Final score

26 May 2019 20:30

Inter
36' (2nd half) Nainggolan
6' (2nd half) Balde
2 - 1
Empoli
31' (2nd half) Traore
referee Luca Banti / linesmen Vuoto, Passeri / 4th man Pasqua / assistants Giacomelli, Schenone
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45' It's 0-0 at the break at the Meazza. Lots of chances so far for the Nerazzurri but Dragowski has been unbeatable.
43' Another great Dragowski save to deny Asamoah this time
42' Incredible chance from a corner. The ball falls to Skriniar but he can't beat Dragowski from point-blank range!
40' Vecino has a go from range but it's deflected and simple for Dragowski to deal with
38' Traore looks to curl one in at the far post but it goes wide
37' Empoli make a mistake playing out as Dragowski loses the ball but Politano can't control it with Icardi in an offside position
33' Nainggolan hits on the volley after Silvestre clears but Dragowski saves again.
31' Great work from Handanovic to come off his line and save from Caputo!
28' Nainggolan looks to curl one it but it goes inches wide as the Nerazzurri continue to lay siege to the Empoli goal!
27' Incredible save from Dragowski to keep out De Vrij's header! A miraculous stop from the Empoli 'keeper!
26' Brozovic smashes one from outside the area but Dragowski puts it behind for a corner!
23' A Vecino shot from the edge of the area is deflected out for a corner
21' Icardi turns and shoots but it goes wide of Dragowski's left post
16' Farias makes his way into the box after a fortunate bounce and wins a corner off D'Ambrosio
14' Icardi knocks it down for Politano but his effort is blocked with the Nerazzurri applying real pressure!
12' Cross from Nainggolan and a Vecino backheel but it's down the middle for Dragowski!
10' Excellent save from Dragowski as he dives to his left to keep Perisic out. Corner for the Nerazzurri!
8' Dragowski gets caught in two minds coming off his line but Politano can't set Icardi up for the finish
7' Nainggolan rides two challenges at the edge of the area before playing it to Vecino instead of shooting and Pajac is able to cover.
5' A great Icardi ball sends Politano through, he bears down on goal but his low cross is cleared. Big chance!
3' Inter start aggressively and look to push Empoli back and the Tuscans can't get out of their half. Nainggolan with the first shot from outside the box, Dragowski saves
1' Here we go! Luciano Spalletti's Nerazzurri get the ball rolling. Forza Inter!
1' The teams make their way out with Inter in the 2019-20 Home Kit for the first time. Kick-off is just moments away
1' It's the last match of the 2018-19 Serie A season for Inter against Empoli. 90 vital minutes as the Nerazzurri look to wrap up a Champions League spot
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54' Final whistle at the Meazza. Inter will play Champions League football next season after Keita and Nainggolan goals were enough to beat Empoli!
52' Keita off
51' Keita is shown a second yellow
50' Inter make it 3-1 but it's disallowed for a Keita foul on Dragowksi
47' Handanovic with an incredible stop at one end before D'Ambrosio denies Keita at the other
45' 5 minutes of stoppage time
44' Incredible clearance from D'Ambrosio to prevent a certain goal and knock the ball up onto the bar!
40' Traore on the break but he can't hit the target
36' GOAL! GOAAAAL! GOAL! Vecino hits the post but Nainggolan rolls the rebound into the open goal! 2-1 now at the Meazza!
32' Politano tries to restore the lead but fires over
31' Empoli equalise through a Traore tap-in after Uçan played it low across goal
29' Spalletti has to bring Dalbert on for Perisic
28' Ivan Perisic is booked before he asks to go off with a muscle issue
27' Inter change. Lautaro on for Icardi
27' Two Empoli changes. Brighi and Uçan on for Maietta and Acquah
26' Nainggolan fails to hit the target
25' Sensational work from Handanovic to come off his line and pluck the ball off the feet of Farias!
23' D'Ambrosio with the cross but it's simple for Dragowski to claim
20' Keita with a long shot but Dragowski keeps it out
19' Pajac with a hard foul on Politano and the Empoli man is booked.
16' Dragowski goes the right way and saves Icardi's penalty
15' Penalty decision upheld!
13' Dragowski brings Icardi down, Banti points to the spot but has to check VAR
6' Keita was booked after scoring for taking his shirt off
6' GOAL! GOAAAAAAAAAAL! Keita tees himself up at the edge of the area and blasts it past Dragowski! 1-0
2' Keita causes problems straight away as he almost picks Icardi out but Empoli manage to clear!
1' The Nerazzurri make a change at the break. Keita is on for Asamoah.

