Final score

23 December 2017 15:00

34' Falcinelli
1 - 0
Referee: Daniele Doveri / Linesmen: Marrazzo, Peretti / Fourth official: Pasqua / Assistants: Mazzoleni, Meli
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46' The first half ends at the Mapei Stadium. The teams go into the break with the hosts a goal up thanks to Falcinelli's 34th minute strike
45' One minute of stoppage time
43' Brozovic sets up Icardi who flicks it over Consigli but Acerbi recovers to clear the danger
40' Candreva tries from distance and the ball doesn't miss the target by much
36' Handanovic saves from a Berardi effort
34' Sassuolo go ahead as Falcinelli heads in from a Politano cross
32' Cancelo wins a free kick. Candreva plays it into the middle and Peluso wins the ball ahead of Miranda
27' Cross from Perisic but Consigli punches clear with Icardi coming in
26' Consigli saves from Perisic! The Nerazzurri's number 44 heads from a delicate Gagliardini cross but the Neroverdi's goalkeeper keeps it out
25' What a chance for Icardi. He's set up Brozovic and fires wide after going clean through but the assistant's flag goes up late
24' First chance for Sassuolo as Berardi can't connect cleanly and the ball goes wide
21' Brozovic is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Berardi
18' Brozovic plays it into the middle for Perisic who can't connect well with his head. Goal kick for Sassuolo
17' A weak shot from Lirola doesn't trouble Handanovic
14' Candreva crosses it but Lirola clears before it can reach Perisic
10' A series of crosses from the right but Sassuolo survive and Consigli launches a break
8' Skriniar gets to Candreva's corner but heads over
6' Candreva cuts inside from the right but Consigli gets down to save
2' Perisic with the first shot, his long shot goes over the bar
1' Sassuolo vs. Inter starts here. The hosts with the kick-off. #ForzaInter!!
1' It's the third-last match of 2017 for Luciano Spalletti with the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia the setting. The teams enter the pitch with kick-off coming soon!
Minute Text commentary
51' It ends 1-0 at the Mapei Stadium as Falcinelli's goal was decisive
49' Final change for Sassuolo. Duncan off for Cannavaro
47' Consigli easily claims a Dalbert cross
45' Five minutes of stoppage time
44' A shot/cross from Candreva puts Consigli in difficulty but he recovers to save
43' Goldaniga clears a Perisic header after Eder's cross
40' Cancelo plays it in the air to Icardi who nods it down to Eder who fires wide on the volley
38' Mazzitelli replaces Politano for the home side
37' Perisic's cross gets away from the Sassuolo defence but Icardi can't connect and he was also given offside
36' Handanovic saves a dangerous effort from Politano
35' Last change from Spalletti. Miranda is replaced by Joao Mario
33' Candreva crosses it, Perisic knocks it back across goal but Acerbi gets to it before Eder
31' Inter are forced into a change. Dalbert comes on for D'Ambrosio who took a knock
29' Cancelo is booked for a foul on Ragusa
28' Another clearance on the line, Goldaniga from Perisic this time
27' Magnangelli is booked for a foul on Icardi who was on the break
25' Lirola saves on the line from a Skriniar header
20' Counterattack for Sassuolo. Ragusa sets up Falcinelli who misses the target
17' Change for Sassuolo. Ragusa comes on for Berardi
15' The Nerazzurri continue to attack but can't find a way past Consigli. Sassuolo are dropping and defending the final third
12' Perisic crosses to Icardi but Acerbi intercepts
9' Counterattack as Candreva beats Peluso but Consigli then makes the save
5' From a corner, Miranda hits the side netting after being set up by Candreva
4' Consigli gets down to tip Icardi's penalty out for a corner and it remains 1-0
3' Penalty for Inter! Acerbi handballs a Cancelo cross
1' Inter on the attack straight from the whistle with a series of corners for the Nerazzurri!
1' The second half begins with a change. Spalletti brings Eder on for Brozovic

Joao Mario
Average rating 3.82
4 shots on target 4
4 shots off target 9
14 fouls committed 18
1 corners 10
1 offsides 3
28% ball possession 72%

These two sides have never shared a draw in their eight previous games in the top-flight – four wins apiece so far.

Inter conceded three goals in their last game against Udinese last weekend – as many as they had shipped in the previous six.

