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Internazionale v Roma Live Commentary, 12/05/2021

3 - 1
M. Brozović (11)
M. Vecino (20)
R. Lukaku (90)
H. Mkhitaryan (31)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza


That is all from this Serie A fixture, until next time!
Inter, who end up 3-1 winners here having already won the Serie A title too, next travel to fifth-placed Juventus on Saturday. Roma remain in seventh place and they next host Lazio on the same day.
Inter run out 3-1 winners to extend their unbeaten run in Serie A to 20 games and to further their unbeaten record at home to 15 games in the Italian top-flight. First-half goals from Brozovic and Vecino put Conte's men comfortably ahead before Mkhitaryan's effort beat Radu to pull a goal back for Roma. The visitors pushed on in the second half, with Dzeko being denied by the post, however, Lukaku's late goal sealed the game, courtesy of a selfless assist from substitute Hakimi.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: INTER 3-1 ROMA
90' + 2' WIDE! Dzeko has two or three Inter defenders around him but manages to spin past them before dragging a left-footed strike just wide of goal to the left. Initially, Peres had made good progress down the right-hand side before finding the forward, who is unlucky to not have a goal in this game, given he has now gone close twice for the visitors.
A. Hakimi
90' Barella intercepts outside his own area and moves possession forward through the middle. Lukaku's smart fake movement towards the ball allows Hakimi to drive over the halfway line as he escapes the attention of the Roma defence. The right wing-back has just Fuzato to beat inside the area but opts to play across to Lukaku, who can't miss from inside the area as he fires a left-footed strike into an empty net to finish this game off.
R. Lukaku
90' GOOOOOALLLLL! 3-1 INTER! The hosts intercept outside the area and Barella looks for Lukaku in the middle. The Belgian forward chooses to dummy the initial pass on the halfway line, letting the throughball run in behind for Hakimi. The right wing-back races in one-on-one with Fuzato before unselfishly opting to play across goal for Lukaku, who smashes into an empty net with his left foot.
89' A chance presents itself for Lukaku to volley from the right of goal and the Belgian duly obliges. Fuzato, however, isn't required as Lukaku's left-footed volley ends up nearer to the corner flag than his goal.
Bruno Peres
R. Karsdorp
88' Peres is the next of Fonseca's change as he replaces Karsdorp, who has been one of the visitors' brightest sparks this game.
87' Karsdorp delivers another teasing cross towards the six-yard area and Ranocchia produces a last-ditch header to dive in front of El Shaarawy and stop what looked to be a certain goal. The Inter captain could have just saved his side's three points there as El Shaarawy was never going to miss from that range if he did get his head to it.
85' Lukaku wanders down the right flank, acting as a playmaker to pull back for Sensi. The midfielder, however, can't control the pass as it slips under his left boot and the chance fades away.
84' CLOSE! Darboe gives away the ball from a goal-kick, rolling to Pinamonti in the middle and the midfielder immediately looks to make up for his mistake. Pinamonti manages to get his shot away, lifting over Fuzato and over the bar but he gets clattered into by Darboe after he has shot. VAR takes a quick look before confirming there is no need for the referee to award a penalty for the 19-year-old midfielder's challenge.
83' Young stands over the subsequent free-kick and whips his right-footed effort well wide of goal. The Englishman was always going to struggle from that sort of range to lift it up and over the wall.
R. Karsdorp
Yellow Card
82' Karsdorp, who barely caught Hakimi, goes into the book for his foul on the edge of the Roma area to stop the home side's counter-attack.
82' Hakimi leads the home side's counter-attack as he races through the middle before going down, courtesy of a soft trip from Karsdorp. Conte's men have a free-kick right on the edge of the area to the left of goal and surely it will be too close for them to lift a shot up and over the wall.
81' El Shaarawy dances his way past Hakimi on the left-hand side before his cross gets turned behind for a corner to the visitors. Dzeko and Pellegrini were ready to pounce at the back post but the Italian couldn't find a way to pick them out.
79' Dzeko finds himself out wide, reaching the byline on the left flank before drilling across the face of goal. Mkhitaryan is ready and waiting in the middle but Radu does well to intervene and collect the ball at the near post.
78' Villar spins and takes three players out of the game on the halfway line. The substitute offloads to El Shaarawy but his cross is poor and Inter manage to crowd out the Roma attack on the edge of the area.
A. Pinamonti
Lautaro Martínez
77' Martinez, who came on as a substitute himself, cuts a frustrated figure as Conte brings him off for Pinamonti.
A. Young
M. Darmian
77' Conte makes another double change, the first of which sees Young replace Darmian at left wing-back.
