Final score

20 October 2019 12:30

Sassuolo
36' (2nd half) Boga
29' (2nd half) Djuricic
16' Berardi
3 - 4
Inter
26' (2nd half) Martínez (P)
45' Lukaku (P)
38' Lukaku
2' Martínez
referee Piero Giacomelli / linesmen Longo, Bottegoni / 4th man Ghersini / assistants Mazzoleni, Fiorito
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46' Half-time in Reggio Emilia and Inter lead after a strong half. Lautaro and Lukaku (two) with the goals
46' One minute of stoppage time at the Mapei Stadium
45' GOAL! Lukaku makes no mistake as he sends Consigli the wrong way! 1-3!
44' Penalty for Inter. Marlon pulls Latuaro down and Giacomelli points to the spot
42' Inter's first booking for a De Vrij foul on Caputo
41' Brozovic hits hit hard to the goalkeeper's side but it goes narrowly wide
40' Great work from Lautaro at the edge of the area which forces Magnanelli to bring home down at the cost of a yellow card
38' GOAL!!! Lukakuuuuuu! Great work from De Vrij to carry the ball forward and play it to the no.9 who had his back to goal before turning and beating Consigli!
37' Handanovic comes off his line well to tackle Caputo with his feet
35' Lukaku works the ball inside the area and fires across goal but there's nobody there to turn home
33' Duncan collides with Barella and is booked
33' Caputo nets for Sassuolo but it's disallowed for offside
31' Candreva with the cross from the right, Lukaku and Lautaro go up to win it but Giacomelli gives a foul for the challenge on Consigli
27' Lautaro finds the net for a second time after a Candreva cross but Giacomelli rules it out for a Lukaku foul at the near post
24' Obiang is booked for a sliding challenge on Barella
23' Berardi hits the wall with a free kick from 30 metres out
16' Sassuolo equalise through Berardi. Biraghi lost the ball and the Sassuolo no.25 finished from a tight angle into the far corner
13' Big chance Lautaro! Great assist from Gagliardini to send the Toro through but he fires wide of Consigli's goal!
10' It's a bit more balanced now after an excellent start from the Nerazzurri but Inter keep looking to control the game
6' Candreva and Gagliardini combine well again down the right but the latter's cross is well-read by the home defence who clear
2' GOAL! GOAAAAALL! EL TOROOOO!! From the corner, the ball falls to Lautaro who picks out the corner!
1' Candreva to Gagliardini, Obiang concedes a corner
1' They kick off following a minute's silence in memory of Giorgio Squinzi.
1' The Nerazzurri line up ina 3-5-2 with Skriniar, De Vrij and Bastoni in front of Handanovic. Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella and Biraghi are in the middle. Lautaro Martinez and Lukaku up top
1' Antonio Conte's Inter are back following the international break at the Mapei Stadium on matchday eight's early kick-off
Minutes Text commentary
50' All over at the Mapei Stadium. Inter win at Sassuolo thanks to braces from Lukaku and Latiaro. 3-4 for the Nerazzurri!
49' Skriniar heads a Berardi cross away before Boga gets to it
47' Bastoni is booked for a challenge on Berardi
46' Five minutes of stoppage time
45' Final change for Conte. Vecino on for Lukaku.
44' A Berardi strike is redirected wide by a teammate from close-range
41' Lazaro closes Tripaldelli down but it's a Sassuolo corner
36' Mistake playing out and Boga runs through the defence to score. 3-4
32' De Zerbi with his final change. Toljan on for Muldur
31' Lazaro is also shown a yellow
30' Muldur booked for a challenge on Barella
29' Djuricic pulls one back from inside the area. 2-4
28' Valentino Lazaro also comes on,replacing Candreva
27' Inter change. Lautaro Martinez goes off for Politano
26' GOAL! El Toro from the spot this time and it's the same result with Consigli going the wrong way!
25' Muldur goes in late on Barella and Giacomelli blows for a second Inter penalty!
22' Biraghi looks to find Lautaro at the far post but Marlon heads it behind for a corner
22' Muldur from outside the area but it never really troubled Handanovic's goal
21' Second change from De Zerbi. Djuricic comes on for Traoré
19' Traoré with a week left-foot effort and it's simple for Handanovic
15' A Berardi free kick takes a deflection and falls to Caputo who shoots wide from a good position
13' Chance for Biraghi after he was picked out but Candreva but his header only finds the side-netting!
11' Acrobatic Lautaro effort from inside the area but Consigli gets down to it
10' Two chances for Inter, first for Lautaro and then Candreva but Consigli saves both. The Nerazzurri are looking to finish this off!
8' Lautaro gets away but Marlon blocks at the last moment to save Sassuolo!
7' Sassuolo bring Boga on for Obiang
3' Great play from Biraghi on the left before he plays it into the middle for Lukaku but Tripaldelli gets in the way
1' The sides re-emerge unchanged for the second half. Forza Inter!

