Final score

12 March 2017 15:00

23' (2nd half) Banega
7' (2nd half) Gagliardini
34' Banega
31' Banega
27' Icardi
24' Icardi (P)
17' Icardi
7 - 1
43' Freuler
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati / Linesmen: Elenito Giovanni Di Liber, Ciro Carbone / Fourth official: Sergio Ranghetti / Assistants: Carmine Russo, Gianluca Aureliano
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45' No additional time to a stunning first half. Inter head inside 5-1 to the good. A perfect hat-trick from Icardi plus two from Banega
43' Freuler cuts in from the left, beats a defender and beats Handanovic at his far post. 5-1
40' Candreva switches play for Perisic to try a volley. The Croatian's aim is off, however
38' Handanovic saves comfortably from a Kessie header
34' GOOOOAAAAAL!!! Banega again, repeating the move from earlier as he slams home a Candreva cross
32' Gagliardini is in the mood as well, shooting just over from distance
31' GOOOOAAAAL!!! What a move from Pioli's men: Candreva cuts it back and Banega passes home. Amazing at San Siro
28' Icardi is unstoppable here, pressing Toloi hard. He oversteps the line ever so slightly and gets a yellow
27' GOOOOAAAAAL!!! Icardi smashes home a Banega corner with his head. A perfect hat-trick for our No.9 in less than 30 minutes!
24' GOOOOAAAAAL! Mauro dinks it over Berisha from the spot! 2-0 to us!!!
23' Icardi is brought down by Berisha. The clearest penalty you'll see all season. Yellow for the Berisha keeper
20' Inter threaten again. Conti saves on the line
17' GOOOOAAAAAL!!! The ball breaks in the box after Banega's free kick and Icardi just doesn't miss from there!
16' Foul from last-man Toloi on Icardi. The ref draws out a yellow despite Nerazzurri protests
12' Candreva drives up the middle but Caldara somehow blocks his pass towards Icardi in acres of space
10' Cross-shot from Ansaldi giving kittens to the Atalanta backline
8' Gomez shoots from the edge of the box. Not far away there...
6' D'Ambrosio plays it up the line for Candreva, who tries to find Berisha but Berisha dives low and claims
4' Kondogbia tries to play it through to Icardi, but Conti steps in and intercepts
2' CHANCE! Candreva puts a great cross in and Perisic is inches away. Atalanta clear their lines
2' Professional foul by Zukanovic on Candreva. No yellow given
2' Spinazzola goes on the counter and tries to square for Kurtic. Great covering from Kondogbia
1' Kick-off at the Meazza: Atalanta get us started
1' The teams make their entrance onto the pitch. Pioli sticks with the same players in attack that started against Cagliari
1' Big-game atmosphere at San Siro for Inter v Atalanta. Kick-off just moments away
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45' Final whistle. What a performance! Pioli's men simply blow away Atalanta: hat-tricks from Icardi and Banega, plus one from Gagliardini
42' Eder tries to beat Berisha after being put through by Joao Mario but the keeper stands up this time and blocks
37' Final Inter sub: Eder on for Perisic
36' Mounier's cross put behind for a corner by Medel
31' Standing ovation for Icardi as well, substituted for Palacio
30' Yellow card for Gagliardini as well
26' Kurtic the latest to pick up a booking for a foul on Kondogbia
25' A change for each team: D'Alessandro on for Spinazzola for Atalanta and Banega comes off to tumultous applause as he's replaced by Joao Mario
23' GOOOOAAAAL!!! Ever Banega gets his hatter too. A wonderful free kick into the bottom right corner. 7-1!
21' Icardi is fouled just outside the D. Inter free-kick from a decent position
16' Ansaldi fouls Petagna and earns himself a yellow card
16' A pair of changes for Atalanta: Mounier and Bastoni come on for Gomez and Kessie
14' Banega sets Inter on a promising counter attack, but Candreva's would-be assist is headed away by a lucky Caldara
11' Gomez has a dig from distance, Handanovic dives full-stretch to touch it behind
7' GOOOOAAAAAL!!! Banega spots Gagliardini arriving late and the young Italian smashes one into the top corner. 6-1!
4' Great interplay between Candreva and D'Ambrosio, who finds Icardi in space. The skipper bursts into the area and shoots but it's over
1' No changes to either side as the second half begins at the Meazza

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8 shots on target 4
2 shots off target 2
19 fouls committed 16
6 corners 7
1 offsides 0
47% ball possession 53%

Atalanta are unbeaten in their last seven Serie A games (W5 D2), with Gasperini’s side conceding just twice. Only Juventus (13) have kept more clean sheets than Atalanta (12) in Serie A 2016/17

Atalanta have scored the most goals from defenders this season (12), while Inter have scored only one (Danilo D’Ambrosio against Pescara).

Inter have scored in all of their last nine league games against Atalanta. Inter have won their last two home Serie A games against Atalanta, after picking up only one point in the previous three.

Prior to the defeat against Roma, Inter had won eight home league games in a row

wins(42) draws(10) defeats(9)

MILAN – Stefano Pioli's Inter produced a stunning performance at San Siro this afternoon, including five first-half goals, to dismantle what was previously one of Serie A's top defences. 

