Final score

18 December 2016 12:30

0 - 1
2' (2nd half) Candreva
referee Marco Di Bello / linesmen Marzaloni, Vivenzi / 4th man Peretti / assistants Russo, Pinzani
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45' Half time at Mapei Stadium, it's goalless here
45' Joao Mario feeds Brozovic whose effort once again is blocked by a sea of black and green defenders
44' Dell'Orco handles down by the corner flag. Last chance of the first half
41' Perisic lays it off to Brozovic who dummies before shooting... corner
39' Icardi meets Joao Mario's corner and his header flies well over
38' Candreva's first-time shot from the edge of the box finishes off target
36' Huge chance for Perisic from Candreva's cutback. Consigli produces a wonder save before Icardi fails to finish from the rebound
34' Sensi drives it forward for Defrel whose acrobatic volley draws a fine save from Handanovic
30' Sassuolo once again deal with a Perisic cross for Icardi
28' Inter a whisker away. Candreva clips in a delightful cross and Icardi's towering header bounces inches wide
25' Ragusa crosses for Ricci who sweeps the ball off-target
21' D'Ambrosio fizzes in a low cross for Icardi, Antei nips in to clear behind
19' Brozovic shoots from range yet can't connect as he would like
16' Sassuolo break. Murillo dallies and Mazzitelli bursts clear but the final ball is too heavy
15' Candreva strikes the post. The ball catches Acerbi, wrongfooting Consigli, and rattles the woodwork
14' Perisic's cross is overhit and doesn't find Icardi in the box
13' Inter keep up the pressure, winning a second corner in quick succession
12' Candreva tries his luck from distance. Consigli gets down to palm the ball away
11' Lirola crosses from the right but Ragusa can't poke home at the back stick
8' Ansaldi tackles Lirola. Corner to Sassuolo
5' Ansaldi feeds Perisic down the wing but the Croatian's touch is heavy
3' Perisic crosses and Sensi reads the ball flight to clear
2' Nice burst forward from Ansaldi, halted illegally by Mazzitelli
1' Sassuolo v Inter is underway. The visitors get us started. Go on, lads! #ForzaInter
1' The Nerazzurri go in search of a second straight league win. We're all set for kick-off
1' Last away day of 2016 for Stefano Pioli's Inter as they face Sassuolo in the lunchtime kick-off of Week 17
Minutes Text commentary
49' Candreva settles matters at Mapei Stadium. Inter return to winning ways on the road and move onto 27 points in the table
48' Gabriel Barbosa is booked
47' Felipe Melo is sent off for a second yellow card. Inter are down to ten
47' Banega can't find the target from inside the area
46' Gabriel Barbosa replaces Candreva
45' There will be four minutes of added time
45' Brilliant ball from Brozovic for Perisic. Fine save Consigli
44' Brozovic sets Perisic through one on one but Consigli does brilliantly to deny Inter a second
43' Easy save for Handanovic from Ragusa's effort
41' Brozovic fires marginally off target after a nice run
40' Ragusa plays a dangerous ball in along the six-yard line, Miranda clears off Iemmello and the ball very nearly finds the back of the net
36' Ansaldi finds Perisic in behind the Neroverdi defence but the Croatian's cross is miscued
34' Candreva plays it through for Icardi who's in an offside position however
33' Ansaldi heads Dell'Orco's cross from the touchline clear
32' Final sub for Di Francesco. Iemmello on, Mazzitelli off
30' Felipe Melo catches Missiroli. Third yellow card for the Nerazzurri
28' Brozovic halts Defrel's surge forward and is shown a yellow card
26' Brozovic shoots over from the edge of the box
24' First switch for Pioli. Joao Mario makes way for Banega
22' Joao Mario is cautioned and will miss the last match of 2016, against Lazio
18' Sensi is all alone and connects well with a volley. Handanovic saves with his feet
16' Missiroli fouls Joao Mario twice in quick succession and instantly has his name taken
14' Matri and Missiroli replace Ricci and Pellegrini for the hosts
9' Antei blocks Joao Mario's cross with his hand but referee Di Bello waves play on
7' Ansaldi breaks forward, gets between two defenders and centres. Sensi clears
3' Felipe Melo does well to put Ricci's low cross behind for a corner
2' GOAL FOR INTER! Joao Mario's shot is too hot to handle for Consigli and Candreva smashes home the rebound. 1-0 to the visitors!
1' Icardi fails to connect with his cross from Candreva's through ball
1' No changes as the second half gets underway

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Average rating 6.22 SEND RATINGS
4 shots on target 6
5 shots off target 10
14 fouls committed 17
3 corners 8
1 offsides 3
39% ball possession 61%
Who hits the back of the net

Ivan Perisic is on the verge of his 50th appearance for Inter in Serie A. Mauro Icardi has hit the back of the net four times against Sassuolo, including a hat-trick in September 2014. Both Antonio Candreva and Eder have bagged a brace against the Neroverdi, back when they were playing for Lazio and Sampdoria respectively.

