Final score

28 September 2019 18:00

10' (2nd half) Jankto
1 - 3
16' (2nd half) Gagliardini
22' Sanchez
20' Sensi
Referee: Gianpaolo Calvarese / Linesmen: Bidoni, Galetto / Fourth official: Irrati / Assistants: Pasqua, Mondin
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48' The first half ends at the Marassi: the Nerazzurri lead 2-0 thanks to goals from Sensi and Sanchez!
48' Asamoah plays it to Brozovic whose shot goes out for a corner. Inter close to making it three once more. Corner for the Nerazzurri!
45' Three minutes of added time signalled
44' De Vrij and Bastoni shut down Quagliarella, then Linetty shoots from outside the box. The ball flies clear of the Nerazzurri goal
43' Booking for Sanchez after a foul from behind on Ekdal
43' Gagliardini plays in Lautaro: he hits it first-time with his left but Audero gets down well to save
42' Another attempt by Sensi from the edge, this time Audero anticipates it and makes the save
38' Great chance for Lautaro who was played in by Bastoni: El Toro drives into the area and strikes with his right, but doesn't quite catch it right. The ball goes out of Audero's foot!
36' Candreva puts the ball in the net for our third, but Cavalrese rules it out for offside after a silent VAR check
33' Tactical foul by Linetty who brings down Sensi to get the third booking of the match!
32' Clever ball from Bastoni for Sanchez: nice idea from the Nerazzurri defender but Audero reads it and claims the ball on the edge of the area
29' Jankto volleys with his left looking for a wondergoal, but instead fires the ball into the stands
28' Sanchez frees himself in the opposition end and tries to play in Lautaro, but the ball is just overhit
24' A mistake by Candreva which allows Quagliarella the chance to win the ball outside the box: he shoots with his right but De Vrij blocks well
22' GOAL! GOOAAALL! GOOOOOOOAAAAALLL!!! Sensi and Sanchez combine again! Our number 12 strikes it with his left from outside the area and El Nino Maravilla latches onto the end of it to tap in: 2-0!!!
20' GOAL! GOOAAAALL!! GOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! Sensi's shot from outside the area deflects off Sanchez's back and flies into the net past Audero! 1-0!!
16' Rash challenge by Rigoni on Candreva: first yellow for the home side
12' Great chance for the Nerazzurri after a mistake from Chabot: Lautaro finds himself one on one with Audero but tries to square it to Sensi; Colley reads the pass and saves Sampdoria!
12' Bastoni meets Sanchez's cross with his head but the ball goes just wide
11' Great play by Lautaro as he skips past Chabot and drives into the area, but the Inter forward is closed out by Depaoli who puts it out for a corner
10' Foul by Bastoni on Rigoni, Calvarese shows the first yellow card of the match
5' Lautaro looks for Sanchez with a first-time pass: Audero runs out of his area and gets to the ball before Inter's number 7
2' Skriniar plays a long ball towards Candreva but the latter is offside. Sampdoria have a free kick
1' Away we go! The hosts kick us off. Forza Inter!
1' The teams enter the pitch led by the captains Samir Handanovic and Fabio Quagliarella. Kick-off is just seconds away!
1' Antonio Conte's side are facing Sampdoria on matchday six of the 2019-20 Serie A season. For the clash at the Ferraris, the Coach has stuck with a 3-5-2 formation, with Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez starting up front
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49' Full-time at the "Marassi": 6 out of 6 for Antonio Conte's lads, who remain on maximum points after the win thanks to goals from Sensi, Sanchez and Gagliardini!
49' Chance for Quagliarella after Lukaku's defensive header from the corner: but the Blucerchiati's captain directs his effort wide
48' Great save from Handanovic from Vieira's strike from distance. Corner for Sampdoria
45' Four minutes of added time announced
45' Cross from the left and a header from Quagliarella, the ball flies over the crossbar
41' Great chance for Lukaku: superb acceleration from the Nerazzurri number 9 who breaks through the Sampdoria defence but tries to chip Audero, which the Sampdoria keeper saves easily
39' Gagliardini drives forward but his run is closed out by Colley
37' Caprari's free kick is off target to Handanovic's right
36' Nerazzurri protests after Calvarese blows for a foul from Skriniar after contact with Jankto. Our number 37 is booked
31' Brozovic takes the corner for Inter, Lukaku wins the header but it deflects off Vieira and just flies past the post. Another corner for Inter!
28' Di Francesco rolls the dice as he brings on Caprari for Linetty
26' Jankto heads Rigoni's cross goalwards but can't get it on target
24' Change for Sampdoria: Di Francesco brings on Vieira for Ekdal
20' Final change from Conte: Barella on for Sensi
16' GOAL! GOOOAAAALLL!!! GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL! Gagliardiniiiiiiiii: Inter restore their two-goal lead. Delightful ball from Brozovic to find the Nerazzurri number 5, Audero saves well but can't get to the rebound: 3-1!!!
14' Bereszynski shoots from distance but doesn't threaten Handanovic's goal
12' Another change for Inter: D'Ambrosio on for Candreva
11' Change for Inter: Conte brings on Lukaku for Lautaro
10' Sampdoria cut the deficit after Jankto fires one across goal into the bottom corner off his left foot, it takes a slight deflection off Skriniar.
6' Gagliardini's header from Sensi's corner sails just over the bar!
2' Red card for Sanchez, Inter down to ten men
2' Fantastic chance for Lautaro Martinez, miraculous save by Audero then Sanchez falls in the area: a dive in the eyes of Calvarese. Second yellow for the Nerazzurri number 7
1' The second half begins: the Nerazzurri kick things off. Come on lads, forza Inter!!

