24 February 2018 20:45
22' (2nd half) Skriniar
|45'||The first half ends here at the Meazza, with the scores level at 0-0|
|41'||A free-kick from Eder is blocked up Sagna|
|37'||Handanovic keeps out a low cross from Brignola|
|34'||A right-footed effort from Coda sails high over the crossbar|
|32'||Vecino tries to find Eder but the latter is ruled offside|
|27'||Coda skips past Skriniar and forces a strong save from Skriniar|
|25'||Handanovic makes the save after Brignola's shot is deflected off Skriniar|
|21'||Ranocchia sends a long ball forward for Perisic, but Sagna gets across to turn it out for a corner|
|17'||Perisic climbs above his marker well at the back post but heads just wide|
|15'||Puggioni collects a left-sided cross from D'Ambrosio|
|11'||Rafinha and Candreva link up well, although their combined play fails to threaten Puggioni|
|9'||The first chance of the match for the Nerazzurri. Vecino plays in a fine ball for Candreva, although Letizia is on hand to intercept and put the ball out for a corner|
|4'||Handanovic calmly collects following an effort from Brignola, however, the linesman rules the No.99 to be offside anyway|
|1'||Pairetto blows his whistle and we're off here for Inter vs. Benevento! Let's do this! Forza Inter!|
|1'||Kick-off for this evening's matchday 26 encounter between Inter and Benevento is now just moments away!|
|49'||And that's that!! Inter beat Benevento 2-0 thanks to two quick-fire second-half goals from Skriniar and Ranocchia! The Nerazzurri now move up to third in the league standings!|
|47'||Karamoh leads a counter-attack before passing to Candreva in a good position, whose left-footed strike is deflected out for a corner!|
|45'||Four minutes of added time to be played|
|44'||Del Pinto is shown an inevitable yellow card for a tough foul on Eder|
|43'||A shot from Letizia ends up way wide of the target|
|40'||Benevento make their final change, with Diabatè replacing Coda|
|39'||Gagliardini fails to find the target with a strike from outside the box|
|36'||Spalletti makes his second change, with Perisic making way for Brozovic|
|35'||Viola commits his second foul on Eder in just over 10 minutes, with Benevento being reduced to 10 men|
|30'||Inter continue attacking as they seek to stretch further ahead|
|24'||GOAL! GOOOAAALL! GOOOOOAAAAAALLL! A precise set-piece from Cancelo finds Ranocchia, who fires in a wonderful diving header! 2-0!!|
|23'||Viola is booked for fouling Eder|
|22'||GOAL! GOOOAAALL!! GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!! A corner from Cancelo is nodded on from Vecino who finds Skriniar at the back post to nod home! Get in!!!|
|21'||Del Pinto replaces Sandro for Benevento|
|20'||First change for Inter, with Karamoh coming on for Rafinha|
|18'||Candreva finds Eder on the break, who sends a tricky chip just over|
|14'||Ranocchia is also shown a yellow card for a foul on Coda|
|13'||Coda races forward on the counter-attack, sending a powerful effort over the crossbar|
|11'||Candreva receives a booking for a foul on Letizia|
|9'||Vecino tries his luck from 25 metres and earns a corner following a Puggioni save|
|5'||Puggioni races out to intercept Candreva following a precise long ball from Skriniar|
|3'||Sandro tries his luck from long-range but it sails over|
|1'||Benevento make a change for the second half, with Cataldi replacing Djuricic|
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|4||shots on target||1|
|3||shots off target||5|
Inter have only failed to score in one of their last 35 Serie A games against newly promoted teams (0-0 vs Empoli) – 77 goals for the Nerazzurri.
Inter won their last home league game, after drawing three and losing one of the previous four.
Benevento have conceded at least two goals in each of their last six league games - in this period they’ve won two times.
Benevento are the first Serie A side to lose all of their first 12 away league games in a season since Cremonese in 1984/85.
Benevento have used the most players in Serie A this season (37), whilst Inter have used the joint fewest (22).
Benevento have conceded the joint most headed goals (10), whilst Inter have scored the most (nine).
Marcelo Brozovic’s most recent Serie A brace came against Benevento in the reverse fixture, just his second in the competition.
|24 February 2018||2-0||67' Skriniar, 69' Ranocchia,||fixture|
MILAN - Luciano Spalletti’s Inter picked up a valuable three points at the end of a hard-fought match on Saturday. The 2-0 win over Benevento came courtesy of a one-two punch from centre-backs Skriniar and Ranocchia. The Nerazzurri, therefore, go up to 51 points and are temporarily third ahead of both Roma and Lazio.
