It ended 3-3 between Inter and Sassuolo, with a quarter of an hour final explosive, with incredible errors in the goal area (that of Gagliardini will go down in the history of goals that cannot be wrong), with two penalties whistled, one evident not whistled and expulsion in the recovery of Škriniar. Inter had to win to really think about the Scudetto: Juve remains at +8.
BETTER THE STONE – The team of De Zerbi it started exactly as it had started on Sunday evening in Bergamo, creating scoring chances. With one difference: then Caputo he was wrong in front of Gollini, this time instead he slipped on immediately Handanovic. Four minutes, the defense of theInter she was incredibly slabbed, after an easy going out of the young man Muldur, with diagonal ball, Gagliardini he lost Djuricic, Ranocchia he blew himself up, assists for Caputo on which he was late Sticksslow and precise diagonal of the former Empoli bomber, one to zero. The problem for the Emilians was that even the continuation of their match recalled that against Atalanta: they created good opportunities especially on the counterattack but they were unable to exploit them.
MASSIVE ROTATION – Conte and De Zerbi have changed a total of 12 players from the first post-virus races, those of the recoveries. Refreshed outside Inter, outside Candreva and Young, inside Moses and Biraghi, then Ranocchia for De Vrij (not brilliant against Samp), Borja Valero for Barella and especially Sanchez for Lautaro Martinez who instead had scored and left an excellent impression in the last race. De Zerbi went even deeper, literally overturning the formation and changing the whole defensive line turned upside down by Atalanta and the two midfielders: there were no Toljan, Marlon, Peluso and Kyriakopoulos and in their place Müldür, Ferrari, Chiriches and Rogerio, there were no Locatelli and Bourabia in front of the defense, but the orderly Magnanelli and the muscular Obiang. Last touch up attack: outside Defrel, inside Djuricic.
GROWTH OF INTER – While the eleven of With you they took a long time to meet and take on the appearance of a team, those of De Zerbi immediately became protagonists of the most beautiful actions, one, maximum two touches, ball on the ground, spaces always well exploited. To make Inter’s difficulties understand, it is enough to say that Eriksen, among the best against Sampdoria, showed his way only in the end of the first half. Borja Valero and Gagliardini, endowed with a single step and unable to jump the man, have flattened the Nerazzurri’s maneuver, Moses has certainly not enriched it.
SORPASSO – The game changed in the 40th minute when Eriksen (here is the first and only flicker of the Dane) served in the Emilia area Škriniar on which Boga entered by … attacker, not defender, and put him down. Just penalty, one by one by Lukaku. Achieved the tie despite the technical and tactical discomfort (Sassuolo was better placed on the pitch), Inter felt relieved and pressed again, scoring the overtaking goal in the first minute of recovery. The initiative started with whoever concluded it, Cristiano Biraghi: first dribbling win on Berardi, lucky rebound towards Sanchez, assist from ex Manchester United, left under Biraghi’s crossbar. It should be added that just before the half hour Conte had rightly complained to Massa for the “grace” to Rogerio who, already admonished, had committed another yellow foul on Skriniar.
THE IMPOSSIBLE GOAL TO BE WRONG – At the start of the recovery, of course, De Zerbi took off Rogerio and brought in Kyriakopoulos. Inter started the recovery better with another punishment by Biraghi deflected for a corner by Consiglio. After an hour, the substitutions changed the course of the race. Conte changed the structure by removing Eriksen (off) to insert a boy from 2002, Agoumé: via the high summit, Borja Valero went to do the low summit. Lautaro also entered and it was immediately clear that he was in great condition: one of his actions (exchange and then assists) gave Lukaku the ball-goal that Tips he rejected but keeping the ball there, in a small area, where he arrived undisturbed Gagliardini, goal wide open, goalkeeper lying on the ground and ball thrown on the crossbar. It was impossible to miss that goal.
EXPLOSIVE FINAL – It is written on the table of the commandments of football: wrong goal, goal conceded. But in this game, the wrong goals and goals conceded in the last 10 minutes have been infinite. Massa has not whistled a clear penalty in favor of Sassuolo for a touch of Young’s hand (incomprehensible silence even from Nasca to Var). He whistled after him shortly for a disastrous intervention by Young himself on a very strong full-back, Müldür. From the spot, Berardi 2-2. It was the 36 ‘. Tipping in front, Lukaku scored but offside two minutes later. Three more minutes and Inter’s goal was good: free-kick by Candreva, touch on Borja Valero’s second post (lost by Defrel). Three by two on 41 ‘. It could have been 4-2 in the 42nd minute if Candreva, only in front of Councils, did not let the conclusion parry. He could have gone 3-3 in the 43rd minute if Handanovic didn’t do a half miracle on Müldür. He became 3-3 with Magnani’s goal, similar to that of Borja Valero. In full recovery, second yellow for Skriniar, he will not be in Parma. It was a game full of mistakes and therefore beautiful.
Assist: Djuricic 4 ’, Sanchez 46’, Candreva 41 ’s.t.
Goals: Caputo 4 ’, Lukaku 41’ Biraghi 46 ’, Berardi 36’ s.t., Borja Valero 41 ’s.t., Magnani 44’ s.t.
Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, Ranocchia (from 9 ‘s.t. de Vrij), Bastoni; Moses (from 30 ‘s.t. Candreva), Gagliardini, Borja Valero, Biraghi (from 30’ s.t. Young); Eriksen (from 17 ‘s.t. Agoume); Lukaku, Sanchez (from 17 ‘s.t. Lautaro).
Sassuolo: Tips; Muldur, Chiriches (from 34 ‘s. Magnani), Ferrari, Rogerio (from 1’ s. Kyriakopoulos); Magnanelli (from 13 ‘s.t. Locatelli), Obiang; Berardi, Djuricic, Boga (from 22 ‘s.t. Haraslin); Caputo (from 13 ‘s.t. Defrel).
Ammonites: Rogerio (S), Bastoni (I)
Expelled: Skriniar (I)
Referee: Davide Massa (of the Section of Imperia)