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Average rating 6.71 SEND RATINGS
2 shots on target 8
12 shots off target 4
11 fouls committed 13
7 corners 5
2 offsides 7
45% ball possession 55%

During the last nine Serie A matches between Sampdoria and Inter, just once have both teams found the net - 1-1 in October 2015.

Inter have conceded the fewest number of goals Serie A this season (one); whilst no side has conceded more goals than Sampdoria (11, level with SPAL and Lecce).

found the net in his most recent three. Against the Nerazzurri, the Italian striker has scored a goal every 380 minutes on average, compared to a goal every 204 minutes throughout his Serie A career against all sides.

Excluding newly promoted teams, Sampdoria are the only team in the current Serie A campaign to yet to have drawn any home match in 2019 (W6 L6); with their last such draw in the competition back in October 2018, against Sassuolo.

Only in 1966/67 did Inter win each of their first six games in a single Serie A campaign.

Antonio Conte could become the 4th manager to win each of his first six matches for a new team in Serie A within the three points era (since 1994/95), after Ciro Ferrara with Juventus in 2009, Rudi Garcia with Roma in 2013 and Massimiliano Allegri with Juventus in 2014.

Inter defender Milan Skriniar played 38 games for Sampdoria in Serie A, between 2016 and 2017. Since his debut with the Nerazzurri in 2017/18, he has recorded more recoveries than any other defender in the Italian top-flight (562).

Romelu Lukaku could become the first player to score in each of his first three away Serie A matches with Inter within the three points for a win era (since 1994/95).

wins(30) draws(22) defeats(13)

GENOA - Another win, Inter’s sixth in a row. The Nerazzurri continued their perfect start to the season with another winning performance. This victory was different from all the others because it came following a perfect first-half performance and a second half where Inter were forced to play with ten men following Sanchez’s sending off.  This was a match full of drama and protagonists, with Antonio Conte’s side eventually finishing up as 3-1 winners away to Sampdoria. Inter remain top of the league outright and will now be focused on their next fixture: a Champions League clash against Barcelona in Spain on Wednesday.

Sensi and Sanchez lit up the match in the space of two first-half minutes: two shots from the midfielder were diverted into the net by the Chilean striker (the first somewhat fortuitously) as Inter took control. Alexis, who was making his first start for the Club, was then sent off after receiving a second yellow just a minute into the second half. Samp got back into it through Jankto, but Gagliardini eased Inter’s nerves with another goal shortly afterwards. This was a demonstration of mentality and strength, despite the numerical disadvantage.

In the opening few minutes, the match was a nervy affair and more of a physical battle than a tactical one. In the twelfth minute, Bastoni, who was making his competitive debut, headed just off target. A first sign of attacking life from Conte’s men, who were looking to win the ball high up the pitch. Sanchez managed to do just this as he found Lautaro in the box shortly afterwards, but Argentine forward couldn’t finish it off. But Inter didn’t have to wait long to get the opener: with Inter pressing high once again, Brozovic found Sensi, whose powerful strike deflected off Sanchez, beat Audero and nestled in the net.

This goal opened the game up and the Nerazzurri immediately grabbed their second. Asamoah found Sensi, who miscued his shot somewhat. However, Sanchez was there to tap the ball home and double Inter’s advantage. The goal was given by referee Calvarese after a VAR check.

A total of two minutes and eight seconds separated the two goals, and both came about thanks to the Sensi-Sanchez combination. The first might have been slightly lucky, but the second was brilliant reading of the play by the Chilean. Note: despite the ball coming off Sanchez for the first goal, Lega Calcio rules mean that it was actually Sensi’s (if a shot inadvertently comes off a teammate and goes in, the goal is awarded to the player who originally had the effort on goal).

