Icardi leads red hot Inter into the Capital and leaves Lazio Brain Dead #78

Score:Inter Milan 3 Lazio 0 FT

Italy Soccer Serie A

Stadio Olimpico,Rome 
After recent success despite this weeks loss against Barcelona in the Champions League Inter travel to take on fourth place Lazio. The last time both these sides squared off was in the final match of last season where Inter would secure the final Champions League spot after coming back twice to do so. Inter have won three out of their last six matches where Lazio have two wins and one draw. Lazio sit only one point behind Inter and this will be a tough match as Lazio are a very competitive team and they will do anything and everything it takes to win this match. This means Inter will have their work cut out for them. Inter have a few things that they need to keep an eye out for and can use to their advantage. First they need to contain their offensive players because they are known for taking chances and following through with them. They are dangerous especially with Immobile who is their main goal chance taker. They can play the offside trap as that is one of their offensive weaknesses especially inside the box which is one of those dangerous areas. They also will have to isolate other players at time as well just like Inter they like creating chances through individual player skills which is good but the downside is more player errors if the team is not careful. Defensive wise Inter better not be caught sleeping during this critical match because Lazio are well known for taking advantage of teams that are sleeping and will steal the ball then be able to control the rest of the match and if Inter make a mistake they better shake it off because Inter when it comes to mistakes have a bad track record as they become more prone to making errors which end up costing them points. But they have gotten slightly better in that area. This match is a challenge for them but if they focus they can get a point from this match because this match may end up a loss if they’re not careful. In the first half both sides would open chances but Inter strike first as Icardi scored midway through the half. In the last few minutes of the half Brozovic would add to their lead giving them a 2-0 advantage. In the second half both sides continued to go at each other but with twenty minutes left Inter secured their win as Icardi scored his second goal of the match. With that Inter  win the match and jump to second place.

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This week Inter would make a formation change to a 4-3-3 format which is a unorthadox change for them as they normally use the 4-2-3-1 formation. In goal is none other than key starter Handanovic who has five clean sheets so far this season. On defense on left back is is former Juventus player Asomah. In the middle switching to the left center Milan Skriniar and on the right center mid is Miranda. On left back is Vrsaljiko who is finally getting more playing time and getting a chance to prove himself. On defensive mid on left wingback is Politano who has stepped up in recent matches. On center mid is epic Brozovic. On right wingback is Vecino. On the attacking side of things playing in a very rare position for him on left wing is the Inter scoring beast Icardi. In the middle is secondary goal scorer Perisic and on the right is a player who hasn’t been started in a very long time due to performance issues is Mario who is getting another chance to prove himself. This is a ok lineup but Lazio will not go down easily especially with the likes of Immobile, Savic and Lulic who are their best goal chance takers. If they shut them down they should be in good shape.

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After the players took the pitch and predictions were made this match gets underway. Inter looked to start things off with a bang as Vecino misses a right footed shot from the center of the box. Seconds later Lazio get their first chance as Felipe misses a shot from a long range outside the box. A few minutes later Marco of Lazio after a cross from Lulic misses a right footed shot from the six yard box as the ball goes to the right of the goal. After the fifteen Skriniar misses a header following a cross from Vrsaljiko from the center of the box as it goes to the right. Seconds later Immobile takes a right footed shot from the right of the box and the ball misses to the right as well. Both sides are fighting tooth and nail to get that opening goal. After the twenty minute mark Perisic after an assist from Icardi takes a right footed shot from the left of the box as the ball goes to the right. A few minutes later Vecino gets a shot from the center of the box blocked. A few seconds later Inter breaks the deadlock as Icardi lands a right footed shot from the center of the box as the ball coast in the lower right corner of the goal. This give Inter the 1-0 lead. This now puts pressure on Lazio to equalize things. After the thirty minute mark Lazio would try and get the equalizer as Marco takes a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. With nine minutes left in the half Vecino after a connecting cross from Sime takes a header from the center of the box is saved in the lower left corner. Savic a minute later misses a right footed shot from the center of the box. Vecino takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the lower right corner. With four minutes to go epic Brozo after a corner lands a left footed shot from outside the box lands in the lower left corner of the goal making it 2-0 to Inter and with that the half would end with Inter up 2-0. If Inter can keep the pressure on Lazio and continue well defensively Inter can easily get those coveted three points.

 

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After the break this match resumes with Inter trying to add to their lead or maintain it. Lazio on the other hand are looking to make sure this match doesn’t end in a shut out. Early in the second half Danilo of Lazio takes a right footed shot from a long range on the left is saved in the top left corner. Seconds later Lulic from outside the box takes a right footed shot gets blocked. On the fifty minute mark Felipe misses a header from the center of the box misses to the right. A few minutes later Savic misses a right footed shot from the left of the box as the ball goes to the right. In the fifty seventh minute Valero replaces Mario. After the substitution Perisic takes a left footed shot from the left of the box goes over the crossbar. With thirty minutes left Icardi misses a right footed shot from outside the box is high and to the right. This match as been all Inter they’re doing a great job maintaining possession of the ball and defending the ball well. Vecino following a cross from Sime takes a header from the center of the box is saved in the lower right corner of the goal. A few minutes later Politano takes a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. With twenty three minutes left in the match Adam takes a right footed shot from the right of the box is saved in the top right corner. With twenty minutes left Icardi lands a left footed shot from the center of the box lands in the lower right corner giving Inter a 3-0 lead. Minutes later Icardi looked to get his first hat trick of the season with a right footed shot from outside the box misses over the crossbar. After the eighty minute mark Immobile takes a right footed shot from a difficult position is saved in the lower left corner. In the eighty seventh and eighty eighth minutes Inter make two substitutions as Gagliardini replaces Vecino and Keita replaces Politano. In the final minute of the match Lazio would try and make sure this match didn’t end in a shut out as Felipe takes a left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked after a headed pass from Acerbi and with that the match ends with Inter moving up to second place six points behind the leaders Juventus.

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This was a huge win for Inter as they move up in the table to second place. Inter have shown and made improvements that have worked out in their favor. Defensive wise they’ve gotten stronger and offensive they are becoming more cohesive and have done a better job creating chances and being able to follow through with them. Of course there is always room for improvements but they are on the right track. Hopefully Inter can one day be a title contending team once again. The man of the match is Icardi who did a great job opening chances and scoring those two goals. Next match Inter take on 10th place Genoa in a early home match. The last time they faced each other in the back half of the season Genoa won 2-0. This will be another tough match as Genoa are a team that if they catch you off guard they can take advantage of it especially as they had a draw off Juventus this match can go either way. As always FORZA INTER.

 

Man Of the Match: Marco Icardi (3)

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By the numbers
Inter Milan
Possession 61%
Shots 18
On target 7
Passes 619
Pass success 86.9%
Lazio
Possession 39%
Shots 21
On target 4
Passes 376
Pass success 81.4%

Top of the table
Juventus 9-1-0 28pts
Inter 7-1-2 22pts
Napoli 7-1-2 22pts
Lazio 6-0-4 18pts
Roma 4-3-2 15pts
Bottom of the table
Udinese 2-3-5 9pts
Bologna 2-3-5 9pts
Empoli 1-3-6 6pts
Frosinone 1-2-7 5pts
Cheivo 0-2-8 -1pt

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