Italian Serie A Match Review: Inter Displace Juventus For The Fourth Time, Lautaro With His 14th Goal

Written By Onyeka Daniel

This week, the round 15 of the Italian Serie A kicked off with a Friday night fixture at the Allianz Stadium between Juventus and defending champions, Napoli and the Bianconeri really laid down the marker as one of the challengers for the Scudetto with a 1-0 win over the Partenopei.

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A second half goal in the 55th minute from Federico Gatti was what separated them. It is the second time he will be rescuing the team in as many games after grabbing a late winner against Monza in their last game too. This result also ensured that they take the top spot, pending when Inter Milan will race Udinese later. In the first game on Saturday, Lazio were unlucky away to Hellas Verona as the two teams shared the points in an afternoon fixture.

Mattia Zaccagni gave Maurizio Sarri side the lead in the 23rd minute but they were undone by a freak goal in the 70th minute via T. Henry and despite being reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute after Ondrej Duda was shown a second yellow card and a red, they managed to hang in to end the game at 1-1. In the next game, Atalanta played host to AC Milan at the Gewiss stadium in Bergamo and the La Dea needed a last minute goal to beat the Rossoneri.

Nigerian forward, Ademola Lookman have them the lead in the 38th minute with assist from Teun Koopmeiners before French forward, Olivier Giroud restored parity before the half time break. In the second half, Lookman restored his team’s lead in the 55th minute, with assist from Milan loanee, Charles De Ketelaere.


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And again, Milan leveled up, this time courtesy of second half substitute, Luka Jovic to continue his goal scoring run for the Rossoneri. Just when it looked like it would end in another draw, the home side managed to grab all three points at the last minute. First, Milan captain, Davide Calabria was red carded after receiving his second yellow card of the game in the 81st and 93rd minute and the La Dea made that numerical advantage count as second half substitute, Luis Muriel in the 95th minute to snatch all three points.

In the next game, Inter Milan welcomed Udinese to the Giuseppe Meazza stadium and the Nerazzurri were able to depose Juventus from the top of the table. They started the game brightly, and after an initial resistance from the visitors, they took the lead from the penalty spot.

Argentine defender, N. Perez was adjourned to have pulled back Lautaro Martinez and after a VAR review, the referee pointed to the spot in the 37th minute and Turkish midfielder, Hakan Calhanoglu had no problem scoring as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. They added a second in the 42nd minute as Calhanoglu turned provider for Federico Dimarco to double their lead.

Two minutes later, they added a third as Henrik Mkhitaryan’s cross found Marcus Thuram who made no mistake from close range to give his team an unreachable lead into the half time break. With a win more or less assured, the manager decided to make some changes in the second half with the important game against Real Socieded during the week in mind.

This seemed to take the sting out of the team, but Inter managed to add one more goal in the 84th minute. Lautaro Martinez was able to find the net as he pounced on a loose ball from close to the half way line, drove with the ball before unleashing an unstoppable shot outside the penalty area to score his 14th goal of the season and his 28th goal for the year.

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Tomorrow, Frosinone will be at home against high flying Torino in an early kickoff game. Next, it will be Monza at home against Genoa, then Salernitana will welcome Bologna to their stadium in Salerno before AS Roma will face off against Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico. Then on Monday, Empoli will be at home against Lecce before Sassuolo will then travel to the Sardinia to face Cagliari in the last game for this round of fixtures.

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