Handanovic
9.66
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Icardi
3.31
3.31
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D'Ambrosio
6.76
6.76
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Brozovic
6.38
6.38
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Perisic
5.15
5.15
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Skriniar
6.65
6.65
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Vecino
6.68
6.68
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Dalbert
3.06
3.06
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Nainggolan
7.06
7.06
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Politano
6.2
6.2
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Martínez
5.3
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Asamoah
5.54
5.54
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de Vrij
6.38
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Balde
6.52
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14 shots on target 4
10 shots off target 5
11 fouls committed 9
8 corners 2
2 offsides 0
53% ball possession 47%

Inter Milan have won 10 of their previous 11 Serie A meetings with Empoli (D1) including each of the last six. Empoli’s last win against Nerazzurri in the competition was back to April 2006 (1-0), under Luigi Cagni.

Inter Milan have won their last six Serie A games against Empoli: the longest current run against a single opponent in Serie A for the Nerazzurri.

Inter Milan have picked up 11 wins in their 12 Serie A home games against Empoli (1L), scoring at least two goals in 10 of those (32 in total).

Inter Milan’s last 10 final day matches of a season have seen 4.9 goals scored on average in each game; in addition, in the last eight of those the Nerazzurri have both found the net and conceded goals (4W, 4L).

Empoli have won their last three Serie A matches; only once in their history have the Toscani secured four wins in a row in the competition, this in December 2015.

Inter Milan have scored 35% of their goals in the last 15 minutes of Serie A matches this season (19/35) – a higher percentage of goals scored in this period of games than any other side in the league.

No current player in Serie A has scored more goals on the final day of a Serie A season than Mauro Icardi and Matías Vecino (both four).

Empoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo has been involved in seven goals (five goals, two assists): more than any other defender in Serie A in 2019.

 

wins(12) draws(0) defeats(1)

MILAN - Goals, the woodwork, VAR, controversy, missed penalties and unending drama. It’s hard to envisage a more spectacular final game. In front of over 68,000 fans at San Siro, everything you could have imagined and more happened as the curtain came down on the 2018-19 Serie A TIM season. The Nerazzurri won 2-1 at the end of a crazy game, finishing the season with 69 points to seal Champions League football next season. Credit to Empoli, who go down to Serie B with their heads held more than high on account of the draw between Fiorentina and Genoa.

Inter started strongly and at a high tempo. In the fourth minute, Asamoah picked Nainggolan out in the middle but Dragowski saved his shot from 20 metres out comfortably. Straight after, Icardi played Politano in on the right but his ball across was cleared by Silvestre. Empoli looked to play on the attack but Caputo overhit his ball to Acquah and Handanovic claimed it. In the ninth minute, Politano couldn’t capitalise on a Dragowski mistake but the goalkeeper made up for it straight after with a brilliant save from Perisic’s shot from the edge of the box. Vecino had two shots in a minute, first a backheel and then a side-foot effort but he couldn’t beat the Empoli goalkeeper. The Nerazzurri kept pushing and pushing. Dragowski was called into action twice in the 27th minute, first from a long Brozovic shot before he made a stunning save from De Vrij’s header at the corner that followed. After 30 minutes, the visitors got up the pitch as Farias played in Caputo but Handanovic did well to close him down. In the 38th minute, Traore looked to pick out the corner from inside the box and it didn’t go wide by much. Inter looked dangerous again with time running down after Asamoah hit a rocket of a shot from 25 metres out but Dragowski was there again to save at the expense of a corner and it was 0-0 at the break.

