Inter Milan wanted three penalties against Salernitana yesterday evening, but correctly only received one.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Nerazzurri striker Marcus Thuram was always going to fancy his chances up against a Salernitana backline that has been far from watertight over the season so far.
The Frenchman began the match in more of a central striking role rather than in a withdrawn position. It was Alexis Sanchez who played as the second striker, at least prior to Lautaro Martinez’s introduction.
Therefore, there was a real physical battle between Thuram and the Salernitana centre-backs.
Norbert Gyomber in particular proved to be a very physical adversary for the Inter striker.
There were a few comings-together in the penalty area, some of which resulted in referee Rosario Abisso whistling for a foul by the Inter striker.
But Thuram wanted a whistle the other way for one particular challenge. The Frenchman had gotten the ball past Gyomber, and the Czech defender seemed to give him a shove in the back.
There’s no doubt that there was some contact between the two players. But Abisso viewed the Salernitana not to have made a real push so as to warrant a penalty.
The Gazzetta agree with Abisso’s assessment. The newspaper argue that Thuram exaggerated the contact significantly to try and win a penalty.
Inter & Thuram Want Three Penalties Vs Salernitana But Get Just One
Thuram asked for another penalty towards the end of the second half.
Again, Abisso declined to point to the spot. And again the Gazzetta view the referee as having gotten the decision spot-on.
However, Abisso’s decision was different in the last of Inter and Thuram’s major appeals.
Granata defender Matteo Lovato had barged into the Nerazzurri striker inside the area.
And in the view of Abisso, there was actually enough in that challenge to be worth a spot kick.
The Gazzetta once again endorse the official’s decision.
Inter captain Lautaro Martinez stepped up and made no mistake with the resulting penalty. In the end, Thuram was able to help out his strike partner by winning the chance for his hattrick goal.