At San Siro Inzaghi’s team suffers and clings to Handanovic’s saves, then in the final the Croatian solves everything with a paw
After the defeat in the derby and the defeat against Bayern in the ChampionsInter raises his head and returns to win at the end of a hard and painful race. On the sixth day of Serie A Inzaghi’s team beat Torino 1-0 in extremis and goes to 12 points. At San Siro in the first half the grenades stifle the maneuver and play with more depth, forcing Handanovic to a major intervention on Vlasic. In the second half, the Nerazzurri number one still keeps his team in the game with his saves, then in the final Brozovic (89 ‘) decides the game with a soft touch in the area on a perfect assist by Stretcher.
Three dirty and suffered points. Thanks to a goal at the end of the day, Inter dismisses the thorny Torino practice and interrupts a complicated week. Brozovic thinks about making San Siro explode in the 89th minute, but Handanovic is the great protagonist of the match. Not great news for Inzaghi, who will have to start again in a decisive way from the battle against the grenade to make the group understand the direction he intends to take to continue fighting for the Scudetto. A close fight, which will not admit many missteps and for which it will be necessary to never give up. A bit like against Torino after so many minutes of suffering, little game and an angry ending in crescendo.
After the struggles of the Champions League, Handanovic, De Vrij and Barella return to Inter at Meazza. In front, however, still space for the Dzeko-Lautaro tandem with Dumfries and D’Ambrosio on the outside. Choices to which Juric, not on the bench due to pneumonia, replies by confirming by placing Vlasic and Seck behind Sanabria and Lazaro and Vojvoda in support on the wards with Lukic and Linetty in the control room. With compact teams, the start of the match is all about study. Orderly and careful in the scoring, Torino relies on possession and tries to shield the support for Barella, Brozovic and Calhanoglu in the median to stifle the Nerazzurri’s game. On the hunt for space to verticalize, Inter instead maneuvers in width from below and calls into question the outsiders. After a good foray by Darmian on the left, Lautaro does not frame the goal from the edge, then Dumfries and Dimarco go to the cross, but their initiatives do not create problems for the grenade defense. At a good pace, Juric’s team is playing with the most nastiness, speed and quality in the strait. And Handanovic is forced to a half miracle with his feet on Vlasic to avoid the grenade advantage. An opportunity that makes San Siro tremble and forces the Nerazzurri to change their tactical attitude a little. In difficulty in the maneuver, pressed in physical duels and with Brozovic and Calhanoglu marked on sight by Linetty and Lukic, Inter tried to skip the midfield and immediately lean on Dzeko. On the one hand, Buongiorno blocks a left foot from Lautaro, Djidji frees well on a poisonous free-kick from Calhanoglu and Brozovic’s fireball from a distance ends up high. On the other hand, Handanovic’s intervention on an initiative by Seck is still decisive.
The second half began with Torino still under pressure on the left and with Inter forced to defend themselves and play for a throw-in. After a good initiative by Vojvoda, Vlasic serves Sanabria in the area, but Handanovic flies to the grenade striker and still keeps the Nerazzurri afloat. Sanabria risks red for a blow on Calhanoglu, then a left by Dimarco from the edge ends wide and the teams stretch out, transforming the game into a continuous beat and beat. On the one hand Handanovic is still forced to overtime on a deflected free kick by Rodriguez and two more times on Vlasic, on the other Milinkovic-Savic anticipates Calhanoglu, then Dzeko weakly kicks from the edge and Lukic closes well on Lautaro. Occasions that after an hour of play and with a little grenade on their legs open the way to an almost entirely Nerazzurri finish. Under pressure and quicker to restart, Inzaghi’s team increases the revs and pushes. A deflected Dimarco cross ends up on the post, then Milinkovic-Savic blocks a close header from Skriniar and Djidji closes well on Barella. Higher and faster to win the ball, Inter lights up and in the final attacks with their heads down with many men. Attitude that pays. After the umpteenth save by Handanovic on Radonjic, the Nerazzurri unlocked the game by mocking the grenades with a touch from Brozovic in the 89th minute on an assist with Barella’s rev counter. A very heavy three-point shot. For morale and for the standings. Inter suffers with Torino but brings home the full loot and remains clinging to the train for the Scudetto..
