Inter took a convincing and impressive win by defeating José Mourinho’s Roma 3-1 in the Serie A at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, going top of the league at least until tomorrow when Lazio host AC Milan.
The Nerazzurri didn’t start the game too well and struggled with Roma’s high press and it took them at least 15-20 minutes to work themselves into the game.
But when they did they ripped Roma apart, especially with the opening goal which was probably the most beautiful team goal in the Serie A this season, scored by Denzel Dumfries.
The Nerazzurri doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Marcelo Brozovic scored his second goal in the Serie A this season and for the second consecutive match in the league.
In the second half Inter made it three via a Hakan Calhanoglu corner which Lautaro Martinez headed home before Roma’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan pulled one back.
Samir Handanovic – 6: Did not have a lot to do, had only one save to make from a long shot. No chance on Mkhitaryan goal. Made two risky wayward passes unpunished.
Milan Skriniar – 7: Aside from being his usual powerful reassuring presence in the back, he displayed his great passing ability and composure on the ball.
Stefan de Vrij – 7: Il professore. Soothingly calm in difficult situations, he’s back at his best. Fought Abraham with class and experience. Cool on the ball.
Federico Dimarco – 7: Attacked down the left consistently, provided a great cross for Dumfries’ chance, plus being defensively solid. Dead-ball situations not up to par.
Denzel Dumfries – 7,5: Played almost as an attacker for most of the first half, being rewarded with a goal, a lovely one at that. Came close once again. An outlet.
Nicolo Barella – 7: Ran, and ran, and ran. And ran some more. Always on the brink of succeeding producing something extraordinary, but falling ever so short.
Marcelo Brozovic – 7,5: Croatian metronome took awhile to get going, the turning point was that wonder-solo goal into the top corner. Got him a lift to his usual brilliance.
Hakan Calhanoglu – 9: Hands down his best display in an Inter shirt. Monstrous performance, did not put a foot wrong the whole game. Got 2 assists, came so close to scoring.
Ivan Perisic – 6,5: Provider for Brozo’s solo goal, but other that that – not at his usual influential self. Possibly a bit fatigued after starting so many matches.
Edin Dzeko – 6: Worked hard for the team, but the match eventually flew by him. Though he did keep their defenders busy, never got close to threatening Rui Patricio.
Lautaro Martinez – 7,5: Showcased plenty of skills on the ball, worked hard defensively, combined well with his teammates. Scored a lovely header. Form on the rise.
Alessandro Bastoni – 6,5: Thrown in to solidify the defence, and got in the way of Roma attackers, making one crucial block. Solid off the bench performance.
Joaquin Correa – 5,5: Over-complicates things to frustrate Inter faithful. Missed when was easier to score. Need to work on himself, must do better.
Roberto Gagliardini – 5,5: Only highlight of his short performance was losing, or better said – letting Mkhitaryan go for the goal. Thankfully the match was decided by then.
Robin Gosens – 6: Continued the same path Perisic took in this match, being conservative in his limited time without influencing the match in whatever way.
Alexis Sanchez – N/A: Late sub. Got some touches on the ball, providing for both Correa and the Romans. Neither could capitalise.
Simone Inzaghi – 7,5: Set us up wonderfully, found the right antidote to Mourinhos’s in-form team. The patterns of play he drilled into the team are a joy to watch.
Simone Sozza – 7: Really good job by the young ref. Got almost all the decisions spot on, and kept his criteria consistently throughout.
Inter – 8: Inter has a delightful style of play when they’re at their best, as they have been these last couple of matches. The best time to turn on the style also.