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Internazionale v Udinese Live Commentary, 10/31/21

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J. Correa (60)
J. Correa (68)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza


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Simone Inzaghi on the other hand will consider the job done, though his side made it tough for themselves to a point. Still, three points is three points; onward and upwards they go.
Frustration for Luca Gotti then, whose side held their hosts at bay for an hour - but they are not able to pick up points off the men from Milan. They will head away now and pick themselves up.
There goes the final whistle - and it is Joaquin Correa's double that does the job for Inter, as they emerge triumphant over Udinese in Serie A. The Nerazzurri take the three points and keep the summit in their sights - at full-time at San Siro, it is Inter 2-0 Udinese.
90' + 2' Consecutive late corners see Udinese push for a spot of consolation - but they are unable to find their mark. That will likely be the last roll of the dice from them.
90' There will be three added minutes at San Siro.
B. Soppy
N. Molina
89' Brandon Soppy replaces Nahuel Molina in Udinese's fifth change.
87' Arslan has back-to-back chances but sees his first effort blocked and his follow-up saved. It has not been Udinese's day in the end.
F. Dimarco
I. Perišić
85' Federico Dimarco replaces Ivan Perisic in Inter's fifth change.
84' Having been involved in six goals (four goals, two assists) in his first eight Serie A matches against Udinese, Edin Dzeko has provided only one assist in his last four meetings with the Bianconeri in the top-flight.
82' Deulofeu has the ball in the back of the net - but the referee has chalked it off! Udinese are furious but the officials are adamant - there will be no spark for a comeback here.
L. Martínez
E. Džeko
80' Lautaro Martinez replaces Edin Dzeko for Inter's fourth change.
S. Sensi
N. Barella
80' Stefano Sensi replaces Nicolo Barella for Inter's third change.
79' Pereyra sticks one wide down the opposite end, as Inter ready some further changes.
77' Vidal sticks a header wide from the centre of the box and is trapped for offside subsequently. Inter are looking for a third, a final bit of gloss for this clash.
75' Now it is Sanchez's turn to see his latest effort to crack the whip blocked. Udinese are trying to keep this one from slipping away from respectability.
73' Vidal can't believe he's put that one off-target - but the Inter substitute scuffs an effort and sends it wide of the mark. Udinese look down for the count now.
72' Udinese have drawn each of their last four Serie A matches (the last three all 1-1) – last enduring a five-game drawing streak in the top-flight in February 1983 (seven).
A. Vidal
H. Çalhanoğlu
70' Arturo Vidal replaces Hakan Calhanoglu in Inter's second change.
A. Sánchez
J. Correa
70' Alexis Sanchez replaces Joaquin Correa in Inter's first change of the game.
D. Udogie
J. Stryger Larsen
69' Iyenoma Udogie replaces Jens Stryger Larsen in Udinese's fourth change.
T. Arslan
J. Makengo
69' Tolgay Arslan replaces Jean-Victor Makengo in Udinese's third change.
D. Dumfries
68' Dumfries will be delighted with that. He's had a few balls go wayward today, but that one is inch-perfect.
J. Correa
68' GOAL! JOAQUIN CORREA DOUBLES UP FOR INTER! 2-0! That will be game, set and match now! Dumfries cuts it back, the forward finds it on the edge of the box and he drags another sweet finish past Silvestri. Job just about done in the space of 10 minutes for the hosts.
67' Makengo! Udinese almost get an equaliser but Handanovic is able to save his low finish.
65' Perisic is caught offside edging away for a Bastoni throughball once more. It's less of a concern now Inter have the goal, but he rolls his eyes with frustration once more.
64' Talk about an injection of energy. That goal has lifted Inter way off the metaphorical canvas and they are looking rejuvenated now. Udinese will have to be very wary.
62' Inter had scored in each of their last 24 home matches in Serie A; now, they have matched the last time they netted in more home games in a row, back in 2017 (25).
A. Bastoni
60' Bastoni picks up the assist, but it is all Correa's invention. What a goal on the hour mark to put Inter ahead!
J. Correa
60' GOAL! JOAQUIN CORREA BREAKS THE DEADLOCK FOR INTER! 1-0! A massive impact, an absolutely massive impact! He latches onto a throughball, carves his way inside three defenders and sticks a superb low finish in. Fantastic stuff!
I. Success
59' Gerard Deulofeu replaces Isaac Success for Udinese's second change.
M. Jajalo
58' Walace replaces Mato Jajalo for Udinese's first change.
57' Silvestri has no trouble handling the latest long ball flicked into his area, and Inter groan collectively again. It's not a pretty sound.
55' Bastoni slips a throughball downfield and Perisic is flagged for offside. Inter groan collectively.
53' Calhanoglu floats a free-kick close to Dzeko and his head near the right post in Udinese's box. It's another near-miss for the hosts.
R. Pereyra
Yellow Card
51' Pereyra is flashed a yellow card now for an alleged foul, much to his frustration.
49' With eight shots against three in that first half, Inter definitely made more of the ball. But until they get that breakthrough, they are facing a tough day.
47' An almost immediate breakthrough for Inter - but again, as the ball falls into the box, it can't be turned in by any of the players lurking there. Close but no coconut.
46' We're back underway at San Siro. Is there a winner in this one for one side? Or will the spoils be shared when it is all over?