Down by two goals, Sampdoria were finding life difficult and leaving Inter to control the game. With 36 minutes on the clock, Candreva thought he’d made it three, but the linesman’s flag was up for offside. In the 38th minute, Lautaro got on the end of a fantastic Bastoni ball but dragged his shot wide. With the half coming to a close, Sensi and Lautaro looked to extend the Nerazzurri’s lead after 42 and 43 minutes respectively, but neither succeeded in doing so. In the 44th minute, Handanovic was there to make a comfortable save to deny the home side as Sampdoria showed a rather timid response.

The moment to open the match right back up came in the very first minute of the second half: Lautaro did brilliantly to break through on goal and fired off a shot, Audero saved brilliantly, but the rebound fell to Sanchez who took one touch and then hit the floor. In the eyes of the referee it was a dive, and as a result a second yellow (the Chilean had already been booked in the first half). Even with ten men the Nerazzurri did not give up their attacking state of mind, but Sampdoria found a goal in the 55th minute with Jankto: he received it in the box and his left-footed effort deflected off Skriniar and flew into the corner. Along with the numerical advantage, they were then just one goal from completing the comeback. Instead, Inter refused to lie down and continued to dominate play. Lukaku and D’Ambrosio came on, but it was Gagliardini who scored the third: the goal arrived in the 61st minute and it was all thanks to Brozovic’s vision as he played a sublime pass to play in his teammate. A touch from Gagliardini and a save from Audero, but it was the Italian midfielder who was first to the rebound to put the ball into the net. A hugely important goal.

A blow for Sampdoria, who then threw everything they had at Inter, bringing on two strikers to bolster their attack. An unsuccessful attempt thanks to a superb Nerazzurri defensive performance. Lukaku even got close to a fourth for Inter with his header from a corner deflected behind. Despite all of Sampdoria’s best efforts, Inter didn’t encounter too much trouble at the back. In the 86th minute, after a good break, Lukaku tried to chip Audero but the Sampdoria goalkeeper read his intentions. Sampdoria’s best chance fell to Quagliarella in the 90th minute, but he directed his header over the bar. In the 93rd minute Handanovic made a great save from Vieira’s effort heading for the top corner, and a few seconds later from the resulting corner, Quagliarella placed his effort wide from just yards out.

It ended 3-1. A tough match in which the Nerazzurri had to show all of their best qualities: an offensive and bold approach, high pressing, the ability to withstand any pressure, compactness when down to ten men and excellent attacking creativity.

Now we turn to the Champions League as we travel to Barcelona on Wednesday. #ForzaInter forever!


SAMPDORIA (3-4-2-1): 1 Audero; 24 Bereszynski, 5 Chabot, 15 Colley; 12 Depaoli (9 Bonazzoli 56'), 7 Linetty (17 Caprari 73'), 6 Ekdal (4 Vieira 69'), 39 Murru; 10 Rigoni, 14 Jankto; 27 Quagliarella.
Substitutes: 28 Raspa, 30 Falcone, 3 Augello, 8 Barreto, 11 Ramirez, 18 Thorsby, 19 Regini, 25 Ferrari, 26 Leris.
Coach: Eusebio Di Francesco

INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic; 37 Skriniar, 6 De Vrij, 95 Bastoni; 87 Candreva (33 D'Ambrosio 57'), 5 Gagliardini, 77 Brozovic, 12 Sensi (23 Barella 65'), 18 Asamoah; 10 Lautaro Martinez (9 Lukaku 56'), 7 Sanchez.
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 2 Godin, 13 Ranocchia, 8 Vecino, 19 Lazaro, 20 Borja Valero, 21 Dimarco, 34 Biraghi, 16 Politano.
Coach: Antonio Conte

Scorers: 20' Sensi (I), 22' Sanchez (I), 55' Jankto (S), 61' Gagliardini (I)
Bookings: Bastoni (I), Rigoni (S), Linetty (S), Skriniar (I)
Red card: Sanchez 46' for a second booking
Added time: 3' - 4'

Referee: Calvarese
Assistants: Bindoni, Galetto
Fourth official: Irrati
VAR and Assistant VAR: Pasqua, Mondin

starting lineups

Audero 1 1 Handanovic
Bereszynski 24 37 Skriniar
Chabot 5 6 de Vrij
Colley 15 95 Bastoni
Depaoli 12 87 Candreva
Linetty 7 5 Gagliardini
Ekdal 6 77 Brozovic
Murru 39 12 Sensi
Rigoni 10 18 Asamoah
Jankto 14 7 Sanchez
Quagliarella 27 10 Martínez


Raspa 28 27 Padelli
Falcone 30 2 Godin
Augello 3 13 Ranocchia
Vieira 4 33 D'Ambrosio
Barreto 8 8 Vecino
Bonazzoli 9 19 Lazaro
Ramirez 11 20 Valero
Caprari 17 11 Dimarco
Thorsby 18 23 Barella
Regini 19 34 Biraghi
Ferrari 25 9 Lukaku
Leris 26 16 Politano

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