Inter Milan reclaim the top of Serie A

10 Jan 2022 | 11:29

Center-back Alessandro Bastoni scored and assisted in Inter Milan’s hard-fought victory over Lazio in the 21st round of Serie A at dawn on January 10 (Hanoi time).

Bastoni’s surprise cut in front of the penalty area helped Inter open the scoring in the 30th minute. 5 minutes later, Ciro Immobile equalized for Lazio. In the 67th minute, midfielder Milan Skriniar successfully headed home to seal a 2-1 victory for the host.

Coach Simeone Inzaghi’s teachers and students regained the top spot in Serie A this season from AC Milan, who won 3-0 against Venice in the match on the evening of January 9 (Hanoi time). Inter are one point ahead of their city rivals and have played one game less.

At this time, the Serie A championship race began to separate the top, when Inter was 6 points ahead of Napoli in third place.

Skriniar's header helped Inter win an important victory over Lazio. Photo: Reuters.

Skriniar’s header helped Inter win an important victory over Lazio. Photo: Reuters.

Inzaghi’s teachers and students proved to be superior to Lazio on the Giuseppe Meazza field. They held the ball more than 60% and made 17 shots. Lazio only launched 5 shots, with 2 situations on target towards the opponent’s goal.

Bastoni’s cut in the opening goal was made more than 25 meters from the goal. The ball sinks, aiming for the far corner. Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha was out of sight, resulting in a slower reaction than the shot. Earlier, Inter was stripped of a goal because Lautaro Martinez fell into an offside position.

In the situation where Lazio scored the equalizer, midfielder Skriniar made a mistake in the phase with Immobile. The Lazio striker escaped to face goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. He did not control the delicate first touch, then easily put the ball into the empty goal.

Skriniar corrected himself when he scored to make it 2-1 for Inter. From the left side, midfielder Bastoni made a standard cross to “clean up” for his teammates. The 22-year-old Italian midfielder (Bastoni – PV) also became the focus of Italian newspapers after the match. La Gazzetta thinks that the former Atalanta player kicks like a “number 10” of Inter in this match.

Despite winning the match and regaining the top of Serie A, coach Inzaghi still has a lot of work to do for the rest of the season. The representative of Milan needs to correct the focus of the defense. In addition, their attack is also lacking in creativity when Hakan Calhanoglu is absent.

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