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  • Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw by Atlanta in Serie A on Sunday evening 
  • Atalanta striker Alejandro Gomez pulled a prank on Inter's boss Luciano Spalletti
  • Gomez gestured to the Inter bench saying Miranda needed to be brought off
  • Spalletti bought it and began readying Miranda's replacement before realising 

By Robert Cottingham For Mailonline

Published: 05:06 EDT, 17 April 2018 | Updated: 06:06 EDT, 17 April 2018

Alejandro Gomez has built a reputation as one of the craftiest strikers in Serie A over the past few seasons but the little Argentine outdid himself on Sunday evening.

During Atalanta's clash with Inter Milan on Monday evening, a match with huge implications for European qualification in Serie A, Gomez managed to completely fool opposition manager Luciano Spalletti.

Inter defender Miranda had impressed all night at Atalanta's Stadio Atleti Azzurri by keeping Gomez and his fellow Atlanta forwards at bay. 

Alejandro Gomez tends to Inter Milan's Miranda after the centre back picked up a knock
Alejandro Gomez tends to Inter Milan's Miranda after the centre back picked up a knock

Alejandro Gomez tends to Inter Milan's Miranda after the centre back picked up a knock

Gomez makes the substitution gesture to the Inter bench after a conversation with Miranda
Gomez makes the substitution gesture to the Inter bench after a conversation with Miranda

Gomez makes the substitution gesture to the Inter bench after a conversation with Miranda

To which Inter begin readying substitute Andrea Ranocchia to come on in place of Miranda
To which Inter begin readying substitute Andrea Ranocchia to come on in place of Miranda

To which Inter begin readying substitute Andrea Ranocchia to come on in place of Miranda

But when the Brazilian picked up a knock in the 76th minute, Gomez seized his opportunity to get one over on the centre back. 

Gomez tended to Miranda, who was standing holding his right leg, before making the substitution gesture to the Inter bench and pointing to the defender. 

Spalletti bought it and began readying Miranda's replacement Andrea Ranocchia to enter the fray before realising there had been a mistake. 

The Inter manager, always expressive on the touchline, threw his hands up in the air  as Gomez giggled knowing the game was up. 

There is a brief moment of confusion from the Inter coaches as they realise something's up
There is a brief moment of confusion from the Inter coaches as they realise something's up

There is a brief moment of confusion from the Inter coaches as they realise something's up

And Inter manager Luciano Spalletti eventually realises he's been duped by his opponent

Gomez offers a cheeky smile after his attempt to get Miranda substituted falls flat
Gomez offers a cheeky smile after his attempt to get Miranda substituted falls flat

Gomez offers a cheeky smile after his attempt to get Miranda substituted falls flat

Inter would successfully defend the resulting Atalanta free-kick and the match finished 0-0 leaving Spalletti's side in fifth place, one point off the Champions League places.

Gomez and Atalanta meanwhile are in a battle for a Europa League place with seventh-placed Fiorentina.

Given that Coppa Italia finalists Juventus and AC Milan are first and sixth respectively, seventh should be enough to qualify for Europe's secondary competition.

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