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Internazionale v Lazio Live Commentary, 14/02/2021

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R. Lukaku (22 pen)
R. Lukaku (45)
Lautaro Martínez (64)
S. Milinković-Savić (61)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza


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Inter are next in action in the Milan derby next Sunday in a fierce battle at the top of the table. Lazio host Sampdoria in their next outing in Serie A on Saturday.
Inter move to the top of Serie A courtesy of a 3-1 win over Lazio at San Siro this evening. Romelu Lukaku was the star man for the Nerazzurri. He scored twice in the first half, converting from the penalty spot and then from close range with the aid of a VAR decision. The visitors threatened to rally in the second period when Gonzalo Escalante deflected Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's free-kick past Samir Handanovic. However, Lukaku responded with a driving run at the Lazio defence before placing a perfect cross for Lautaro Martinez to score at the back post to secure the three points.
90' + 3' Pereira lines up a strike from distance for the visitors. It travels through a crowd of defenders, but Handanovic watches it all the way to make a comfortable save.
A. Pinamonti
R. Lukaku
90' + 1' Pinamonti comes on for Lukaku after a brilliant performance from the Belgian.
M. Darmian
I. Perišić
90' + 1' Perisic is withdrawn for Darmian on the left flank.
D. D'Ambrosio
A. Hakimi
90' + 1' D'Ambrosio replaces Hakimi at right wing-back for the home side.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
88' Milinkovic-Savic works the ball from the right flank towards Lazzari to strike at goal, but his effort is blocked in front of Handanovic by Brozovic.
86' Time is running out for Lazio. It's going to take an incredible effort to score two goals in the late stages here.
84' Lukaku feeds the run of Sanchez in the box, but the Chilean puts the ball out of play amid pressure from Marusic.
83' Lukaku has tormented Parolo in the second half and he wins a free-kick following a challenge by the midfielder down the right flank.
82' Muriqi rises to win a header against Skriniar at the back post from a Marusic cross, but he nods a tame effort at Handanovic.
81' BLOCK! Muriqi turns to fire at goal after being teed up by Milinkovic-Savic in the box, but his effort is charged down by Skriniar.
79' Lazio clear the corner, but Perisic hooks it back into the box. De Vrij rises to head at goal, but he nods his effort straight at Reina.
Andreas Pereira
Luis Alberto
78' Pereira comes on to replace Luis Alberto in the Lazio midfield.
A. Sánchez
Lautaro Martínez
78' Sanchez replaces Martinez in the final third for the closing stages.
77' Lukaku almost bundles his way through the combined efforts of Acerbi and Parolo to halt his run. Acerbi has to divert the ball behind for a corner to prevent the Belgian firing at goal.
74' Milinkovic-Savic feeds Lazzari down the right flank and he hooks a dangerous ball towards the six-yard box, forcing Skriniar to clear with a diving header.
72' SAVE! Space opens up for Lukaku down the left flank and he drops the shoulder to fend off Parolo. He shoots low and hard towards goal, but Reina produces a fine save with his legs to deny the forward a hat-trick.
R. Gagliardini
C. Eriksen
72' Gagliardini is on for Eriksen in the Inter midfield.
71' Martinez runs at the Lazio defence with menace cutting in from the left flank, but Barella of all people diverts his strike behind for a goal-kick.
71' Lukaku has now been directly involved in 20 Serie A goals this season.
F. Caicedo
J. Correa
70' Correa is withdrawn after an underwhelming outing and is replaced by Caicedo.
V. Muriqi
C. Immobile
70' Muriqi replaces Immobile in the final third, with the Italian enduring a frustrating evening.
69' Marusic goes for the one-two with Immobile, but the pass from the Italian goes astray and Bastoni clears the danger.
66' Just when Lazio believed that they were back in the game, Inter produce a sublime effort on the counter. It has been the story of the contest as the home side have been clinical in the final third.
R. Lukaku
64' Lukaku collects Brozovic's offload and runs the Lazio defence ragged on the counter, beating Parolo for pace before sending a sublime cross for Martinez to score.
Lautaro Martínez
64' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! MARTINEZ CONVERTS AFTER A BRILLIANT LUKAKU RUN!!!!! 3-1 INTER!!!! The home side restore their two-goal advantage as Martinez taps home at the back post, but the effort is all about Lukaku. Brozovic sends the forward down the right flank and he surges past Parolo, running at full speed for at least 40 yards. From the inside channel, he places a perfect ball across the face of goal for Martinez, who provides the finish into an empty net.
63' Lazio probe at the Inter defence and are looking dangerous in their bid for an equaliser.
S. Milinković-Savić
61' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! ESCALANTE DEFLECTS MILINKOVIC-SAVIC'S EFFORT INTO THE NET!!! 2-1!! Lazio are back in the game with a huge slice of luck. Milinkovic-Savic lines up a strike from a free-kick on the edge of the box. He smashes his effort straight into the hip of Escalante. The ball deflects off the midfielder, travels towards goal and completely wrong-foots Handanovic to find the back of the net.