Straight after the break, Spalletti brought Keita on with the Senegalese replacing Asamoah and Perisic moving into a wing-back position. It turned out to be an inspired move as Keita received the ball high in the Empoli half, he took advantage of Icardi’s movement off the ball before rifling the ball into the bottom corner. With the deadlock broken, Inter continued to attack. On the hour, a penalty was awarded after a long VAR check for Dragowski’s challenge on Icardi. The Argentine stepped up himself to take it but the Empoli goalkeeper saved the spot-kick. Empoli had a golden chance in the 70th minute when Handanovic was simply magnificent in coming off his line to deny Farias. Spalletti then brought Lautaro on for Icardi and Dalbert replaced Perisic who had a muscle issue. The visitors were battling to stay up and equalised in the 76th minute. Soon after coming on, Ucan whipped the ball across low and hard from the right to set Traore up for the tap-in. The Nerazzurri had slipped to fifth as results stood but Nainggolan stepped up to put things right. In the 81st minute, Vecino hit the post after splitting the Empoli defence in two but the ball fell kindly for Nainggolan who made no mistake with his first-time finish into the open goal. It wasn’t done there. In the 89th minute, D’Ambrosio was the star as he got in the way of Caputo’s pass for Traore to somehow redirect the ball onto the bar. Three minutes later, it was Handanovic who came to the rescue with a desperation save on Ucan before Keita went straight down the other end only for Dragowski to keep Empoli in it. In the 95th minute, the match descended into absolute chaos. Dragowski went up for a corner before Brozovic scored from the halfway line with the goalkeeper stranded. San Siro was in raptures but the referee disallowed it for a Keita foul on the goalkeeper and he picked up a second yellow card. With time seeming to stand still, Handanovic mad ethe difference by saving a Farias header in the final seconds of the season. The whistle finally came and Inter are in the Champions League!

Now and forever... #ForzaInter!

INTER 2-1 EMPOLI

Goals: 51' Keita (I), 76' Traore (E), 81' Nainggolan (I)

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 6 de Vrij, 37 Skriniar, 18 Asamoah (46' 11 Keita) ; 8 Vecino, 77 Brozovic; 16 Politano, 14 Nainggolan, 44 Perisic (74' 29 Dalbert); 9 Icardi (71' 10 Lautaro)

Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 5 Gagliardini, 13 Ranocchia, 15 Joao Mario, 20 Borja Valero, 21 Cedric Soares, 23 Miranda, 87 Candreva

Coach: Luciano Spalletti

 

EMPOLI: 69 Dragowski; 22 Maietta (70' 48 Uçan), 26 Silvestre, 39 Dell'Orco; 2 Di Lorenzo, 8 Traore, 10 Bennacer, 18 Acquah (70' 4 Brighi), 6 Pajac; 11 Caputo, 17 Farias

Substitutes: 1 Provedel, 21 Perucchini, 5 Veseli, 7 Mchedlidze, 23 Pasqual, 28 Capezzi, 32 Rasmussen, 37 Oberlin, 43 Nikolaou

Coach: Aurelio Andreazzoli

 

Bookings: Pajac (E), Perisic (I), D'Ambrosio (I), Caputo E)e

Red card: 95' Keita (I) second yellow card

Stoppage time: 0' + 5'

 

Referee: Luca Banti

Assistants: Vuoto, Passeri

Fourth official: Pasqua

VAR: Giacomelli, Schenone

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 69 Dragowski
D'Ambrosio 33 22 Maietta
de Vrij 6 26 Silvestre
Skriniar 37 39 Dell'Orco
Asamoah 18 2 Di Lorenzo
Vecino 8 8 Traore
Brozovic 77 10 Bennacer
Politano 16 18 Acquah
Nainggolan 14 6 Pajac
Perisic 44 11 Caputo
Icardi 9 17 Farias

substitutes

Padelli 27 1 Provedel
Gagliardini 5 21 Perucchini
Martínez 10 4 Brighi
Balde 11 5 Veseli
Ranocchia 13 7 Mchedlidze
Joao Mario 15 23 Pasqual
Valero 20 28 Capezzi
Soares 21 32 Rasmussen
Miranda 23 37 Oberlin
Dalbert 29 43 Nikolaou
Candreva 87 48 Ucan

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