Final score

1 September 2019 20:45

Cagliari
5' (2nd half) Joao Pedro
1 - 2
Inter
27' (2nd half) Lukaku (P)
27' Martínez
referee Fabio Maresca / linesmen Del Giovane, Lo Cicero / 4th man Marinelli / assistants Fabbri, Preti
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48' The end of the first half at the Sardegna Arena: Inter ahead thanks to the goal from Lautaro Martinez!
45' Three minutes of stoppage time announced
44' Tactical foul by Asamoah: a second yellow card for the Nerazzurri
41' Chance for Cagliari: Joao Pedro plays in Cerri just six yards out and the Cagliari number 9 puts what was an easy finish just wide of the post. A gift for Inter!
37' D'Ambrosio chips the ball over the top to try and find Sensi's run towards the back post: the pass is slightly overhit and Olsen catches the ball gratefully
33' Pellegrini's cross finds Joao Pedro who heads weakly at goal. Goal kick
27' GOAL! GOOOOAAALLL! GOOAAAAALLLLLLLLL! Lautaroooooo! El Toro puts Inter ahead with a header from Sensi's cross: 1-0!!!
24' Chipped through ball from Sensi over to Candreva but Olsen comes out quickly and makes the ball his
21' Booking for Brozovic for a foul on Nainggolan
16' Through ball from Lukaku to Lautaro Martinez, but there's a lack of communication between the two strikers and the chance disappears for Inter
15' Brozovic to Lukaku, who passes to Lautaro on the edge: the Nerazzurri number 10 doesn't quite catch his right-footed shot correctly and it's saved easily by Olsen
10' Excellent move from the Nerazzurri starting from a throw-in: Lukaku plays in Vecino who drives into the area, but his cross into the middle is blocked out for a corner
4' Double chance for Inter, first after Candreva's cross from the right to Lukaku, then from Asamoah: a shot-cum-cross from a tight angle, blocked by Olsen
1' A shot from distance from Nainggolan which flies over the crossbar. No threat to Handanovic
1' The match begins at the Sardegna Arena: the home side have kick-off. Let's go boys, forza Inter!
1' The sides are out on the pitch: just moments until kick-off for Cagliari vs. Inter!
1' The first away game of the 2019/20 Serie A season for Antonio Conte's Inter, who face Rolando Maran's Cagliari at the Sardegna Arena tonight
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50' The final whistle blows at the Sardegna Arena! The second win in row for Inter who come up strong in their first away game of the season with a 2-1 win over Cagliari, goals from Lautaro and Lukaku!
49' Great chance for Politano, but Ceppitelli marshals him out well and the ball goes out for a corner
46' Left-footed shot from Politano but Olsen saves to prevent Inter from sealing off the game
45' 5 minutes of injury time added on
43' Shocking challenge from Nandez on Politano: booking for the Rossoblu winger
41' Booking for Ranocchia
40' Change for Cagliari: Cigarini on for Nainggolan
38' Inter so close to a third: Politano finds Lukaku just in front of Olsen who catches it with his right but fires just wide of the post!
34' Last change for the Nerazzurri: Godin takes Candreva's place. An Inter debut for the Uruguayan defender
32' Second change for the Nerazzurri: Politano on for Lautaro Martinez
31' Great play from Lautaro who is brought down by Ionita. An inevitable booking for the Rossoblu number 21
29' Change for Cagliari: Pisacane off, Castro on
27' GOAL! GOAAAALL! GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! Lukakuuuuuuuu! The Nerazzurri number 9 makes no mistake from the spot, sending Olsen the wrong way and putting Inter back in front: 2-1!!!
26' Booking for Pisacane
26' PENALTY TO INTER! Lukaku's ball finds Sensi in the box, whose sensational skill gets him past Pisacane before being brought down. No doubt for the referee!
24' First change for Inter: Vecino off, Barella onto the pitch
22' Ceppitelli booked for protesting
19' Brozovic clips it into the middle after Asamoah's good work down the left: the cross floats over everyone in the middle and goes out for a goal kick
16' Crossbar! Sensi's free kick is almost perfect, it beats the wall but strikes the woodwork and goes out for a goal kick
15' Nainggolan is booked for his protests
13' Great link-up play between Sensi and Lukaku on the edge before Sensi is brought down, a free kick for the Nerazzurri in a great position
11' Brozovic plays in Sensi who controls it in the box and shoots with his right, but the shot goes straight down the middle and is saved by Olsen
7' Good play in the area from Lautaro, who controls it well and puts a cross into the middle. Cagliari clear for a throw-in
5' Equaliser for Cagliari: cross in from the right from Nandez, Joao Pedro wins it in the air and heads past Handanovic
4' Nainggolan plays it through to Simeone: great defending by Ranocchia who puts the ball out for a corner
1' The second half is underway: come on lads, forza Inter!
1' One change for the Rossoblu side with Simeone on for Cerri, no changes for Inter

