Final score

14 May 2016 20:45

39' Politano
26' Pellegrini
6' Politano
3 - 1
32' Palacio
Referee: Andrea Gervasoni / Linesmen: De Luca, Fiorito / Fourth official: Longo / Assistants: Valeri, Doveri
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Minute Text commentary
46' The first half comes to a close at Mapei Stadium, Sassuolo lead Inter 3-1
45' One minute of injury time has been added on
41' Palacio plays Kondogbia behind the Sassuolo defence but the Frenchman can't reach the ball
39' Politano gets in between Murillo and Telles to nod home a cross for 3-1
37' Eder running in behind misses Jovetic's return pass by inches. Inter keep the pressure up
36' Good work from the Nerazzurri: Kondogbia frees up Jovetic who earns a corner from his right-footed shot
33' Jovetic tries his luck from range but can't keep his effort below the bar
32' GOOOAAAAAL! Brozovic picks Magnanelli's pocket on the edge of the area and it falls to Palacio who makes no mistake in front of goal!
30' Magnanelli comes in hard on Brozovic and it's yellow for the Sassuolo captain
28' Eder with the header but Consigli dives to make the save
26' Duncan fires a cross across goal, Sansone looked to be in an offside position but Pellegrini was there at the far post to slot home
24' Control and shot on the turn from Defrel in the area. Way over Carrizo's goal
22' Telles is booked for a foul from behind on Politano
20' Good work from Jovetic, releasing Eder who misjudges his pass across the box for Brozovic. What a chance for Inter!
18' D'Ambrosio and Palacio interchange passes before the Argentine tries to catch Consigli off-guard with a chip but it's too high
16' Palacio puts in a low cross from deep, Eder gets in behind the Sassuolo defence but can't get on the end of it
12' Politano tackled by Telles, it goes out for a Nerazzurri free-kick
8' Palacio bursts down the right and whips in a dangerous cross. Consigli turns it behind for a corner
6' Politano shoots and it takes a huge deflection, fooling Carrizo to make it 1-0 to Sassuolo
5' Inter have the ball in the net, but Jovetic was in an offside position and play is halted
4' Deflected cross from Palacio, Consigli steps off his line to claim with Jovetic lurking
3' The game has begun at a high tempo from both sides
1' And we're under way! The last match of Serie A TIM 2015/16 gets going
1' It's raining slightly as Inter and Sassuolo make their way out onto the pitch at Mapei Stadium
Minute Text commentary
47' And it's all over. Inter lose at Mapei Stadium 3-1 but finish in fourth place with 67 points
45' The ref has added on two minutes of injury time
41' Jovetic stands over the free-kick but strikes it way over
40' Cannavaro brings down Eder on the edge of the D. Yellow for the Sassuolo defender
39' Nagatomo slams one onto the bar which took a nick off Acerbi on the way through. Inter corner
36' Another debut for the Nerazzurri: Primavera skipper Fabio Della Giovanna is on for Palacio
35' Politano has done his bit for today and is replaced by Biondini
33' Nagatomo with a low cross from the right, Magnanelli is well placed at the near post to intercept and send Sassuolo on the counter
29' Sub in the Sassuolo ranks as well, Missiroli coming on for Pellegrini
27' Radu has been handed his first-team debut, the Primavera keeper takes Carrizo's place
25' Change for Inter: Kondogbia making way for Nagatomo
22' The referee Gervasoni hands out two yellows at once: one for Duncan and one for Juan Jesus
19' Duncan crosses from the right, Peluso gets his head on it but sends it over the bar
15' That turns into a red card, as the Nerazzurri No.24 is given his marching orders for dissent
15' Murillo is booked for a foul on Falcinelli
10' Brozovic is shown a yellow card for dissent
6' Sassuolo make a change, Falcinelli coming on for Defrel
1' D'Ambrosio has a goal unfairly chalked off for offside but replays show Magnanelli was playing him on
1' Inter straight on the attack: Eder shooting from a tight angle but Consigli saves
1' No changes to either side as the second half gets going in Sassuolo v Inter
Della Giovanna
Average rating 4.21
3 shots on target 6
6 shots off target 4
12 fouls committed 8
5 corners 7
2 offsides 7
47% ball possession 53%
wins(5) draws(0) defeats(4)

REGGIO EMILIA – Inter have bowed out of 2015/16 with a 3-1 defeat away against Sassuolo but end the season in fourth place – the club's best finish in five seasons.

The hosts had the best of the first half and went it at the break 3-1 up, despite Inter threatening to come back into the contest when Rodrigo Palacio scored to make it 2-1. Had Danilo D'Ambrosio's goal at the beginning of the second half been allowed to stand, the game might have been a different story but on balance the result at the final whistle was fair.