A. Hakimi
Yellow Card
59' Lazio break on a counter and Lazzari lines up a strike, forcing Hakimi to bring down the defender. The wing-back goes into the book, while Lazio have a free-kick on the edge of the box.
58' BLOCK! Acerbi inadvertently deflects the ball into the path of Martinez, placing the forward through on goal. He offloads to Hakimi in space in the right inside channel. The wing-back pulls the trigger, but Parolo gets back with a potential goal-saving block to divert his strike over the bar.
56' CHANCE! Acerbi latches on to a flick from Immobile in the box. He swings his right foot at a first-time volley, only to scoop his effort over the bar.
54' OVER! Marusic collects on the left flank and cuts in to shoot on his right foot, only to fire his effort narrowly over the bar.
53' Hakimi has another dart at Marusic down the right flank, but on this occasion the defender is strong in the challenge and wins possession.
52' Hakimi raids down the right flank and wins a corner off the legs of Marusic. Eriksen whips a cross into the box, but his delivery just evades the head of Martinez.
50' Luis Alberto angles a low cross in from the right flank and the ball falls for Correa. However, the forward loses control as he tries to carve out space and Eriksen clears the danger.
49' Bastoni nudges Milinkovic-Savic to the deck, handing Lazio a free-kick in a dangerous position.
48' Lukaku tries to release the run of Martinez in the box, but Reina scampers off his line to smother the ball ahead of the forward.
47' Correa rises in the box to head a cross from Patric towards goal, but it loops towards Handanovic, who makes a comfortable save.
46' We're back underway at San Siro.
M. Parolo
W. Hoedt
46' Parolo comes on for Hoedt. Inzaghi is changing his team's formation at the break.
G. Escalante
Lucas Leiva
46' Escalante replaces Lucas at the break for the visitors.
Simone Inzaghi will feel that the world is against his team this evening. Lazio do not deserve to be two goals behind, but they've not had the rub of the green. The visitors need a special effort in the second half to get themselves back into the contest.
Two goals from Romelu Lukaku have put Inter in control of their Serie A clash against Lazio at San Siro. The Belgian scored the opener from the penalty spot after Lautaro Martinez was brought down by Wesley Hoedt, although the decision could have gone either way. Luck was Inter's side for their second as the ball broke to Lukaku to finish from Marcelo Brozovic's tackle, with VAR overturning the initial offside call by the officials.
45' + 3' Brozovic takes a chance in a 50/50 challenge against Correa in the box, but he gets the ball to clear the danger for the home side.
45' + 2' Inter have been far from dominant, but the home side have been clinical in front of goal. Simone Inzaghi will be far from happy that his side will enter the break with a two-goal deficit.
R. Lukaku
45' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! LUKAKU FIRES HOME!!!!! 2-0 INTER!!! Lukaku displays his predatory instincts with a strike from close range. There's a huge element of fortune about the goal as Brozovic slides to win a challenge with Lazzari. The ball deflects into the path of the Belgian in the box and he is left with only Reina to beat, blasting his effort into the bottom-left corner. VAR plays a role in awarding the goal as the officials initially chalked off the strike for offside, but the forward was on and punished the visitors.
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
42' SAVE! Martinez hangs a speculative cross to the back post that travels to Perisic on the left flank. He fires a cross to Lukaku on the edge of the box, and the Belgian shoots first time on his left foot. Reina watches it all the way to make the stop.
40' Brozovic runs at the Lazio defence and offloads towards Martinez in the left inside channel. He cuts a low ball across the face of goal that Reina just manages to gather under pressure in the six-yard area.
38' SAVE! Immobile latches on to an offload from Luis Alberto and carves out an inch of room to fire at goal. He squeezes his effort between two Inter defenders towards the bottom-left corner. However, Handanovic is equal to the strike and makes a good stop.
36' Reina has to be on his mettle at the back to clear a bouncing ball following an offload from Acerbi. Martinez tries to apply pressure, but the Lazio keeper is able to handle the situation with a big boot.
34' Immobile tries to combine with Correa in the final third, but the two players fail to make their interplay work as the ball travels to Handanovic. The Italian has a frustrated look on his face.
32' Eriksen cuts in from the left flank and lines up a strike at goal, but the Dane sends a tame effort straight at Reina.
30' Lazio are comfortable in possession, but have not been able to break down the Inter defence. The home side seem content to play on the counter.
28' Eriksen brings down Lazzari on the right flank, but the home side are able to clear their lines from Luis Alberto's delivery.
27' Milinkovic-Savic tries to flick a pass towards Correa, but the forward is not on the same page as his team-mate and the ball travels through to Handanovic.
