender Ibrahima Mbaye was sent off after being booked twice in four minutes although the visitors still gave Inter a jittery finale and had a penalty appeal turned down after the referee reviewed the incident using VAR.
The referee also used VAR to dismiss Adam Masina for a reckless challenge in stoppage time.