Score:Frankfurt 1 Inter Milan 0
After their win against Spal Inter welcome visitors Frankfurt in the second leg of the round of sixteen in the Europa League. In the first leg despite both side fighting valiantly both sides held each other to a draw. For Inter winning this match will be a difficult won to pull off as most of their side is either injured or suspended. With a weakend side things don’t look good as Frankfurt were the dominant side in the first round match. Inter will need to first and foremost create and finish those scoring chances along with capitalizing on them. Defensive wise they will need to block any and all chances that Frankfurt will take that and if they get past the defense Handanovic will need to save those chances. Inter will also need to keep Jovic under their watchful eye as he is the stronger player on Frankfurt who will be a threat to Inter if they’re not careful.Frankfurt will look to do the same thing but they will need to keep an eye on Devrij who will look to help shut down their offense. This match looks like a loss to Inter as they are the weaker side and without their main players they will have a massive hill to climb. In the first half of the match Frankfurt would get on the board early as Jovic landed one in the back of the net giving Frankfurt the lead. Inter looked to equalize with creating chances but they were unable to do so as the half ended with Frankfurt up 1-0. After the break both sides continued to create chances with Inter looking to get things evened up once again while Frankfurt looked to add to their lead. But Inter were unsuccessful as Inter are eliminated from the Europa League.
Inter in this match go with the 4-2-3-1 formation. In goal is none other than the captain himself Handanovic. On the defense on left back is Cedric who hasn’t shown anything significant yet as he seems to not have gelled with the squad yet. In the middle is the pairing of Devrij and Skriniar the more cohesive unit on the defense. Then on the right back is D’Ambrosio. Then on the defensive mid is the double V in the duo of Valero and Vecino. On the attacking side of the spectrum on the left wing is Perisic. In the middle is Politano who is finally showing his worth and it would be a shame to have him go back to Sassuolo at the end of the campaign. Then on the right wing is Candreva. Then up top taking the striker role is Balde who hasn’t started in this position before and it’s unsure of how he’ll do in this spot. This is a bad lineup but with the limited options and there not being much to work with this is the lineup that will have to do.
After bets were made this match gets underway. Three minutes into the half Frankfurt looked to get on the board as Kostic from the left of the box connects a shot but its saved in the lower right corner of the goal. Minutes later Frankfurt put themselves on the board with Jovic landing a right footed shot from the right of the box into the top left corner of the goal making it 1-0 to the visitors. Inter now are in the hunt for an equalizer. After the ten minute mark Jetro lands a shot from outside the box but the ball misses the goal. On the fifteen minute mark Inter get their first chance of the half as Perisic with an assist from D’Ambrosio takes a shot from the left of the box misses the goal as it goes over the crossbar. Minutes later Frankfurt looked to add to their lead as Jetro misses a shot from outside the box. So far Frankfurt are dominating this match in both possession and scoring chances. With twenty six minutes in the half Candreva looks to get that much needed goal with a attempt from outside the box but it goes over the crossbar. Cedric a few minutes later from outside the box takes a shot after an assist from Politano but the ball goes to the left of the goal. Mijat of Frankfurt from the center of the box takes a shot from the center of the box but Handanvic saves it in the center of the goal. Before the half ends Persic has one last chance to put themselves on the board with a shot from the left of the box but it gets saved in the top center of the goal with that the half ends with the visitors up 1-0. If Inter don’t come up with a response they could end up being eliminated from the competition.
Following the break this match resumes. Minutes into the half Jovic looked to add to their lead with a shot from the center of the box but the ball misses the goal to the right. Minutes later Candreva from outside the box gets his chance blocked. Five minutes later Mijat from the right of the box gets his attempt blocked. Seconds later Politano misses a shot from outside the box. So far Inter are doing everything in their power to get back in this match. But they need to find away to capitalize on one of their chances as the time is slipping by to the end of their Eurpoa League adventure. After the sixty minute mark Jovic gets a right footed shot saved in the center of the goal. A minute later Inter make their first subbing as Ranocchia replaces Cedric. Jovic takes a left footed shot which is blocked. A minute later Politano from outside the box takes an attempt but the ball is saved in the center of the goal. Inter are really struggling to finish any of their chances and capitalizing on them Vecino and Candreva within a minute of each other take right footed attempts but both chances are saved in the goal. A minute later Skriniar gets a shot blocked from outside the box. In the seventy third minute Esposito who gets his first main squad debut comes on for Valero. After being subbed on Esposito takes a shot from the center of the box misses the goal as the ball goes over the crossbar. With ten minutes to play another youngster called to the main team Merola comes on for Politano. In the final minute Filip from outside the box gets saved in the center of the goal with that the match ends and sends Inter out of the competition.This result to be honest I saw coming as the squad was weakend but it is painful to see them eliminated. All Inter can do now is try and qualify for a spot in the Champions League next season. But congratulations on advancing Frankfurt you deserved it. The man of the match is Politano who created chances and mostly assisting others in theirs he also defended the ball where he could as well. In the next match Inter take on their noisy neighbors Milan where they maybe handed another loss but until the next one
By the numbers
On target 4
Pass success 76%
On target 8
Pass success 73%