F.C. Inter Milan vs A.S. Roma

interas rom

Serie A

February 26th

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro), Milan, Italy


12′ Nainggolan

56′ Nainggolan

81′ Icardi

85′ Perotti (P)

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FT: The result means that Roma remain in second on 59 points but now close the gap on leaders Juventus to seven points whilst Inter remain in sixth on 48 points.

FT: The hosts initially started the second-half well and went close on a number of occasions. First with Candreva, whose effort was tipped behind by Szczęsny. Then Perišić fired an effort just over the bar via a deflection before Nainggolan’s goal, which they thought had an infringement earlier when Gagliardini was barged-off by the Belgian but the referee was unmoved. Candreva then fired an effort into the side-netting before Kondogbia failed to divert a corner goalwards. Icardi then pulled a goal back after a Perišić shot fell his way before Medel’s foolish challenge gifted the visitors a penalty, which Perotti converted. Icardi then headed a corner just over the bar before Éder had a shot smothered by Szczęsny.

FT: The visitors were more clinical in the second-half. First Nainggolan fired home from-range before Džeko headed an effort wide of the target after Handanović was caught-out. Manolas then headed the ball over the bar before Perotti fired home from the penalty-spot.

FT: So Roma manage to defeat Inter to close the gap on leaders Juventus.

90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+3′ Chance!! A Perišić cross falls to Éder, who controls the ball before firing an effort that Szczęsny smothers well.

90’+2′ Barbosa’s delivery is cleared.

90’+2′ Fazio concedes a corner.

90′ There will be four additional minutes.

88′ Final Roma change sees Thomas Vermaelen replace Peres.

87′ Kondogbia wins a freekick.

86′ Close!! Icardi meets the delivery but can only head the ball over the bar.

86′ Rüdiger conceds a corner.

85′ Goal!! Perotti takes his time in stepping up to the spot before converting successfully past Handanović, who guessed right.

84′ Penalty!! Džeko is needlessly taken-out by Medel in the area and the referee points to the spot.

83′ Second Roma change sees De Rossi replaced by Leandro Paredes.

82′ Džeko is caught by Murillo and players from both sets of sides clash. Fazio and Murillo both receive yellow cards in the after-math.

81′ Goal!! Icardi latches onto a cross-come-shot from Perišić to tap-home from close-range.

79′ Final Inter change sees Éver Banega replace Mário.

79′ Chance!! De Rossi’s delivery is met by the unmarked-Manolas but he can only head the ball over the bar.

78′ Nainggolan wins a freekick in a good position.

74′ Second Inter change sees Gabriel Barbosa replace Candreva.

74′ Peres is penalised for a foul.

73′ The delivery is cleared before Perotti wins a freekick.

73′ Fazio concedes a corner.

72′ Chance!! Roma break with Perotti who manages to get to the loose ball ahead of Handanović and find Džeko with a cross but the Bosnian heads the ball off-target with the keeper retreating.

71′ Chance!! The delivery is flicked-on into the path of Kondogbia but the Frenchman cannot divert the ball home.

71′ Manolas concedes a corner.

70′ First Roma change sees Diego Perotti replace Salah.

68′ Szczęsny claims the delivery.

68′ Mário wins a corner.

63′ Icardi fires a Perišić cross harmlessly over the bar.

61′ Close!! Kondogbia finds Candreva, who fires an effort just wide into the side-netting.

58′ Éder fires an effort that deflects wide off his own players.

56′ Goal!! Nainggolan surges forward from deep in his own-half before firing a powerful effort into the top-corner past Handanović. It looked as though he had fouled Gagliardini earlier in the move.

54′ Strootman is caught offside.

54′ First Inter change sees Éder replace Brozović.

50′ Nainggolan is penalised for a foul on Candreva.

49′ The corner is cleared.

49′ Close!! A Mário cross falls to Perišić, who fires an effort that deflects inches over the bar via a deflection off Peres.

47′ The corner comes to nothing.

47′ Chance!! Brozović flicks the ball to Candreva, who fires an effort that Szczęsny tips behind.

