Serie A, Lazio-Inter 3-1: first ko for Inzaghi, Sarri momentarily at the top

Serie A, Lazio-Inter 3-1: first ko for Inzaghi, Sarri momentarily at the top

Lautaro responds to Felipe Anderson, but the Biancoceleste coach decides it with the changes: goals from Luis Alberto and Pedro decide the match

Ends 3-1 Lazio-Intersecond advance of the 3rd day of A league. An intense and balanced match is staged at the Olimpico, which the Biancocelesti unlock at 40 ‘with a header by Felipe Anderson. Lautaro grabs the equal at the beginning of the second half (51 ‘), but at 75’ he thinks about it Luis Alberto to bring his team back with a goal-masterpiece. At 86 ‘, then, the seal of Pedro that puts the game on ice: first knockout for Inzaghioverridden by Sarri at the top.

THE MATCH

A great confidence boost on the one hand, an abrupt return to earth on the other. There Lazio of Sarri, after the disappointing performance in Turin, he finds himself great against one of the main candidates for the title, showing confidence in his own means, flashes of great play and team cohesion. L’Inter by Inzaghiinstead, returns to exhibit those defects that the resounding success with Spezia had obscured: thanks to the bad night of some of the main interpreters, Brozovic and Lukaku above all, the team struggles for a long time to create the conditions to score and then melts into highlight of the game, when the changes make the difference. Decisive are those of Sarri, revisable those of Inzaghi, who now faces the Cremonese obstacle before the highly anticipated appointment with Derby.

The match is intense and rough from the first minutes, with the Nerazzurri managing the possession and trying to put pressure on the opposing defense, but they struggle to find supplies for the LuLa. Lazio relies above all on counter-attacks and in the 16 ‘it is their first great chance of the match, with the crossed left by Property whistling at the edge of the pole. Inzaghi’s team reaches almost 70% of possession, but the maneuver continues to find no outlets and Provedel is limited to ordinary administration. The hosts find courage as the minutes pass and around the 35 ‘they are still close to the advantage, but the conclusion of Property, deflected by Skriniar, is reflexively rejected by Handanovic. The greatest danger of Sarri’s men materializes in the 40th minute, when Milinkovic catches Felipe Anderson with a brushed cross in the heart of the areathe Brazilian surprises Dimarco from behind and puts Handanovic on for 1-0. The only real chance of the first half for the Nerazzurri had happened shortly before on the head of Lukakubut the Belgian had hit weakly depositing in the hands of the goalkeeper.

At the beginning of the second half, Inter try to throw themselves forward, but after 2 ‘they risk collecting the 2-0 on the counterattack, with Handanovic is careful to reject Immobile’s right-footed shot for a corner. The Nerazzurri’s insistence, however, was rewarded in the 6 ‘, when the development of a free kick Lautaro takes the Lazio defense in counter-time and finds the paw of the same. A few seconds pass and Dumfries has the sensational chance to overturn it, but Provedel is exceptional at deflecting the Dutchman’s pumpkin for a corner. The Biancocelesti appear a bit confused, so Sarri chooses to increase the technical rate with the entry of Luis Alberto and Pedrowhile Inzaghi replies with Gosens, Darmian and Dzeko for an impalpable Lukaku. The winning choice turns out to be that of the Tuscan coach, because at half an hour are the two Spaniards to baste the goal of 2-1: Pedro’s support to the limit, torpedo at the crossroads of Luis Alberto. The former Barcelona then takes the stage in the 86th minute, when he finds the right to turn on the far post that puts the result safe.

REPORT CARDS

Milinkovic-Savic 7 – The usual contest of substance, in which quality and quantity are combined. The 1-0 assist was splendid.
Romagnoli 6.5 – Leader game, in which it contains the great Lukaku. The agreement with Patric already seems to be working.
Property 5.5 – He creates a few more opportunities than in the Turin match, but he is not very precise when it counts, what not from him.
Luis Alberto 7 – Sarri inserts him in search of higher quality in a moment of confusion for the team, he responds with a goal-masterpiece which, in fact, is worth 3 points.