Prolific team

Inter have scored 17 goals against Sassuolo, more than any other club in Serie A, and have hit seven on two occasions. The Nerazzurri have had the most shots on goal of any club in the Italian top flight and have had the most moves ending in crosses in Europe's top five leagues. Also, Inter are the most prolific team in the league during the last 15 minutes of play.

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REGGIO EMILIA - Stefano Pioli's side returned to winning ways on the road thanks to a deserved 1-0 win at Mapei Stadium.

There was a fast tempo at the start of proceedings albeit without any genuine goalscoring chances. The first opportunity of the match came on 9 minutes, as the hosts failed to make the most of a goalmouth scramble following a corner. Inter, meanwhile, had the first effort of the match one minute later. The Neroverdi defence cleared only as far as Candreva, who stung the palms of Consigli. Inter continued to push forward, winning a couple of corners, but once again it was Candreva who had the best of the chances. His effort from the edge of the box struck Acerbi, wrongfooted Consigli and cannoned back off the post.

Sassuolo responded midway through the opening period via a couple of forays forward from Ragusa. Ricci got in front of Murillo from the first but shot off target. Inter very nearly took the lead moments later, as Icardi came to life. The captain rose highest to meet Candreva's cross from the right but his header flew inches wide. It was a lively match and Sensi did well to pick out Defrel from a driven through ball: the Frenchman hurled himself at it and Handanovic was alert to the danger, producing a good instinctive stop. At the end of the first half Candreva beat Dell'Orco and found Perisic who was denied by a brilliant save from Consigli with his "wrong" hand.

Inter took the lead shortly after the break. Felipe Melo won the ball back yet again, Joao Mario beat his man and shot towards the far corner. Though Consigli got down sharply to push the ball away, Candreva was on hand to smash home the rebound at the near post. Di Francesco sent on Missiroli and Matri, as his side went in search of an equaliser and the former found Sensi at the back post, who controlled his volley well and drew a fine stop from Handanovic. The Nerazzurri also made their first susbtitution midway through the second half, as Banega replaced Joao Mario. The Portuguese was cautioned moments before being replaced, meaning he will miss Wednesday's match at home to Lazio through suspension.

Sassuolo pushed hard in search of a leveller late on and very nearly scored in fortuitous circumstances. Miranda cleared the ball off Ragusa and it flew perilously close to the corner of the net. The best opportunities though fell the way of Perisic, who was twice denied by Consigli when one on one. Gabriel Barbosa came on during stoppage time, before Felipe Melo was sent off for a second yellow card. Inter held firm during five minutes of added time and returned to winning ways on the road.

Sassuolo 0-1 Inter (HT: 0-0)
Goalscorers: Candreva 47.

Sassuolo: 47 Consigli; 20 Lirola, 5 Antei, 15 Acerbi, 39 Dell'Orco; 6 Pellegrini (7 Missiroli 60), 12 Sensi, 22 Mazzitelli (9 Iemmello 76); 27 Ricci (10 Matri 60), 11 Defrel, 90 Ragusa.
Subs not used: 1 Pomini, 79 Pegolo, 17 Pierini, 26 Terranova, 33 Franchini, 38 Erlic, 98 Adjapong.
Coach: Eusebio Di Francesco.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 25 Miranda, 24 Murillo; 87 Candreva (96 Barbosa 90), 77 Brozovic, 5 Melo, 15 Ansaldi; 6 Joao Mario (19 Banega 69), 9 Icardi, 44 Perisic.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 2 Andreolli, 7 Kondogbia, 8 Palacio, 11 Biabiany, 13 Ranocchia, 21 Santon, 23 Eder, 55 Nagatomo, 96 Barbosa.
Coach: Stefano Pioli.

Booked: Missiroli 61, Joao Mario 68, Brozovic 73, Barbosa 90+2.
Sent off: Melo 90+1 (two bookable offences).
Added time
: 0+4 minutes.

Referee: Di Bello
Assistants: Marzaloni & Vivenzi.
Fourth official: Peretti.
Additional assistants: Russo & Pinzani.

starting lineups

Consigli 47 1 Handanovic
Lirola 20 33 D'Ambrosio
Antei 5 25 Miranda
Acerbi 15 24 Murillo
Dell'Orco 39 87 Candreva
Pellegrini 6 77 Brozovic
Sensi 12 5 Melo
Mazzitelli 22 15 Ansaldi
Ricci 27 6 Joao Mario
Defrel 11 9 Icardi
Ragusa 90 44 Perisic


Pomini 1 30 Carrizo
Pegolo 79 2 Andreolli
Missiroli 7 7 Kondogbia
Iemmello 9 8 Palacio
Matri 10 11 Biabiany
Pierini 17 13 Ranocchia
Terranova 26 19 Banega
Franchini 33 21 Santon
Erlic 38 23 Eder
Adjapong 98 55 Nagatomo
96 Barbosa

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