Mauro Icardi and Ever Banega both got hat-tricks, the former in ten minutes during the first half and the latter contributing with two assists as well, while Roberto Gagliardini scored against his former employers.

The game started at full throttle and you couldn't have imagine it would have ended up so one-sided. Leonardo Spinazzola put Jasmin Kurtic into a good position that required Geoffrey Kondogbia's timely intervention, while Alejandro Gomez fired a dangerous shot narrowly past Samir Handanovic's post. Inter also had a couple of sighters early on: Perisic could well have scored had his connection on an Antonio Candreva cross been better and Cristian Ansadi's cross-shot in the tenth minute sowed panic in the area and could easily have fallen to an Inter player. 

Just after a quarter of an hour, Rafael Toloi brought Icardi down just outside the area. The referee felt a yellow card was sufficient, but Atalanta were punished enough when Banega's free kick took a deflection and fell to the skipper, who fired home for the first of his perfect hat-trick (left, right and header).  

The Nerazzurri doubled their lead seven minutes later, when Icardi – ever lethal in the penalty area – went to go around Etrit Berisha, forcing the Albanian keeper to chop him down illegally. Inter's No.9 stood up to take the resulting penalty, pulling off an audacious right-footed Panenka into the roof of the net.  

By this point, Inter were flying and Icardi had his hat-trick just moments later in the 27th minute. Banega received a corner short, turned, looked up and delivered an inch-perfect cross for his compatriot to head into the far corner.

Like against Cagliari last week, Banega wasn't content with his role purely as assist-maker and went and scored one himself in the 31st minute. Danilo D'Ambrosio played the ball down the line for Candreva, who drilled a low cross into Banega's path, so that he only had to open up his body and guide it inside the far post. The fifth goal was a carbon copy of the fourth: Candreva crossing for Banega to slam home from inside the area. 

Atalanta were reeling but did manage to pull one back with a few minutes left in the first half. Remo Freuler cut inside from the left flank, beat a defender and curled one into the bottom-right corner from the 18-yard line, leaving Handanovic with no chance. 

The referee blew up right on the 45th minute to send both teams – Inter jubilant and Atalanta shellshocked – in for a rest, leaving everyone else to begin trawling through the record books.

Perhaps inevitably, the tempo dropped in the second half as Atalanta went into damage-control mode and Inter looked to conserve energy for upcoming fixtures. Nevertheless, there was still impetus enough in Inter's attacks for Gagliardini to score his second goal in as many games, rifling Banega's squared pass into the top of the net. 

Then, in the 67th minute, Icardi was fouled again just outside the area, allowing Banega to bend the free kick into the bottom-right corner for his hat-trick. 

With the points long since secured, Pioli was afforded the luxury of resting key players and took Icardi and Banega off to tumultuous standing ovations from the 60,000-strong crowd at San Siro. 

It was another fantastic performance from the Nerazzurri that sets them up perfectly for a strong finish to the season. 

Inter 7-1 Atalanta (HT: 5-1)

Scorers: Icardi 17, 24 (p.) 27, Banega 31, 34, 68, Freuler 42, Gagliardini 52. 

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 17 Medel, 25 Miranda, 15 Ansaldi; 5 Gagliardini, 7 Kondogbia; 87 Candreva, 19 Banega (6 Joao Mario, 70), 44 Perisic (23 Eder, 82); 9 Icardi (8 Palacio, 76).
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 2 Andreolli, 11 Biabiany, 20 Sainsbury, 21 Santon, 24 Murillo, 55 Nagatomo, 77 Brozovic, 96 Barbosa.
Coach: Stefano Pioli.

ATALANTA: 1 Berisha; 3 Toloi, 13 Caldara, 6 Zukanovic; 24 Conti, 19 Kessie (95 Bastoni, 60), 11 Freuler, 37 Spinazzola (7 D'Alessandro, 69); 27 Kurtic; 29 Petagna, 10 Gomez (87 Mounier, 60).
Subs not used: 91 Gollini, 31 Rossi, 4 Cristante, 25 Konko, 33 Hateboer, 43 Paloschi, 52 Cabezas, 77 Raimondi, 88 Grassi.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

Yellow cards: Toloi 16, Berisha 23, Icardi 28, Ansaldi 61, Kurtic 72, Gagliardini 75.

Additional time: 0+0 minutes.

Referee: Massimiliano Irrati.
Assistant referees: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore, Ciro Carbone.
Fourth official: Sergio Ranghetti.
Additional assistants: Carmine Russo, Gianluca Aureliano.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Berisha
D'Ambrosio 33 3 Toloi
Medel 17 13 Caldara
Miranda 25 6 Zukanovic
Ansaldi 15 24 Conti
Gagliardini 5 19 Kessie
Kondogbia 7 11 Freuler
Candreva 87 37 Spinazzola
Banega 19 27 Kurtic
Perisic 44 10 Gomez
Icardi 9 29 Petagna


Carrizo 30 91 Gollini
Andreolli 2 31 Rossi
Joao Mario 6 4 Cristante
Palacio 8 7 D'Alessandro
Biabiany 11 25 Konko
Sainsbury 20 33 Hateboer
Santon 21 43 Paloschi
Eder 23 52 Cabezas
Murillo 24 77 Raimondi
Nagatomo 55 87 Mounier
Brozovic 77 88 Grassi
Barbosa 96 95 Bastoni

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