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It is a meeting between the two black and blue sides, with Atalanta hosting Inter Milan at the Gewiss Stadium.

This game is a must-win for both sides, with the league leaders potentially surging ahead should they fail to capitalise. 

Edoardo Stella will take you through the action as it happens.

Atalanta’s starting line-up:

Inter’s starting line-up:

Atalanta team news: 18-year-old Matteo Ruggeri makes his Serie A debut, replacing the injured Robin Gosens, with Marten de Roon also notably out of the team.

Inter team news: Milan Skriniar makes his return to the team after testing positive for Coronavirus. Alexis Sanchez also returns after recovering from an injury. Romelu Lukaku only makes the bench, whereas long-term injuries Stefano Sensi and Matias Vecino don’t make it for today.

1‘ The game is underway. Lautaro Martinez had a muscular issue during the warm-up but is fit enough to be part of the contest.

3‘ Both Atalanta and Inter find themselves with many goals scored, being the second and third best attacks, just behind Sassuolo. However, both teams have struggled with leaky defences so far.

4‘ Can we expect a high goalscoring game or will the importance of it force the teams to focus on defending?

6‘ Risky challenge from Matteo Darmian, who fouls Duvan Zapata just on the edge of the box. Great opportunity for Alejandro Gomez or Ruslan Malinovskyi to take.

7‘ Malinovskyi lays it to Gomez, but the strike is blocked by the wall.

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10‘ Both Gian Piero Gasperini and Antonio Conte have managed their opposition, but curiously it was their worst adventure as managers. Conte’s Atalanta experience lasted four months and saw only three wins. Four is also the number of games Gasperini was in charge of Inter before being sacked.

14‘ Not many chances so far. The home side likes to speed up play and look for the wing-backs when in possession, whereas Inter’s style tends to focus more on horizontal passes and slower tempo.

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17‘ Good save by Samir Handanović, who needs to stretch back as Remo Freuler’s cross almost caught him out.

20‘ After a difficult start to the game, Inter are trying to bring more men forward, but still no shots on target for the Nerazzurri, who play in their white away kit.

22‘ What a chance for Malinovskyi. The Ukrainian is spotted free in the box by Gomez, but his volley is metres above the bar.

24‘ Inter respond with Vidal. Good chance for the Chilean, whose perfectly-timed run ends with a header not too far wide.

28‘ We are heading towards the half-hour mark and it’s an even match in Bergamo so far. As stated, both teams need to win this game to kick-start their season. Atalanta have lost three of their last six games, winning only at Crotone and FC Midtjylland.

30‘ Inter are also going through a difficult spell, having won one of the last seven in all competitions. Now, they are trying to raise the intensity and start dominating possession after Atalanta’s aggressive start.

32‘ It is a physical game, with Martinez and Berat Djimsiti receiving yellow cards in rapid succession.

35‘ The biggest chance of the match came just over 10 minutes ago with this effort from Vidal.

39‘ Impressive spell of possession for Inter, who gain a corner after starting all the way from Handanovic. The Milan side are trying to give more continuity to their play now.

43‘ Yellow card for Stefan de Vrij. Freuler’s dangerous run towards goal was stopped by the Dutch defender. It’s another hopeful position for Atalanta, as left-footed Malinovskyi should take.

45‘ Half-time. Atalanta 0-0 Inter. Not quite what we expected, with both teams conceding very limited spaces and looking for their safety first. Can the second half produce something different?

Very quiet first half for Atalanta and Inter, with a weak effort from winger Hans Hateboer being the only shot on target of the first half. Both teams have potential solutions on the bench that could help spice up the contest. Veterans Luis Muriel and Josip Ilicic, plus youngster Sam Lammers can all be options Gasperini could call upon.

Will we see Lukaku? The striker might not be 100% yet, but Inter could well do with a physical presence up front.

The Serie A standings before the game see AC Milan on top with 16 points. Sassuolo fall a point short, having played one more than Milan. Juventus’ draw with Lazio sees them at 13 points, one more than Atalanta and two more than Inter. Winning this game could see either side move up to third in the league.

46‘ Referee Daniele Doveri gets the game back underway.

49‘ Inter have started a lot more aggressive and are not allowing Atalanta any time. However, the hosts’ defence still proves hard to penetrate.

51‘ The feeling is Lukaku’s absence is taking off a lot of Inter’s attacking force. Most long balls are not dealt with successfully by Sanchez and Martinez, falling prey of Atalanta’s defence.

55‘ After almost an hour, Inter still haven’t attempted a shot on target. They are spending more time on possession, but lack the final pass.

58‘ LAUTARO MARTINEZ PUTS INTER IN FRONT! 0-1 at the Gewiss! Having said that, an excellent piece of play from Marcelo Brozovic, who opens up to Ashley Young. who gives an awesome delivery from the Englishman to find the head of Martinez. 0-1.

60‘ Atalanta don’t waste much time and bring on Matteo Pessina and Aleksei Miranchuk. Mario Pasalic and Malinovskyi make way.

64‘ Young find himself in a lot of space and attempts a curled long shot. It wasn’t far off Marco Sportiello’s post. Inter close to a double lead.

65‘ What an occasion for Inter! Tremendous double save from Sportiello, who blocks a one-on-one to Vidal and Nicolo Barella’s subsequent tap-in. How did Inter not score from there?

67‘ Will Inter regret not converting those chances? Against a goal machine like Atalanta having a two goal cushion would have been a great advantage.

69‘ Reckless challenge from Vidal, who is rightly given a yellow card after a foul on Gomez. The Chilean remains down and is substituted by Roberto Gagliardini.

72‘ It’s Sam Lammers’ and Luis Muriel’s time, who come on for Zapata and Toloi. That’s a very offensive change by Gasperini.

73‘ A minute later Inter replace both their forwards. Ivan Perisic and Romelu Lukaku come on for Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez.

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The striker is off. It wasn’t a bad game, considering he had an injury during warm-up and was at doubt.

78‘ MIRANCHUK LEVELS! After minutes of high intensity by Atalanta, it is Miranchuk on the end of it, with a fine conclusion from the edge of the box. It’s 1-1 and all to play for!

81‘ Very interesting end to the game. Teams are stretching and there is more opportunity for runners, but Atalanta have held the upper hand in the last ten minutes. Inter must regret not having scored that second goal.

83‘ Conte changes both wingers, as Achraf Hakimi and Danilo D’Ambrosio come on for Darmian and Young.

85‘ Muriel’s goes close with a header! The Colombian’s diving effort almost gave Atalanta the lead, what a chance.

88‘ Atalanta are really squeezing Inter in their box, looking for that crucial lead.

90‘ Final change for Atalanta, as Johan Mojica comes on for Ruggeri. Three minutes will be added at the end of the 90.

91‘ Barella’s strike over the bars probably ends all hopes for Inter to get three points out of this game.

93‘ Nervous ending, with both sides appealing for a penalty of their own, but play should continue on.

FULL-TIME. ATALANTA 1-1 INTER.

Draw that probably isn’t useful for anyone, but it was important not to lose for both sides. Inter surely will have the most regrets, as they had multiple chances to seal the game before conceding to Miranchuk.

This leaves Conte’s men with a lot of work to do. It is the fifth draw in the last eight games, three of which have come in the league. Whilst they remain only a point behind champions Juventus, the lead of the table could move seven points away should AC Milan win tonight.

Gasperini can be happy to have got a point from a losing position. After what seemed like a great start winning all of their first three games, they have only won one out of four.

Can they come back strong after the international break?

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