Final score

7 October 2018 20:30

SPAL
27' (2nd half) Paloschi
1 - 2
Inter
33' (2nd half) Icardi
14' Icardi
referee Fabio Maresca / linesmen Vivenzi, Valeriani / 4th man Illuzzi / assistants Banti, Liberti
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46' The first half comes to a close at the Mazza, with the Nerazzurri 1-0 in front thanks to a goal from Mauro Icardi!
45' One minute of injury time added on
44' A great save from Handanovic to keep out Felipe
39' So close!! A fantastic clearance from Cionek stops Icardi from stabbing in a second!!
35' A strange period of the match, with Inter still pushing for the a crucial second
31' Lazzarri stops Keita in cynical fashion and is shown the game's first yellow card
30' What a chance that was!! Keita nicked the ball from Cionek and raced into the area, but the large palm of Gomis managed to claw the ball away!
25' Chance for the Nerazzurri from a corner but Skriniar handles the ball in the box
19' Missiroli blocked by Skriniar, with SPAL still pressing
18' And Antenucci misses!!! Inter remain in front!!
17' Felipe goes down after contact with Miranda, with Maresca duly blowing his whistle for a penalty
16' A super save from Handanovic to keep out a header from Petagna!!
14' GOAL! GOOOOAAAALLL!! GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL!!! The head of Mauro Icardi meets a cross from Vrsaljko before it's then deflected in off Djourou's hand! 1-0 at the Mazza!!
11' Antenucci pushes Spal forward but Handanovic is on hand for an easy take
7' Nainggolan sends a volley over the bar from outside the area
5' Cionek intercepts a right-sided Vrsaljko cross destined for Perisic at the back post
2' A cross from Keita is turned out behind the goal but the match officials fail to award a corner despite the Nerazzurri protests
1' And the home side gets the ball rolling for SPAL vs. Inter here in Ferrara. Come on lads!!! #ForzaInter!!!
1' Inter and Spal both make their way out onto the pitch at the Stadio Mazza ahead of their matchday 8 encounter in Serie A
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50' YES!!!! The final whistle is blown at the Mazza and Luciano Spalletti's side secure their sixth successive win thanks to a brace from Mauro Icardi
49' Nainggolan sets Politano free, who fails to pick out Lautaro Martinez and loses possession
47' Perisic races away on the counter and forces a corner from Gomis with a solid effort from a tight angle
44' There is four minutes of injury time added on
41' Felipe also enters the book for an infringement on Vecino
41' Everton Luiz is also booked
39' Schiattarella is unsurprisingly booked after hauling down Gagliardini
38' Moncini replaces Missiroli for SPAL
36' Spalletti makes his third change, with Mauro Icardi leaving the field to rapturous away applause to be replaced by Gagliardini
35' Miranda is booked for the fifth yellow card of the match
33' GOAL! GOOOOOAAAALLL! GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!! GET IN!!! Perisic finds Icardi whose ice-cool finish puts Inter 2-1 in front!
32' Another change for Inter, with Borja Valero making way for Lautaro Martinez
30' Icardi fails to find a teammate as Gomis comes out to claim possession
27' SPAL snatch an equaliser through Paloschi at the back post
25' Now, that was a chance. Nerazzurri link-up play led to the ball falling to Nainggolan, whose shot whistled wide of the post
21' Both teams make a change: Paloschi comes on for Antenucci, while Spalletti replaces Keita with Politano
20' Lazzari races down the right, cuts inside, and then shoots just over
18' SPAL go close with Petagna making the most of a mix-up in the Inter area but puts his shot over
15' An intense period of the game is littered by fouls and knocks. Come on, lads. Let's crack on!
10' Handanovic saves following a long-distance effort from Antenucci
9' Felipe puts the ball out for a corner following a left-sided cross from Perisic
7' Missiroli is also shown a yellow card for dissent
6' Vrsaljko also enters the book for a late foul on Fares
5' Valoti pulls the shirt of Nainggolan is shown a yellow card
3' Solid work to retrieve possession from Nainggolan, who then fails to find Vecino with his following through ball
1' The second half begins with no changes for either side

Handanovic
7.49
7.49
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Icardi
7.92
7.92
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Miranda
4.47
4.47
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Perisic
5.71
5.71
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Gagliardini
6.24
6.24
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Skriniar
6.8
6.8
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Valero
5.85
5.85
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Vecino
6.3
6.3
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Nainggolan
5.88
5.88
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Politano
6.56
6.56
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Martínez
6.47
6.47
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Asamoah
6.21
6.21
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Vrsaljko
5.75
5.75
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Balde
4.8
4.8
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5 shots on target 3
7 shots off target 5
13 fouls committed 21
10 corners 9
0 offsides 2
52% ball possession 48%

Inter have defeated SPAL 23 times in Serie A (D7 L4), more than versus any other team.

The last time SPAL won a Serie A game against Inter was back in February 1962: since then, they have lost nine and drawn three.

Both league meetings between SPAL and Inter last term saw two goals scored: 2-0 at the San Siro and 1-1 at the Mazza.

Inter’s midfielder Radja Nainggolan has found the net in his only Serie A meeting against SPAL, at the Mazza in April 2018.

