Final score

21 December 2016 20:45

21' (2nd half) Icardi
11' (2nd half) Icardi
10' (2nd half) Banega
3 - 0
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni / Linesmen: Andrea Crispo, Fabrizio Posado / Fourth official: Filippo Meli / Assistants: Gianluca Rocchi, Marco Guida
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45' The first half ends without extra time. 0-0 at the Meazza
41' Milinkovic-Savic upends D'Ambrosio in midfield. Free kick to Inter
38' Banega with another set piece into a dangerous area. A Lazio defender puts it over his own bar. Nerazzurri corner
36' Perisic helps on a cross from Ansaldi, but no one is lurking at the far past to help the ball home
34' Perisic fires in a low cross that De Vrij clears with ease
32' Banega tries his luck from outside the area; Marchetti saves again
31' D'Ambrosio passes to Brozovic. who cuts inside and shoots from the edge of the area. Marchetti gathers comfortably
29' Banega whips in a set piece right into the mixer, but the ref blows up for an apparent foul
26' Felipe Anderson dribbles his way into the area and shoots; luckily D'Ambrosio is there at the vital time to deflect behind for a corner
25' Immobile tries to square it for Lulic, but D'Ambrosio reads it perfectly and steps in to start the counter attack
22' Banega picks Milinkovic-Savic's pocket and passes to Icardi. The skipper tries to find the through-ball for Candreva but Wallace is there
19' Felipe Anderson lays it off for Immobile to shoot. Handanovic springs down to right and saves
17' Candreva cuts inside and crosses with his left; Perisic gets his head on it but it's a couple of yards wide
13' Perisic digs out a great reverse pass from the byline; Icardi lets it run for Candreva but De Vrij gets there first. Just
9' Decent chance for Perisic but he can't stoop to get his head to a dangerous cross from Icardi
6' Basta crosses from the right-hand side; Kondogbia is well positioned at the far post and puts it behind for a corner
2' Lazio have an early chance through Immobile but Handanovic clears. The Nerazzurri defence blocks Lulic's follow-up as well
1' The visitors win the kick-off and Immobile gets this contest under way! Let's go, lads!
1' The last game of 2016 is about to begin: Inter v Lazio in Week 18 of Serie A 2016/17
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48' Final whistle! Third win on the bounce for the Nerazzurri thanks to a worldie from Banega and an Icardi brace
45' There will be three minutes of additional time
44' Gabriel Barboas tries his luck from the edge of the area; it's deflected behind for a corner
40' Pioli is also out of subs: Gabriel Barbosa makes an appearance in place of Candreva
39' Handanovic saves with his feet from Lombardi
38' Inzaghi uses up his last change, throwing on Cataldi for Biglia
36' Icardi is inches from his hat-trick. Palacio lays it up for the skipper after a cross from Nagatomo and the No.9's effort comes off the upright
31' Miranda is booked for a foul on Lombardi
29' Banega is roundly applauded as he makes way for Palacio
28' Perisic flies down the left and centres for Candreva. A dodgy bounce nearly catches Marchetti out
27' Lulic makes way for Lombardi in the Lazio ranks
26' A brilliant Banega plays in Icardi, who draws a save from Marchetti. Corner A brilliant Banega plays in Icardi, who draws a save from Marchetti
25' Candreva bursts down the wing and puts a cross to the far post. Basta nods behind for a corner
21' GOOOAAAAAL!!! And it's one from the training ground: Banega looks to cross a set piece into the area, feints and pulls it back for Icardi who squeezes it home
19' Lulic upends Candreva and earns himself a yellow card
18' First sub for Pioli: Nagatomo on for Ansaldi
17' Inter aren't letting up here: Icardi inches from a worldie with his backheel. Lazio get it clear
14' Keita replaces Palacio for Lazio
13' Yellow card for Felipe Anderson
13' Ansaldi also picks up a booking
11' GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Icardi shows pure striker's instinct to burst to the near post and guide D'Ambrosio's cross home
10' GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL!!!! What a hit from Banega, smashing it in the top corner from 20 yards
9' Great move from Inter. Ansaldi spreads it to Candreva, who whips it in to Icardi. The skipper is hauled to the ground and can't shoot, but the ref is unmoved
5' Immobile tries to curl one in but overcooks his effort
2' Inter threaten immediately: D'Ambrosio seeks out Perisic at the far post and the Croatian No.44 is not far from making contact
1' No changes to either side as the second half begins. Forza Inter!

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Average rating 7.08 SEND RATINGS
6 shots on target 5
5 shots off target 3
15 fouls committed 11
6 corners 3
2 offsides 3
53% ball possession 47%
Home and away records

The Nerazzurri have scored at least once in each of their last 17 matches at San Siro, for an average of two goals per game. Lazio, however, have the best away record in Serie A, bar Juventus.

Pioli turns back

Wednesday will be the first time Stefano Pioli has faced Lazio as Inter boss. Pioli has never locked horns with current Biancocelesti coach Simone Inzaghi.

Icardi will work it out?

