Final score

26 August 2017 20:45

15' Dzeko
1 - 3
42' (2nd half) Vecino
32' (2nd half) Icardi
22' (2nd half) Icardi
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati / Linesmen: Meli, Di Liberatore / Fourth official: Maresca
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Minute Text commentary
46' First half ends at the Olimpico. The Giallorossi are out in front following Dzeko's opener
45' One minute of added time to be played before half time
43' Icardi finds space in the box and forces a superb save from Alisson
42' Cross from Candreva turned out for a corner. The No.87 takes the resulting kick, although Nainggolan heads the ball away to safety
39' Defrel tees up Nainggolan whose shot from outside the area cannons off the post
37' Inter push forwards in search of an equaliser, although the entire Roma team drop deep and defend well
33' Miranda clears after a left-sided cross from Perotti
31' A right-footed long-range strike from Candreva is saved comfortably by Alisson
28' Icardi goes one on one with Alisson, although Iratti blows his whistle for offside
27' Handanovic produces a fine diving save to keep out a snap shot from Dzeko
26' D'Ambrosio plays in Perisic, whose following ball is just too long for Icardi
22' Juan Jesus brings down Perisic after a fine pass from Vecino, with the Brazilian defender receiving a yellow card
20' Perotti capitalises on a mistake from Gagliardini and plays in Defrel, although the latter's shot is turned out for a corner by Nagatomo
19' Foul from Candreva on Kolarov. The Nerazzurri's No. 87 picks up the game's first booking
17' Candreva crosses for Borja Valero, although the midfielder's header fails to find the back of the net
15' Roma take the lead. Nainggolan sets up Dzeko, who subsequently makes no mistake in placing the ball past Handanovic
14' Kolarov hits the post from long-range
12' Incredible chance for Icardi, as he strikes wide after a rebound. Inter nearly take the lead!
11' D'Ambrosio pushes forwards following a pass from Candreva, although the Nerazzurri No.33 fails to find a teammate
9' Skriniar intercepts a cross from Nainggolan, crucially keeping the ball away from Dzeko
8' Perisic finds space in the middle but is closed down by Manolas
6' Accurate cross from D'Ambrosio, although Perisic fails to make contact
5' Good play from the Nerazzurri. D'Ambrosio has space and tries to find Icardi, although Allison intercepts on the edge of the box
3' A melee ensues in the area following a corner kick from the right-hand side. Fazio fails to make contact with the ball from close-range
2' It's a swift start here at the Stadio Olimpico with the Nerazzurri pressing high
1' Irrati blows his whistle and the match is now underway! Spalletti's side enjoy the game's first bit of play!
1' Prior to kick-off a minutes' silence is held in memory of the Ischia earthquake victims
1' The squads make their way onto the pitch at the Stadio Olimpico. Come on lads! Forza Inter! #InterIsComing
1' We are now just moments away from the big Serie A TIM 2017/18 match between Luciano Spalletti's Nerazzurri and Eusebio Di Francesco's Giallorossi
1' Five of the last six Serie A matches between Roma and Inter have seen both teams score.
Minute Text commentary
48' And it's all over!! Luciano Spalletti's Inter side have picked up their second consecutive victory, completing an impressive comeback thanks to goals from Icardi and Vecino
47' Inter nearly extend their lead further, although Alisson does well to keep out Joao Mario
46' Final change for Roma. Tumminello comes on in place of Perotti
45' Three minutes of added time to be played
42' GOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!! After beating Juan Jesus at the near post, Perisic plays in a precise pass for Vecino who makes it 3-1!
38' Final substitution for Inter, as Cancelo makes his Nerazzurri debut by coming on for Candreva
38' Another change for the home side, as Under takes the place of De Rossi
37' Nainggolan receives possession in a great position, but is unable to keep his shot under control
35' Alisson produces a great save to prevent Icardi making it 3-1
32' AND IT'S THAT MAN AGAIN....MAURO ICARDI!!!! The Nerazzurri captain slides the ball into the bottom corner after a superb assist from Perisic. 2-1 Inter!!!
28' A rapid counter-attack from the hosts found Nainggolan in space up top, although the Inter defence did well to deflect his shot out for a corner
25' Another great chance for the Nerazzurri, as Candreva tries to find Joao Mario in the box, before Vecino's following strike sails over
23' El Shaarawy dinks it over Handanovic, but Dalbert is there to clear
22' GOOALLLLLLLL!!!!Played in by Candreva, Icardi reacted well and stabbed the ball past Alisson. 1-1!!!!!
21' Despite a double chance for Perisic, the Nerazzurri No. 44 is unable to work his way past the Roma defence
19' A splendid strike from Perotti flies past Handanovic, although is kept out by the post
18' First change for Di Francesco, as El Shaarawy is brought on for Defrel
16' D'Ambrosio defends well following a strong run from Perotti, eventually turning the ball out for a corner
14' Juan Jesus clears a cross from Candreva, before the latter then sends a second attempt straight into the arms of Alisson
11' Second change for Spallett, as Dalbert replaces Nagatomo
9' Alisson saves comfortably after a weak shot from Joao Mario
8' Icardi tries to latch onto a ball past the Roma back four, although he's ruled offside
6' Dzeko's shot deflects off Skriniar and goes out for a corner
5' Perotti tries his luck from way out, with the ball sailing high over the crossbar
2' Perisic cross from the left but it's cleared by the Giallorossi defence
1' We are back underway at the Olimpico
1' Inter make a change for the second half, with Joao Mario coming on for Gagliardini

Joao Mario
Average rating 6.63
3 shots on target 2
6 shots off target 2
12 fouls committed 3
12 corners 2
2 offsides 2
49% ball possession 51%

Both Éder and Mauro Icardi have scored three goals against Roma in Serie A, in 10 and eight appearances respectively against the Nerazzurri.

