Inter defeated Empoli 4-2 after a classic Pazza Inter comeback at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan’s San Siro district.
The Nerazzurri were off to a shocker when Andrea Pinamonti broke the deadlock in the 5th minute and had he not strayed offside he could have gotten an assist for Empoli’s second goal.
That came instead in the 28th minute when Asllani doubled Empoli’s lead after equal parts good play as horrific Inter defending.
Inter got one back in the 40th minute when Simone Romagnoli deflected a Federico Dimarco cross into his own net before Hakan Calhanoglu assisted Lautaro Martinez for the equalizer in the 45th minute, just before half time.
Simone Inzaghi’s men came out all guns blazing in the second and got the lead in the 64th minute when Lautaro Martinez bagged his second of the night before Edin Dzeko assisted Alexis Sanchez for Inter’s 4th.
Samir Handanovic – 5: Empoli had two shots on target in the game and they both went in. Not the main culprit but was caught cold as the rest of his teammates.
Milan Skriniar – 6: Uncharacteristic mistakes ensured that the first half was probably his worst 45 mins in Inter colours. Kept his chin up and turned it around.
Stefan De Vrij – 5: Before this game Stefan’s form had an upwards trajectory but the early blow hit his confidence and it took him way too long to recover.
Federico Dimarco – 6: Could not get anywhere near Empoli’s attackers as Inter really struggled to defend as a team. Did very well going forward and on set pieces.
Denzel Dumfries – 6: Struggled to beat Parisi at the start of the game. Then with Barella helping him double up, slowly but surely, he gained control of the flank.
Nicolo Barella – 6.5 : Gave it his all and showed his desperation throughout the game. Tried to be too cute sometimes but his work rate was what restarted Inter
Marcelo Brozovic – 6.5: No control in the first half especially on the defensive side of the game. Was out of position a lot of times. As he improved, so did the result.
Hakan Calhanoglu – 7: The only midfielder who was not out of position in both phases of the game. Never stopped running and ensured Inter went in level at halftime.
Ivan Perisic – 6.5: Looks like he has had a long season and struggled with his defensive solidarity. His attacking prowess was on display throughout the game.
Lautaro Martinez – 7.5: Had a very odd start to the game as he did not look like scoring. Then he turned on the switch and looked absolutely world class. Leveled up. MOTM.
Joaquin Correa – 5.5: Another game where Correa was important and involved in the build-up play, however struggled to get to the end of the move or convert.
Arturo Vidal – 6: Came on to bring calm to the game and for once he did as instructed. Did not make any mistakes both in and out of possession. Experience
Danilo D’Ambrosio – 6: The defence looked so much better from the moment he came on. Made sure that Empoli did not get a sniff of the ball inside or near the box.
Edin Dzeko – 6: An on-song striker would have had at least a brace and an assist off the bench, such was the dominance towards the end of the game. Old.
Matteo Darmian – 6: Just like Danilo, Matteo did what was needed and used his experience. He just knows when to hold the play and when to make the run.
Alexis Sanchez – N/A: Deserved goal and deserves more minutes than he gets. Could have easily had another and did not stop running. Always creates chances.
Simone Inzaghi – 6: The start of the game shows that the boys were not charged up. That was his biggest mistake, but his substitutions were on point and on time
Gianluca Manganiello – 6: Got all the major decisions right, the VAR was correctly used. Allowed some rough tackles but he stayed consistent throughout the 90 minutes.
Inter – 6: Pazza Inter were on show at a full San Siro. Now they await other results, but a comeback win in this manner is a good confidence boost.