- Gabriel Barbosa felt his hard work was rewarded after he came off the bench to sink Bologna and end a six-month wait for his first Inter goal. 'Magical' Coutinho Liverpool's key to success - Gerrard The Brazil international has appeared fleetingly since moving to San Siro from ...Gabriel Barbosa felt his hard work was rewarded after he came off the bench to sink Bologna and end a six-month wait for his first Inter goal. 'Magical' Coutinho Liverpool's key to success - Gerrard The Brazil international has appeared fleetingly since moving to San Siro from Santos last August and was granted just a sixth substitute outing in Serie A with the deadlock still intact at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. But the Rio 2016 gold medallist found the breakthrough from close range in the 81st minute before removing his shirt and tearing towards the travelling support for joyous celebrations. "I am very happy for this moment, for the first goal – even more so because it gave this important victory to us," he said. "I waited for this moment, I worked hard, because I knew that in one moment I would score. This moment will never leave my head. "Since my arrival here I have worked hard, with great seriousness and professionalism.I know how much I can help Inter. "I came to make history and never let my head drop. Let it be the beginning of a new history."
- Dinner is on Gabriel Barbosa after the Brazil youngster finally opened his Inter account with a late winner at Bologna. The 20-year-old, known as "Gabigol", had featured sporadically and failed to find the net over the course of six forgettable months in Italy since moving to S...Dinner is on Gabriel Barbosa after the Brazil youngster finally opened his Inter account with a late winner at Bologna. The 20-year-old, known as "Gabigol", had featured sporadically and failed to find the net over the course of six forgettable months in Italy since moving to San Siro from Santos. But the Rio 2016 goal medallist came off the bench to tap home from close range in the 81st minute on Sunday, sealing a 1-0 win for Stefano Pioli's side at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, moving them up to fourth in the Serie A table. High-flying Roma are on the agenda next for Inter, while Gabriel has to make good on a culinary promise he made to his team-mates. "In the locker room they said Gabigol would offer a Brazilian-style dinner to everyone when he got his first goal," Pioli told Mediaset Premium. "I am happy for him. It was hard for him at the beginning but now he can begin to take satisfaction." And the attacker says he will oblige, though he has suggested a more traditional Italian dish. When asked if he would be taking the bill, he replied: "Yes. How about a carbonara?" He added: "I'm so happy with the goal, but more so with the victory. It's a special day for me. I always work hard to help the team and to win." Inter looked set for a frustrating stalemate at a ground where Napoli won 7-1 earlier this month, but Pioli was pleased by his team's fighting spirit, as they made it nine wins from their past 10 Serie A outings. "I have a team that believes until the end," he said. "The right opportunity arrived and we were ready to take it. "We struggled with an opponent that closed down very well. We had no rhythm and were slow, especially in central areas and did not play as well as we know we can. "The only feeling at the moment is satisfaction at work well done, in seeing what my players give. We must continue, as we've achieved nothing yet. "It's true nine wins in 10 games is impressive, but the others are pushing hard too and we need to keep up with them."
- Gabriel Barbosa's long wait for a first Serie A goal ended as the Brazil international came off the bench to seal a 1-0 win for Inter at Bologna. Stefano Pioli's men looked set to miss out on the opportunity to regain fourth place in the top flight as Bologna displayed the type ...Gabriel Barbosa's long wait for a first Serie A goal ended as the Brazil international came off the bench to seal a 1-0 win for Inter at Bologna. Stefano Pioli's men looked set to miss out on the opportunity to regain fourth place in the top flight as Bologna displayed the type of defensive resilience entirely absent from their 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Napoli at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara earlier this month. But Gabriel – who arrived amid much fanfare from Santos but offered little to back up his famed 'Gabigol' nickname across five previous substitute cameos in Italy's top flight – provided a headline-grabbing turn worthy of a forward talent who helped to fire the home nation to gold-medal glory at Rio 2016, alongside Neymar and Gabriel Jesus. The finish was of a welcome routine nature for the 20-year-old, who tore off his shirt and streamed towards the delirious travelling support to bask in the moment. Inter are back above surprise package Atalanta and Lazio in the jostle for European qualification ahead of next weekend's crunch clash with second-place Roma. Pioli's side got on the front foot from kick-off and only a dreadful 12th-minute miss by captain Rodrigio Palacio prevented their efforts from being rewarded. Ivan Perisic burst clear down the Bologna right and arrowed in a dangerous low cross that seemed to catch Palacio by surprise, with the veteran Argentine forward skying hopelessly over from five yards. Often by accident as much as design, Roberto Donadoni's hosts repelled Inter's pressure and they belatedly grew into the half – Blerim Dzemaili sending a 25-yard strike narrowly wide in the 39th minute. Palacio was again ill-prepared to convert a headed chance shortly afterwards and the sight of Bologna skipper Angelo Da Costa gathering an awkwardly dipping drive from Roberto Gagliardini meant the deadlock would remain intact at the break. It was home forward Simone Verdi who displayed wayward finishing early in the second period when he got underneath Ladislav Krejci's cutback. The contest was starting to become a touch stretched by the time Danilo D'Ambrosio unpicked the Bologna backline and Da Costa thwarted Perisic at close quarters. Eder shot too close to Da Costa when well-placed before the hour and Perisic, by some distance the most vibrant attacking presence on the field, sent a rasping effort just beyond the crossbar. A yellow card for Miranda midway through the second half meant Pioli will be without the Brazilian defender for Roma's visit to San Siro. D'Ambrosio conceded a potentially more damaging foul when he brought down Verdi on the edge of the box after 73 minutes but the Bologna man was unable to convert. But Gabriel, on for the ineffective Antonio Candreva, would have no such problems eight minutes later, when D'Ambrosio picked him out for a simple back-post finish that prompted prolonged celebrations, bursting with joy and relief. Inter's matchwinner was denied a second by Adam Masina's goalline clearance – suggesting the trials of six torturous months might be behind him already.
