Final score

1 October 2017 15:00

42' D'Alessandro
1 - 2
22' Brozovic
19' Brozovic
Referee: Daniele Doveri / Linesmen: De Meo, Di Vuolo / Fourth official: Fourneau / Assistants: Valeri, Giallatini
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45' Half time here at the Vigorito, with Inter leading 2-1
43' Yellow card for Costa after he brings down Brozovic
42' Benevento score their first goal of the game, as D'Alessandro slides the ball past Handanovic following an assist from Iemmello
41' Handanovic has no problems in saving an ambitious effort from Letizia
34' Icardi finds the back of the net following yet another through ball from Brozovic, although the linesman rules it out for offside
32' First booking of the match goes to Borja Valero, after he puts a stop to a Benevento counter-attack
31' Brozovic lofts a ball in for Icardi, although Letizia successfully blocks the following shot
29' Dangerous counter-attack from Benevento, with Handanovic doing well to just tip D'Alessandro's shot wide of the post
25' Benevento hit the woodwork following a thunderous strike from Memushaj!
22' BRACE FOR BROZOVIC!!!! The midfielder fires in a fierce free-kick to score his second in just three minutes!
21' Brozovic involved once again, as he's brought down just outside the opposition area
19' GOAAALLLLL for Brozovic!!! Candreva provides the assist as he swings the ball in for his teammate, making no mistake with his precise header! 1-0 Inter!!
18' Inter win a corner after Belec keeps out a long-range strike from Candreva
13' Spalletti's side threaten once again from the flanks as Perisic fires it in for Brozovic, whose shot is then dealt with by Costa. Benevento successfully win a free-kick on the break
10' The hosts threaten for the first time, although the Nerazzurri defence do well to keep out D'Alessandro
8' Another chance for the Nerazzurri, with D'Ambrosio's effort being turned out for a corner
7' First chance on target for Inter as Skriniar tries his luck! Pushing forwards and robbing his opponent of possession, the defender's subsequent shot was comfortably saved by the Benevento shot-stopper
3' A corner from the right-hand side finds Miranda, although the defender's unable to find the target
1' First trip down the right flank for Candreva, who swings in a cross for Perisic at the back post
1' The home side kick us off here at the Stadio Vigorito in Benevento! Let's do this!
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50' And it's all over at the Vigorito!!! Inter have picked up their sixth win from seven matches, moving up 19 points ahead of the international break
49' Final chance for the hosts, although Iemmello's weak chance is saved easily by Handanovic
47' Inter enjoy a positive spell of possession, with Belec producing a comfortable save to stop Vecino
45' Five minutes of added time to be played
44' It's Brozovic for Perisic once again, although the resulting cross fails to find Icardi at the back post following a fine interception from Belec
40' Third and final change from Spalletti, who brings on Dalbert for Nagatomo
39' Brozovic pulls it back for Perisic, whose effort is turned out for a corner!
35' Chance for Inter! Perisic curls one in from the left-hand side but Belec does just enough to keep it out
33' Spalletti switches things up, with Gagliardini coming on for Borja Valero
32' Joao Mario uses his strength to win possession in midfield, although the following play from Icardi and Perisic fails to bear fruit
31' Perisic completes a cute run before then playing in Icardi, whose rash finish flies way over the crossbar
29' A foul on D'Alessandro leads to a yellow card for Vecino
27' Yet another change for the hosts as Parigini comes on for Lombardi
23' Booking for Miranda after he fouls D'Alessandro on the right-hand side
22' Benevento make a change with Chibsah replacing Memushaj
21' Brozovic sends in a right-sided cross for Perisic, although it comes to nothing
19' Lombardi receives a yellow card after bringing down Icardi
17' Inter turning up the tempo now, with Brozovic's long-range shot being fired away by the hosts' back four
13' A superb cross finds D'Alessandro at the back post, although his close-range header is kept out by the post
10' The Nerazzurri dictate play seeking to break through Benevento, with Vecino eventually the man to try his luck
6' First change for Inter, as Joao Mario replaces Candreva
5' Candreva makes moves down the right, only to be stopped in his tracks by the opposition
1' The second half is now underway here in Benevento, with Inter eager to improve upon their current one-goal lead

Joao Mario
Average rating 5.65
8 shots on target 14
1 shots off target 6
2 fouls committed 8
1 corners 11
2 offsides 6
20:06 ball possession 32:21

Before Benevento, only two teams had started a Serie A campaign losing each of their first six games: Legnano in 1951/52 and Venezia in 1949/50. Both were newly promoted teams, and both were relegated.

Benevento haven’t scored a single goal in 525 minutes of Serie A action, despite attempting an average of 15 shots per game.

Benevento have the worst defence so far this season (16 goals conceded).

Inter’s last game against a side from Campania other than Napoli saw the Nerazzurri losing (2-0 vs Salernitana in April 1999).

