MILAN – We might still be getting used to the unusual circumstances of the current season, during which we’ve experienced a lockdown and are now witnessing Inter matches being played in empty stadiums every three days, but there’s a fact that helps us to describe the extraordinary nature of Inter 6-0 Brescia: the last time that a Serie A match was played in July was in 1948. Tonight, on a hot July evening, the Nerazzurri produced an excellent display, running out comfortable winners. And here’s another fact: six goals were scored through six different goalscorers. The last time that this happened was in 2003, when Inter beat Reggina 6-0. That game took place on a cold November evening, with the following players getting on the scoresheet: Cannavaro, Martins, Van der Meyde, Farinos, Cruz, Vieri.
This time around, Young, Sanchez, D'Ambrosio, Gagliardini, Eriksen and Candreva all found the net for Conte’s side. There was a small scare early on as Donnarumma failed to convert when one-on-one with Handanovic, but Inter started to run riot after that. The Nerazzurri posed a particular threat down the left flank, where Victor Moses wasn’t shy in running at the Brescia defence. And then there was Alexis Sanchez, who really took centre stage this evening. He provided the first assist of the match, allowing Young to fire home a delicious volley to open the scoring. The Chilean then converted a penalty with 20 minutes on the clock and would later send in a free kick that would land on Gagliardini’s head to make it 4-0. Separating the second and fourth goals was D’Ambrosio’s header from Young’s assist.
The whole team was involved, and it seemed as though passages of play had been lifted straight from the training ground. Inter effortlessly laid the groundwork for a resounding win. Diego Lopez’s Brescia side barely troubled Handanovic, even in the second half, when Torregrossa looked dangerous on a couple of occasions. Gagliardini also had a major role to play in the win, making amends for his mistake against Sassuolo by finding the scoresheet beneath the Curva Nord.
Conte’s reinforcements proved equally effective, restoring the team’s energy and making sure that the Nerazzurri stayed alert right up until the 90th minute. Eriksen and Candreva also got on the scoresheet after taking to the field for the game’s finale, and although their goals weren’t fundamental to securing the three points, they made a significant impact. After all, the intense Serie A schedule for the remainder of the summer demands that everyone pitches in. Every run, every shot, and every goal is vital. And that will be our path.
Next up, we will be hosting Bologna. No doubt, it will be another hot and sweaty contest. And another contest we’ll be looking to win.
INTER 6-0 BRESCIA
INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 6 de Vrij (13 Ranocchia 46'), 95 Bastoni; 11 Moses (87 Candreva 68'), 23 Barella (32 Agoumé 59'), 20 Borja Valero, 5 Gagliardini (24 Eriksen 68'), 15 Young; 7 Sanchez, 10 Lautaro (9 Lukaku 68').
Bench: 27 Padelli, 2 Godin, 18 Asamoah, 30 Esposito, 31 Pirola, 34 Biraghi, 77 Brozovic.
Coach: Antonio Conte.
BRESCIA (4-3-2-1): 1 Joronen; 2 Sabelli (19 Mangraviti 59'), 32 Papetti, 3 Mateju, 29 Semprini; 23 Skrabb (31 Bjarnason 46'), 4 Tonali, 27 Dessena (16 Ghezzi 82'); 8 Zmrhal (7 Spalek 59'), 18 Ayé; 9 Donnarumma (11 Torregrossa 46').
Bench: 12 Andrenacci, 5 Gastaldello, 24 Viviani, 26 Martella.
Coach: Diego Lopez.
Scorers: 5' Young (I), 20' Sanchez pen. (I), 45' D'Ambrosio (I), 53' Gagliardini (I), 83' Eriksen (I), 87' Candreva (I)
Bookings: Mateju (B), de Vrij (I), Agoumé (I)
Added time: 3', -.
Assistants: Santoro, Baccini.
Fourth Official: Abbattista.
VAR and VAR Assistant: Mazzoleni, Di Iorio.