Inter received a massive boost in their Scudetto defense as they beat Roma 3-1 in Milan today. The Nerazzurri were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Denzel Dumfries and Marcelo Brozovic. They found third place early in the second half thanks to Lautaro Martinez’s header. Roma managed to pull one back through a Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot.
However, the day belonged to Inter and they broke Roma’s 12-game unbeaten streak to salvage a precious win.
Inter made three changes after the Coppa Italia win over Milan, with Federico Dimarco replacing Alessandro Bastoni in defence. Dumfries was back in the line-up at the expense of Matteo Darmian, while Edin Dzeko started in place of Joaquin Correa.
Roma made some changes, with Mkhitaryan and Stephan El Shaarawy replacing Bryan Cristante and Nicolo Zaniolo respectively.
Neither side attempted to disrupt the other’s defenses for the first 15 minutes. Hakan Calhanoglu had the first good chance of the game when he fired from long-range. However, Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio was able to stop it. Just a few minutes later, Mkhitaryan shot at goal from long-range but the goal went wide. Roma had a very good chance to open the scoring after Gianluca Mancini headed in from a Lorenzo Pellegrini free kick. However, it was only wide. Shortly after, Inter opened the scoring after Hakan Calhanoglu’s beautiful pass met Dumfries, who found the net. That Nerazzurri doubled their lead through Brozovic. The Croatian was at the end of Ivan Perisic’s pass and dribbled past a couple of Roma players before hitting the net with a right footed shot.
Roma were keen to get back in the game but Inter extended their lead after Martinez headed in from a corner. It was the Argentine’s 15th goal in Serie A and his 19th this season. Roma looked to pull one back, with Pellegrini firing a couple of shots on goal. However, they could not find the net.
That Giallorossi They finally equalized in the 85th minute thanks to a shot from Mkhitaryan. It was only a consolation, however, as Inter were able to hold onto their lead.
It was a fine reminder of that Nerazzurri and they were deserved winners. They used their chances to score while being rigid in defense against Roma. Inter are now at the top of Serie A, a point ahead of rivals Milan, while Roma remain fifth in the standings. They are five points behind Juventus, who have a game in hand.
Inter travel to Bologna for the game against the on Wednesday Rossoblu. Given its current form, the Nerazzurri is heavily favored to win the match and seal three points. Roma travel to Leicester for the first leg of the Conference League semifinals against Leicester City. The Foxes haven’t been at their best in the Premier League though Giallorossi it won’t be easy against them.
GAME scorecard April 23, 2022 – Serie A 2021-2022 Matchday 34
Goalscorers: 30′ Dumfries (I), 40′ Brozovic (I), 52′ Martinez (I), 85′ Mkhitaryan (R)
|INTER (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij (46′ D’Ambrosio), Dimarco (66′ Bastoni); Dumfries, Barella (66′ Vidal), Brozovic (82′ Vecino), Calhanoglu (84′ Gagliardini), Perisic; Martinez, Dzeko (Sanchez, Vecino, Ranocchia, Cordaz, Darmian, Caicedo, Radu) Coaches: Inzaghi|
|a||Roma (3-4-2-1): Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Mkhitaryan, Oliveira, Zalewskil; Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Abraham (Chiesa, Frabotta, Retsos, Boseggia, Hongla, Praszelik) Coaches: Mourinho|
REFEREE: Mr Sozza REMARKS: Yellow cards: Dumfries (I), Brozovic (I); Added time: 1st half 1′, 2nd half 3′
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