RISCONE DI BRUNICO – Luciano Spalletti has kicked off his time in the Inter dugout with a win. In the first meeting in the Nerazzurri’s pre-season programme, ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, his team ran out 2-1 winners over WSG Wattens, thanks to goals from Andrea Pinamonti and Matteo Rover.
The team selected by Inter’s new boss sought to play at a good pace and keep control of the ball, despite the hard work the squad has been doing in the first few days of the training camp.
Pinamonti, who was in the Primavera team that was crowned champions of Italy last season, gave the home side the lead just before the half-hour mark. The youngster finished well with his right foot, after a lovely bit of play from Marco Sala.
The Nerazzurri began the second half with eight changes and Jens Odgaard game close to doubling Inter’s lead within the first few minutes of the period.
The Austrian side pegged Inter back half-an-hour into the second period, thanks to Simon Zangerl’s goal. However, Spalletti’s side did not take long to re-take the lead.
With less than five minutes left to play, Matteo Rover headed the ball home after Zinho Vanheudsen hit the woodwork, giving the new boss a positive result in his first friendly.
INTER 2-1 WSG WATTENS
Scorers: Pinamonti 27, Zangerl 75, Rover 86.
INTER: 1 Handanovic (Padelli 46); 24 Murillo (Valietti 46), 25 Miranda (Vanheusden 46), 13 Ranocchia, 58 Sala (Danso 46); 11 Biabiany (Rover 46), 59 Emmers, 7 Kondogbia (Zaniolo 46), 63 Rivas; 92 Baldini (Odgaard 46), 99 Pinamonti (Longo 46).
Subs not used: 46 Berni, 89 Pissardo.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti.
WSG WATTENS: 1 Grunwald (Oswald 46), 4 Gugganig (Neurauter 61), 7 Pranter (Strickner 72), 10 Toplitsch (Nitzlnader 69), 11 Katnik (Santin 31), 15 Zimmerhofer (Steinlechner 61), 16 Buchacher, 20 Kekez (Zangerl 31), 23 Kovacec (Jurdik 69), 28 Pelizzari, 42 Mader.
Subs not used: 12 Beccari, 17 R.Schneebauer, 18 N.Schneebauer.
Coach: Thomas Silberberger.
Referee: Daniel Amabile
Assistants: Michieli and Zampese