Final score

1 December 2021 18:30

Inter
13' (2nd half) Martínez (P)
36' Gagliardini
2 - 0
Spezia
Referee: Davide Ghersini / Linesmen: Marchi, Macaddino / Fourth official: Paterna / Assistants: Mazzoleni, Mondin
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46' The first half at Meazza draws to a close with Inter 1-0 up thanks to Gagliardini's fine goal in the 36th minute
46' Lautaro has a chance to double our lead on the break, but his shot is gathered in by Provedel at the second attempt
46' Great chance for Spezia from corner as Amian's header is brilliantly kept out by Handanovic
45' One minute of added time
44' Lautaro is booked after a coming-together with Erlic
41' Correa dances into the box and unleashes a shot that Kiwor does brilliantly to block and save Spezia. Skriniar rises to head the resulting corner over the bar
36' GOAL GOAL GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! What a move! Stunning link-up play involving D'Ambrosio and Lautaro before Gagliardini bends the ball into the corner first-time to give us a 1-0 lead!
34' Perisic sends in a dangerous low cross from just inside the box after a sublime backheel by Dimarco. Somehow nobody manages to get on the end of it to turn it goalwards!
32' Crunching late tackle by Manaj on Dumfries sees the referee pull out his yellow card for the first time
30' Dimarco takes aim from distance but his effort is off target
28' Brilliant play by Calhanoglu to release Dumfries, whose shot is parried away by Provedel
26' Dumfries finds Lautaro just outside the box and the Argentine's shot flies just wide of Provedel's post
24' Dimarco's pull-back is bundled behind by Reca for a corner
21' Sala goes for goal from long range in a bid to relieve the pressure but his effort doesn't trouble Handanovic
19' Spezia are sitting deep in the final third. It's proving difficult for Inter to find gaps in the opening stages
14' Brozovic whips a cross into the middle. Lautaro's volley is blocked and Spezia scramble the ball clear. Brozovic takes aim from the resulting corner, but Spezia bodies get in the way
12' Perisic sends in a cross towards Dumfries at the back post, but Reca is there to close him down and force the corner
10' Stunning ball by Brozovic to pick out Perisic, who lays the ball off for Correa on the volley, but the assistant has his flag up for offside against the Inter number 14
9' Lautaro finds Correa in between the lines and the forward takes aim, but his right-footed shot doesn't have enough bend on it to trouble Provedel and goes wide
7' Perisic takes aim on the volley from all of 25 yards out but fails to connect as he would have liked and the ball drifts towards the corner flag
4' Calhanoglu breaks forward and finds Correa in the box. The Argentine makes space and goes for goal, but it's blocked and goes behind for an Inter corner
1' Almost set for kick-off! Lautaro Martinez is going to get things under way. Off we go, FORZA INTER!
1' Midweek Serie A football is here for Week 15 to kick off December. Simone Inzaghi's charges are set to take on Spezia at the Meazza
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48' Full time at the Meazza! A fourth win on the bounce in all competitions for Simone Inzaghi's Inter side, who ran out 2-0 winners over Spezia thanks to Gagliardini's opener and a Lautaro penalty!
47' Provedel keeps Vidal's low effort out with his legs after he was set up by fellow countryman Sanchez
45' There are three minutes of added time
43' Vecino is also on for Brozovic in midfield
42' Final two changes for Inzaghi: Vidal is on for Gagliardini
42' Dzeko's left-footed effort goes high and wide of Provedel's goal
41' Intricate link-up play between Dumfries and Sanchez sets up the Chilean for a powerful right-footed drive that Provedel does well to keep out
40' Manaj connects with the ball sweetly on the volley from just outside the area but Handanovic is in the right place to gather it in at the second attempt
36' Dimarco takes aim once again but doesn't quite get his shot right
35' Dimarco swings a ball in that almost beats Provedel at the back post but goes narrowly wide
32' Gagliardini goes close to a brace from Dimarco's corner but the effort goes off target
28' Sanchez replaces Correa up front
28' Double Inter change: Dzeko is on for Lautaro
27' Fantastic chance to make it 3-0 through Ivan Perisic, but his header goes narrowly over the bar
26' Powerful cross by Perisic but Hristov slides in to send it behind for a corner
24' Verde and Ferrer replace Salcedo and Amian for the visitors
24' First Inter change of the evening sees Calhanoglu leave the pitch to a standing ovation after yet another impressive display. Sensi comes on in his place
19' Spezia send on Bourabia and Maggiore in place of Sala and Kovalenko
16' Inter keep looking dangerous! Dumfries breaks in down the right and pulls the ball back. It's cleared as far as Gagliardini, whose shot goes narrowly over the top
15' Stunning move by Inter! Calhanoglu linkes up with Lautaro and is one-on-one with Provedel, who makes a brilliant save
13' GOAL GOAL GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAL! Lautaroooo! El Toro makes no mistake from the spot, sending Provedel the wrong way to double our lead! 2-0!
12' Inevitable yellow card for the Spezia number 14
12' Inter penalty! Great play by Lautaro on the edge of the box before taking a shot that Kiwior blocks with his hand
9' Inter pile on the pressure! The ball falls to Calhanoglu but Provedel is well placed to make a fine save
7' CORREA'S STRIKE CRASHES AGAINST THE BAR! Tucu unleashes a right-footed thunderbolt that hit the underside of the box and bounces out. Spezia get away with it as Inter go so close to a second!
5' Lautaro goes for goal from long range but Provedel is there to make a routine save
4' D'Ambrosio breaks forward and plays the ball towards Correa, but the connection isn't quite there and the move breaks down
1' No changes at the break for either side. Off we go! FORZA INTER!

