Inter qualify to the Champions League

Inter qualify to the Champions League

In the last round of the Italian Serie A Inter accomplished a feat and defeated Lazio with a score of 2:3. Thanks to the result of their head-to-head confrontation Nerradzurri overtook the Eagles and occupied the fourth position in the championship.

Initially, Simone Inzaghi couldn’t count on a striking force in the persons of Luis Alberto and Parolo, who previously got injured. The only joy for the Italian laid in the presence of the recovered Ciro Immobile on the pitch. The forward, who is going after the Golden Boot did not score in the match, but constantly terrorized Inter’s defense. By the ninth minute Lazio took the lead thanks to a comic episode at Handanovic’s. Marusic’s inaccurate shot was accidentally adjusted by Perisic’s head and the ball ended up in the net. Lazio at home kept forcing at Inter’s goal, but D`Ambrosio scored an equalizer twenty minutes later.

The score could have remained equal by the break, but Lazio’s strong side manifested – counter-attacks. Thanks to them, Biancocelesti scored more than other teams in the championship and Felipe Anderson realized the rendez-vous with Handanovic.

In the second half Spalletti went all-in by letting another forward out instead of inert Candreva – Eder. However, Inter kept controlling the ball, barely threatening Strakosha’s goal. Inzaghi’s decision on the 75th minute to avoid a defeat by saturating the defense line became definitive. Instead of the only forward Ciro Immobile the Italian let out the defender Lukaku and three minutes later de Vrij fouled on Icardi. The Argentine personally realized the penalty shot and caught up with Immobile, who had left the pitch in the list of goalscorers.

The apogee of extravagance was Lazio captain Lulic’s dismissal. But two minutes later the episode with the red card was forgotten as the corner kick cross by Brozovic found Vecino’s head, scoring the third goal to Strakosha’s net. The Romans did not create any dangerous moments in the remaining time thanks to Inter’s confident defense game.

Simone Inzaghi tried to find the main reason of his team’s failure to qualify to the Champions League in the interview after the match,

“This season Lazio became the most efficient team of the Italian championship, spent 11 matches without defeats, but that wasn’t enough. Maybe, we haven’t been mature enough.”

Inter deservedly earned a ticket to the group stage, although in the beginning of the season they were on the first position in the championship. Spalletti needs positional strengthening, one of which will be de Vrij’s transfer from Lazio. The Romans will now have to look for players, who will agree to move to the club without the Champions League anthem next Autumn. However, this season has shown that Biancocelesti have a manager, capable of fighting every team and try to get into top four. Therefore the Eagles’ success is a matter of time.