Gonzalo Villar
B. Cristante
77' Cristante makes his way off the pitch as Fonseca opts for the fresh legs of Villar in the middle.
76' Conte's defence work possession from side to side as they bring some calm to proceedings. Their patience lasts all of a minute, however, as they carelessly launch forward and Martinez has no chance of holding up the ball.
74' Karsdorp feels he is fouled inside the area as he clears away Martinez's cross for a corner. The referee disagrees but it doesn't matter as the resulting corner is dealt with rather easily at the near post.
73' CHANCE! Lukaku flicks to Sensi near the halfway line and the midfielder races forward before rolling to Hakimi. The right wing-back progresses into the area, ignoring the overlapping run of Brozovic, before seeing his right-footed strike deflected behind by Mancini. That was nearly game over for the visitors, who appeared shocked at how quickly the hosts counter-attacked there.
72' Conte's men have picked up 85 points so far: should they win their three remaining games, they would set their second-best tally in Serie A, after the 97 they won in the 2006/07 campaign.
M. Kumbulla
Yellow Card
71' Barella smartly flicks over Kumbulla outside the hosts' area and the centre-back catches him late as he stands on his toes. The referee deems the challenge enough to make Kumbulla the second name in his book.
70' El Shaarawy draws a foul on the left flank and wins a free-kick in a good position. Pellegrini whips in a teasing delivery but Ranocchia climbs the highest to head away.
69' Hakimi tumbles over, courtesy of a foul from Santon on the right-hand side. The Inter players want a second booking for the full-back, while the Roma players, led by Cristante, protest Santon's innocence for the initial foul. The referee lets Santon off with this one and allows the hosts to restart with a free-kick.
68' SAVE! Karsdorp fires into the feet of Dzeko, who chips a delicate pass over the head of Skriniar for the run of Mkhitaryan. The Armenian opts to shoot with his right foot without taking a touch from the right of goal but he can only volley into the hands of Radu at the near post.
66' WIDE! Karsdorp offloads to Mkhitaryan, who sends in a first-time cross from the right-hand channel. The Armenian's cross perfectly finds the head of Cristante, who can only head wide of goal to the right from the near post. The midfielder was completely unmarked there and he will feel he should have equalised for Fonseca's men with that chance.
65' Hakimi's introduction has moved Darmian over to the left-hand side, with the Italian now operating as an inverted wing-back on the touchline in front of Conte. All of Roma's play is being directed down the right flank, which is perhaps why the hosts made the change.
64' Cristante lets Martinez know he is there in midfield as he barges through the back of the forward. The referee is quick to blow his whistle and the midfielder escapes without a caution.
63' Fonseca's men have made the better start to the second half but still have nothing to show for their hard work. They did the same in the first half and Inter swiftly punished their lack of clinical finishing with two quick goals of their own.
62' Roma are winless in their last five Serie A away matches, losing the last three: they last lost more in a row away from home in November 2008 (five under Luciano Spalletti).
61' Karsdorp races around Dzeko on the overlap and the Bosnian offloads. The right-back makes it to the byline before forcing a smart clearance from D'Ambrosio, who hooks the ball over his own goal from inside the six-yard area.
S. Sensi
M. Vecino
59' At the same time as Hakimi's introduction, Sensi also comes on for Vecino, who scored the second goal of the game.
A. Hakimi
I. Perišić
59' Hakimi is the second of Conte's substitutions as he replaces Perisic.
59' WIDE! El Shaarawy has his first effort of the game as he drifts inside from the left flank and sets his sights on the far corner with a right-footed effort. The Italian's 25-yard attempt, however, sails just wide of Radu's goal to the right as the goalkeeper watches it travel out of play.
58' Another Pellegrini corner comes to nothing as Brozovic heads away at the front post. The visitors' set-pieces have been predictable so far and it is surprising Fonseca's men haven't tried a different routine as of yet.
57' OFF THE POST! Karsdorp plays into the feet of Dzeko, who spins inside the area, leaving Ranocchia on the floor before arrowing a left-footed effort towards the top left corner. Radu has no chance of stopping it but the post keeps the hosts' one-goal advantage intact.
56' Karsdorp fires a cross across the face of goal, where Skriniar manages to scuff a clearance behind him. El Shaarawy recovers possession, offloading to Darboe, who sees his left-footed strike blocke on the edge of the area before Radu is called upon.
54' Darmian progresses down the right flank, taking his time to get his head up and deliver towards the far post. Martinez gets in between Mancini and Karsdorp but he can't connect with the cross, which is just too high for the forward inside the six-yard box.