- Gabriel Jesus will not leave Manchester City to join Inter in the near future, his agent has said. 'I told Klopp to sign extraordinary Sane' The 19-year-old enjoyed a spectacular start to his career at the Etihad Stadium, registering three goals and two assists in his first fiv...Gabriel Jesus will not leave Manchester City to join Inter in the near future, his agent has said. 'I told Klopp to sign extraordinary Sane' The 19-year-old enjoyed a spectacular start to his career at the Etihad Stadium, registering three goals and two assists in his first five appearances, although a broken metatarsal looks set to keep him sidelined for most of the rest of the season. Inter had been linked with Jesus before he opted to sign for City from Palmeiras and former club president Massimo Moratti has encouraged the Serie A side to pursue his signature again. But the forward's agent, Cristiano Simoes, has dismissed the notion of moving to San Siro so soon after the start of his Premier League career. "Moratti is a very important personality and we are flattered by his words but there is no chance to see Gabriel Jesus joining Inter in the near future," he told Calciomercato.com . "He's chosen Manchester City and he's very happy there. We're all delighted with his performances in England. "Gabriel Jesus is only focused on Manchester City. He's doing a great job with Guardiola and wants to return to action as soon as possible." Inter, backed by majority shareholders Suning Holdings Group, are expected to invest heavily in the playing squad in the next transfer window in order to set up a challenge for the title and a return to the Champions League. Speculation has persisted that they could launch a shock bid to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona, but Moratti feels Jesus would be a more realistic target. "He made me fall in love with football again," he told Sky Sport Italia this week. "Every now and again you need this new kind of player to reignite your passion and Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City is, for me, a player you have got to pursue. Ozil is Arsenal's scapegoat "Messi is outstanding, but it's difficult to get him. But it's beautiful when you see a player who you believe has potential by the bucket load - and who knows what great things he will do. For me, Jesus is one of these. "Some of our hopes have been reignited because a lot of things are really happening again. Inter are making you want to go and watch them again, but in addition to this desire to see them, they are also giving the idea of a positive future. "At the moment, the gap between the Nerazzurri and their rivals ahead of them is not as big as it was in years gone by. They just need a few minor adjustments here and there and they will already be on that level."
- Inter coach Stefano Pioli is adamant he is not worried about any players picking up a ban ahead of next week's clash with Roma. Gary Medel and Miranda will be banned for the contest against fellow Champions League hopefuls Roma at San Siro if they are booked against Bologna on S...Inter coach Stefano Pioli is adamant he is not worried about any players picking up a ban ahead of next week's clash with Roma. Gary Medel and Miranda will be banned for the contest against fellow Champions League hopefuls Roma at San Siro if they are booked against Bologna on Sunday. But head coach Pioli insists such factors will have no bearing on the side he selects to face Roberto Donadoni's men. Moratti: Inter should pursue Jesus "I am thinking about nothing but the game against Bologna. We are not thinking about potential suspensions," Pioli said at a news conference. "It is a big match for us and we will do everything we can to get the three points. "Bologna are tough opponents. We will need to be at our best if we want to get the result we want, like in every game. "The most important thing is we maintain the same attitude and keep our good form going." Ever Banega is ready to make his comeback after a brief absence due to injury and Pioli expects to use the Argentina international in a more advanced position. Gabigol 'very happy' at Inter "Banega has trained with the team and unless he has any problems he will be available for the game against Bologna," the Inter boss added. "He is the sort of player who is more inclined to play in the opposition half and set up team-mates than set up defensive positions."