Inter Milan goalkeeper Yann Sommer feels certain that he won the ball when he conceded a penalty against Fiorentina.
The 35-year-old spoke to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, after the Serie A clash. He gave his thoughts on the late penalty which he saved.
Inter saw out a 1-0 win in the end at the Stadio Artemio Franchi this evening.
But they had to survive a penalty scare during the second half in order to do so.
The incident occurred when Sommer was going to punch a cross into his area clear.
Fiorentina striker M’Bala Nzola was also challenging the ball, trying to head it into the Inter goal.
It was Sommer who got to the ball first. The Inter keeper did get a touch on the ball, the video replays indicated.
But with the same motion, Sommer also struck the Fiorentina striker in the head.
Initially, referee Gianluca Aureliano saw it as a fair challenge by the Nerazzurri keeper.
But after some advice from the VAR, the referee went over the monitor and awarded a penalty for a foul on Nzola.
Yann Sommer On Penalty Controversy Vs FIorentina: “Convinced I Got The Ball”
In the end, the decision from Aureliano didn’t really affect the final result.
Sommer saved the penalty kick from Fiorentina winger Nico Gonzalez, which was a good height for the keeper and not struck with much power.
But it was still certainly a talking point for the match.
Sommer said that “It was a difficult situation.”
“I was certain that I had touched the ball first,” the Swiss international said.
“But then the referee decided made his decision.”
“I’m happy,” the Inter keeper said of saving Gonzalez’s effort. “We studied before the match which way he might go with the penalty.”
Of the win, Sommer said that “We didn’t have many opportunities to score. But we managed to capitalize on one.”
“Let’s enjoy this victory, then we have a week to train to face Juve,” he added.