53' Martinez ends up on the floor, courtesy of a tackle in the air from Darboe. Roma play on, with Mkhitaryan's cross at the back post being headed away. A stoppage in play then comes for a Dzeko handball but Martinez has already made it back to his feet to carry on.
52' Barella nips in in midfield and slides down the left-hand channel for Lukaku. The Belgian forward goes one-on-one with Mancini but accidentally stands on the ball, which offers the centre-back an easy chance to tackle and remove the danger.
51' Ranocchia is required to usher Pellegrini away from goal as the ball cannons off Radu's head and goes out for a corner. As has been the case all game, Pellegrini takes the set-piece and Inter deal comfortably with the delivery.
50' Perisic intercepts Karsdorp's pass inside his own half and makes it all the way to the other end of the pitch in possession. However, the Croatian falters at the final hurdle as his pass to Martinez is wayward and Mancini intervenes.
49' Intricate passes up top between Barella, Brozovic and Lukaku nearly release the Belgian through the middle. Mancini is there to make a last-ditch interception and stop the forward from racing through to test Fuzato.
48' Roma are the side which Martinez has played the most minutes in Serie A against without scoring a single goal. He has played over 13 hours against the visitors without scoring as of yet.
47' Fuzato miscues an early clearance under the pressure of Martinez but gets away with it as he finds Karsdorp's feet on the right-hand touchline. The goalkeeper needlessly took his time there and nearly got caught out by the substitute forward.
46' Referee Chiffi gets the second half underway!
S. El Shaarawy
46' Fonseca makes a change at half-time as he sends on El Shaarawy for Pedro.
Conte has once again rotated his side but still Inter find themselves ahead at half-time. The Italian has a wealth of quality on the bench, such as Eriksen, Gagliardini and Hakimi should he require them. Fonseca will be content with his side's first-half performance but he will be asking for them to be more clinical when the chances crop up in front of Radu's goal.
Inter wander down the tunnel at half-time leading 2-1 after an incredibly entertaining half of football. Brozovic's first-time right-footed finish gave the hosts the lead before Vecino doubled their advantage with a similar finish from the edge of the area. Roma, however, pulled one back through Mkhitaryan's curling strike, which in hindsight Radu may feel he should have done better with.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: INTER 2-1 ROMA
45' + 2' CLOSE! Santon gives away a late corner on the right-hand side as Martinez touches the ball into him. Brozovic swings in the corner but Roma head away before Perisic meets the clearance on the volley. The Croatian's right-footed attempt is caught sweetly from outside the area but goes just over the bar. Fuzato appeared a little worried and if that was on target, the goalkeeper would have had no chance of stopping it.
45' + 1' There will be two minutes of added time as this game continues to be an entertaining, end-to-end affair.
45' Martinez misses a glorious chance in front of goal as Darboe does excellently to slide and block. However, the chance wouldn't have counted either way as Perisic was deemed to have been offside in the build-up before crossing for Martinez at the front post.
44' SAVE! Santon reaches the byline, dancing around Darmian before playing back to Mkhitaryan on the edge of the area. The Armenian sets his sights on the far corner but drags his right-footed strike too straight and Radu saves comfortably in the middle of his goal.
42' Mancini is required as the last man back for the visitors to step in and block Martinez's attempted left-footed strike. The Argentine found himself one-on-one with the centre-back, who did well to recover and block in front of Fuzato's goal to the right.
41' Cristante's long-range effort gets blocked with ease and the loose ball falls to Karsdorp, who sees his attempted cross headed behind by D'Ambrosio. Pellegrini takes the corner from the right but Lukaku is there to head away at the near post.
40' Mkhitaryan twists and turns, eventually crossing towards the far post from the left-hand side. Dzeko lurks inside the area, however, Perisic does well to calmly chest back to Radu inside his own area.
39' Lukaku makes his way out to the left-hand channel and attempts to knock it around Kumbulla. The centre-back intervenes, pushing the Belgian to the ground but the referee insists play goes on without awarding a free-kick to the hosts.
37' Martinez's first involvement sees him go down under pressure from Mancini. The centre-back, who has only just returned from suspension, dragged him down in the middle and he is perhaps lucky to escape a caution from the referee there.
Lautaro Martínez
A. Sánchez
36' Sanchez's game is cut short as he limps off to be replaced by Martinez. Just as one dangerous forward gets injured, Conte sends another on to cause problems for Fonseca's defence.
34' CHANCE! Vecino has the chance to double his account but he can only steer a left-footed strike into the incoming Fuzato from close range. Initially, Sanchez had shown quick feet to release the midfielder into the area and he may feel he should be doing better with that effort.
