Final score

10 September 2017 12:30

42' (2nd half) Perisic
27' Icardi (P)
2 - 0
Referee: Claudio Gavillucci / Linesmen: Giorgio Schenone, Luca Mondin / Fourth official: Davide Ghersini / Assistants: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, Antonio Guia
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47' End of the first half here at the Meazza, with the Nerazzurri leading 1-0 thanks a 27th minute strike from captain Mauro Icardi
47' Mora booked for dissent
47' Chance for SPAL just before the interval, as Paloschi beats the offside trap but fails to find the target
46' Joao Mario's corner finds the head of Perisic, although the Croatian's header flies over the crossbar
45' Two minutes of injury time to be played
43' Viviani crosses from the right but Miranda reads the ball well and clears
39' Candreva plays in the overlapping D'Ambrosio, who tries to find Joao Mario, however Vaisanen is there to to halt the Nerazzurri's offensive efforts
36' Another super stop from Gomis, as he keeps out a header from D'Ambrosio. Inter pushing hard for a second
35' Fantastic effort from Candreva, whose precise long-range effort forces a wonderful save from Gomis
33' Foul from Borriello and the Nerazzurri restart the action
30' D'Ambrosio receives a booking after fouling a SPAL player
29' Icardi nearly scores his second in two minutes, as he forces a strong save from Gomis at the near post
27' GOOOOAAAAAL! After a long wait, Mauro Icardi holds his nerve to send the 'keeper the wrong way from the spot and score his fifth goal of the season!
26' And it's a penalty for Inter!
24' The referee has decided to use VAR to help assist him with whether or not the foul was in or outside the penalty area
23' Joao Mario is fouled and the referee awards Vicari a yellow card
21' Another lovely exchange between Perisic and Joao Mario, with the Portuguese No.10 teeing up his teammate who fires his shot straight at Gomis
17' Strong counter-attack led by both Perisic and Mario, with Mora eventually halting the Croatian attacker just inside the area
14' Good work from Candreva as he finds Gagliardini in space, with the latter's long-range shot just flying wide of the post
11' Candreva frees up Icardi through the middle, although Gomis is alert to the danger and intercepts
10' Chance as D'Amborsio plays in Candreva, but a loose touch allows an opponent to block the shot
8' Paloschi attempts a strike from the edge of the area, although Handanovic is there to turn it round the post
5' A beautiful one-two between Gagliardini and Icardi on the edge of the penalty area, although the Nerazzurri No.5 fires his shot just wide of the post
3' Cross from the right-hand side from Candreva, although it's just a little too high for the head of Perisic
1' And the visiting side have kicked us off here in Milan! Come on lads, you can do this! #ForzaInter
1' Keep a close eye on all the live lunch match action between Inter vs. Spal on matchday three at the San Siro
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50' And it's all over here at the San Siro, as Luciano Spalletti's side secure their third successive win and increase their current points tally to nine!
49' Bonazzoli with a decent effort from the edge of the area, with Handanovic happy to see the shot sneak wide
47' Brozovic swings in a cross for Eder, whose following header fails to make it 3-0
45' Five minutes of added time set to be played
43' Third and final change from coach Spalletti, with Eder coming on to replace Candreva
42' GOOALLLLLLLL!!!!! An absolute stunner from Perisic secures Inter's second, with his thumping volley sneaking in just under the crossbar. Inter 2-0!!!!
40' Final change for Semplici, with former Nerazzurri player Bonazzoli replacing Viviani
39' Dalbert has a rash effort from long-range which fails to trouble Gomis
36' A right-sided cross from D'Ambrosio finds Icardi in space, although his header fails to find either corner
35' Wayward effort from Schiattarella, whose long-range strike ends up well over the crossbar
33' SPAL also make a change, with Grassi replacing Mora
32' Dalbert recovers to retain his place on the field, while Spalletti then brings on Vecino for Valero for another substitution
29' Skriniar strikes the crossbar!!!!! The Slovakian defender surges forwards and crashes a long-range effort off the woodwork. So so close!
27' Super stuff on the break from Inter, as Borja Valero releases Perisic who then finds Brozovic just inside the area. It takes an accurate challenge from Vicari to halt the Nerazzurri's No. 77
25' A break in play after Dalbert suffers an injury. Nagatomo is now preparing to replace him
21' First substitution from Spalletti, as Brozovic replaces Joao Mario
20' Change for SPAL, as Antenucci replaces Paloschi
20' A header from Salamon causes a scare for the Nerazzurri, although the defender was in fact in an offside position
18' Perisic finds space away from the opposition back four, although Mora reads it well and clears
17' Break from Candreva, whose cross finds Joao Mario at the back post, although the away side's defence manage to clear
14' Gagliardini brings down Schiattarella and subsequently receives a booking from Gavillucci
10' Brave defending from Skriniar, as he produces a vital clearance to keep out an effort from Borriello
7' Borja Valero pushes forwards and forces a strong save from Gomis
4' Wonderful play from Joao Mario, as he strides into the opposition area and tees up Perisic. The resulting shot sails high over the bar
2' Tactical foul from Mora as he brings down Joao Mario
1' The second half action is now underway here at the San Siro! Let's do this! #ForzaInter

Joao Mario
Average rating 6.6
6 shots on target 1
6 shots off target 4
13 fouls committed 13
8 corners 6
0 offsides 2
64% ball possession 36%

Inter have scored 2.7 goals per game on average in their last 15 Serie A home matches (W10, D1, L4).