Handanovic
7.45
7.45
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D'Ambrosio
6.4
6.4
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Dimarco
6.78
6.78
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Brozovic
6.9
6.9
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Perisic
6.65
6.65
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Gagliardini
7.03
7.03
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Skriniar
6.84
6.84
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Vecino
5.81
5.81
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Martínez
6.9
6.9
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Sensi
6.06
6.06
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Sanchez
5.87
5.87
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Vidal
5.67
5.67
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Calhanoglu
7.44
7.44
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Dzeko
5.75
5.75
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Dumfries
6.36
6.36
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Correa
6.11
6.11
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11 shots on target 4
13 shots off target 0
18 fouls committed 10
11 corners 1
1 offsides 0
63% ball possession 37%

There was a 2-1 win for the Nerazzurri at Meazza and a 1-1 draw at Picco in the two previous Serie A games between Inter and Spezia, both played in the last season.

Spezia have always lost in their four Serie A away games played in Lombardia: at San Siro against Inter and Milan, and two defeats in Bergamo against Atalanta.

Inter have won the highest number of home games in the major five European leagues since the beginning of the last season (W21, D3, 1L).

After going unbeaten in two of the first three Serie A away games in this season (W1, D1), Spezia lost the last four away matches, conceding 14 goals in this row, 3.5 per game on average.

After two games won against Napoli and Venezia, Inter could win three consecutive Serie A games for the first time since the arrival of Simone Inzaghi on the Nerazzurri bench.

Inter have won the most Serie A games played between Tuesday and Thursday: 101 (D33, L23), at least 19 more than any other side in the league.

After their 0-1 defeat against Bologna in the last match, Spezia could go two Serie A games in a row without scoring for the first time in the competition.

Inter have scored the most headed goals in Serie A this season (nine), while Spezia haven’t netted a single headed goal so far this season.

Only Lionel Messi (61) has scored more goals from outside the box than Hakan Çalhanoğlu (26, alongside Christian Eriksen and Dries Mertens) in the five major European leagues since 2013/14.

Among Inter’s current players, Ivan Perisic is the only one to score against Spezia for the Nerazzurri in Serie A; he could score in two home Serie A games in a row for the first time September 2017 (three).

wins(3) draws(0) defeats(0)

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 94 Provedel
D'Ambrosio 33 27 Amian
Skriniar 37 28 Erlic
Dimarco 32 15 Hristov
Dumfries 2 14 Kiwior
Gagliardini 5 13 Reca
Brozovic 77 8 Kovalenko
Calhanoglu 20 7 Sala
Perisic 14 11 Gyasi
Martínez 10 29 Salcedo
Correa 19 9 Manaj

substitutes

Radu 97 1 Zoet
Cordaz 21 40 Zovko
Sanchez 7 6 Bourabia
Vecino 8 10 Verde
Dzeko 9 18 Nzola
Sensi 12 19 Colley
Vidal 22 20 Bastoni
Barella 23 21 Ferrer
Cortinovis 43 22 Antiste
Zanotti 46 25 Maggiore
Carboni 47 43 Nikolaou
Satriano 48 44 Strelec

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