Score:Inter Milan 2 Sampdoria 1
Following back to back wins against Parma and Rapid Wein in the Europa League Inter welcome visitors ninth place Sampdoria. Sampdoria on the other hand are coming off a loss to relegation side Frosinone. The last time these two sides clashed in the first half of the season Inter won the match 1-0. Overall Inter have won four out of their last six matches against mid-table Sampdoria. In way of form Inter has a record of a 2-1-2 going into this match while Sampdoria have a record of 1-1-3. Despite being a mid table side Sampdoria are a side that you don’t want to sleep on especially with a forward such has Quagliarella on their side who has sixteen goals this season so far. Inter however have been hit and miss as of late with some good performances along with some bad ones as well. Inter wins are now critical as their gap between their rivals Milan is only a point as Milan won their match Saturday. This match will determine if Inter stay in third place or if they’ll drop to fourth. Inter in this match will need to continue working on finishing their scoring chances as this as been a issue for them. They will also need defend the ball and not let them get any chances of their own to score. Sampdoria will need to do the same thing along with keeping possession of the ball as Inter are known for possession football tactics. Overall Inter are the stronger team but with all the drama surrounding the club this match may end up being a loss as they may let the situation mess with their mentality but hopefully that doesn’t end up being the case. In the first match both sides would share even possession of the ball but Inter lead in the way of scoring chances as they had nine chances compared to six chances for Sampdoria. But the half ended with both sides at a 0-0 standstill. In the second half is where things heated up as both sides had more chances but in the last twenty minutes is where the real fun began as Inter broke the deadlock with a goal coming from D’ambrosio which put the home side up 1-0. But Sampdoria weren’t going to let Inter get the win so easily when minutes later they’d get and equalizer with a goal from Gabbiadini. But as this match was heading towards a draw the ninja would strike landing a goal of his own into the back of the net which gave Inter a critical win as they won the match 2-1.
Inter in this match stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation which as become a key formation since last season. In goal is key starter and Inter captain Handanovic. On the defense on left back who swaps every other match with Asomah is Dalbert. In the middle the duo of Skriniar and Devrij. Then capping them off on the right back is D’ambrosio. On the defensive mid is Brozovic and getting another start this season is Gagliardini. On the attacking side of things on the left wing is Perisic who as been hit and miss as of late but this is probably due to the whole Icardi and Wanda fiasco which is causing him to want to leave the club. In the middle is the ninja Radja who hasn’t been performing well hopefully in this match things turn around for him. Then on the right wing is Politano coming back after being suspension. Then up top replacing Icardi who wasn’t even allowed on the bench due to this drama is the bull Martinez who as really stepped up as he as been a proven goal scorer and who is good in a starting position. This is a solid lineup but they need to beware of Quagliarella and Defrel Sampdoria’s key strikers who will do anything to get those three points.
After bets were made and the players took their spots on the pitch this match gets started. Minutes in Inter looked to draw first blood as Perisic connects a header following a cross from Brozovic from the left of the box is saved in the lower right corner. A minute later Radja from outside the box takes a right footed shot which is then blocked. So far Inter are on fire. Following his shot Martinez takes a chance of his own with a shot from the left of the box which is saved in the center of the goal. Minutes later Politano lands a left footed shot from outside the box goes over the crossbar. Inter are really keeping the presure on Sampdoria not allowing them to get any chances of their own so far. It wouldn’t be until near the twenty minute mark when Sampdoria would get their first chance of the match as Quagliarella connects a right footed shot from outside the box which is blocked this is followed up with a rebound from Tonelli landing a right footed shot but is goes over the crossbar to the right hand side of the goal. Now Sampdoria are showing signs of life. Things would stall as no chances would be taken again until near the thirty minute mark as Dalbert from outside the box takes a left footed shot which misses to the right of the goal. A minute later Radja gets his second chance of the match with a left footed shot from outside the box goes to the left of the goal. Inter have been on fire so far hopefully they keep this momentum the rest of the half into the second. With ten minutes to play in the Inter dominating half Saponara from a strange position on the left lands a left footed shot but the ball goes to the left of the goal. Minutes later Perisic from outside the box takes a left footed shot but it gets saved in the center of the goal. In the forty second minute Saponara takes a right footed shot which is the blocked. In the final minute Martinez tries to get Inter the lead with a shot from the center of the box which is blocked and the half ends with both sides at 0-0. If Inter can continue the pressure and capitalize on any of their chances they could possibly win this match.