Perisic has provided 17 assists in Serie A since 2015/16, at least five more than any other Inter player – 10 of these 17 assists been for Mauro Icardi.

In the three points for a win era, Inter have started a Serie A season with three wins only in 1997/98, 2002/03 and 2015/16 – they finished in the top four each time.

SPAL have drawn one game and won one game so far: they’ve remained unbeaten in the first three Serie A matches only three times in their history (1955/56, 1958/59 and 1962/63).

Mauro Icardi is the first Inter player to score two braces in the first two Serie A match-days since 1950/51 (Benito Lorenzi) – no Inter player has scored three braces in the first three top Italian league match-days.

wins(17) draws(2) defeats(0)

MILAN – The action returned to San Siro after the international break. Luciano Spalletti went with the side that was expected ahead of kick-off. Handanovic was in goal, D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda and Dalbert made up the backline. Borja Valero and Gagliardini were in the heart of midfield with Candreva, Perisic and Joao Mario in the attacking positions behind Icardi. Inter started strongly with the inspired Gagliardini narrowly missing the target on two occasions. SPAL were organised at the back but in the 23rd minute, Icardi flicked it to Joao Mario who burst into the area and was brought down. Gavillucci originally awarded a free kick on the edge of the box before Var changed the decision to a penalty kick. Icardi made no mistake and Inter were in the lead. SPAL looked to respond but the Nerazzurri remained in control and D’Ambrosio went close on a couple of occasions with the second forcing Gomis to make a save in redirecting the ball over the bar.

The second half began with the teams unchanged. SPAL were able to up the tempo and they posed a risk on the left flank. The Nerazzurri came back well through Dalbert during his first start at the Giuseppe Meazza and Inter asked questions from outside the box. Brozovic had his chance soon after coming on for Joao Mario but the Croatian fired over under pressure from a good position after being set up by Perisic. A few minutes later, Skriniar burst forward and hit the bar with a long shot. The match seemed to be fizzling out before Perisic lit up the San Siro in the 90th minute with a spectacular goal. SPAL aimed to respond through Bonazzoli who fired narrowly wide from distance. The 58 thousand fans in attendance applauded the team off and it was a record attendance for a 12:30 kick-off. Inter are now on nine points at the top of table. Crotone will be the next opponents on Saturday. 

INTER 2-0 SPAL (Icardi pen. 27', Perisic 88')

INTER: 1 Handanovic, 5 Gagliardini, 9 Icardi, 10 Joao Mario (66' Brozovic), 20 Borja Valero (77' Vecino), 25 Miranda, 29 Dalbert, 33 D'Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 44 Perisic, 87 Candreva (89' Eder)
Bench: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 11 Vecino, 13 Ranocchia, 17 Karamoh, 23 Eder, 55 Nagatomo, 61 Vanheusden, 77 Brozovic, 99 Pinamonti
Coach: Luciano Spalletti

SPAL: 1 Gomis, 15 Vaisanen, 20 Mora (77' Grassi), 21 Salamon, 22 Borriello, 23 Vicari, 28 Schiattarella, 29 Lazzari, 33 Costa, 43 Paloschi (66' Antenucci), 77 Viviani (84' Bonazzoli)
Bench: 17 Poluzzi, 92 Marchegiani, 6 Cremonesi, 7 Antenucci, 8 Bellemo, 9 Bonazzoli, 12 Konate, 14 Mattiello, 18 Schiavon, 24 Vitale, 27 Felipe, 88 Grassi.
Coach: Leonardo Semplici

Referee: Gavillucci
Assistants: Schenone, Mondin
Fourth Official: Ghersini
VAR Operators: Mazzoleni, Giua
Bookings: D'Ambrosio (I), Gagliardini (I), Vicari (S), Mora (S)

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Gomis
D'Ambrosio 33 21 Salamon
Skriniar 37 23 Vicari
Miranda 25 15 Vaisanen
Estevão 29 29 Lazzari
Gagliardini 5 28 Schiattarella
Valero 20 77 Viviani
Candreva 87 20 Mora
Joao Mario 10 33 Costa
Perisic 44 43 Paloschi
Icardi 9 22 Borriello


Padelli 27 17 Poluzzi
Berni 46 92 Marchegiani
Vecino 11 6 Cremonesi
Ranocchia 13 7 Antenucci
Karamoh 17 8 Bellemo
Eder 23 9 Bonazzoli
Nagatomo 55 12 Konate
Vanheusden 61 14 Mattiello
Brozovic 77 18 Schiavon
Pinamonti 99 24 Vitale
27 Felipe
88 Grassi

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