Final score

29 September 2018 20:30

Inter
44' (2nd half) Politano
13' Martínez
2 - 0
Cagliari
referee Davide Massa / linesmen Liberti, Di Iorio / 4th man Abbattista / assistants Chiffi, Lo Cicero
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46' The first half finishes at the Meazza: the Nerazzurri are 1-0 ahead thanks to a goal by Lautaro Martinez!
45' One minute added on here
44' Andreolli is booked for a foul on Lautaro
42' Great through-ball by Lautaro, who plays in Nainggolan with a bicycle kick. His cross, however, is well defended by Cagliari
41' Barella plays it to Sau, who then fires over from a tight angle
38' Candreva tries to get behind Cagliari's defence on the counter, but he is stopped as he tries to cross the ball in
34' Great play on the right by Lautaro, who leaves Barella chasing shadows before pulling it back to Candreva. However, the latter can't quite connect with the ball properly from a good position. Good chance for Inter!
30' The match is more even now: after 30 minutes Inter are ahead through Lautaro Martinez
27' Handanovic comes off his line and gets to the ball before Pavoletti, who fouls Inter's goalkeeper in the process
23' Lautaro tries to slip through three Cagliari players inside the area, but Cagliari manage to clear the ball out for a throw-in
20' A weak header by Ionita is easy for Handanovic
18' Good play by Politano after Borja Valero played it to him, but his cross is too close to Cragno. Inter continue to attack after the lift that has been given to them from their goal!
13' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLLL! It's Laurato Martinez's first goal in an Inter shirt as he heads home Dalbert's cross from the left. 1-0!
8' Nainggolan crosses it in but Cragno is alert and holds on to the ball low down
4' Politano crosses from the right, Nainggolan plays it towards Lautaro but Cragno manages to collect
1' The Nerazzurri attack aggressively right from the off: Candreva plays it to Dalbert, who wins the first corner of the match!
1' After three consecutive victories against Tottenham, Sampdoria and Fiorentina, Luciano Spalletti's Inter are once again in action, this time at San Siro against Cagliari on matchday seven in Serie A
Minutes Text commentary
49' It's over here! It's a fourth successive victory for Luciano Spalletti's Inter, who beat Cagliari thanks to goals by Lautaro Martinez and Matteo Politano!
48' Another chance for Politano, who can't find the back of the net from the edge of the area!
47' Lautaro tries to find Politano with a back-heel, but Andreolli is there to clear!
45' There will be four minutes of added time
44' GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALL! Politano! Fantastic finish by the Nerazzurri's number 16, who fires it in from the right after an Inter corner. It's 2-0!
44' Perisic wins the ball back, combines with Lautaro and shoots after entering the area. Srna is there to deflect it behind for a corner
43' Perisic enters the area but his shot hits the side netting
41' Dalbert is the latest player to enter the referee's notebook
40' Politano cuts in from the right and shoots, but Cragno dives down low to save
39' Spalletti makes his last change: Vecino comes on for Borja Valero, who leaves the field to applause
37' Lautaro plays the ball to Politano, who then tries to lay it off for a teammate. El Toro and Perisic aren't in sync and it eventually comes to nothing
30' De Vrij heads over a cross by Borja Valero
28' Dessena bundles the ball over the line. Cagliari celebrate but the goal is ruled out for handball after VAR is consulted. The Cagliari midfielder is then booked
26' Cagliari also make a change: Farias comes on for Sau
25' Inter make their second change: Perisic replaces Candreva
24' Politano shoots from outside the area but Cragno saves
22' We're now entering the last quarter if the match at the Meazza, with Luciano Spalletti's men continuing to search for a second goal
17' Great chance for Inter to double their lead: Candreva finds himself all alone in the area after Nainggolan's wonderful pass, but Cragno manages to make a save with his feet
16' Joao Pedro has a right-footed effort after beating Borja Valero but he can't find the back of the net
15' Cagliari make a change: Bradaric comes off, Joao Pedro comes on
13' Brozovic immediately produces a dangerous cross towards De Vrij but Cagliari manage to clear
12' Spalletti makes his first change: Brozovic comes on for Gagliardini
11' Pisacane's challenge on Lautaro is late and he picks up a booking
5' A cross-shot by Borja Valero is tipped over by Cragno
4' Miranda brings the ball out from the back excellently. He is then fouled by Bradaric, who picks up the first yellow card of the second half
1' The second half begins with a change for the away team: Pisacane comes on for Klavan

Handanovic
6.21
6.21
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D'Ambrosio
5.94
5.94
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Brozovic
6.59
6.59
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Miranda
6.22
6.22
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Perisic
6.02
6.02
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Candreva
5.31
5.31
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Gagliardini
5.11
5.11
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Valero
6.89
6.89
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Vecino
6.14
6.14
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Dalbert
7.01
7.01
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Nainggolan
6.13
6.13
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Politano
7.28
7.28
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Martínez
7.84
7.84
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de Vrij
7.06
7.06
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6 shots on target 2
4 shots off target 2
13 fouls committed 11
9 corners 4
1 offsides 2
52% ball possession 48%

Inter have won each of their last three Serie A games against Cagliari, scoring a total of 12 goals in the process.

Inter have won only one of their last five games at home against Cagliari, 4-0 in the most recent one back in April (D2 L2).

