Inter are very close to securing a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League stages for the first time in a decade after beating Sheriff Tiraspol 3-1 away.
The Nerazzurri dominated from start to finish and should have been 4-0 up at half time if Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez had finished better.
However, Marcelo Brozovic showed the duo how to do it by breaking the deadlock before Milan Skrinar doubles Inter’s lead and Alexis Sanchez made it 3-0 before Adama Traore pulled on back in stoppage time.
Samir Handanovic – 5.5: Nothing to do for Samir in the entire game apart from an easy save and a few goal kicks and short passes. Made one poor pass straight out of play.
Milan Skriniar – 7: Not much defending to do for Skriniar tonight as Inter had all the ball. Milan instead showed a lot of attacking intent and was suitably rewarded.
Stefan De Vrij – 7: Stefan was unmarked and given the freedom of Tiraspol as he moved the ball from side to side or played it into the feet of the forwards for fun.
Alessandro Bastoni – 6.5: Perhaps the only defender who had some sort of challenge in the first half. Spent most of his time trying to unlock the left wing along with Dimarco.
Matteo Darmian – 6: Matteo always found himself with the ball in decent attacking positions but could not deliver a telling final ball. Was given an undeserved yellow.
Nicolo Barella – 7: The engine of Inter’s midfield. Won a lot of 50-50’s and passed and moved around like the opponents were cones. The renewal is well deserved.
Marcelo Brozovic – 8: Found himself with a lot of time in the center circle and kept the play ticking as he usually does. Dictated Inter’s tempo and scored when it mattered.
Arturo Vidal – 7: Arturo turned back the years again. Chased Sheriff players down, won the ball, played some smart passes that led to chances like the Brozovic goal.
Federico Dimarco – 6: Could have got an assist from another great corner in the first half. Not much defensive work needed and the connection with Bastoni looked good.
Edin Dzeko – 5.5: Guilty of missing at least 2 clear goal scoring chances in the first half. Played very well but could have won the match by half time by being clinical.
Lautaro Martinez – 6: Just like Dzeko, Lautaro missed at least 2 goals in the first half. Very unlucky on the trademark curler from distance that hit the post. Gave it his 100%.
Denzel Dumfries – 6: This was the perfect game for Denzel to come on as there wasn’t much of a defensive challenge. His impact on the game was minimal. Still settling.
Ivan Perisic – 6: Came on for a tired Dimarco and instantly started to control his flank. Skriniar scored almost immediately and from then on it was an easy outing.
Alexis Sanchez – N/A: When he’s fit, Alexis off the bench is a beast. Always shows his hunger and tonight he got his goal within seconds of coming on. Simone will love this.
Joaquin Correa – N/A: Barely got a touch of the ball in his 10 minutes or so and unlike Alexis he couldn’t make the impact he would have liked. Saving the goals for the derby?
Andrea Ranocchia – N/A: Brought on to give Stefan a bit of a rest. Gave away the free kick that led to Sheriff’s consolation goal. Not much else to do in his 5 mins or so.
Simone Inzaghi – 7.5: Simone’s game plan worked very well and even though it was 0-0 at the end of the first half, Inter bossed the game. All the substitutions were well timed.
Felix Zwayer – 6.5: Let a lot of soft fouls go. The Darmian booking was incorrect, but the referees and the assistants didn’t have any major decisions to make. In control.
Inter – 7: Inter dominated the ball and the match. The only negatives tonight would be not converting the chances in the first half and conceding a late goal.