33' Mkhitaryan is one of the three midfielders in the Top-5 European Leagues in 2020/21 to have scored 10+ goals and delivered 10+ assists, alongside Bruno Fernandes and Marcos Llorente.
E. Džeko
31' Dzeko comes deep to orchestrate play as he receives the ball from Cristante outside the area. The forward sees Mkhitaryan moving into the box and plays a pass in between Skriniar and Ranocchia. The Armenian runs onto the throughball before curling a first-time right-footed strike into the bottom right corner to pull one back for the visitors.
H. Mkhitaryan
31' GOALLLL! 2-1! Dzeko wanders into some space outside the area and Cristante finds his feet. The forward pokes through with his left foot for the run of Mkhitaryan, who curls a right-footed finish from inside the box into the bottom right corner. Radu gets a hand to the effort but he can’t stop the Armenian’s strike from ending up in the back of the net.
29' Sanchez hovers over the free-kick, which he won, outside the area before his right-footed strike gets turned behind by the away side's wall. The resulting corner then comes to nothing.
D. Santon
Yellow Card
28' Sanchez leads the hosts’ counter-attack from Pellegrini’s corner through the middle after a pass from Barella. The Chilean reaches the edge of the box before being cynically dragged down by Santon. Somehow, referee Chiffi opts for a yellow card and gives the full-back the benefit of the doubt.
27' A corner comes on the left-hand side for the visitors as a cross from Pedro gets deflected behind. Pellegrini delivers the set-piece but the cross is met by Skriniar, who heads clear at the near post.
26' Cristante threads a pass through to Pellegrini, who shapes to shoot before Barella ushers him out the way. Inter's midfield three are so tight together and, with Roma trying to play through them, they are getting regular opportunities to intercept in the middle of the park.
24' SAVE! Cristante finds some space on the edge of the area and drills a right-footed strike towards the bottom left corner. Despite the shot taking a slight deflection between Ranocchia's legs, Radu gets down well to make his first save of the game for the home side.
23' Mkhitaryan has Pellegrini and Dzeko in front of him as the Armenian drives through the middle. The ex-Manchester United midfielder, however, gets his pass all wrong, which allows Skriniar to intercept on the edge of his own area.
22' Inter and Roma have drawn each of their last six Serie A meetings: only one fixture in the history of the competition have seen seven successive draws, Roma versus Lazio between 1990 and 1993. It is hard to see another draw coming here, given Inter's wonderful start.
R. Lukaku
20' The goal goes to Vecino with his composed right-footed finish into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area but credit should go to Lukaku. The Belgian forward latches onto Barella's long ball over the top, nudging Darboe out the way before waiting to offload for the forward run of Vecino to extend the hosts' lead.
M. Vecino
20' GOOOOALLLLL! 2-0 INTER! Lukaku is the lone man leading the hosts’ counter-attack as he reaches the right of goal and knocks Darboe to the floor. The Belgian forward then composes himself, waiting for a run from midfield. Vecino arrives and Lukaku offloads to the midfielder, who slots a right-footed finish into the bottom right corner from the centre of the box to double the home side’s lead.
18' Vecino wanders into the right-hand channel but his intelligent cross into the middle finds none of his team-mates. The loose ball falls to Barella, who needlessly attempts a wild left-footed volley which flies well wide of goal.
16' CHANCE! Darmian again roams down the right-hand side, playing in to Sanchez, who flicks a cross towards Lukaku at the back post. The Belgian forward powers the defender out the way, nudging a chested pass down to Vecino inside the area. The Inter midfielder has just Fuzato to beat but he miscues his right-footed volley just wide of goal to the left. A great counter-attacking move from the hosts deserved a goal there.
15' CLOSE! Mkhitaryan ghosts inside from the left flank, effortlessly poking a right-footed pass through the middle for the run of Pellegrini. The Roma midfielder takes a touch into the area before drilling a low, left-footed strike wide of goal to the left. Radu appeared unconcerned as he seemed to have the chance covered at his near post.
13' Since he joined Inter in 2019/20, Conte has beaten 21 of the 22 sides he has faced in Serie A: Roma are the only team he hasn’t beaten (D3). Brozovic's goal has set Conte's men on course to correct that record.
M. Darmian
11' Conte's men play through the middle, with Sanchez sliding out to Darmian on the right-hand side. The right wing-back isn't under much pressure from Santon as he reaches the byline and pulls a pass back towards the edge of the box. Brozovic is on the same wavelength, arriving late to place a right-footed finish into the bottom right corner past Fuzato to open the scoring.