Biraghi
5.51
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Handanovic
5.16
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Brozovic
6.21
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Candreva
6.75
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Gagliardini
5.79
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Skriniar
5.64
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Vecino
5.52
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Politano
5.35
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Martínez
8.44
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de Vrij
6.2
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Lazaro
3.74
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Barella
6.77
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Bastoni
5.6
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Lukaku
6.99
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4 shots on target 7
5 shots off target 4
14 fouls committed 18
5 corners 7
1 offsides 2
54% ball possession 46%

Sassuolo have won just one of the last eleven Serie A matches following international breaks (3 draws, 9 defeats). The one win was a 2-1 against Benevento in November 2017.

Sassuolo (57%) and Inter (51%) are two of the top three sides for shooting accuracy this season. Lazio (56%) are the other.

Four out of the twelve goals conceded by Sassuolo this season have come from crosses. No side has let in more by this method.

Sassuolo have scored 91% of their goals (10 out of 11) from open play, the most in Serie A this season.

Inter have won three out of three away games this season. Only four times previously have the Nerazzurri won the first four away matches in a Serie A season (1966/67, 1997/98, 2002/03, 2012/13).

The Nerazzurri have won seven of nine league games following the international break. The two exceptions are the 0-1 against Parma in September 2019 and the 0-1 against Lazio in March 2019.

Inter are the side who have conceded the fewest goals (one) in the first halves of games this Serie A season and no side has let more in than Sassuolo (nine) in the first halves.

Antonio Conte’s side have been in the lead for 334 minutes this Serie A season, more than any other side. Inter are one of three sides including Cagliari and Roma who are yet to trail in an away game this season.

Matteo Politano played 96 times for Sassuolo in Serie A between 2015 and 2018, scoring 20 goals. 

Stefano Sensi played 61 times for Sassuolo in Serie A (scoring five). 28 of his appearances came under Roberto De Zerbi. 

Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals this season from just five shots on goal. Two of his goals have come on the road. 

wins(3) draws(0) defeats(4)

REGGIO EMILIA - There’s something about matches between Sassuolo and Inter, the most-played early kick-off on Sundays in Serie A. In the sixth 12:30 kick-off on a Sunday between the sides, seven goals were scored like when the Nerazzurri won in 2013 and 2014. This time, it finished 3-4 to Inter thanks to braces from Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku. The Nerazzurri forwards played big roles in a match that seemed to be over in the 71st minute when El Toro made it 1-4 only for Sassuolo to fight back and make it 3-4 before a late siege of the Inter goal. The Nerazzurri will be back in Champions League action on Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund at San Siro and have now won seven from eight in the league, moving up to 21 points. 

64 seconds in, Inter went ahead through a great Lautaro Martinez goal. Following a corner, Brozovic slid it to the Argentine who opened up his body before picking out the far corner. It was a great goal and the Toro’s third in as many games. Inter were moving the ball well and pegging Sassuolo back even though they needed a goal. In the 13th minute, Lautaro had a big chance to double the lead. Brozovic moved the ball to Gagliardini who sent the Argentine clean through against Consigli but he could only fire wide from a great position. Sassuolo suddenly drew level in the 16th minute. It was Berardi who made it 1-1 with a shot across goal from a tight angle. The goal boosted the home side’s confidence and they started to get further up the pitch. Inter looked to display more intensity and created more chances and the energy of Lautaro Martinez paid off. The Argentine found the net in the 27th minute after some great work by Candreva but it was disallowed following the use of VAR for a Lukaku foul. Sassuolo also scored through Caputo but that was ruled out for offside. The chances were flowing with Lukaku trying to do it all by himself in the Sassuolo area while Handanovic did well at the other end to get to the ball ahead of Caputo. The goal came in the 38th minute thanks to a combination of Stefan De Vrij and Romelu Lukaku. The Dutch player carried the ball forward before playing it to the feet of Lukaku who had his back to goal and he held off Peluso to turn and fire into the bottom corner. It was a deserved goal to make it 1-2 and 1-3 would come soon after. In the 45th minute, Lautaro won the penalty which Lukaku stepped up to take, sending Consigli the wrong way.

