MALTA, MALTA - DECEMBER 05: Hakan Calhanoglu of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with Kristjan Asllani during the International Friendly match between Gzira United and FC Internazionale on December 05, 2022 in Malta, Malta. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)



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Dec 5th 2022

The Nerazzurri win at the Tony Bezzina Stadium


INTER 6-1 GZIRA

GOALS: 16' Bellanova, 25' Asllani, 32' Jefferson (G), 38' Calhanoglu, 41' Gosens, 69' Dimarco, 89' Mkhitaryan

INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic (63' 21 Cordaz); 37 Skriniar (75' 51 Guercio), 15 Acerbi (75' 52 Di Pentima), 95 Bastoni (63' 47 Fontanarosa); 12 Bellanova (75' 53 Biral), 5 Gagliardini (46' 22 Mkhitaryan), 14 Asllani (63' 50 Stankovic), 20 Calhanoglu (46' 23 Barella), 8 Gosens (46' 32 Dimarco); 45 Carboni (63' 54 Iliev), 9 Dzeko (46' 42 Curatolo). . Substitutes: 0 Botis, 55 Nascimento Brazao, 56 Pelamatti, 57 Andersen, 58 Zuberek. Coach: Simone Inzaghi.

GZIRA (3-4-3): 30 Zarkov (64' 1 Cassar); 16 Riascos, 5 Tabone, 3 Bohrer; 4 Borg A., 6 Muscat, 8 Scerri, 23 Correa Duarte (46' 17 Gauci); 47 Borg B. (63' 93 Espindola), 7 Pisani (46' 9 Dias), 94 Jefferson (46' 91 Maxuell). Substitutes: 24 Zammit, 9 Dias, 15 Kabar, 18 Taliana, 21 Attard, 22 Kolega, 26 Alouzi, 29 Pace, 44 Cosic, 98 Mendoza, 99 Ellul. Coach: Darren Abdilla.

Referee: Matthew Degabriele Linesmen: Jurgen Spiteri, Mitchell Scerri Fourth official: Emanuel Grech

Inter won 6-1 against Maltese outfit Gzira United in their first friendly of the mid-season break. Six different goalscorers got on the scoresheet.

The Nerazzurri used the first ten minutes to get themselves into a good rhythm. Calhanoglu created the first chance of the game 15 minutes in. The Turkish international fed Gosens in the box with a brilliant ball in but the German couldn't quite get enough on the ball. It didn't take Inter long to score though. In the 16th minute, Bastoni popped up on the left-hand side and crossed in towards Bellanova, who stooped low and headed home. Asllani made it two in the 25th minute; his shot from a distance caught the Gzira keeper off guard. A few minutes later, Jefferson pulled one back for our Maltese opponents with a tap-in. But Inter made it 4-1 in double-quick time. First, Calhanoglu scored a trademark free-kick from around 25 metres out, then Gosens got on the end of Bastoni's delivery and made no mistakes this time.

Head coach Simone Inzaghi made a raft of changes to start the second half and the game dropped in intensity. Very little happened in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Inter controlled possession and then kicked back into life in the 69th minute when Dimarco turned home from a brilliant Mkhitaryan assist. Both teams created very little in the final ten minutes before Mkhitaryan scored at the death. Dimarco returned the favour and assisted the Armenian. That was the final flash of action and the game finished 6-1 to the Nerazzurri.

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91' Full time! Inter 6-1 Gzira

89' GOAL! Mkhitaryan heads home from Dimarco's ball in.

78' Dimarco swings in the corner and Fontanarosa meets it with his head. Just wide.

69' GOAL! Mkhitaryan escapes down the right and squares it for Dimarco, who sweeps it home.

65' Dimarco crosses in towards Curatolo. The ball is turned behind for an Inter corner.

58' Curatolo hits the bar with a header.

55' Inter moving the ball around well as they search for a fifth goal.

46' Back to it in Malta. Barella, Curatolo, Dimarco and Mkhitaryan are on.

45' Half time. Inter 4-1 Gzira.

41' GOAL! Bastoni plays Gosens in behind and the German makes no mistakes this time!

38' GOAL! Calha restores our two-goal lead with a brilliant free-kick.

32' Jefferson pulls one back for Gzira.

25' GOAL! Asllani makes it two!

22' Gosens looks to hit one but doesn't make good contact with the ball.

16' GOAL! Bastoni feeds Bellanova, who heads in the opener!

14' Calhanoglu unselfishly plays in Gosens with a delightful ball but the German can't quite get on the end of it.

10' Dzeko looks to place one in from a good position but his effort is denied by a Gzira defender.

6' Calhanoglu has Inter's first effort of the game but it's too close to the goalkeeper.

1' Inter vs. Gzira kicks off!

MALTA, MALTA - DECEMBER 05: Hakan Calhanoglu of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with teammate Roberto Gagliardini during the International Friendly match between Gzira United and FC Internazionale on December 05, 2022 in Malta, Malta. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MALTA, MALTA - DECEMBER 05: Robin Gonsens of FC Internazionale celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's goal during the International Friendly match between Gzira United and FC Internazionale on December 05, 2022 in Malta, Malta. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MALTA, MALTA - DECEMBER 05: Roberto Gagliardini of FC Internazionale controls the ball during the International Friendly match between Gzira United and FC Internazionale on December 05, 2022 in Malta, Malta. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MALTA, MALTA - DECEMBER 05: Milan Skriniar of FC Internazionale giving a hi-five to Kristjan Asllani during the International Friendly match between Gzira United and FC Internazionale on December 05, 2022 in Malta, Malta. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MALTA, MALTA - DECEMBER 05: Raoul Bellanova of FC Internazionale battles for the ball with Thiaguinho of Gzira United during the International Friendly match between Gzira United and FC Internazionale on December 05, 2022 in Malta, Malta. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MALTA, MALTA - DECEMBER 05: FC Internazionale players line up for team photographs before the kick-off of the International Friendly match between Gzira United and FC Internazionale on December 05, 2022 in Malta, Malta. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

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