46′ Jesus is penalised for a foul.

45′ Mário wins a freekick.

45′ Inter get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Inter come back into this match or will Roma add to their tally? join us again for the second-half.

HT: The visitors will need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to add to their tally and seal the victory. Džeko and Salah have got into some promising positions but haven’t had their finishing-boots on thus far, although Handanović has done well to deny them. The hosts will need to get better service into Icardi, who has been largely isolated. The striker has been feeding on scraps and hasn’t managed to get the better of Manolas and Fazio. However Inter will also need to be wary of their opponents offensive threat. They have looked nervous at times with Murillo finding it difficult to cope with Nainggolan and the runs of Džeko.

HT: The hosts did respond well since going behind and went close when a Mário strike was blocked well by Manolas before Icardi headed just wide following a corner. Brozović went close to levelling the scores a minute before the break but Szczęsny made a fine save.

HT: The visitors started the game well and deserve their lead, having created a number of good chances. First Salah forced Handanović into a fine save before Nainggolan wonderfully curled Roma ahead. Then Džeko went close when his effort was saved well by Handanović before Murillo’s error almost allowed Salah to double their lead but Gagliardini and Perišić did well to deny him.

HT: So Roma lead at the break.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ The delivery is cleared before Szczęsny wins a freekick.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

44′ Close!! Mário’s cut-back eventually falls to Brozović, whose effort is tipped behind well by Szczęsny.

43′ Chance!! Murillo misjudges a Peres cross and the ball falls to Džeko, who tees up Salah but a combination of Gagliardini and Perišić clear the danger.

42′ Medel wins a freekick.

41′ Close!! The delivery is met by Icardi, who heads just wide of the far-post.

40′ Rüdiger concedes a corner.

39′ De Rossi is penalised for a foul on Gagliardini and receives a yellow card.

36′ Fazio wins a freekick after a foul from Brozović.

36′ The hosts deal with the threat.

35′ Chance!! Strootman finds Džeko, who fires an effort that Handanović palms away before D’Ambrosio concedes a corner.

35′ Gagliardini wins a freekick.

34′ Jesus is penalised for a foul on Candreva.

31′ Peres is penalised for handball.

31′ Play resumes.

30′ Mário is penalised for catching Szczęsny late and the keeper is down and is receiving treatment.

28′ Mário wins a freekick.

28′ Salah is penalised for a foul.

27′ Salah wins a freekick after a foul from D’Ambrosio.

23′ Icardi wins a freekick.

21′ Candreva wins a freekick after a foul from Jesus.

18′ The delivery is cleared by Medel.

17′ The delivery is headed behind by Gagliardini at the expense of a corner.

16′ Džeko wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Murillo.

14′ Murillo wins a freekick.

13′ Mário wins a freekick.

12′ The corner comes to nothing.

12′ Chance!! Perišić does well to get to the by-line and pull the ball back to Mário, whose effort is blocked just over the bar by Manolas, whose challenge denied a clear goal.

12′ Goal!! Nainggolan cuts-inside to curl an unstoppable strike past Handanović into the top-corner.

7′ Chance!! A Džeko pass manages to squeeze past Medel into the path of Salah, who fires an effort that Handanović is forced to palm away.

6′ The pull-back is eventually dealt with by the hosts.

5′ Perišić is penalised for a backpass despite using his head. The Croat juggled the ball before heading the ball back to his keeper and the referee deems it as an infringement and books the Croatian. Roma have a freekick in a dangerous position on the right.

1′ Medel wins a freekick after a foul from Džeko.

0′ Roma get the game underway.

Team news:

F.C. Inter Milan: Samir Handanović (GK), Danilo D’Ambrosio, Gary Medel, Jeison Murillo, Ivan Perišić, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Roberto Gagliardini, Antonio Candreva, João Mário, Marcelo Brozović, Mauro Icardi

A.S. Roma: Wojciech Szczęsny (GK), Juan Jesus, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Antonio Rüdiger, Kevin Strootman,  Daniele De Rossi, Mohamed Salah, Radja Nainggolan, Bruno Peres, Edin Džeko


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