For the last game of the season, Roberto Mancini opted for Juan Pablo Carrizo between the sticks; a back four of Danilo D'Ambrosio, Jeison Murillo, Juan Jesus and Alex Telles; Marcelo Brozovic, Felipe Melo and Geoffrey Kondogbia in midfield; and a front three of Stevan Jovetic, Eder and skipper for the day Rodrigo Palacio.

Inter had the ball in the net in the fourth minute when Jovetic beat Andrea Consigli after being released by Palacio, but it was disallowed as the Montenegrin was in an offside position.

Two minutes later, Sassuolo took the lead but there was a heavy slice of good fortune in the goal: Matteo Politano picked the ball up 25 yards out and let fly with a speculative effort that took a heavy deflection off Murillo, fooling Carrizo in goal.

The Nerazzurri created a couple of decent openings in response but couldn't make any stick and were made to pay when Lorenzo Pellegrini doubled the Neroverdi's advantage in the 26th minute. Alfred Duncan played the ball across the six-yard box looking for Nicola Sansone, who was offside but let the ball run across to Pellegrini at the far post to tap home into an empty net. 

Mancini's men halved the deficit five minutes later when Brozovic forced Francesco Manganelli into an error on the edge of his box. The ball ran through to Palacio who was left with an easy one-on-one and made no mistake.

The Nerazzurri comeback proved to be short-lived, however, as Politano popped up in between Inter's central defenders in the 38th minute to nod home a Marcello Gazzola cross from the right.

Inter looked to have got a foothold back in the game at the beginning of the second half when Kondogbia clipped a ball back into the area after a corner and D'Ambrosio guided it home. However, Andrea Gervasoni disallowed another Nerazzurri goal for offside, although replays suggested the referee had called this particular decision incorrectly.

The energy soon began to drain out of the game, compounded by Murillo who got himself sent off when he was shown a second yellow for dissent after being booked for a foul on Diego Falcinelli.

With just a few minutes of the season left, Mancini decided to hand first-team debuts to Primavera stars Ionut Radu and Fabio Della Giovanna.


Scorers: Politano 6 and 39, Pellegrini 26, Palacio 32.

SASSUOLO: 47 Consigli; 23 Gazzola, 28 Cannavaro, 15 Acerbi, 13 Peluso; 6 Pellegrini (7 Missiroli, 74), 4 Magnanelli, 32 Duncan; 16 Politano (8 Biondini, 80), 92 Defrel (9 Falcinelli, 51), 17 Sansone.
Subs not used: 1 Pomini, 79 Pegolo, 3 Longhi, 5 Antei, 29 Trotta.
Coach: Eusebio Di Francesco.

INTER: 30 Carrizo (98 Radu, 72); 33 D'Ambrosio, 24 Murillo, 5 Jesus, 12 Telles; 77 Brozovic, 83 Melo, 7 Kondogbia (55 Nagatomo, 70); 23 Eder, 10 Jovetic, 8 Palacio (28 Della Giovanna, 82).
Subs not used: 11 Biabiany, 21 Santon, 27 Gnoukouri, 29 Miangue, 34 Bonetto, 92 Baldini, 96 Gyamfi, 97 Manaj, 99 Correia.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Yellow cards: Telles 22, Magnanelli 31, Brozovic 55, Murillo 59, Duncan 67, Jesus 67, Cannavaro 85.
Red cards: Murillo 60.

Injury time: 1+2 minutes. 

Referee: Andrea Gervasoni.
Assistants: Francesco De Luca, Valentino Fiorito.
Fourth official: Salvatore Longo.
Additional assistants: Paolo Valeri, Daniele Doveri.

starting lineups

Consigli 47 30 Carrizo
Gazzola 23 33 D'Ambrosio
Cannavaro 28 24 Murillo
Acerbi 15 5 Jesus
Peluso 13 12 Telles
Pellegrini 6 77 Brozovic
Magnanelli 4 83 Melo
Duncan 32 7 Kondogbia
Politano 16 10 Jovetic
Defrel 92 23 Eder
Sansone 17 8 Palacio


Pomini 1 98 Radu
Pegolo 79 11 Biabiany
Longhi 3 21 Santon
Antei 5 27 Gnoukouri
Missiroli 7 28 Della Giovanna
Biondini 8 29 Miangue
Falcinelli 9 35 Bonetto
Trotta 29 55 Nagatomo
92 Baldini
96 Gyamfi
97 Manaj
99 Correia