Inter Milan 2 Dortmund 3
Signal Iduna Park
Before the match preveiw
Following their win against Bolonga Inter travel to take on Dortmund in their next installment of the Champions League. Inter currently sit in second in the group stage while Dortmund sit in third. The last time these two sides met a few weeks ago Inter secured their first win of the Champions League. In this match this match is a must win if they have any hopes of securing their spot in the knockout stages. The same goes for Dortmund. Inter in this match will need to make sure to finish their scoring chances and capitialize on them as well. They will also need to beware of Dortmund as they are strong at creating chances themselves so they will need to make sure to block their chances. Inter also need to control the ball in Dortmund’s half of the pitch and make sure they don’t get room to create a strong counter attack and evade Inter’s half. Inter in this match will potentially get a win but never under estimate Dortmund at home which is where they play very strongly. This match can go either way.
In this match Inter used a secondary formation that they’ve been using throughout the season the 3-1-4-2. In goal is none other than key keeper the captain of the club Handanovic. On the defense on the left is Skriniar who celebrated 100 apperences for the club in their match against Bologna. Next to him is another top defender which is Devrij and capping them off on the right is Godin. On the defensive midfield flying solo is Candreva. On the attack on the left wing is Biraghi swapping places with Asomah. In the center the pairing of Barella and Brozovic. On the right wing is Vecino. Up in front the dynamic duo of Lukaku and Martinez. This is a solid lineup that can win this match.
In the first half of the match both sides created a lot of chances but in way of creating chances the home side Dortmund who outplayed Inter in the attack. But five minutes into the match Martinez lands a shot from the from the center of the box as the ball lands in the lower right corner making things 1-0. Inter between the onslaught of goals from Dortmund were doing solid defensively as they were blocking their chances. Before the half ended Inter added to their lead with a shot assited from Candreva as he kicks the ball from the right of the box as the ball lands in the lower left corner this made things 2-0 for the visitors at the half. In the second half Dortmund continued their dominance on Inter offensively while Inter owned the defense. But after the fiftieth minute Dortmund got back into the match as Hakimi lands the ball in the back of the after a shot from the center of the box making things 2-1. Not even twenty minutes later Brandt of Dortmund fires a shot from the left of the box landing it in the lower right corner making things all sqaure after the equalizer things all fell apart. Especially after the seventy fifth minute when Hakimi scored his second goal of the night with a shot from the right of the box landing that in the center of the goal and Dortmund held on for the 3-2 win.
This match was a must win for Inter and they failed to maintain their lead which may cost them the Champions League. Of course there are two matches left but with Slavia Prague and Barcelona it will be difficult to advance. Inter in the first half did a solid job offensively getting two goals and taking a commanding lead of the match. Defensive wise they did a great job keeping them at bay but in the second half Dortmund fired on all cylinders coming back from the 2-0 deficit. The man of the match goes to Skriniar who did a great job blocking chances and stealing the ball he was solid setting up counter attacks as well. Inter in their next match will return to Serie A action as they take on Hellas Verona as always until next one Forza Inter.
By the numbers
On target 4
Pass success 83%
On target 6
Pass success 88%