The first chance of the match fell for the Nerazzurri. Nine minutes in, Vecino played it over the top for Candreva who ran into the box but he was tackled just when he was about to shoot. From the following Cancelo corner, Gagliardini nodded on at the front post but the ball went out. In the 17th minute, there was another cross from Cancelo. Perisic got away from Sagna but couldn’t keep it on target. Benevento showed what they could do in the 23rd minute with a counterattack from Brignola and the Nerazzurri rearguard blocked his strike from the edge of the area. The visitors were dangerous once more in the 29th minute as Coda got away from Skriniar and fired off a powerful shot, Handanovic saved with some difficulty and Ranocchia arrived to clear. Inter responded in the 39 with some clever interplay as Perisic sent D’Ambrosio into the box but his cross was cleared for a corner by Sagna. The teams went back to the changing rooms with the game goalless.
The second half began with a change for the away side, with Cataldi replacing Djuricic at the interval. Vecino soon tried his luck with a long-range effort in the 54th minute, although Puggioni punched it out for a corner. De Zerbi’s side had a great chance in the 58th minute, with Brignola playing in Coda who wasted a good one-on-one chance by shooting over. Inter then responded in the 63rd minute, with Candreva sliding in Eder who chipped the ball over. Spalletti soon sent on Karamoh for Rafinha, with the game’s opening goal coming not long after. Vecino flicked on a corner from Cancelo, with Skriniar nodding home from the back post. With the Nerazzurri’s opener coming in the 67th minute, they then doubled their lead just two minutes later. Cancelo swung in an enticing set-piece, with Ranocchia executing a perfect diving header. Benevento were reduced to 10 men following Viola’s sending off, before then nearly conceding a third in added time. Candreva received possession in the area, only for Djimsiti to successfully intercept. The final whistle was blown following four minutes of added time, with Inter ultimately winning 2-0. Now it’s time to focus on the #DerbyMilano!
INTER 2-0 BENEVENTO
Goalscorers: 67' Skriniar (I), 69' Ranocchia (I)
INTER: 1 Handanovic; 7 Cancelo, 13 Ranocchia, 37 Skriniar, 33 D'Ambrosio; 11 Vecino, 5 Gagliardini; 87 Candreva, 8 Rafinha (65' 17 Karamoh), 44 Perisic (81' 77 Brozovic); 23 Eder
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 89 Pissardo, 2 Lisandro, 9 Icardi, 20 B. Valero, 21 Santon, 25 Miranda, 29 Dalbert, 99 Pinamonti
Coach: Luciano Spalletti
BENEVENTO: 81 Puggioni; 83 Sagna, 6 Djimisti, 16 Tosca, 3 Letizia; 30 Sandro (66' 4 Del Pinto), 14 Viola; 99 Brignola, 66 Guilherme, 31 Djuricic (46' 8 Cataldi); 11 Coda (85' 25 Diabatè)
Substitutes: 22 Brignoli, 18 Gyamfi, 20 Memushaj, 21 A. Costa, 23 Venuti, 26 Parigini, 29 Billong, 33 Iemmello, 87 Lombardi
Coach: Roberto De Zerbi
Bookings: Candreva (I), Ranocchia (I), Del Pinto (B)
Red cards: 80' Viola (B) for two yellow cards
Added time: 0' + 4'
Assistants: Longo, Santoro
Fourth Official: Sacchi
VAR operators: Maresca, Fiorito
|Handanovic 1||81 Puggioni|
|Cancelo 7||3 Letizia|
|Ranocchia 13||6 Djimsiti|
|Skriniar 37||11 Coda|
|D'Ambrosio 33||14 Viola|
|Gagliardini 5||16 Tosca|
|Vecino 11||30 Sandro|
|Candreva 87||31 Djuricic|
|Alcantara 8||66 Guilherme|
|Perisic 44||83 Sagna|
|Eder 23||99 Brignola|
|Padelli 27||22 Brignoli|
|Pissardo 89||4 Del Pinto|
|Lopez 2||8 Cataldi|
|Icardi 9||18 Gyamfi|
|Karamoh 17||20 Memushaj|
|Valero 20||21 Costa|
|Santon 21||23 Venuti|
|Miranda 25||25 Diabatè|
|Dalbert 29||26 Parigini|
|Brozovic 77||29 Billong|
|Pinamonti 99||33 Iemmello|