R. Lukaku
Yellow Card
26' Lukaku is adjudged to have caught Lucas in the face with a stray arm and goes into the book.
24' Martinez runs at the Lazio defence and tries to release Lukaku down the right flank. Lucas catches him after the offload is intercepted by Acerbi, and the referee is happy to play on.
R. Lukaku
Penalty Goal
22' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! LUKAKU CONVERTS FROM THE SPOT!!!!! 1-0 INTER!!!! The Belgian makes no mistake from 12 yards. He stutters in his run-up before placing his strike with power on his left foot into the bottom-left corner, sending Reina the wrong way.
21' VAR take a look at the penalty decision, but opts to remain with the call from the official on the field.
W. Hoedt
Yellow Card
20' Hoedt goes into the book for his challenge on Martinez.
19' PENALTY TO INTER! Lukaku flicks the ball through to Martinez in the left inside channel. Hoedt slides in and brings down the Argentine. The referee immediately points to the penalty spot, although it appears the Dutchman gets a fraction of the ball.
18' Hakimi and Marusic collide, which forces the Lazio wing-back off the field for treatment.
16' Eriksen angles a low ball inside the box for Martinez. He tries to force a strike towards goal, but Hoedt diverts it behind for a corner with a solid block.
15' Correa tries to tee up Immobile on the edge of the box, but the Italian is closed down by Brozovic before he can shoot.
14' Lazzari almost breaks in down the right flank to latch on to Lucas' pass, but Handanovic is sharp off his line to clear ahead of the forward.
12' WIDE! Martinez controls the ball in the final third and creates space for a strike on the half-volley from 20 yards. The Argentine connects well with his strike, but places it wide of the right post.
11' Eriksen has space down the left flank and he offloads back to Brozovic on the edge of the box. The midfielder goes for the strike, only to be impeded by Luis Alberto, who prevents the shot.
10' Correa runs at the Inter defence and slides a pass towards the run of Immobile, but he overhits his pass straight through to Handanovic.
9' Barella has a charge down the right flank and tries to win a corner, but the ball travels out for a goal-kick amid pressure from Acerbi.
7' Lazzari hangs a cross into the box from the right flank and Skriniar has to be alert to head away from Marusic at the back post.
5' Luis Alberto threads a throughball towards Marusic in the left inside channel. He goes for the cutback into the middle, but Barella covers to make the interception.
4' Both teams are sizing one another up at the moment. There has not been a great deal of intent in the final third.
2' Skriniar puts Handanovic under pressure with a short backpass. Correa closes down the keeper and blocks the ball behind for a goal-kick, taking a knock from the Inter skipper in the process.
1' We're underway at San Siro.
Lazio are unbeaten in three of their last four Serie A meetings against Inter (W2 D1) after having earned only one point in their previous five.
Lazio have also made two changes to their side from their win over Cagliari in their last outing. Patric and Hoedt start in the back three to replace Musacchio and Radu, with the latter being a late withdrawal in the warm-up.
Inter have made one change to their side from their draw against Juventus during the week. Perisic gets the nod to start on the left flank as Darmian drops to the bench. Martinez and Lukaku spearhead the attack, while Conte keeps faith with the midfield trio of Barella, Eriksen and Brozovic.
LAZIO SUBS: Andreas Pereira, Alessio Furlanetto, Marco Parolo, Gonzalo Escalante, Senad Lulic, Felipe Caicedo, Danilo Cataldi, Mateo Musacchio, Marco Alia, Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro, Vedat Muriqi, Mohamed Fares.
LAZIO (3-5-2): Pepe Reina; Patric, Francesco Acerbi, Wesley Hoedt; Manuel Lazzari, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Adam Marusic; Ciro Immobile, Joaquin Correa.
INTER SUBS: Roberto Gagliardini, Alexis Sanchez, Matias Vecino, Aleksandar Kolarov, Stefano Sensi, Andrea Ranocchia, Ashley Young, Diego Padelli, Danilo D'Ambrosio, Matteo Darmian, Ionut Radu, Andrea Pinamonti.
INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Achraf Hakimi, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Christian Eriksen, Ivan Perisic; Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez.
Lazio are in prime form entering the match after winning their last six matches on the bounce in Serie A. Simone Inzaghi's men have put themselves in contention for a top-four place and are sitting only nine points off the pace of AC Milan at the top of the table. A victory today would close the gap on the Rossoneri as well as Inter. Ciro Immobile's strike was enough to overcome Cagliari last time out .
Inter were knocked out of the Coppa Italia in the semi-finals by Juventus during the week. Antonio Conte's men failed to respond to their 2-1 loss in the first leg, drawing 0-0 at Allianz Stadium. The Nerazzurri now have to turn the page to focus on Serie A where they can move to the top of the table with a victory tonight. The club are unbeaten in their last five league matches heading into the contest.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Serie A clash between Inter and Lazio at San Siro.