18 December 2016 12:30
|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|
|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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|4||shots on target||6|
|5||shots off target||10|
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.
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.
|23 December 2017||1-0||34' Falcinelli,||fixture|
|18 December 2016||0-1||47' Candreva,||fixture|
|14 May 2016||3-1||6' Politano, 26' Pellegrini, 32' Palacio, 39' Politano,||fixture|
|1 February 2015||3-1||17' Zaza, 30' Sansone, 83' Icardi, 93' Berardi(Rig),||fixture|
|22 September 2013||0-7||7' Palacio, 23' Taïder, 33' Pucino(Aut), 54' Alvarez, 64' Milito, 76' Cambiasso, 84' Milito||fixture|
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
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.
|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|