This is Inter’s best start to a Serie A campaign since 2002/03, when they finished second in the table behind Juventus.

Inter have already scored three headed goals in this campaign, including D’Ambrosio’s winner last weekend against Genoa – that’s currently a league record.

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

BENEVENTO – Inter are coming back from Campania with three more points thanks to a strenuous 2-1 win at the Stadio Vigorito. The result moves the Nerazzurri up to 19 points after seven matches ahead of the derby following the international break on 15th October. 

Inter looked to impose themselves from the opening exchanges.  In the third minute, Miranda headed into the side netting from a Brozovic corner. In the seventh minute, Skriniar won the ball and forced Belec to get down to make a save while D’Ambrosio saw his attempt deflected wide a minute later. The Campania side’s goalkeeper was in action again in the twelfth minute from a shot-cum-cross by Brozovic and again from Candreva’s great effort in the 18th minute. A minute later, Inter opened the scoring as Candreva set up Brozovic perfectly for a header. Just 180 seconds later, the Croatian scored his second from a free kick won by Icardi. The home side found the strength to react and were very dangerous on two occasions. In the 25th minute, Memushaj hit the bar with a shot from 20 metres while D’Alessandro’s daisy cutter went just wide in the 29th minute. It was the Benevento winger who halved the deficit after being set up well by Iemmello three minutes before the break. After the goal, Inter were straight back on the front foot as Letizia blocked from Candreva before Borja Valero just missed the top corner with a strike from the edge of the box. The sides went into the breaks with Spalletti’s side 2-1 up. 

The rhythm of play was much more composed after the interval, with Joao Mario coming on for Candreva in the 51st minute. Vecino tried his luck just four minutes later, although his effort failed to beat Belec. Strong going forwards, the Nerazzurri still had to keep a close eye on their defensive commitments, with D’Alessandro particularly effective in making a nuisance of himself. In the 58th minute, the Benevento midfielder struck the post with a close-range header, which could well have altered the game’s ultimate outcome. Inter increased the pressure during the final quarter of the match, with Perisic initially going close in the 66th minute following a Brozovic cross, before Icardi then failed to find the target 10 minutes later despite a sweet delivery from Perisic. Come the 79th minute, Joao Mario exerted further influence by playing in the Nerazzurri’s No. 44, whose subsequent effort was saved well by Belec. The match remained open for the final stages, with the home defence clearing well six minutes from the end after some additional intricate link-up play from our Croatian paring. The contest between Perisic and Belec continued once again in the 90th minute, with the latter coming out victorious to keep out a cross-come-shot. Five minutes of added time were awarded late on, although Inter stood strong and eventually secured all three points following Doveri’s final whistle.

Goalscorers: 19' and 22' Brozovic (I), 42' D'Alessandro (B)

BENEVENTO: 1 Belec; 23 Venuti, 6 Djimsiti, 21 Costa, 3 Letizia; 8 Cataldi, 14 Viola (84' 77 Lazaar), 20 Memushaj (66' 13 Chibsah); 7 D'Alessandro, 33 Iemmello, 87 Lombardi (72' 26 Parigini)
Bench: 22 Brignoli, 4 Del Pinto, 11 Coda, 17 Di Chiara, 18 Gyamfi, 32 Puscas, 90 Armenteros, 95 Gravillon
Coach: Marco Baroni

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 25 Miranda, 55 Nagatomo (85' 29 Dalbert); 11 Vecino, 20 B. Valero (78' 5 Gagliardini); 87 Candreva (51' 10 J. Mario), 77 Brozovic, 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi
Bench: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 13 Ranocchia, 17 Karamoh, 21 Santon, 23 Eder, 99 Pinamonti
Coach: Luciano Spalletti
Bookings: Borja Valero (I), Costa (B), Lombardi (B), Miranda (I), Vecino (I)
Stoppage Time: 0' + 5'
Referee: Doveri
Assistants: De Meo, Di Vuolo
Fourth Official: Fourneau
VAR Operators: Valeri, Giallatini

starting lineups

Belec 1 1 Handanovic
Venuti 23 33 D'Ambrosio
Costa 21 37 Skriniar
Djimsiti 6 25 Miranda
Letizia 3 55 Nagatomo
Lombardi 87 11 Vecino
Cataldi 8 20 Valero
Memushaj 20 87 Candreva
D'Alessandro 7 77 Brozovic
Viola 14 44 Perisic
Iemmello 33 9 Icardi


Brignoli 22 27 Padelli
Del Pinto 4 46 Berni
Coda 11 5 Gagliardini
Chibsah 13 10 Joao Mario
Di Chiara 17 13 Ranocchia
Gyamfi 18 17 Karamoh
Parigini 26 21 Santon
Puscas 32 23 Eder
Lazaar 77 29 Estevão
Armenteros 90 99 Pinamonti
Gravillon 95

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