Martinez Strikes late as Inter Snap winless streak #122

Score: Inter Milan 1 Parma 0

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Ennio Tardini, Parma
After weeks of dreadful results Inter travel to take on twelvth place Parma. Inter in this match will look to turn things around as the gap between them and fourth place Milan is four points which Milan will do everything they can to take third place from Inter. Parma on the other hand are looking to move up in the league standings. So both sides have their goals in their sights. The last time these two sides faced each other Parma won the match 1-0. Parma despite being in twelvth place they have fight and determination and is so far the only promoted teams from Serie B to stay in the top flight while Empoli is on the bubble and it looks as if Frosionone will be the first promoted team sent back to Serie B. Inter on the other hand have lost their winning mentaility which have cost them much needed points. This is the first thing that they need to work on if they have any hopes of staying in third place. In this match Inter will need to work on finishing those scoring chances which is another key area they struggle with at the moment. Also they will need to make sure Parma don’t get any room to create chances of their own. Parma will also need to prevent Inter from getting chances of their own as well. On paper Inter are the stronger side but as of late that is the only place they are strong on because on the pitch they’ve been dreadful. Hopefully this match things turn around for them. In the first half things would start off slow as both sides had very few chances and the half would end 0-0. In the second half things heated up as both sides would open up more chances. This match looked to be heading toawrds a draw but eleven minutes before the match would end Martinez lands the ball in the back of the net and then helped Inter hold on for the 1-0 victory. This gives Inter their first win in the past five matches.

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This week Inter would stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation. In goal is none other than Samir Handanovic. On defense on left back is Asamoah. In the middle the killer pair of Devrij and Skriniar who continue to work well together. Then finishing off on the right back is D’Ambrosio. On the defensive mid is the duo of Brozovic and Vecino. On the attacking side of things on the left wing is a player who as shown interest of a exit from Inter is Perisic. Making his reappearence in the starting lineup is the ninja Radja. Then on the right wing is Mario. Then up top is none other than Icardi. This is a solid lineup which should be capable of winning this match. But they need to beware of Gervinho who is a threat in and outside the box. He also is a frequent goal chance taker and will do anything to help get his side those much needed three points.

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After bets were placed this match gets underway. Minutes into the half Parma would get the first chance of the half as Kucka from the center of the box takes a header but the ball goes to the left of the goal. Shortly after Inglese from the center of the box takes a header of his own but it gets blocked. Parma despite Inter holding possession Parma seem to be in control of scoring chances. It wouldn’t be until the twenty minute mark when Inter would get their first chance of the half as Radja from outside the box takes a right footed shot but the ball misses to the right. Two minutes later Gervinho hits the post following a right footed shot from the left of the box. Vecino a minute later misses a shot from outside the box. Inter are finally showing signs of life as they’re slowly getting more chances. Nearing the thirty minute mark Radja from outside the box takes a left footed shot but it gets blocked. Shortly after Luca from outside the box takes a left footed shot but it as well gets blocked. A minute later Perisic takes a shot from a difficult area on the left is saved in the lower right corner. Minutes later Perisic again this time with the right foot from the same position but the ball misses to the right. Icardi then follows up with a header which misses to the right of the goal. With two minutes in the half Inglese from the left of the box takes a right footed shot but the ball goes to the right. With that the half ends 0-0.

 

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After halftime pep talks this match resumes. Minutes into the half Radja connects a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Minutes later Icardi following a cross from Perisic takes a header from the left of the box but the ball goes to the left. Things are finally going in Inter’s favor as they finally started to get more chances. Near the sixty Minute mark Radja from the center of the box after a cross from Mario takes a header but the ball goes to the left. Minutes later Skriniar takes a header of his own from the center of the box but it misses to the left as well. Inter are finally showing life which is the team they needed over the past few matches. With fifteen minutes left Inglesse tries to break the stale mate from the center of the box is blocked. In the seventy seventh minute Inter make their first subbing as the bull Martinez comes on for Mario. Alves seconds later gets a shot from outside the box blocked. Minutes later Inter break the dead lock as Martinez connects a right footed shot from the center of the box as the ball lands in the top right corner giving Inter the 1-0 lead. Minutes later Vecino from the center of the box takes a right footed shot but the ball goes to the right. With five minutes to play Brozovic hits the post with a right footed shot. With two minutes left Inter make subbing number two as Gagliardini comes on for Radja. Minutes later Martinez takes a left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Inter despite no chances Inter brought on Cedric for Icardi with that the match ends with Inter coming away with those much needed three points.

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This was a much needed win for Inter who as been struggling as of late. They did a better job finishing chances and they did a great job defending the ball as well. Now if they can keep up this momentum and further the gap between third and fourth there is no reason they can’t secure that third spot. The man of the match is Brozovic who helped with creating scoring chances but did a great job defending the ball as well. Later this week Inter will take on Rapid Wein in the knockout stages of the Europa League this is their last chance they get to win a title this year. As always FORZA INTER

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By the numbers
Inter
Possession 65%
Shots 18
On target 6
Passes 542
Pass success 86%
Parma
Possession 35%
Shots 8
On target 1
Passes 297
Pass success 74%
Top of the table
Juventus 20-3-0 63pts
Napoli 16-4-3 52pts
Inter Milan 13-4-6 43pts
Milan 10-9-4 39pts
Atalanta 11-5-7 38pts

Bottom of the table
Udinese 4-7-12 19pts
Bologna 3-9-11 18pts
Empoli 4-6-13 18pts
Frosinone 3-7-13 16pts
Chievo 1-9-13 9pts

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