Across the last five seasons, Roma have never lost in the opening two matches, but only twice have the Giallorossi managed two wins in two games (2013/14 and 2014/15).

Roma’s last home defeat against Inter was in October 2008 – since then five wins for the Giallorossi and three draws at the Olimpico against the Nerazzurri.

Radja Nainggolan has scored five goals in 14 league games against Inter – his favourite target in Serie A.

Inter won their final away game of last season at the Olimpico but against Lazio, after losing three games in a row on the road.

wins(29) draws(26) defeats(36)

ROME – It was a beautiful summer evening at the Stadio Olimpico as the Nerazzurri celebrated a win in another big fixture on matchday two. The teams started as pre-match news suggested they would and Inter began with the tempo of a great team. There were two big chances in the opening minutes and the home team was pinned back in their area. Roma then reacted and two minutes later, Kolarov hit the post with a shot from distance after a corner as he was one of the liveliest players in the Giallorossi’s ranks.  

A minute later, Roma went ahead. Nainggolan played a key role as ever. Dzeko received a pass from the Belgian in the area and beat Handanovic at his near post. Inter looked to respond with Candreva testing Alisson from range but the Brazilian was equal to it. The story didn’t change as Inter were playing better while Roma created the better chances. In the 39th minute, Nainggolan hit Handanovic’s right post with an excellent strike but the scoreline remained the same at 1-0. Again, nothing changed in the 43rd minute as the Roma goalkeeper made a great save from Icardi who did well to get a shot away after a Candreva pass.

The second half began with Joao Mario taking the place of Gagliardini alongside Borja Valero in the centre of midfield. Ten minutes in, Dalbert came on for Nagatomo to make his Serie A debut. Roma continued to improve and Perotti hit the point where the crossbar and post meet as the home side struck the woodwork for the third time. When it seemed set that Roma would make it 2-0, Icardi remembered that he hadn’t scored at this stadium before beating Alisson with a great stop and strike.
The Nerazzurri took heart at the Stadio Olimpico. Two minutes later, Joao Mario picked out Candreva in the six-yard-box to send him one-on-one with the goalkeeper but unfortunately the finish wasn’t as good as the move.

Inter continued to attack and in the 75th minute, Icardi scored a fantastic goal from Perisic’s brilliant burst up the left. The captain didn’t stop asserting himself and went close to adding a third as he went through one-on-one from Joao Mario’s through-ball and Alisson did very well to stay on his feet and make the save. Roma went close to recovering through Nainggolan who fired over from just outside the Inter box. The story of the match then repeated itself. Perisic broke before finding Matias Vecino in the box for Inter’s third goal. There was time for one more Joao Mario chance before the match finished with celebrations in front of the away fans. Now, it’s time for an international break before we return with Inter vs. Spal.


ROMA 1-3 INTER (14' Dzeko, 67', 77' Icardi e 87' Vecino)
ROMA: 1 Alisson, 4 Nainggolan, 5 Juan Jesus, 6 Strootman, 8 Perotti 91' Tumminello), 9 Dzeko, 11 Kolarov, 16 De Rossi, 20 Fazio, 23 Defrel (63' El Shaarawy), 44 Manolas.
Substitutes:18 Lobont, 28 Skorupski, 7 Pellegrini, 15 Moreno, 17 Under, 21 Gonalons, 24 Florenzi (82' Under), 30 Gerson, 32 Tumminello, 40 Ciavattini, 48 Antonucci, 92 El Shaarawy.
Coach: Eusebio Di Francesco

INTER: 1 Handanovic, 5 Gagliardini (Joao Mario 46'), 9 Icardi, 11 Vecino, 20 Borja Valero, 25 Miranda, 33 D'Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 44 Perisic, 55 Nagatomo (55' Dalbert), 87 Candreva (82' Cancelo).
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 7 Cancelo, 8 Jovetic, 10 Joao Mario, 13 Ranocchia, 15 Ansaldi, 23 Eder, 29 Dalbert, 61 Vanheusden, 77 Brozovic, 96 Barbosa, 99 Pinamonti.
Head Coach: Luciano Spalletti

Referee: Irrati
Assistants: Meli, Di Liberatore
Fourth Official: Maresca
VAR Operators: Orsato, Aureliano
Bookings: Candreva, Juan Jesus



starting lineups

Alisson 1 1 Handanovic
Juan Jesus 5 33 D'Ambrosio
Manolas 44 37 Skriniar
Fazio 20 25 Miranda
Kolarov 11 55 Nagatomo
Strootman 6 5 Gagliardini
De Rossi 16 11 Vecino
Nainggolan 4 87 Candreva
Defrel 23 20 Valero
Dzeko 9 44 Perisic
Perotti 8 9 Icardi


Lobont 18 27 Padelli
Skorupski 28 7 Cancelo
Pellegrini 7 8 Jovetic
Moreno 15 10 Joao Mario
Under 17 13 Ranocchia
Gonalons 21 15 Ansaldi
Florenzi 24 23 Eder
Gerson 30 29 Estevão
Tumminello 32 61 Vanheusden
Ciavattini 40 77 Brozovic
Antonucci 48 96 Barbosa
El Shaarawy 92 99 Pinamonti

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