Martinez sets up chance to give his side the lead in scoreless first half.
Following the break this match resumes with both sides still in the hunt for those critical three points. In the opening seconds of the final half Sampdoria would start thing this time around as Defrel connects a right footed shot from the center of the box but Handanovic saves the shot in the top center of the goal. A few minutes later D’ambrosio who normally doesn’t take scoring chances takes a header from a close range but the ball goes to the left of the goal. Inter Near the fifty five minute point Martinez takes a left footed shot but his shot is blocked. Inter even in this half so far are the dominant side. Near the sixty minute mark Inter make their first substitution of the match as Mario comes on for Gagliardini. Following the subbing Sampdoria Saponara from the center of the box takes a right footed shot is blocked. Near the seventy minute point Sampdoria would string two shots in a row as the first came from Quagliarella with a header from the center of the box but the ball goes over the crossbar and a minute later Defrel from outside the box takes a left footed shot which is blocked. Following those shots from Sampdoria Politano connects a left footed shot but the ball goes to the left. A minute later Inter make subbing number two as Candreva comes on for Politano. Perisic in the span of two minutes would create three great chances the first is a left footed shot from the center of the box which is blocked. The second also from the center of the box this time with the right foot is saved in the lower right corner of the goal. Seconds later from the center of the box is a header which goes over the crossbar. In the seventy third minute the stalemate is broken as D’ambrosio lands a right footed shot from a close area lands in the top right corner giving the home side the 1-0 lead. But Sampdoria wouldn’t be denied as they brought things back on even terms with a goal of their own coming from a left footed shot to the center of the goal coming from Gabbiadini making the score 1-1. With twelve minutes left Inter would retake the lead following a headed pass from Skriniar Radja connects with the right foot from outside the box as the ball lands in the lower left corner. A few minutes later Linetty from outside the box takes a right footed shot which is blocked. Before the match would end Sampdoria had one final chance to salvage a point as Gabbiadini from outside the box takes a left footed shot which is then blocked. With that the final whistle blows as Inter get a HUGE win as they come away with those much needed three points.
Radja Nainggolan celebrates game winner as Inter secure critical win.
This win here was a critical win for Inter as the gap between Inter and rivals Milan is now back to four points. They did a solid job creating and finishing chances but of course there is room to get better. Also they did a great job maintaining possession of the ball. Defensive wise they did a great job saving and blocking Sampdoria’s advances. Also they stole the ball when the chance arrised. Despite not having Icardi in the lineup they did a great job working as a cohesive team. They banded together and got the job done which was amazing especially with all the drama. The man of the match is D’Ambrosio who really stepped up today in all aspects of the match along with scoring the opening goal great job D’Ambrosio you deserve it. Next match will be the second match of Inter vs Rapid which will then be followed by them taking on Fiorentina these matches should be wins but anything is possible. As always until the next one FORZA INTER.
Man of The match: Antione D’ambrosio
By the numbers
On target 6
Pass success 81%
On target 2
Pass success 81%
Top of the table
Juventus 21-3-0 66pts
Napoli 16-5-3 53pts
Inter Milan 14-4-6 46pts
Milan 11-9-4 42pts
Roma 11-8-5 41pts
Bottom of the table
SPAL 5-7-12 22pts
Empoli 5-6-13 21pts
Bologna 3-9-11 18pts
Frosinone 3-7-14 16pts
Cheivo 1-9-14 9pts