Score: Inter Milan 4 Rapid Wein 0
Following recent success Inter Milan open their doors to visitors Rapid Wein in the second leg of their Europa League matchup. In their first leg match Inter won the match after a converted penalty from the Bull Martinez following being fouled by Thornwood. Inter still sit third in Serie A as the fight continues for third place as the gap is still only four points between them and Milan. Rapid however are having a rough season as they still sit in eighth place in their respective league. Rapid in their previous match against Inter in the first leg they were struggling to create and finish scoring chances as they only had four chances in the whole match while Inter had thirteen. They also defensively struggled to keep the ball away from Inter. Inter on the other hand showed they were the stronger side as they kept the ball majority of the match along with creating and finishing their scoring chances. Inter in this match will need to keep their momentum going and maintain at least a win or draw to move on to the round of sixteen. Rapid on the other hand have a much tougher hill to climb as they will need to hold Inter to zero goals while scoring two goals of their own in order for them to move on themselves. Inter should have no issues in winning this match but anything can happen. In the first half both sides created multiple scoring chances but Inter had full advantage. They in the opening half scored two goals as Ranocchia and Vecino scored giving them the 2-0 lead at the half. Then in the second half Inter continue their pressure on Rapid creating majority of the scoring chances. But Inter still wanted to put the nail in the preverbal coffin as they scored another two goals coming from Perisic and Politano with that Inter secure their spot in the round of sixteen.
Inter stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation from their previous matches. In goal is none other than the captain Handanovic. On the defense on left back is former Juventus player Asaomah. In the middle is Skriniar who is the most solid defender on the squad and Ranocchia who rarely starts but when he does play he does a solid job. Then on the right back is Cedric who has about five starts for Inter so far. On defensive mid is Brozovic and Vecino. On the attacking side of things on the left wing is Perisic. In the middle is none other than the ninja Radja. Then on the right wing is Candreva then up top is the bull Martinez who is making his presence known as he is showing what he is made of. This is a solid lineup that is capable of moving onto the round of sixteen.
After bets were made this match gets underway. Early into the half Rapid looked to get things going for their side as they have a lot of room to cover to move on as following a corner from Boli and Christoph connects a header from the center of the box goes over the crossbar. Minutes later Inter add to their aggregate lead as Vecino lands a right footed shot from the right of the box lands in the lower left corner putting the homes side up 1-0. Shortly after Rapid looked to put themselves on the board as Ivan misses a left footed shot from the left of the box. Inter add to their lead near the twenty minute mark as Ranocchia from outside the box buries a right footed shot to the lower right corner making the score 2-0. Inter have done a great job maintain possession of the ball and keeping Rapid to limited scoring chances. Rapid would string two chances together a minute apart as Murg and Boli both from outside the box one using the left foot the other the right but both their attempts would be blocked. Shortly after Pavolic from a difficult spot connects with the left foot but the ball goes to the right of the goal. Rapid in this match will not go down without a fight as they are showing more life than in the first leg. Inter were looking to add to their lead as Brozovic from outside the box takes a right footed shot but the ball goes over the crossbar. In the final two minutes Rapid would try to get themselves on the board as Hofmann lands a header from the center of the box is blocked. With that the half ends with the home side up 2-0.
Vencio scores a break to kill off tie in first half
After the break this match resumes with Inter in full control as they lead on aggregate 3-0 now. The first chance of the half wouldn’t come until after the fifty minute mark as Ranocchia from the center of the box after a cross from Brozovic takes a header but the ball goes to the right of the goal. Minutes later Martinez from the center of the box takes a header of his own but the ball is saved in the center of the goal. This is followed by Murg missing a left footed shot from the right of the box. Inter have done a solid job keeping things going for their side as they pretty much have moving onto the round of sixteen in the bag. After the sixty minute mark Inter make their first subbing as Valero comes on for Brozovic. Then a few minutes later they make subbing number two as Politano comes on for Martinez. Minutes later Perisic following a cross from Candreva lands a header which is blocked. A minute later Perisic from the left of the box takes a left footed shot but the ball goes to the right. Inter at this point need to just play defensively and keep the ball away from Rapid as this match is pretty much theirs. After the seventy minute point Dejan from outside the box takes a right footed shot which is saved by the captain in the lower left corner. Minutes later Valero misses a right footed shot from outside the box as the ball goes over the crossbar. A minute later Inter make their final subbing of the match as Miranda comes on for Skriniar. With ten minutes to play Srdjan of Rapid looks to get a consolation goal at this point with a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked seconds later as Inter turn the knife adding insult to injury Perisic from the right of the box takes a right footed shot as the ball lands in the center of the goal now making it 3-0. Now with three minutes to go Inter put the nail in the coffin as Politano from the center of the box lands a right footed shot into the top center of the goal with this the match ends with a huge win as they move onto the next round in the Europa League.
Its all similes at the San Siro as Inter advance to the Round of 16 where they will met Jovic and Frankfurt
This win was massive as Inter move on. They made sure Rapid didn’t have any room to breathe but the chances they did take they were able to block and save them with ease. That or they miscalculated some of their shots and the ball missed the goal. Inter have started stepping up in finishing scoring chances and doing what is needed to win matches. The man of the match goes to the captain Handanovic. He has stepped up with being the leader the squad really needed. He is helping show where the players should be when Spalletti can’t and he has done a great job saving chances as he is the leader in clean sheets so far this season. But overall without Icardi the club as really stepped up and is doing what is needed to get things done. Inter in their next match take on Fiorentina who they beat at the beginning of the campaign and they look to do the same again. As always until the next one FORZA INTER.
Man of the Match: Samir Handanovic
By the numbers
On target 6
Pass success 88%
On target 1
Pass success 80%