Red hot Inter steam roll Genoa in a all out beat down #81

 

Score:Inter Milan 5 Genoa 0 FT

 

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Giuseppe Meazza
Milan Italy

Following their big win against Lazio Inter come home to welcome visitors eleventh place Genoa. Last time these two teams faced each other was back in February where Genoa would go on to beat Inter 2-0. Overall between both sides each have three wins a piece over their last six matches against each other. Despite being in the middle of the table Genoa are a strong team especially if they catch their opponents off guard. They are strong at taking scoring chances which is one thing that Inter will need to make sure they stop because if they catch them sleeping they can easily take full advantage of it. Inter can prevent these chances by utilizing some of Genoa’s weaknesses such as fouling in critical areas such as inside the box or they can use the offside trap which Inter as been using more often this season to deny their opponents critical chances. Inter will also need to defend and keep the ball as Genoa are strong at stealing the ball away from their opponents. Inter on their end will need to focus on continuing finishing their scoring chances and doing what it takes to get the job done. This match can go either way but as Inter are playing at home and have a solid side this match should be a win but of course anything can happen. In the first half Inter would show major dominance as they would open many chances and hold Genoa to a standstill not letting them get any breathing room to create chances of their own. Inter in this half scored two goals coming from Gagliardini and Politano. In the second half Inter continued their dominance doing the exact same thing as the first half by not letting Genoa get any momentum going and Inter added to their lead with goals from another goal from Gagliardini giving him two goals of the match one each from the ninja Radja and a unlikely hero Mario. Inter would get those much needed three points as they now sit three points behind leaders Juventus.

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This week Inter would stick to the 4-3-3 formation they used last week against Lazio. In goal is none other than Handanovic. He has six clean sheets so far this season. On defense on the position of left back is Dalbert in the middle is they duo of Devrij and Skriniar who have become critical assets to the team. On right back making his return to the lineup is Dambrosio. On defensive mid on the position of left wing back getting his second start of the season is Mario who is showing promise after showing a decent performance in last weeks match hopefully he gets more playing time to see if he can become a asset once again. In center mid is the is epic Brozovic and on the position of right wing back is Gagliardini. On the attacking spectrum on the left wing is none other than Perisic. In the middle is the bull Lautaro Martinez who as been a great whenever he gets the chance to play hopefully he gets more playing time going forward to provide those fresh legs. On the right wing Politano. This is a solid lineup this new formation has been helping Inter as well as the usual 4-2-3-1 formation these two formations seem to help them they do however need to keep and eye out for Pandev as he is a strong player and who knows Inter Milan inside and out as he was a former player for them and can be a potential threat if they’re not careful.

 

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After bets were placed and the players took to the pitch on a late afternoon in the heart of Milan this match gets underway. Inter looked to strike first early in the half as Martinez from the six yard box takes a right footed shot but it goes over the woodwork. A minute later Perisic misses a right footed shot from outside the box as the ball goes to the right. After the ten minute mark Genoa get their first chance of the half as Darko takes a right footed shot from the left of the box in a tough angle is goes over the crossbar to the right. Two minutes later Politano following a pass from D’Ambrosio takes a shot from outside the box but his attempt is saved in the center of the goal. Minute later Inter take the lead as Gagliardini lands a left footed shot in the lower right corner giving the home side the 1-0 lead. Inter are all over Genoa and they are holding them to a stalemate and are creating chance after chance and showing dominance. Politano near the twenty minute mark adds to Inter’s lead after a left footed shot from the center of the box landing in the lower right corner making it 2-0 to the home side. Darko of Genoa after the thirty minute point gets his second chance of the match missing a right footed shot from outside the box. Perisic seconds later takes a left footed shot but it is blocked. Minutes later Cristian takes a header from the center of the box is saved by Handanovic in the center of the goal. With ten minutes to go in this Inter dominating half Devrij after a cross from Brozovic misses a header from the center of the box as the ball goes to the over the top right corner. In the final minute Genoa would try and get on the board as Romulo misses a right footed shot from outside the box goes high and to the right with that Inter take a 2-0 lead going into the second half completely showing dominance in every aspect of this match if they can keep this up in the second half they can easily have another three points.

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It was the coming out party for Roberto Gagliardini as he scores his second 

 

Following the intermission this match resumes with Inter looking to add to their lead while Genoa try and get some momentum going. Early in the second half Inter get the first chance of the half like they did in the first as Perisic takes a right footed shot but his shot is saved in the center of the goal. Seconds later Gagliardini lands a right footed shot from the right of the box as the ball coast into the center of the goal making it 3-0. Inter have all but won this match as they just need to keep their lead from here on out. After the fifty minute mark Genoa get their third chance of the match as Piatek takes a shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Two minutes before the sixty minute mark their first subbing of the match as Keita comes on for Politano. A minute later Miguel of Genoa takes a shot from outside the box is blocked. Inter have done a great job maintaining momentum in this match and not giving Genoa an inch. A few minutes later Darko misses a right footed shot after a corner as the ball goes to the right. With fourteen minutes left Inter make substitution of the match as Valero replaces Perisic. Seconds after the subbing Martinez on the left of the box takes a left footed shot but it goes to the right. With eight minutes to go Martinez after a cross from Keita takes a right footed shot but it goes over the crossbar. Inter three minutes before the end of this Inter dominating match make their last subbing as Radja comes on for Brozovic. After coming on Radja takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. In the final minute before stoppage time Mario does the unthinkable and score his first goal in quite sometime with a left footed shot from the center of the box lands in the lower right corner. In stoppage time to add insult to Genoa’s injury adds one final goal as the ninja Radja lands a header from the center of the box lands in the lower right corner with that this match ends with Inter killing Genoa and securing those much needed three points.

 

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Joao Mario rediscovers himself for Inter with late Goal 

 

This was a massive win for Inter as they need all the momentum they can get going into Tuesday when they welcome visitors Barcelona in their second match in the Champions League. Inter have taken strides in doing what it takes to secure victory especially in tough matches like the match against Lazio last week. The 4-3-3 formation they’ve been using the past two weeks have been another formation they can utilize especially against those stronger opponents. They’re starting to use methods outside the box to get results. Player wise this is the strongest side Inter fans have seen in a few seasons hopefully with all these changes one day Inter can be a Scudetto winning team once again. The man of the match in this one is Mario. He is starting to show life again and did a great job creating chances and assisting his team to victory that and he scored one of the late match goals and is showing promise on becoming a great player once again. Next week Inter take on Atalanta. The last time they faced each other in the back half of the season they both would salvage a point as the match ended in a 0-0 draw. This match if they keep up their current form can win that match but Atalanta are unpredictable and can pull off the win themselves.

 

 

Man Of The Match: Joao Mario 

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By the numbers
Inter Milan
Possession 63%
Shots 20
On target 9
Passes 565
Pass success 86.5%
Genoa
Possession 37%
Shots 7
On target 2
Passes 332
Pass success 74.7%
Top of the table
Juventus 10-1-0 31pts
Inter Milan 8-1-2 25pts
Napoli 8-1-2 25pts
Milan 5-3-2 18pts
Lazio 6-0-4 18pts
Bottom of the table
Udinese 2-3-5 9pts
Bologna 2-3-5 9pts
Empoli 1-3-7 6pts
Frosinone 1-2-7 5pts
Cheivo 0-2-8 -1pt

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