Matteo Politano has been directly involved in a goal in three of his last four games played as a starter with Inter: he scored in his only Serie A appearance at the Mazza (October 2017).

wins(9) draws(5) defeats(4)

FERRARA - Inter continued to march on at the Stadio Mazza in Ferrara, claiming a sixth straight win (four in the league, two in the Champions League). At the end of an extremely tough match, the Nerazzurri won 2-1 at SPAL thanks to a Mauro Icardi brace while Alberto Paloschi netted for the home side. The result sends Inter up to third on 16 points.

The match started at a hectic pace with Inter pushing forward, SPAL defending intensely before wasting no time to go on the break. In the seventh minute, Nainggolan stood out with a strike from distance that went off-target. In the 14th minute, Inter broke the deadlock. Cionek used his body to block a goal-bound effort from Keita but in the follow-up, the ball fell to Vrsaljko. The Croatian crossed it to Icardi who got his head on it with the ball deflecting off Djourou on its way past Gomis. The home side took no time to respond. In the 16th minute, Handanovic was forced into action with a brilliant save from Petagna’s header. A penalty was awarded soon after for a foul by Miranda on Felipe inside the box. Antenucci stepped up but dragged the shot wide of the post. After surviving that scare, Inter had a golden chance to add a second. On 30 minutes, Keita did well to win the ball off Cionek and bear down on goal alone against Gomis but the goalkeeper position himself well to get a hand on the square pass for Icardi. There was another chance for the Nerazzurri in the 39th minute. From a corner on the right in the 39th minute, Vecino knocked the ball on at the near post with Cionek getting there on the line at the last moment before Icardi could bundle the ball home. At the end of the half, SPAL posed a threat once again with Handanovic making two saves. First from Felipe who got a shot away in a crowd, before then keeping out Valoti’s effort from the edge of the area. The sides went into the break with Inter 1-0 up,

The second half started with no changes for either side, yet with the high intensity remaining. The 47th minute saw Vrsaljko concede a corner to the hosts, with the Nerazzurri defender heading out a dangerous cross from Lazzari. Spalletti’s side struggled to create during this spell, with Antenucci then forcing a save from Handanovic in the 56th minute.

SPAL continued to press and in the 62nd minute Petagna shot over from a wonderful position. Just moments later Lazzari skipped past Asamoah and struck just over. The Nerazzurri responded in the 71st minute through Nainggolan, however, the Belgian’s shot just whistled wide of the post. The hosts then found their equaliser just moments later, with a cross from Fares eventually falling to substitute Paloschi to score at the back post. In response, Spalletti brough on Politano for Keita and Lautaro Martinez for Borja Valero. These tactical changes soon bore fruit, with Perisic finding Icardi in the 78th minute and the Nerazzurri skipper comfortably finding the back of the net with an ice-cool finish. Emotions were still high until the final whistle, with Perisic and Politano both going close to getting a Nerazzurri third. The final whistle soon arrived after four minutes of injury time, with SPAL vs. Inter finishing 2-1 to the visitors.

There will now be the international break, before a succession of tough matches for all to enjoy: the #DerbyMilano on 21st October will then be followed by away matches against both Barcelona on the 24th and Lazio on the 29th.

For now and forever: #ForzaInter



SPAL 1-2 INTER
Goalscorers: 14' Icardi (I), 72' Paloschi (S), 78' Icardi (I)

SPAL: 1 Gomis; 4 Cionek, 3 Djourou, 27 Felipe; 29 Lazzari, 8 Valoti (79' 25 Everton Luiz), 28 Schiattarella, 6 Missiroli (83' 11 Moncini), 93 Fares; 7 Antenucci (66' 43 Paloschi), 37 Petagna
Substitutes22 Thiam, 32 Milinkovic, 10 Floccari, 14 Bonifazi, 16 Valdifiori, 23 Vicari, 24 Dickmann, 33 Costa, 97 Vitale
Coach: Leonardo Semplici

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 2 Vrsaljko, 37 Skriniar, 23 Miranda, 18 Asamoah; 8 Vecino, 20 Borja Valero (77' 10 Lautaro); 11 Keita (67' 16 Politano), 14 Nainggolan, 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi (81' 5 Gagliardini)
Substitutes27 Padelli, 6 De Vrij, 13 Ranocchia, 15 Joao Mario, 29 Dalbert, 33 D'Ambrosio, 87 Candreva
Coach: Luciano Spalletti

Bookings: Lazzari (S), Valoti (S), Vrsaljko (I), Missiroli (S), Miranda (I), Schiattarella (S), Everton Luiz (S), Felipe (S)

Added time: 1' + 4'

Referee: Maresca
Assistants: Vivenzi, Valeriani
Fourth officialIlluzzi
VAR operators: Banti, Liberti

starting lineups

Gomis 1 1 Handanovic
Cionek 4 2 Vrsaljko
Djourou 3 37 Skriniar
Felipe 27 23 Miranda
Fares 93 18 Asamoah
Lazzari 29 8 Vecino
Valoti 8 20 Valero
Schiattarella 28 11 Balde
Missiroli 6 14 Nainggolan
Antenucci 7 44 Perisic
Petagna 27 9 Icardi

substitutes

Thiam 22 27 Padelli
V. Milinkovic Savic 32 5 Gagliardini
Floccari 10 6 de Vrij
Moncini 11 10 Martínez
Bonifazi 14 13 Ranocchia
Valdifiori 16 15 Joao Mario
Vicari 23 16 Politano
Dickmann 24 29 Dalbert
Everton Luiz 25 33 D'Ambrosio
Costa 33 87 Candreva
Paloschi 43
Vitale 97

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