Ranocchia
7.08
7.08
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Handanovic
6.26
6.26
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D'Ambrosio
5.61
5.61
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Brozovic
5.64
5.64
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Candreva
5.14
5.14
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Skriniar
6.81
6.81
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Vecino
5.18
5.18
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Politano
6.65
6.65
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Martínez
6.78
6.78
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Asamoah
7.1
7.1
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Godin
6.43
6.43
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Sensi
8.21
8.21
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Barella
6.61
6.61
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Lukaku
6.48
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2 shots on target 6
3 shots off target 1
12 fouls committed 11
5 corners 5
1 offsides 1
47% ball possession 53%

Inter Milan have never lost when they have played their first away Serie A game of a season against Cagliari (W1 D1) – last time was at Sant’Elia stadium back in September 1998, drawing 2-2.

Stefano Sensi and Romelu Lukaku both scored on their competitive debuts for Inter Milan against Lecce. Only three players have previously scored in their first two games with ‘Nerazzurri’ in Serie A since 1994/95: Stevan Jovetic, Giampaolo Pazzini and Roberto Carlos.

wins(15) draws(18) defeats(7)

CAGLIARI – Mission complete for Antonio Conte’s Inter side, who have maximum points as we head into the first international break of the season: after their home victory over Lecce, Inter defeated Cagliari away thanks to Lautaro's goal and Lukaku's finish from the penalty spot (with Joao Pedro temporarily equalising for the home side), meaning the Nerazzurri now sit on six points in the league after the first two matchdays of the 2019/20 Serie A TIM season.

The opening moments of the match were lively, with former Inter player Radja Nainggolan looking to surprise Handanovic from distance. Thankfully, the ball sailed over the bar. In the eighth minute, Handanovic beat Joao Pedro to the ball after a dangerous cross into the box, before Olsen came out his area to deny Lautaro following D’Ambrosio’s ball over the top. There was a small break with 17 minutes on the clock, when VAR intervened to check whether Asamoah had handled in the box. Nothing doing, however, as the ball had clearly come off his chest. Ten minutes passed before the Nerazzurri broke the deadlock: Lautaro got on the end of Sensi’s left-wing cross and diverted the ball past Olsen. After a VAR check, the goal was given. The Sardinians tried to react immediately through Joao Pedro’s header, but the ball ended up out of play. In the 41st minute, the home side came inches away from drawing level: Joao Pedro found Cerri who shot just wide from inside the box. The Nerazzurri thus went into the break one to the good after three minutes of added time.