Handanovic 7.5: save the result with at least six decisive interventions. Attentive and responsive, even if the style is not always perfect. He keeps the Nerazzurri in the game until the thrilling final
Brozovic 6.5: as long as he remains on the pitch, Linetty is on top of him and manages to stem him. In the final he places the top shot that decides the race making perfect use of Barella’s delightful assist
Dzeko 5: Djidji marks it on sight, often finding in advance. In trouble physically and in the recovery not very lucid in some simple games
Lautaro 6.5: when the ball arrives in his parts, Inter lights up and attacks with more depth and effectiveness. The right wickedness is there, the aim to be revised a little
Linetty 7: he places himself on Brozovic and does not give up, remaining glued to him. As long as he remains on the pitch he defuses the Nerazzurri Source of play, then exits and it is the Croatian who decides the match
Vlasic 7: he plays with leg and technique between the lines starting from the left and communicating well with Vojvoda and often going to the shooting. He designs football and engages Handanovic on at least two occasions and
Seck 6.5: in the band he runs and snatches keeping the Dimarc-Darmian tandem busy, but he manages to be seen even when he presses towards the center, aiming for the goal. Agile despite the important physical size
INTER 1-0 TURIN
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic 7.5; Skriniar 5.5, De Vrij 5.5, Dimarco 6 (31 ‘st Bellanova 6); Dumfries 5.5 (23 ‘st Sticks 6), Barella 6.5, Brozovic 6.5, Calhanoglu 5 (31’ st Mkhitaryan 6), Darmian 5.5 (40 ‘st Gosens sv); Dzeko 5 (23 ‘st Correa 5.5), Lautaro Martinez 6.5.
Available: Cordaz, Onana, Gagliardini, Asllani, Acerbi, D’Ambrosio, Carboni. All .: Inzaghi 5.5
Turin (3-4-2-1): Milinkovic-Savic 6; Djidji 6, Buongiorno 6, Rodriguez 6 (31 ‘st Zima 5.5); Lazaro 6 (45 ‘st Singo sv), Lukic 6.5, Linetty 7 (24’ st Ilkhan 5.5), Vojvoda 6; Vlasic 7, Seck 6.5 (24 ‘st Radonjic 6); Sanabria 6 (45 ‘st Pellegri sv).
Available: Fiorenza, Gemello, Bayeye, Schuurs, Karamoh, Adopo, Aina, Garbett. All .: Juric (on the Paro bench) 6
Markers: 44 ‘st Brozovic (I)
Ammonites: Brozovic, Lautaro (I); Sanabria, Lukic (T)
• Marcelo Brozovic has scored his second league goal, goals in each of the last two games of the tournament: the Croatian has scored a goal for two straight games for only the second time in 239 Serie A games (in both cases in 2022 – in April against Spezia and Rome).
• Marcelo Brozovic is the only midfielder to have scored at least two goals in each of the last eight Serie A seasons.
• Inter have won all of their last four home games against Torino in Serie A; the Nerazzurri had not collected at least four home wins in a row against the grenade in the league since the period between 1969 and 1976 (seven wins in a row in that case).
• Inter have won all of their last seven home games in Serie A, the longest series since the one recorded between October 2021 and January 2022 (seven again in that case)
• Inter have kept a clean sheet in their last two home games against Torino; The Nerazzurri have not collected two clean sheets in a row at San Siro against the grenades since the period between 2002 and 2007 (four games without goals conceded in that case).
• Nicoló Barella has taken part in three goals in Serie A this season (one goal and two assists), which came in the last three games of the tournament after not having taken part in any goals in the first three games of the competition.
• Torino have lost their last two away matches in Serie A after being unbeaten in the previous seven (5W, 2N); The grenades have not collected two consecutive outside knockouts in the tournament since November 2021 (series of four in that case).
• Antonio Sanabria made his 50th appearance with the Torino shirt in all competitions.