Mauro Icardi has scored twice in three league matches against Lazio at San Siro.

history so far

Wednesday will see the 147th match between the two sides in Italy’s top tier. The Nerazzurri will be looking to make it 60 wins against Lazio, who have beaten Inter 35 times. There has only been one draw in the last 16 matches between the two sides.

wins(45) draws(25) defeats(10)

MILAN – A blistering performance from Stefano Pioli's Inter in the second half this evening proved far too much for Lazio to handle, continuing the fantastic recent run of form.

The Nerazzurri ended the year in perfect fashion as a sublime strike from Ever Banega and a brace from Mauro Icardi secured a well-deserved win at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Week 18.

Lazio actually started as the better team and created a chance straight from kick-off. Ciro Immobile cut inside and tested Samir Handanovic, who was equal to the Italian's shot but was grateful to Danilo D'Ambrosio's positioning to block Senad Lulic's follow-up.

Inter's first chance came in the ninth minute when Icardi whipped in a dangerous cross for Ivan Perisic, who couldn't stoop down low enough to make contact and it went by harmlessly.

Felipe Anderson could have done better for the visitors in the 25th minute; his slaloming run took him past three Nerazzurri defenders and into a shooting position, but he had seemingly run out of gas, so his effort was tame and straight at D'Ambrosio.

It was a balanced affair in the first half. Both teams had plenty of the ball and created a few half-chances, but nothing to unduly trouble the two goalkeepers. After no additional time in the first 45 minutes, the teams went in for a rest with the scoreline goalless.

There were no changes at half-time as Lazio once again looked quicker out of the blocks. Nevertheless, the first big chance fell to Inter: Cristian Ansaldi played in to Antonio Candreva, who fired in a cross-shot. Icardi looked to have been manhandled to the ground as he tried to make sure of it, but the referee waved away any penalty claims.

It didn't matter though, as the opener came two minutes later – and what a goal it was. Banega picked Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's pocket in his own half and let fly with an unstoppable 25-yard effort that rifled into the top corner.

Lazio didn't even have time to take stock before they were 2-0 down. D'Ambrosio drilled in a cross to the front post and Icardi showed fantastic striker's instincts to dart in front of his marker and glance it home with his head.

The Biancocelesti were hanging on and tried to take the sting out of the game with a few fouls and substitutions. Ten minutes later, however, Inter got the third and decisive goal. Straight from the training ground, Banega feinted a cross into the box from a set piece on the wing but instead pulled it back to the penalty spot where Icardi was arriving to sweep home via Federico Marchetti's outstretched palm.

The skipper could have had a hat-trick ten minutes from time, but the crossbar denied him after he showed good invention to control and strike a lay-off from Rodrigo Palacio.

With the points secured, Pioli sent on Gabriel Barbosa in place of Candreva for an exciting and crowd-pleasing cameo, with the Brazilian offering glimpses off what he can do.

The Meazza faithful met the final whistle with a roar of approval, as Inter said goodbye to 2016 in style and left cause to expect more of the same in the New Year.

INTER 3-0 LAZIO (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Banega 54, Icardi 56 and 65.

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 25 Miranda, 24 Murillo, 15 Ansaldi (55 Nagatomo, 62); 77 Brozovic, 7 Kondogbia; 87 Candreva (96 Barbosa, 85), 19 Banega (8 Palacio, 74), 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 2 Andreolli, 11 Biabiany, 13 Ranocchia, 21 Santon, 23 Eder, 27 Gnoukouri, 94 Yao.
Coach: Stefano Pioli.

LAZIO: 22 Marchetti; 8 Basta, 3 Da Vrij, 13 Wallace, 4 Patricio (14 Keita, 59); 16 Parolo, 20 Biglia (5 Cataldi, 82), 21 Milinkovic; 10 F. Anderson, 17 Immobile, 19 Lulic (25 Lombardi, 72).
Subs not used: 1 Strakosia; 55 Vargic, 2 Hoedt, 7 Kishna, 9 Djordjevic, 14 Keita, 15 Bastos, 18 L. Alberto, 96 Murgia.
Coach: Simone Inzaghi.

Yellow cards: Ansaldi 57, Felipe Anderson 59, Lulic 63, Miranda 76.
Additional time: 0+3 minutes. 

Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni.
Assistants: Andrea Crispo, Fabrizio Posado.
Fourth official: Filippo Meli.
Additional assistants: Gianluca Rocchi, Marco Guida.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 22 Marchetti
D'Ambrosio 33 8 Basta
Miranda 25 3 De Vrij
Murillo 24 4 Patricio
Ansaldi 15 13 Wallace
Brozovic 77 16 Parolo
Kondogbia 7 20 Biglia
Candreva 87 19 Lulic
Banega 19 21 Milinkovic-Savic
Perisic 44 10 Felipe Anderson
Icardi 9 17 Immobile


Carrizo 30 1 Strakosha
Andreolli 2 55 Vargic
Palacio 8 2 Hoedt
Biabiany 11 5 Cataldi
Ranocchia 13 7 Kishna
Santon 21 9 Djordjevic
Eder 23 14 Keita
Gnoukouri 27 15 Bastos
Nagatomo 55 18 Luis Alberto
Yao 94 25 Lombardi
Barbosa 96 26 Radu
96 Murgia

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