In total there were six goals in the first half (two of which were disallowed) and the chances kept on coming after the restart. And the stand-out player was undoubtedly Lautaro Martinez. Between minutes 53 and 57 he caused the Sassuolo defence all sorts of problems as he was denied by Consigli and Marlon, while Candreva and Biraghi also came close to increasing the Nerazzurri’s advantage. But it wasn’t all one-way traffic, with Sassuolo looking to cause Conte’s men problems with quick interplay in tight spaces. Caputo, one of the liveliest players on the pitch, shot off target and Traoré’s left-footed strike had to be smothered by Handanovic. Inter, however, responded and made it 4-1 in the 71st minute: Barella was chopped down in the box and Lautaro Martinez made no mistake from the penalty spot. Two for Lukaku and two for El Toro. Not since 2007 had two different Inter players scored two penalties in the same match: back then, Materazzi and Figo achieved this feat. Was that the end of it? No it wasn’t. Because Sassuolo managed to get back into the game: Djuricic beat Handanovic in the 74th minute to make it 2-4 and in doing so provided the home side with a new lease of life. Now with less certainty and a slightly more tense feeling, the Nerazzurri conceded again with 82 minutes on the clock: Boga found the net to make it 3-4. The hosts piled on the pressure in the closing stages and almost grabbed an equaliser when Berardi’s shot was redirected wide from close range. After five minutes of added time, the whistle was blown and Inter had held on for their seventh win so far this season. It was nervy stuff at the end, but  men showed a lot of desire and determination. This was an excellent result ahead of the Nerazzurri’s next fixture in the Champions League.

#ForzaInter forever!

SASSUOLO 3-4 INTER

SASSUOLO (4-3-1-2): 47 Consigli; 17 Muldur (22 Toljan 77'), 2 Marlon, 13 Peluso, 33 Tripaldelli; 14 Obiang (7 Boga 52'), 4 Magnanelli, 8 Duncan; 23 Traoré (10 Djuricic 66'); 25 Berardi, 9 Caputo.

Substitutes: 63 Turati, 64 Russo, 11 Defrel, 18 Raspadori, 19 Romagna, 35 Piccinini, 44 Ghion, 73 Locatelli, 77 Kyriakopoulos.

Coach: Roberto De Zerbi.

INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic; 37 Skriniar, 6 De Vrij, 95 Bastoni; 87 Candreva (19 Lazaro 73'), 5 Gagliardini, 77 Brozovic, 23 Barella, 34 Biraghi; 10 Lautaro Martinez (16 Politano 72'), 9 Lukaku.

Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 2 Godin, 13 Ranocchia, 21 Dimarco, 8 Vecino, 18 Asamoah, 20 Borja Valero, 30 Esposito.

Coach: Antonio Conte.

Goalscorers: 2' Lautaro Martinez (I), 16' Berardi (S), 38' Lukaku (I), 45' Lukaku (I) (pen.), 71' Lautaro Martinez (I) (pen.), 74' Djuricic (S), 82' Boga (S)

Bookings: Obiang (S), Duncan (S), Magnanelli (S), De Vrij (I), Muldur (S), Lazaro (I), Bastoni (I)

Added time: 1' - 5'

Referee: Giacomelli.

Assistants: Longo, Bottegoni.

Fourth official: Ghersini.

VAR and assistant VAR: Mazzoleni, Fiorito.

starting lineups

Consigli 47 1 Handanovic
Tripaldelli 33 37 Skriniar
Marlon 2 6 de Vrij
Peluso 13 95 Bastoni
Muldur 17 87 Candreva
Obiang 14 5 Gagliardini
Magnanelli 4 77 Brozovic
Duncan 8 23 Barella
Traoré 23 34 Biraghi
Berardi 25 10 Martínez
Caputo 9 9 Lukaku

substitutes

Turati 63 27 Padelli
Russo 64 46 Berni
Boga 7 2 Godin
Djuricic 10 13 Ranocchia
Defrel 11 21 Dimarco
Raspadori 18 8 Vecino
Romagna 19 18 Asamoah
Toljan 22 19 Lazaro
Piccinini 35 20 Valero
Ghion 44 16 Politano
Locatelli 73 30 Esposito
Kyriakopoulos 77

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