Final score

24 February 2018 20:45

Inter
24' (2nd half) Ranocchia
22' (2nd half) Skriniar
2 - 0
Benevento
referee Luca Pairetto / linesmen Longo, Santoro / 4th man Sacchi / assistants Maresca, Fiorito
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45' The first half ends here at the Meazza, with the scores level at 0-0
41' A free-kick from Eder is blocked up Sagna
37' Handanovic keeps out a low cross from Brignola
34' A right-footed effort from Coda sails high over the crossbar
32' Vecino tries to find Eder but the latter is ruled offside
27' Coda skips past Skriniar and forces a strong save from Skriniar
25' Handanovic makes the save after Brignola's shot is deflected off Skriniar
21' Ranocchia sends a long ball forward for Perisic, but Sagna gets across to turn it out for a corner
17' Perisic climbs above his marker well at the back post but heads just wide
15' Puggioni collects a left-sided cross from D'Ambrosio
11' Rafinha and Candreva link up well, although their combined play fails to threaten Puggioni
9' The first chance of the match for the Nerazzurri. Vecino plays in a fine ball for Candreva, although Letizia is on hand to intercept and put the ball out for a corner
4' Handanovic calmly collects following an effort from Brignola, however, the linesman rules the No.99 to be offside anyway
1' Pairetto blows his whistle and we're off here for Inter vs. Benevento! Let's do this! Forza Inter!
1' Kick-off for this evening's matchday 26 encounter between Inter and Benevento is now just moments away!
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49' And that's that!! Inter beat Benevento 2-0 thanks to two quick-fire second-half goals from Skriniar and Ranocchia! The Nerazzurri now move up to third in the league standings!
47' Karamoh leads a counter-attack before passing to Candreva in a good position, whose left-footed strike is deflected out for a corner!
45' Four minutes of added time to be played
44' Del Pinto is shown an inevitable yellow card for a tough foul on Eder
43' A shot from Letizia ends up way wide of the target
40' Benevento make their final change, with Diabatè replacing Coda
39' Gagliardini fails to find the target with a strike from outside the box
36' Spalletti makes his second change, with Perisic making way for Brozovic
35' Viola commits his second foul on Eder in just over 10 minutes, with Benevento being reduced to 10 men
30' Inter continue attacking as they seek to stretch further ahead
24' GOAL! GOOOAAALL! GOOOOOAAAAAALLL! A precise set-piece from Cancelo finds Ranocchia, who fires in a wonderful diving header! 2-0!!
23' Viola is booked for fouling Eder
22' GOAL! GOOOAAALL!! GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!! A corner from Cancelo is nodded on from Vecino who finds Skriniar at the back post to nod home! Get in!!!
21' Del Pinto replaces Sandro for Benevento
20' First change for Inter, with Karamoh coming on for Rafinha
18' Candreva finds Eder on the break, who sends a tricky chip just over
14' Ranocchia is also shown a yellow card for a foul on Coda
13' Coda races forward on the counter-attack, sending a powerful effort over the crossbar
11' Candreva receives a booking for a foul on Letizia
9' Vecino tries his luck from 25 metres and earns a corner following a Puggioni save
5' Puggioni races out to intercept Candreva following a precise long ball from Skriniar
3' Sandro tries his luck from long-range but it sails over
1' Benevento make a change for the second half, with Cataldi replacing Djuricic

Ranocchia
7.04
7.04
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Handanovic
6.28
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D'Ambrosio
4.54
4.54
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Brozovic
5.05
5.05
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Perisic
4
4
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Eder
4.03
4.03
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Candreva
5.01
5.01
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Gagliardini
3.86
3.86
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Skriniar
7.31
7.31
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Vecino
4.36
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Cancelo
5.88
5.88
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Karamoh
6.64
6.64
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Alcantara
5.47
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4 shots on target 1
3 shots off target 5
15 fouls committed 14
6 corners 2
7 offsides 1
53% ball possession 47%

Inter have only failed to score in one of their last 35 Serie A games against newly promoted teams (0-0 vs Empoli) – 77 goals for the Nerazzurri.

Inter won their last home league game, after drawing three and losing one of the previous four.

Benevento have conceded at least two goals in each of their last six league games - in this period they’ve won two times.

Benevento are the first Serie A side to lose all of their first 12 away league games in a season since Cremonese in 1984/85.

Benevento have used the most players in Serie A this season (37), whilst Inter have used the joint fewest (22).

Benevento have conceded the joint most headed goals (10), whilst Inter have scored the most (nine).

Marcelo Brozovic’s most recent Serie A brace came against Benevento in the reverse fixture, just his second in the competition.