Inter have attempted 160 crosses from open play – a league-high.

Radja Nainggolan scored seven goals in his 131 Serie A appearances for Cagliari between 2010 and 2014 – he is yet to score against them since leaving, despite having already faced them seven times.

The first of Roberto Gagliardini’s two Serie A goals for Inter came against Cagliari in March 2017.

wins(23) draws(9) defeats(7)

MILAN – It was El Toro’s night. Inter, who were helped on their way to victory by an excellent debut from Lautaro Martinez, defeated Cagliari thanks to an excellent header by the number ten and a goal by Matteo Politano. The Nerazzurri therefore made it nine points in seven days, and it was a deserved victory for Luciano Spalletti’s team, who showed their ability to cope under pressure.

With Inter having an important game on Wednesday in Eindhoven, Luciano Spalletti made a number of changes for the match, with six players starting who didn’t start against Fiorentina five days ago at San Siro. One of these players was Borja Valero, who made his first start of the season in the Inter team. The Inter fans got to see Lautaro Martinez in action immediately as he headed home Dalbert’s perfect cross after 13 minutes to give Inter the lead, with Cragno having no chance in the Cagliari goal. After being given a lift by the goal, Inter went in search for a second, but Politano wasn’t precise enough with two efforts on goal. Lautaro was lighting up the Meazza, but Candreva wasn’t quite able to finish off a quick counterattack led by El Toro. In the final stages of the first half, Cagliari came to life: Barella played a great ball over the top to Sau, whose effort from a tight angle went over the bar. Inter responded with a counter-attack orchestrated by an extraordinary bicycle kick from Lautaro Martinez, with the move eventually ending with a shot by Politano, but Inter weren’t able to find the back of the net. The teams, therefore, went into the break with Inter leading 1-0. Despite controlling the game well, the Nerazzurri needed to be a bit more clinical in the opposition’s penalty area.

The story was the same in the second half as Cagliari remained in the match without creating a huge amount. A Borja Valero long shot almost caught Cragno out in the 50th minute but he put it behind for a corner. The best chance came on the break. After an hour, Lautaro picked out Nainggolan who flicked it on first time for Candreva who was alone in front of Cragno but the goalkeeper made the save. Only another great stop from Cragno was able to prevent Politano from scoring the second as the Cagliari goalkeeper tipped it out for a corner. Cagliari thought they equalised in the 72nd minute from a corner but Dessena clearly scored with his arm and the goal was disallowed after a VAR check. The Nerazzurri took some chances as Cagliari pushed forward and won a few dangerous corners. In the 80th minute, a genius pass from Lautaro sent Politano through for a one-on-one before the winger tried to give it back to the Argentine but he couldn’t control it and the danger fizzled out. Politano tried his luck again from range but the Sardinian side’s goalkeeper was ready for it. His persistence paid off however in the 89th minute when a stunning and instinctive first-time strike went in via the inside of the post to kill the match.

 

Now, Inter can prepare in the ideal manner for the trip to Eindhoven with the momentum of winning three straight in the league.

#ForzaInter!

INTER 2-0 CAGLIARI

Goals: 13' Martinez, 89' Politano

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 6 De Vrij, 23 Miranda, 29 Dalbert; 5 Gagliardini (57' 77 Brozovic), 20 Borja Valero (83' 8 Vecino); 16 Politano, 14 Nainggolan, 87 Candreva (70' 44 Perisic) ; 10 Lautaro

Bench: 27 Padelli, 9 Icardi, 11 Keita, 13 Ranocchia, 15 Joao Mario, 18 Asamoah, 37 Skriniar

Coach: Luciano Spalletti

 

CAGLIARI: 28 Cragno; 33  Srna, 15 Klavan (46' 19 Pisacane), 3 Andreolli, 24 Faragò; 4 Dessena, 6 Bradaric (60' 10 Joao Pedro), 18 Barella; 21 Ionita; 25 Sau (71' 17 Farias), 30 Pavoletti

Bench: 1 Rafael, 12 Daga, 16 Aresti, 2 Pajac,  8 Cigarini, 9 Cerri, 20 Padoin, 29 Castro, 56 Romagna

Coach: Rolando Maran

 

Bookings: 44' Andreolli (C), 49' Bradaric (C), 56' Pisacane (C), 73' Dessena (C), 86' Dalbert (I)

 

Referee: Massa

Assistants: Liberti, Di Iorio

Fourth Official: Abbattista

VAR Operators: Chiffi, Lo Cicero

 

 

 

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 28 Cragno
D'Ambrosio 33 33 Srna
de Vrij 6 3 Andreolli
Miranda 23 15 Klavan
Dalbert 29 24 Faragò
Gagliardini 5 4 Dessena
Valero 20 6 Bradaric
Politano 16 18 Barella
Nainggolan 14 21 Ionita
Candreva 87 25 Sau
Martínez 10 30 Pavoletti

substitutes

Padelli 27 1 Rafael
Vecino 8 12 Daga
Icardi 9 16 Aresti
Balde 11 2 Pajac
Ranocchia 13 8 Cigarini
Joao Mario 15 9 Cerri
Asamoah 18 10 Joao Pedro
Skriniar 37 17 Farias
Perisic 44 19 Pisacane
Brozovic 77 20 Padoin
29 Castro
56 Romagna

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