Final score

7 May 2016 18:00

Inter
40' Perisic
12' Icardi
2 - 1
Empoli
37' Pucciarelli
referee Marco Di Bello / linesmen Ranghetti, Tasso / 4th man Paganessi / assistants Giacomelli, Aureliano
Watch highlights
MinutesText commentary
45'Inter take a 2-1 lead in at the break thanks to goals by Icardi and Perisic
40'GOAAAAL! Perisic restores our lead tapping home the loose ball after Pelagotti could only parry Jovetic's shot
37'Empoli have an equaliser. Maccarone centres for Pucciarelli, who slips way from Juan Jesus and fires past Handanovic. 1-1
30'Jovetic's shot from the edge of the box comes off an Empoli shirt and goes behind for a corner
28'Maccarone strikes a powerful effort from the edge of the box, Handanovic makes the save
26'Pucciarelli picks Felipe Melo's pocket and plays in Saponara but Juan Jesus slides in with a superb challenge to make the block
12'GOAL! Perisic flies down the wing and centres for Icardi, who smashes past Pelagotti! 1-0
2'Early chance for Inter. D'Ambrosio plays a dangerous ball into the box with Nerazzurri shirts lurking but Empoli somehow clear their lines
1'Our last home game of 2015/16 is now up and running. FORZA INTER!
MinutesText commentary
50'That's it! Inter beat Empoli 2-1 to secure fourth place and qualification to the Europa League group stage
45'The fourth official holds up four minutes on the board
41'Handanovic is booked meaning he'll miss our last match of the season against Sassuolo
21'Mancini is forced to take off Icardi because of injury. Biabiany comes on
18'Eder comes on for Jovetic
5'Nagatomo is booked for a foul on Saponara
Biabiany
4.79
4.79
Nagatomo
6.11
6.11
Jesus
4.41
4.41
Handanovic
5.66
5.66
Icardi
6.77
6.77
D'Ambrosio
5.46
5.46
Medel
5.67
5.67
Brozovic
5.2
5.2
Kondogbia
6.39
6.39
Miranda
6.35
6.35
Jovetic
5.18
5.18
Perisic
6.8
6.8
Melo
4.77
4.77
Eder
4.83
4.83
Average rating5.6
5shots on target3
3shots off target6
11fouls committed15
3corners3
4offsides8
47%ball possession53%
wins(10)draws(0)defeats(1)

MILAN - A 2-1 victory over Empoli in the last home game of the season saw Inter clinch fourth place and direct qualification to the Europa League group stage.

The Nerazzurri made a strong start and took the lead when Ivan Perisic scampered down the wing and picked out Mauro Icardi in the centre of the box, the Argentine blasting an unstoppable shot past Alberto Pelagotti.

Manuel Pucciarelli levelled the scores in the 37th minute after collecting Massimo Maccarone's low cross and firing across Samir Handanovic into the net, but Roberto Mancini's side restored the lead just three minutes later: Pelagotti could only parry Stevan Jovetic's shot from the edge of the box and Perisic pounced to turn the loose ball home.

The second half was a low-key affair but Inter held on to claim the points and make sure they will be playing European football next season.

Inter 2-1 Empoli (HT 2-1)
Scorers: Icardi 12, Pucciarelli 37, Perisic 40.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 25 Miranda, 5 Jesus, 55 Nagatomo; 83 Melo, 7 Kondogbia; 77 Brozovic, 10 Jovetic (23 Eder 63), 44 Perisic (17 Medel 90+3); 9 Icardi (11 Biabiany 66).
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 8 Palacio, 12 Telles, 17 Medel, 21 Santon, 22 Ljajic, 27 Gnoukouri, 97 Manaj.
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Empoli: 1 Pelagotti; 3 Zambelli (82' Bittante 6), 26 Tonelli, 15 Costa, 21 Mario Rui; 17 Zielinski (82' Maiello 13), 32 Paredes, 77 Buchel (69' Croce 11); 5 Saponara; 20 Pucciarelli, 7 Maccarone.
Subs not used: 1 Pugliesi, 55 Giacomel, 14 Diousse, 19 Fantacci, 24 Cosic, 31 Camporese, 33 Krunic, 37 Ariaudo, 99 Tchanturia.
Coach: Marco Giampaolo

Booked: Buchel 21, Nagatomo 50, Handanovic 86, Perisic 87.

Added time: 0+4.

Referee: Di Bello.
Assistants: Ranghetti, Tasso.
Fourth official: Paganessi.
Additional assistants: Giacomelli, Aureliano.

 

starting lineups

Handanovic 11 Pelagotti
D'Ambrosio 333 Zambelli
Miranda 2526 Tonelli
Jesus 515 Costa
Nagatomo 5521 Mario Rui
Melo 8317 Zielinski
Kondogbia 732 Paredes
Brozovic 7777 Buchel
Jovetic 105 Saponara
Perisic 4420 Pucciarelli
Icardi 97 Maccarone

substitutes

Carrizo 301 Pugliesi
Berni 4655 Giacomel
Palacio 86 Bittante
Biabiany 1111 Croce
Telles 1213 Maiello
Medel 1714 Diusse
Santon 2119 Fantacci
Ljajic 2224 Cosic
Eder 2331 Camporese
Gnoukouri 2733 Krunic
Manaj 9737 Ariaudo
99 Tchanturia