Atalanta’s Denis thwarts stuttering Inter in 1-1 draw


Thu, Oct 31, 2013 - Page 19

Atalanta BC’s unsung Argentine striker German Denis netted a superb header on Tuesday to give the Dea a 1-1 draw at home to stuttering Inter on Tuesday.

Denis — one of Serie A’s most consistent scorers — outjumped compatriot Walter Samuel in the 25th minute and directed a header into the top corner from a Maxi Moralez cross to net his fifth goal of the season after Ricardo Alvarez had given Inter a 16th minute lead.

Fourth-placed Inter, who are eight points behind league leaders AS Roma with 19 points from 10 matches having played one game more, have won only one of their past five games.

Atalanta, who are unbeaten at home by the Nerazzurri in the past five years and who completed a double over their opponents last season, are eighth on 13 points after their first draw of the season.

At his 10th club overall and fourth in Italy, the burly 32-year-old Denis has blossomed late in his career, scoring 15 Serie A goals last season and 16 in the campaign before that.

However, his performances have made little impact at home and he made the last of his five international appearances under former Argentina coach Diego Maradona in 2008.

Fellow Argentine Alvarez, another player who has struggled to get a look-in with the national team, opened the scoring from close range after Rodrigo Palacio knocked the ball down to him.

Argentine players were in the thick of the action after the break, as substitute Mauro Icardi hit the post for Inter, while goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo saved the visitors by blocking a close-range Mario Yepes shot with his legs.

Carrizo had replaced injured Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic at halftime.

Inter’s Alvarez came close to a winner with the last kick of the match when his long-range effort screamed narrowly wide.