Inter kept their Scudetto hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Udinese at Stadio Friuli. Goals from Ivan Perisic and Lautaro Martinez gave Simone Inzaghi’s side a 2-0 lead in the first half. Udinese managed to come from behind through substitute Ignacio Pussetto, but Inter managed to hold on to their lead and take the three points.
Inter made some changes after the Bologna defeat, with Samir Handanovic back between the posts while Matteo Darmian came on for Denzel Dumfries. Roberto Gagliardini started in midfield in place of Hakan Calhanoglu, while Edin Dzeko returned to the XI at the expense of Joaquin Correa. Udinese made few changes after their Florence win, with Nehuen Perez replacing Bram Nuytinck and Roberto Pereyra starting in place of Jean-Victor Makengo.
Inter desperately needed a win and started in front from the start. They often disrupted opposing defenses and it didn’t take long for them to get their reward. Inter opened the scoring after Ivan Perisic headed in from a Federico Dimarco corner. Moments later, Walace fired from long-range but Samir Handanovic parried to thwart him.
That Nerazzurri Desperate to double their lead, they had a glorious chance to do so when Pablo Mari fouled in the penalty area. Martinez kicked up and the Argentine’s shot was deflected off the post and the keeper at him and he headed it into an empty goal to double his team’s lead.
Inter were keen to extend their lead but Udinese’s back line looked rigid. The hosts had a shot on target from Walace but he couldn’t find the target. Gabriele Cioffi’s side found the last goal thanks to Pussetto coming on as a substitute.
Inter produced some fresh legs in the last 15 minutes of the game. They could not find the web, but managed to prevent the opponent from posing a threat to the future. Inter maintained their lead and secured three crucial points in a game that had to be won. Of course, the reigning champions will have to rely heavily on Milan dropping points if they are to defend their title.
Nonetheless, Inzaghi will be happy with the win as Inter have some important games ahead of them aside from the Coppa Italia final. Inter remain second in the Scudetto standings while Udinese are 12th.
Inter host Empoli next Friday and will look to salvage another win while hoping Milan drop points in their game. Udinese have an away game against Sassuolo who were beaten against Napoli in their last game.
May 1, 2022 – Serie A 2021-2022 Round 35
UDINESE – INTER 1-2
Goalscorers: 12′ Persian (I)39′ Martinez (I), 72′ Pussetto (U)
|UDINESE (3-5-2): Silvestri; Becao, Pablo Mari, Perez; Molina (73′ Soppy), Arslan (46′ Samardzic), Walace, Pereyra (79′ Jajalo), Udogie; Success (72′ Pussetto), Deulofeu (Padelli, Gasparini, Zeegelaar, Nuytinck, Ballarini, Benkovic, Nestorovski) Coaches: Cioffi|
|INTER (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Dimarco (77′ D’Ambrosio); Darmian, Barella (90′ Vecino), Brozovic, Gagliardini (74′ Vidal), Perisic; Lautaro Martinez (74′ Sanchez), Dzeko (74′ Correa) (Radu, Cordaz, Ranocchia, Dumfries, Gosens, Caicedo) Coaches: S.Inzaghi|
REFEREE: Mr. Chiffi from Padua
REMARKS: Yellow cards: Pablo Mari, Pereyra (U), Vecino (I); Added time: 1st half 3′ 2nd half 5′
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