Inter have the same number of points after 10 games this season as they did in their title winning campaign in 2020-21 - 21 points (W6 D3 L1), also netting the same number of goals (26) and conceding two fewer goals (12).
Nicolo Barella's relentless pursuit of an opener has been in vain - it is all goalless in Milan, as Inter and Udinese remain at loggerheads. There's nothing to split the two - but there is plenty still to come. At half-time, it is Inter 0-0 Udinese.
45' There will be one added minute at San Siro.
43' Handanovic picks off a cross-slash-shot with easy aplomb at his left post. His defence will be disappointed to let that one get behind them.
41' Molina, down the other end, blazes high and wide to the left. It's a solid reminder Udinese are still in this fight as long as there is no score.
40' Barella really is doing everything he can to find an opening for Inter but he comes up short once more here. This may well be goalless at the break.
Yellow Card
38' Beto is handed the first yellow card of the game, deemed to have unfairly brought down Brozovic.
37' Bastoni has trouble with the back of his leg but looks good to continue for now. That will be a relief for Inter.
35' Larsen to the rescue! A long throw into the Udinese box skims across the face of goal, begging for a tap-in, and somehow nobody is there before the midfielder clears it away.
33' Dzeko and Silvestri almost collide as the latter beats out the former for a looping ball dropping into the six-yard area. That was a risky one.
31' Inter have won their last three home games against Udinese in Serie A, last winning at least four home games in a row against the Bianconeri back in 1989 (five).
29' Udinese are pulled up for offside now, with Success attempting to feed Beto down the centre-left edge. Still no goals in this one.
27' Barella pops yet another shot off, this one ably saved. He is creating quite the nuisance for the visitors.
25' Inter pick up another corner, though they make more of a meal in meeting this one in the box. They keep pressure up though, without minimal fuss from Udinese.
23' Having been under the cosh, Udinese spark a counter down their own right flank, only for the final ball to sail beyond everyone in the box.
21' Dzeko almost traps the long ball and wins Inter a corner on the right. The set-piece sails in - and Ranocchia just heads it over the crossbar.
19' Since 2015, Inter have won 10 Serie A games against Udinese (D2 L1), only against Genoa have they won more in this period (W11 D0 L4).
17' It is a one-man band for Inter - Barella again hooks a shot from outside the box, curving it wide of the right post.
15' Barella once more pulls the trigger and this time drifts a finish over the crossbar again. He's definitely delivering a workout for the visitors at the back.
13' Barella again! This time, the save is made, but the Inter midfielder is the most awake player on this pitch.
11' A protracted build-up to an Udinese corner ratchets the nerves for Inter, but they smartly see the set-piece away in the end. Both sides have shown a lively touch.
9' Barella isn't too far off the mark there, as he slashes a long-distance effort onto the roof of the net. Silvestri almost gets a glove to it too.
7' Bastoni is dragging himself to the centre of some scrappy plays so far - first he puts the foul on and then draws on himself in the space of a minute.
5' Nerves at the back for Inter - after having a half-chance of a penalty call waved away, Udinese edge down the other end and Larsen strings a rebound volley through, forcing Handanovic to save.
3' On recent head-to-head form, this is a match that seems destined to only go one way - but Udinese will be determined to have a say that it doesn't. It's a cautious opening exchange.
1' We are underway in this Serie A clash between Inter and Udinese!
The teams have emerged and we are moments away from kick-off. Today's referee is Juan Luca Sacchi.
Udinese have scored more Serie A away goals at Inter than any other side (52 goals in 48 games), in which the Bianconeri have gained 10 wins, 11 draws and 27 defeats.
Inter have conceded only one goal in their last seven league games against Udinese - since 2018, against no team have the Nerazzurri conceded fewer goals and only against Genoa have they collected more clean sheets (seven).
Subs: Gerard Deulofeu, Tolgay Arslan, Walace, Matteo Carnelos. Brandon Soppy, Nehuen Perez, Sebastien De Maio, Daniele Padelli, Lazar Samardzic, Fernando Forestieri, Iyenoma Destiny Udogie, Marvin Zeegelaar.
UDINESE (3-2-2-2-1): Marco Silvestri; Rodrigo Becao, Bram Nuytinck, Samir; Mato Jajalo, Jean-Victor Makengo; Nahuel Molina, Jens Stryger Larsen; Roberto Pereyra, Isaac Success; Beto.
Subs: Stefan de Vrij, Federico Dimarco, Matteo Darmian, Arturo Vidal, Roberto Gagliardini, Aleksandar Kolarov, Stefano Sensi, Matias Vecino, Ionut Radu, Lautaro Martinez, Alexis Sanchez, Danilo D'Ambrosio.
INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Andrea Ranocchia, Alessandro Bastoni; Denzel Dumfries, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ivan Perisic; Edin Dzeko, Joaquin Correa.
The hosts welcome back starting pair Hakan Calhanoglu and Ivan Perisic today but Lautaro Martinez has to settle for the bench - while Mato Jajalo also gets a starting nod for the visitors after a lay-off too.
On the opposite side today, Luca Gotti will know that a three-point upset will bolster his own team's standing at the other end of the table. Le Zebrette are not in a relegation fight - but yet is the operative word.
The Nerazzurri face a tough fight to mount a successful defence of their Scudetto, seven points off the summit as things stand - but Simone Inzaghi will have the faith in his side to get the job done.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2021-22 Serie A campaign, as champions Inter look to keep pace with the league leaders with victory against Udinese at San Siro.