M. Brozović
11' GOALLLLLL! 1-0 INTER! The hosts work possession around the area, finding Darmian on the right-hand side. The right wing-back makes it to the byline before cutting back a low pass to the edge of the area. Brozovic makes a late run into the box, striking a first-time right-footed effort into the bottom right corner past Fuzato, who can do nothing with the Croatian’s placed finish. Despite Roma’s good start, they already find themselves a goal behind.
10' Pedro makes progress down the right flank and his cross gets deflected to the edge of the area. Pellegrini controls with his chest to set himself before skewing a right-footed attempt high over Radu's goal under pressure from Skriniar and Ranocchia.
9' Fonseca's men have made the better of the starts here, they are getting in the faces of Conte's players and not giving them any time to think or get their heads up. The question is, however, how long can Roma's high-pressing intensity last?
8' WIDE! Skriniar's chipped pass gets intercepted in midfield by Mkhitaryan, who offloads to Pedro in the centre. The Spaniard takes a couple of touches towards the right of the area before dragging a low, right-footed strike just wide of goal to the left.
E. Darboe
Yellow Card
6' Darboe becomes the first name in the referee's book as he clatters into Sanchez on the touchline. The referee plays advantage before pulling it back and cautioning the 19-year-old midfielder for going through the back of the Chilean's heels.
5' Sanchez throws his arms in the air after referee Chiffi doesn't give a foul on him by Darboe. The visitors carry on and win a corner on the right-hand side as Karsdorp's attempted cross gets turned behind.
4' Darboe, who is starting just his third Serie A game, knocks Lukaku out the way before looking over the top for the run of Dzeko. Radu, however, is alert to the danger and rushes out his area to intervene in front of the Bosnian forward.
3' Dzeko comes deep to get involved in play, coasting out to the left flank and drilling a cross into the area which cannons off Pellegrini and races quickly into the hands of Radu inside his six-yard box.
2' Darmian runs at Mkhitaryan in the opening stages but the Armenian midfielder gets the better of his opposite man to dispossess him on the right-hand flank. Roma then keep the ball for a minute or so as they ease themselves into this game.
1' Referee Daniele Chiffi gets this game underway!
Inter and Roma will face each other on a Wednesday for the sixth time in Serie A: so far, both teams have two wins each and a draw in the most recent game (1-1 February 2008).
Paulo Fonseca opts for three alterations to his last starting-11. Dzeko starts up top instead of Mayoral, supported by Pellegrini, Pedro and Mkhitaryan in behind. Reynolds drops out at left-back to be replaced by Santon and Mancini returns from suspension to take the place of Ibanez at centre-back.
Conte makes seven changes from Sampdoria as he continues to rotate his side. Sanchez, D’Ambrosio, Ranocchia and Vecino are the only four to remain in the starting line-up as the likes of Lukaku, Skriniar and Barella come into the team. Radu replaces Handanovic in goal, Perisic and Darmian come in on either flank, while Brozovic starts in the middle.
SUBS: Gonzalo Villar, Stephan El Shaarawy, Carles Perez, Juan Jesus, Nicola Zalewski, Bruno Peres, Bryan Reynolds, Borja Mayoral, Antonio Mirante, Simone Farelli, Ibanez, Javier Pastore.
ROMA (4-2-3-1): Daniel Fuzato; Davide Santon, Marash Kumbulla, Gianluca Mancini, Rick Karsdorp; Bryan Cristante, Ebrima Darboe; Henrik Mkhitaryan, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Pedro; Edin Dzeko.
SUBS: Stefano Sensi, Daniele Padelli, Andrea Pinamonti, Christian Eriksen, Lautaro Martinez, Ashley Young, Stefan de Vrij, Roberto Gagliardini, Achraf Hakimi, Alessandro Bastoni, Samir Handanovic.
INTER (3-5-2): Ionut Radu; Milan Skriniar, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Andrea Ranocchia; Matteo Darmian, Nicola Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino, Ivan Perisic; Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku.
Having gone through a rough patch of six games without a win, including the Europa League semi-final destruction by Manchester United, Roma bounced back with back-to-back wins. A second-leg consolation victory over the Red Devils came before a 5-0 demolition of bottom-side Crotone. The visitors sit in seventh, despite only winning two of their last nine league games.
After securing their 19th Scudetto and ending Juventus’ nine-year domination of Serie A, Inter carried on their 19-game unbeaten run in emphatic style as they crushed Sampdoria 5-1. The hosts also collected a record 14th straight home win in Serie A with that victory over Claudio Ranieri’s men, which moved them 13 points clear of second-placed Atalanta.
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