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)

MILAN - Luciano Spalletti’s Inter picked up a valuable three points at the end of a hard-fought match on Saturday. The 2-0 win over Benevento came courtesy of a one-two punch from centre-backs Skriniar and Ranocchia. The Nerazzurri, therefore, go up to 51 points and are temporarily third ahead of both Roma and Lazio.

The first chance of the match fell for the Nerazzurri. Nine minutes in, Vecino played it over the top for Candreva who ran into the box but he was tackled just when he was about to shoot. From the following Cancelo corner, Gagliardini nodded on at the front post but the ball went out. In the 17th minute, there was another cross from Cancelo. Perisic got away from Sagna but couldn’t keep it on target. Benevento showed what they could do in the 23rd minute with a counterattack from Brignola and the Nerazzurri rearguard blocked his strike from the edge of the area. The visitors were dangerous once more in the 29th minute as Coda got away from Skriniar and fired off a powerful shot, Handanovic saved with some difficulty and Ranocchia arrived to clear. Inter responded in the 39 with some clever interplay as Perisic sent D’Ambrosio into the box but his cross was cleared for a corner by Sagna. The teams went back to the changing rooms with the game goalless.

The second half began with a change for the away side, with Cataldi replacing Djuricic at the interval. Vecino soon tried his luck with a long-range effort in the 54th minute, although Puggioni punched it out for a corner. De Zerbi’s side had a great chance in the 58th minute, with Brignola playing in Coda who wasted a good one-on-one chance by shooting over. Inter then responded in the 63rd minute, with Candreva sliding in Eder who chipped the ball over. Spalletti soon sent on Karamoh for Rafinha, with the game’s opening goal coming not long after. Vecino flicked on a corner from Cancelo, with Skriniar nodding home from the back post. With the Nerazzurri’s opener coming in the 67th minute, they then doubled their lead just two minutes later. Cancelo swung in an enticing set-piece, with Ranocchia executing a perfect diving header. Benevento were reduced to 10 men following Viola’s sending off, before then nearly conceding a third in added time. Candreva received possession in the area, only for Djimsiti to successfully intercept. The final whistle was blown following four minutes of added time, with Inter ultimately winning 2-0. Now it’s time to focus on the #DerbyMilano!

INTER 2-0 BENEVENTO 
Goalscorers: 67' Skriniar (I), 69' Ranocchia (I)

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 7 Cancelo, 13 Ranocchia, 37 Skriniar, 33 D'Ambrosio; 11 Vecino, 5 Gagliardini; 87 Candreva, 8 Rafinha (65' 17 Karamoh), 44 Perisic (81' 77 Brozovic); 23 Eder
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 89 Pissardo, 2 Lisandro, 9 Icardi, 20 B. Valero, 21 Santon, 25 Miranda, 29 Dalbert, 99 Pinamonti
Coach: Luciano Spalletti

BENEVENTO: 81 Puggioni; 83 Sagna, 6 Djimisti, 16 Tosca, 3 Letizia; 30 Sandro (66' 4 Del Pinto), 14 Viola; 99 Brignola, 66 Guilherme, 31 Djuricic (46' 8 Cataldi); 11 Coda (85' 25 Diabatè)
Substitutes: 22 Brignoli, 18 Gyamfi, 20 Memushaj, 21 A. Costa, 23 Venuti, 26 Parigini, 29 Billong, 33 Iemmello, 87 Lombardi
Coach: Roberto De Zerbi

Bookings: Candreva (I), Ranocchia (I), Del Pinto (B)

Red cards: 80' Viola (B) for two yellow cards

Added time: 0' + 4'

Referee: Pairetto
Assistants: Longo, Santoro
Fourth Official: Sacchi
VAR operators: Maresca, Fiorito

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 81 Puggioni
Cancelo 7 3 Letizia
Ranocchia 13 6 Djimsiti
Skriniar 37 11 Coda
D'Ambrosio 33 14 Viola
Gagliardini 5 16 Tosca
Vecino 11 30 Sandro
Candreva 87 31 Djuricic
Alcantara 8 66 Guilherme
Perisic 44 83 Sagna
Eder 23 99 Brignola

substitutes

Padelli 27 22 Brignoli
Pissardo 89 4 Del Pinto
Lopez 2 8 Cataldi
Icardi 9 18 Gyamfi
Karamoh 17 20 Memushaj
Valero 20 21 Costa
Santon 21 23 Venuti
Miranda 25 25 Diabatè
Dalbert 29 26 Parigini
Brozovic 77 29 Billong
Pinamonti 99 33 Iemmello
87 Lombardi

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