Lukaku 5 – He wastes the only good opportunity that happens to him in the first half and also loses several physical duels with Romagnoli and Patric, struggling to dialogue with Lautaro.
Dumfries 6.5 – In a bad first half he is one of the few Nerazzurri to save himself due to determination, danger and continuity. At the beginning of the second half Lautaro needs the assist of the same. He definitely comes out too early.
Dimarco 5 – Poorly positioned on Felipe Anderson’s goal, little is seen in the offensive phase, with the Nerazzurri attack definitely unbalanced on the right.
Brozovic 5 – Evening no. Little direction, too many lost duels and also a little too nervous.

THE TABLE

Lazio-Inter 3-1
Lazio (4-3-3): Provedel 6.5; Lazzari 6 (26 ‘st Hysaj 6), Patric 6.5, Romagnoli 6.5, Marusic 6; Milinkovic-Savic 7, Cataldi 6.5 (39 ‘st Marcos Antonio sv), Vecino 6 (13’ st Luis Alberto 7); Felipe Anderson 6.5 (39 ‘st Cancellieri sv), Immobile 5.5, Zaccagni 6 (13’ st Pedro 7).
Trainer: Sarri 7
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic 6; Skriniar 6, De Vrij 6, Sticks 6; Dumfries 6.5 (24 ‘st Darmian 5.5), Barella 6 (32’ st Correa 5.5), Brozovic 5, Gagliardini 5 (32 ‘st Calhanoglu 5.5), Dimarco 5 (24’ st Gosens 5, 5); Martinez 6.5, Lukaku 5 (24 ‘st Dzeko 5.5).
Trainer: Inzaghi 5
Referee: Blacksmiths
Markers: 40 ‘Felipe Anderson (L), 6’ st Martinez (I), 30 ‘st Luis Alberto (L), 41’ st Pedro (L)
Ammonites: Zaccagni (L), Marusic (L), Brozovic (I)
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THE STATISTICS

– Lazio have won two straight home games against Inter in Serie A for the first time in a series of four home wins against the Nerazzurri between 2010 and 2014.
– Inter had not had such an early defeat in the league since the 2018/19 season, when they lost in their debut of the season under the leadership of Spalletti (0-1 vs Sassuolo).
– Lazio with Sarri on the bench have scored at least three goals in two of the three games played against Inter in the league, something the Biancocelesti have achieved twice in the previous 21 Serie A matches against the Nerazzurri.
– Inter have not conceded three goals in a Serie A match since last season’s first leg match against Lazio at the Olimpico on October 16, 2021 (1-3).
– Inter have interrupted a series of six straight Serie A victories, with an average of 2.8 goals scored per game in the partial; the last Nerazzurri defeat was on 27 April (1-2 vs Bologna).
– For the second time with Simone Inzaghi, Inter after two victories in a row have missed the success of the third match of the season in Serie A – 2-2 vs Sampdoria in 2021/22.
– Lazio have not scored two goals with two players off the bench since November 1, 2020, with Immobile and Caicedo against Torino.
– Luis Alberto and Pedro are the first and second players to score a substitute goal in Serie A matches between Lazio and Inter from Ogenyi Onazi, on 8 May 2013; since then, all subsequent 53 goalscorers have started as starters.
– Lautaro Martínez has scored nine goals in his last 10 league appearances; since last April he is the player to have scored the most goals in Serie A.
– All of Pedro’s last three Serie A goals have come as a substitute, after the first seven with Lazio had come from the starting line
– Felipe Anderson has scored five goals against Inter in Serie A, all in open play, against no team he has done better in the competition.
– Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has provided 13 assists since the start of last season in Serie A, no midfielder has served more winning passes in the period in the big-5 European leagues.

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