Definitely only Inter can lose this ‘scudetto’. Today they beat Sassuolo 2-1 at the San Siro pending Serie A match and increased their lead over Milan to 11 points with 9 days left in the championship. Six wins separate the ‘Nerazzurri’ from their first league title since 2010, which would end Juventus’ hegemony in the previous nine seasons.
It was a lackluster victory for a practical Inter, very solid in defense and devastating in attack, where, of course, the Romelu Lukaku-Lautaro Martínez tandem decided with their goals. The Belgian, in addition, gave the assistance to the Argentine.
Impeccable header and 21st goal by Lukaku
Lukaku took just 11 minutes to open the m, arcing with his 21st goal in Serie A. Ashñley Young crossed from the left and the Belgian, ahead of Vlad Chiriches, landed an impeccable header.
Before the goal, Achraf Hakimi, with a header off, and Lautaro, after a poor clearance by former Blue Marlon, had been able to score, but with 1-0 Inter led the match where his coach Antonio Conte wanted.
Sterile Domain of the Sassuolo
The ‘Nerazzurri’ had no qualms about shamelessly retreating into their field before a Sassuolo who went on to monopolize the ball, but their positional attacks rarely disturbed the solid defense woven against a Samir Handanovic who was practically a privileged spectator.
Long-range shots from Hamed Traoré and Pedro Obiang were Sassuolo’s only recourse, but Handanovic only had to intervene to successfully tackle one from Equatorial Guinean in the 55th minute.
Lautaro points out after assistance from Lukaku
Inter, on the other hand, scored in their only clear arrival after 1-0. It was in a counter that arose in a controversial action in his area (the VAR did not see a penalty in a fall due to grabbing) that Lautaro Martínez finished against Andrea Consigli after assistance from Lukaku (67 ‘). It is the 15th goal of the Argentine.
Sassuolo put excitement at the last moments when they saw their effort rewarded in the 85th minute with a goal from Hamed Traoré, whose great shot entered at half height next to the post, but Inter did not miss their tenth consecutive victory and is close a little more to the ‘scudetto’.