The hosts came back out for the second half with a renewed lease of life and after just a few minutes they were back level: in the 50th minute Nandez burst down the right and crossed into the middle, finding Joao Pedro whose header beat Handanovic. Inter then pushed back: after 56 minutes Brozovic played it to Sensi in the air who chested it down well and shot with his right, forcing a big save from Olsen to keep it out of the net. In the 60th minute it was our number 12 once more who both won and took a free kick on the edge of the box: Olsen was beaten but the ball thumped against the crossbar and went out for a goal kick. In the 69th minute Conte brought on the man for whom this match meant everything, former Cagliari player Barella, coming on for Vecino. Almost immediately afterwards, Lukaku played it through to Sensi who burst into the box, beating Pisacane with a sublime roulette before being brought down: a clear penalty, which the Belgian himself converted, making no mistake to put Inter back in front. With the lead restored, Conte felt the need to inject fresh legs and energy into the side, bringing on Politano and Godin for his debut, who replaced Lautaro and Candreva respectively. Lukaku had a fantastic chance to seal a personal double in the 83rd minute of the game but, after an inch-perfect cross from Politano, he placed his right-footed shot just wide from mere yards out. The two Nerazzurri forwards combined well once more in the 90th minute, as Lukaku’s flicked header played Politano through; the winger burst into the area and struck with his left, kept out only by a strong save from Olsen. With five minutes of stoppage time signalled, Politano was still looking lively, and set free by Sensi, his break through was shut down smartly by a joint effort from Olsen and Ceppitelli. This was the last action before the final whistle blew, Inter securing a 2-1 win which was well-deserved after a strong performance at the Sardegna Arena.

Now the team disperses for the international break before returning to San Siro against Udinese on the weekend of 14-15 September, and then once more against Slavia Prague for their debut in the Champions League this season, scheduled for Tuesday 17 September.

As always, #ForzaInter!

CAGLIARI 1-2 INTER
Scorers: 27' Lautaro (I), 50' Joao Pedro (C), 72' pen. Lukaku (I)

CAGLIARI (3-5-2): 90 Olsen; 19 Pisacane (75' 29 Castro), 23 Ceppitelli, 15 Klavan; 18 Nandez, 6 Rog, 4 Nainggolan (85' 8 Cigarini), 21 Ionita, 33 Pellegrini; 10 Joao Pedro, 9 Cerri (46' 99 Simeone)
Substitutes: 1 Rafael, 20 Aresti, 2 Pinna, 3 Mattiello, 14 Birsa, 17 Oliva, 22 Lykogiannis, 26 Ragatzu, 56 Romagna
Coach: Rolando Maran

INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 13 Ranocchia, 37 Skriniar; 87 Candreva (79' 2 Godin), 8 Vecino (69' 23 Barella), 77 Brozovic, 12 Sensi, 18 Asamoah; 10 Lautaro Martinez (78' 16 Politano), 9 Lukaku
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 5 Gagliardini, 11 Sanchez, 19 Lazaro, 20 Borja Valero, 21 Dimarco, 30 Esposito, 95 Bastoni
Coach: Antonio Conte

Referee: Fabio Maresca

Bookings: Brozovic (I), Asamoah (I), Nainggolan (C), Ceppitelli (C), Pisacane (C), Ionita (C), Ranocchia (I), Nandez (C)

Added time: 3' + 5'

Assistant referees: Del Giovane, Lo Cicero
Fourth official: Marinelli
VAR: Fabbri
VAR assistant: Preti

starting lineups

Olsen 90 1 Handanovic
Pisacane 19 33 D'Ambrosio
Ceppitelli 23 13 Ranocchia
Klavan 15 37 Skriniar
Nandez 18 87 Candreva
Rog 6 8 Vecino
Nainggolan 4 77 Brozovic
Ionita 21 12 Sensi
Pellegrini 33 18 Asamoah
Joao Pedro 10 10 Martínez
Cerri 9 9 Lukaku

substitutes

Rafael 1 27 Padelli
Aresti 20 46 Berni
Pinna 2 2 Godin
Mattiello 3 5 Gagliardini
Cigarini 8 7 Sanchez
Birsa 14 16 Politano
Oliva 17 19 Lazaro
Lykogiannis 22 20 Valero
Ragatzu 26 21 Dimarco
Castro 29 23 Barella
Romagna 56 30 Esposito
Simeone 99 95 Bastoni

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