Final score

15 December 2018 18:00

Inter
31' (2nd half) Icardi (P)
1 - 0
Udinese
referee Rosario Abisso / linesmen Bottegoni, Santoro / 4th man Piscopo / assistants Calvarese, Schenone
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45' Inter vs. Udinese still goalless at half-time here at the Meazza
42' Musso pulls off a fabulous save to keep out a first-time firecracker from Keita
39' Super move from the Nerazzurri, with a delightful cross from Vrsaljko just missing Icardi in the middle
36' Asamoah finds Borja Valero whose header fails to threaten
30' Musso called into action twice in quick succession, first to keep out a deflected cross from Asamoah and then to halt a low strike from Brozovic
27' Musso times his interception well to prevent Borja Valero meeting a lovely through ball from Icardi
25' A long-range strike from Borja Valero drifts wide of the post
22' So close!!! Icardi runs to the front post to meet a corner but heads the ball just inches wide!
21' A long-range strike from Joao Mario deflects off an Udinese defender and goes out for a corner
21' Asamoah booked after a sliding challenge on Fofana
20' The Udinese defence successfully clear after a tricky cross from Vrsaljko found its way into the opposition box
18' Skriniar gets his head on a corner from Joao Mario, although the defender's effort is straight at Musso
11' A great ball from Asamoah finds Keita, although the winger just can't control the ball well enough
8' Joao Mario has a pop from outside the area but just misses the target
6' Joao Mario and Politano link up in the Udinese area, although the away defence clear before the ball can reach Icardi
5' Clear Inter dominance during the first five minutes, yet still no clear-cut chances for the Nerazzurri
1' We're underway at San Siro: Come on! #ForzaInter!!
1' And here we go for the Nerazzurri's matchday 16 Serie A TIM encounter, as we look for our tenth win of the season after a draw with Roma and defeat in Turin
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49' YES!! The final whistle is blown and Inter are back to winning ways thanks to Mauro Icardi's confident penalty... Inter 1-0 Udinese!!
48' Pussetto wins the ball and has a pop that goes just wide
47' Another change for Udinese, with Vizeu taking the place of Ter Avest
46' Icardi just misses a chance to get a second!
45' Yet more positive link-up play between Lautaro and Icardi, with the latter's goalscoring header correctly ruled out for offside
44' Yet more positive link-up play between Lautaro and Icardi, with the latter's goalscoring header correctly ruled out offside
41' Lautaro Martinez tries to find Icardi with a through ball but it's just a bit too heavy and is picked up by Musso
40' Spalletti makes his third and final change, with Nainggolan coming on for Politano
39' What a chance to make it two! Politano nicks possession away from the Udinese defence, but the Nerazzurri's hesitation allows for the visitors to clear
38' Nuytinck does just enough to halt a Nerazzurri attack led by Perisic and Icardi
36' Handanovic saves well to keep out a speculative effort from De Paul
33' Lautaro Martinez is shown a yellow card for a late foul on Ter Avest
31' GOAL! GOOOAAAALLL!! GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!! Cool as you like!!! Mauro Icardi chips it straight down the middle to make it 1-0!
30' Abisso checks VAR and awards Inter a penalty for a Fofana hand-ball
25' Musso is booked for time wasting
24' The Nerazzurri make their second change, with Perisic coming on for Keita
21' Incredible chance for Icardi! Keita whips in a fantastic ball that is headed just wide by the captain
20' Asamoah has a pop from long-range but his strike sails over
17' A Brozovic cross is met by Skriniar, whose deflected header earns Inter a corner!
13' Politano booked for dissent
12' Musso makes a well-timed save to prevent anyone from meeting a Lautaro Martinez cross
10' Inter make their first change, as Borja Valero makes way for Lautaro Martinez
9' Fofana finds Ter Avest on the edge of the box who slides his shot just wide
8' De Paul tries his luck from distance but fails to trouble Handanovic
6' Chance for Mandragora who shoots over from a good position
5' De Vrij meets a corner from Brozovic but can't make enough contact to get his header on target
3' Ekong intercepts at the crucial moment after some decent link-up play between Brozovic and Icardi
1' The second half starts with no changes for either side. Time to get a goal, come on!! Forza Inter!

Handanovic
6.17
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Icardi
7.34
7.34
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Brozovic
6.39
6.39
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Perisic
5.17
5.17
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Joao Mario
6.65
6.65
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Skriniar
7.27
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Valero
5.23
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Nainggolan
5.25
5.25
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Politano
6.43
6.43
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Martínez
5.54
5.54
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Asamoah
5.74
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de Vrij
6.89
6.89
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Vrsaljko
6.31
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Balde
5.69
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4 shots on target 1
11 shots off target 6
11 fouls committed 8
10 corners 0
1 offsides 1
65% ball possession 35%

Inter have won six of their last seven league meetings against Udinese (L1); however they lost their most recent home match against them (1-3 in December 2017).

Inter have won each of their last five home league matches: the last time the Nerazzurri won more in a row in a single Serie A season was back in February 2017 (eight).

Udinese have lost more Serie A games in 2018 than any other side (W6 D8 L21).

Udinese have won only one of their seven Serie A away games this season (D3 L3), against Chievo in September.

Inter have made the most open play crosses in Serie A this season (337, at least 39 more than any other side), while only Sampdoria (117) and Parma (136) have made fewer than Udinese (180).