The Nerazzurri have conceded only two goals in the first 30 minutes of play so far, a league-best along with Roma.

Inter have used only 19 players in this Serie A campaign – fewer than any other side.

Icardi has scored 17 goals so far this term – only Higuaín (18 in 2015/16) and Toni (18 in 2005/06) have done better in the first half of the season in Serie A TIM.

wins(5) draws(0) defeats(4)

REGGIO EMILIA – It was the second consecutive loss for the Nerazzurri after the home defeat to Udinese as they left the Mapei Stadium with nothing despite spending most of the game on the attack. A counterattack in the first half and Mauro Icardi’s penalty miss proved fatal. 

Inter started well and created a number of chances in the opening 15 minutes including a central left-foot Candreva strike and a Skriniar header that went over. The Nerazzurri pushed hard up the flanks and made a number of crosses without being able to find the net. 

Halfway through the first half, the home side had their first chance as Berardi controlled it with his shoulder before dragging the shot wide. A minute later, Icardi missed from close range but the flag later went up for offside. Perisic then tried with his head but Consigli punched it away. In the 35th minute, Sassuolo took the lead. Politano ran the length of the pitch and crossed to the far post where Falcinelli was able to head past Handanovic. 

Inter responded with a Candreva shot that went wide. Brozovic then flicked it over the defence to Icardi, the captain took it past Consigli but Acerbi cleared before he could finish. 

At the break, Eder came on for Brozovic. Inter started on the front foot and Cancelo’s cross was stopped by Acerbi’s hand with Doveri awarding the penalty. Icardi stepped up to take it but Consigli went the right way and made the save. Inter continued to push forward but Sassuolo defended well and posed a threat on the counterattack. Falcinelli had a good chance from one of these but fired over. 

In the 74th minute, Perisic tried against with his head but Goldaniga cleared. Spalletti had to make a second change with D’Ambrosio making way with an issue and Dalbert came on. Joao Mario then replaced Miranda. Icardi missed a big chance in the 82nd minute after being picked out by Perisic. Two minutes later, Icardi’s knockdown fell to Eder who fired wide. 

Inter were playing with their hearts more than their heads in the final assault on goal and Doveri blew the final whistle after five minutes of additional time and it was the second defeat of the season for the Nerazzurri. 

Scorers: 35' Falcinelli
SASSUOLO: 47 Consigli; 21 Lirola, 24 Goldaniga, 15 Acerbi, 13 Peluso; 7 Missiroli, 4 Magnanelli, 32 Duncan (94' Cannavaro 28); 25 Berardi (63' Ragusa 90), 11 Falcinelli, 16 Politano (83' Mazzitelli 6).
Bench: 77 Pegolo, 10 Matri, 14 Scamacca, 17 Pierini, 22 Frattesi, 23 Gazzola, 26 Oliveira.
Coach: Giuseppe Iachini

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio (77' Dalbert 29), 37 Skriniar, 25 Miranda (80' J. Mario 10), 7 Cancelo; 5 Gagliardini, 20 B. Valero; 87 Candreva, 77 Brozovic (46' Eder 23), 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi.
Bench: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 13 Ranocchia, 17 Karamoh, 21 Santon, 55 Nagatomo, 99 Pinamonti.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti

Bookings: Brozovic (21'), Missiroli (73'), Cancelo (74')
Additional Time: 1' - 5'
Referee: Doveri
Assistants: Marrazzo, Peretti
Fourth Official: Pasqua
VAR Operators: Mazzoleni, Meli

starting lineups

Consigli 47 1 Handanovic
Lirola 21 7 Cancelo
Goldaniga 24 37 Skriniar
Acerbi 15 25 Miranda
Peluso 13 33 D'Ambrosio
Missiroli 7 5 Gagliardini
Magnanelli 4 20 Valero
Duncan 32 87 Candreva
Berardi 25 77 Brozovic
Falcinelli 11 44 Perisic
Politano 16 9 Icardi


Pegolo 77 27 Padelli
Mazzitelli 6 46 Berni
Matri 10 10 Joao Mario
Scamacca 14 13 Ranocchia
Pierini 17 17 Karamoh
Frattesi 22 21 Santon
Gazzola 23 23 Eder
Oliveira 26 29 Estevão
Cannavaro 28 55 Nagatomo
Ragusa 90 99 Pinamonti

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