Udinese are the only side in Serie A this season to have fired more shots from outside the box than from inside the box (92/180 – 51%).

Mauro Icardi has scored six goals and delivered two assists in eight Serie A games for Inter against Udinese; only in his first such meeting has he not been involved in a goal (0-0 in March 2014).

Udinese striker Kevin Lasagna has found the net in three of his four Serie A games at the Meazza, two against Inter and one against AC Milan.

 

wins(27) draws(11) defeats(10)

MILAN - A total of 57,025 fans were present at a freezing San Siro on Saturday evening to help cheer Inter on to a 1-0 victory over Udinese on matchday 16 in Serie A TIM. A delightful 76th-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi (his ninth goal of the season) made the difference during a hard-fought encounter, with the Nerazzurri now moving up to 32 points in the league standings, still in third place.

Inter started the match in clear control, with Joao Mario firing wide in the eighth minute following a ball from Politano. 10 minutes later, the Portuguese midfielder swung in a corner that found Skriniar, although the latter’s header was easily saved by Musso. With the corners totting up for Inter, Icardi then nearly broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute after heading just wide from a Politano set-piece. Spalletti’s side continued pressing, and in the 25th minute Borja Valero fired wide before Asamoah tested Musso with a deflected cross five minutes later. The Spaniard was involved offensively once again in the 35th minute, although his header failed to find the target.

With the half-time whistle approaching, there were still yet more chances for the hosts. First, through great link-up play between Joao Mario and Vrsaljko that led to a 39th-minute cross that just missed Icardi in the middle. It was then Keita’s turn as he forced a strong save from Musso in the 43rd minute. Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession, the Nerazzurri entered the break with the scoreline still tied at 0-0.

The teams came back out for the second half unchanged. In the 50th minute, De Vrij got his head to a Brozovic corner but it went off target. Udinese got forward properly for the first time in the 51st minute, missing a big chance. Mandragora was all alone at the far post but fired over from Fofana’s low cross. The side from the Friuli started to show more confidence going forward. In the 53rd minute, De Paul missed the target with a long shot before Ter Avest tried to pick out the bottom corner. Spalletti looked to bring new life to the team, taking Borja Valero off for Lautaro Martinez. The change worked as Inter got back on the front foot. In the 66th minute, Keita played a perfect cross for Icardi who was in an ideal position to convert but he headed wide with Musso rooted to the spot. In the 70th minute, Perisic came on for Keita. The Croatian started in lively fashion, leading to a Fofana handball and a penalty that was awarded after VAR consultation. Icardi stepped up and beat Musso with a perfect chip down the middle to break the deadlock in the 76th minute. The visitors looked to respond with Handanovic saving from a low De Paul strike from outside the area in the 81st minute. At the end, Spalletti also brought Nainggolan on for Politano. Icardi had a chance to kill things off after Musso dropped a cross but his shot went just over. After four minutes of stoppage time, Abisso blew the whistle and it finished 1-0 for Inter.

The Nerazzurri’s next match will be away to ChievoVerona on Saturday 22nd December.

#ForzaInter!

 

INTER 1-0 UDINESE

Goals: 76' pen. Icardi (I)

 

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 2 Vrsaljko, 6 De Vrij, 37 Skriniar, 18 Asamoah; 20 Borja Valero (55' 10 Lautaro), 77 Brozovic, 15 Joao Mario; 16 Politano (85' 14 Nainggolan), 9 Icardi, 11 Keita (70' 44 Perisic)

Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 5 Gagliardini, 13 Ranocchia, 23 Miranda, 33 D'Ambrosio, 87 Candreva

Coach: Luciano Spalletti

 

UDINESE: 1 Musso; 19 Stryger Larsen, 5 Troost-Ekong, 17 Nuytinck; 18 Ter Avest (91' 9 Vizeu), 6 Fofana (85' 16 Machis), 11 Behrami, 38 Mandragora, 77 D'Alessandro; 10 De Paul, 23 Pussetto

Substitutes: 23 Scuffet, 88 Nicolas, 2 Wague, 4 Opoku, 7 Pezzella, 14 Micin, 15 Lasagna, 21 Pontisso, 72 Barak, 99 Balic

Coach: Davide Nicola

 

Bookings: Asamoah (I), Politano (I), Musso (U), Lautaro (I)

 

Stoppage time: 0' + 4'

 

Referee: Abisso

Assistants: Bottegoni, Santoro

Fourth official: Piscopo

VAR operators: Calvarese, Schenone

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Musso
Vrsaljko 2 19 Larsen
de Vrij 6 5 Ekong
Skriniar 37 17 Nuytinck
Asamoah 18 18 Ter Avest
Valero 20 6 Fofana
Brozovic 77 11 Behrami
Joao Mario 15 38 Mandragora
Politano 16 77 D'Alessandro
Icardi 9 10 De Paul
Balde 11 23 Pussetto

substitutes

Padelli 27 22 Scuffet
Gagliardini 5 88 Nicolas
Martínez 10 2 Wague
Ranocchia 13 4 Opoku
Nainggolan 14 7 Pezzella
Miranda 23 9 Vizeu
D'Ambrosio 33 14 Micin
Perisic 44 15 Lasagna
Candreva 87 16 Machis
21 Pontisso
72 Barak
99 Balic

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