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86'
Gabriel
A. Candreva
83'
D. Cataldi
L. Biglia
76'
João Miranda
Yellow Card
74'
R. Palacio
É. Banega
72'
C. Lombardi
S. Lulić
65'
É. Banega
Assist
65'
M. Icardi
Goal
63'
S. Lulić
Yellow Card
63'
Y. Nagatomo
C. Ansaldi
59'
K. Baldé
Patric
58'
Felipe Anderson
Yellow Card
57'
C. Ansaldi
Yellow Card
56'
D. D'Ambrosio
Assist
56'
M. Icardi
Goal
54'
É. Banega
Goal
3
2
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
4
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 4
Total Passes 420 393

Commentary

In the end, there was only going to be one winner, as Inter were on fire through a second half in which Lazio barely had a sniff on goal. The hosts constantly put their opponents under pressure and rarely got caught out at the other end of the pitch, allowing Candreva, Banega and, in particular, Icardi to all thoroughly enjoy themselves in front of goal with wonderful attacking performances.
FULL-TIME: INTER 3-0 LAZIO
90' + 3' Inter continue toying with Lazio as they patiently pass the ball around on the edge of the visitors' box. Gabriel is even able to pull off a rabona, which absolutely delights the celebrating Inter fans.
90' + 2' It's all Inter at the moment as they continue to hold on to possession deep inside the Lazio half of the pitch. The home side have been brilliant during the second half, leaving Lazio constantly on the back foot and looking incredibly average.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
89' Chance for Gabriel! The Brazilian gets himself into a good position on the edge of the Lazio penalty area and quickly unleashes a low strike, but it takes a slight deflection that sends it flying a few yards wide of the far post and out for a corner.
88' Gabriel comes back once again as he flies down the right flank on another great run. He gets himself into a good position and then tries to swing a cross towards Icardi, but he's unable to pick out the captain and instead sends the ball bouncing into the hands of Marchetti.
87' Gabriel is immediately involved in the thick of the action as he weaves his way down the right wing. He then cuts inside and finds Palacio, who quickly moves the ball on to Perisic, but the Croatian's cross towards the back post is poor and sails harmlessly out of play.
Gabriel
A. Candreva
Internazionale
86' An almighty cheer erupts from the Inter fans as Gabriel makes his way on to the pitch to replace Candreva.
85' Cataldi goes close! Joao Miranda flies into the back of Keita and clumsily brings the youngster crashing to the ground, resulting in a free-kick for Lazio in a dangerous position. It initially fails to result in a chance on goal before falling to Cataldi, but his low strike is parried away by the legs of Handanovic.
D. Cataldi
L. Biglia
Lazio
83' Lazio have made their third and final substitution of the game, with Biglia making way for Danilo Cataldi.
81' Icardi hits the crossbar! Nagatomo flies down the left flank on a great run before swinging a looping cross over to the far post. Palacio rises high and does well to meet the ball and nod it back to Icardi, who takes one touch before firing a thumping shot that leaves Marchetti rooted to the spot and smashes the woodwork.
79' Candreva embarks on a strong run down the right wing before winning yet another corner for his side. The winger steps up and fires a curling cross towards the near post, but it fails to find an Inter player and is easily cut out by Parolo.
77' Biglia plays the free-kick short before trying to latch on to a chipped pass into the box from Parolo, but the ball forward from the midfielder is overhit and, despite his best efforts, the Argentine is unable to stop it from flying out of play.
João Miranda
Yellow Card
Internazionale
76' Lombardi flies towards the Inter penalty area on a great run before being clumsily fouled by Joao Miranda, who gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position before becoming the latest player to receive a yellow card.
R. Palacio
É. Banega
Internazionale
74' Rodrigo Palacio comes on to the pitch to replace Banega, who has impressed this evening.
73' Candreva goes close! Perisic cuts inside from the left flank and beats Basta with ease before fizzing a low pass across the face of goal. It's missed by Marchetti and falls to Candreva, but, a few yards away from goal, the former Lazio winger is unable to control the ball and ends up kneeing it wide of the goal.
C. Lombardi
S. Lulić
Lazio
72' Lazio have made their second change of the night, with Cristiano Lombardi coming on to replace Lulic.
71' Icardi almost wraps up his hat-trick! The captain, who has been in excellent form this evening, bursts into the right-hand side of the Lazio penalty area before unleashing a rocket of a shot, but Marchetti dives well to his left to push the effort out for a corner.
70' Lulic desperately tries to muscle his way through a sea of Inter players before reaching the edge of the hosts' penalty area, but he loses out to Murillo just as he's about to penetrate the box and ends up fouling the defender.
69' Candreva breaks down the right wing on a great run before swinging a dangerous cross over to the far post, but De Vrij is there to nod the ball out for a corner that fails to result in a chance on goal for the home side.
67' Lazio quickly push forward from the restart as they desperately attempt to find a way back into the game, but a swinging cross into the middle of the box fails to find Keita and is instead cut out by D'Ambrosio.
É. Banega
Assist
Internazionale
65' The free-kick was a clever one and completely dumbfounded the Lazio defenders, who were unable to keep track of Icardi's excellent movement by the penalty spot.
M. Icardi
Goal
Internazionale
65' GOAL! Icardi makes it 3-0! Joao Miranda is clumsily fouled by Immobile and wins his side a free-kick in a dangerous position deep down the right wing. It's fired in low by Banega and picks out Icardi in a dangerous position, and the captain then beats Marchetti with a thumping first-time shot that the goalkeeper is unable to keep out.
64' Keita twists and turns on the right-hand side of the Inter penalty area before cutting into the box and unleashing a low cross-cum-shot, but Handanovic sticks out a foot to stop the effort from finding the back of the net.
S. Lulić
Yellow Card
Lazio
63' A half-hearted Lazio attacking move breaks down and allows Candreva to fly forward on a swift counter-attack, but Lulic is there to foul the winger from behind and pick up a yellow card.
Y. Nagatomo
C. Ansaldi
Internazionale
63' Ansaldi makes way for Yuto Nagatomo in Inter's first alteration of the evening.
61' Icardi almost makes it 3-0! Candreva skips past his marker deep down the right flank before curling a low cross towards the near post, where it finds Icardi. The Inter captain once again beats De Vrij before trying to flick a shot into the back of the net, but the Dutch defender is just about able to deflect the strike away.
K. Baldé
Patric
Lazio
59' Lazio have made their first substitution of the game, and it's an attacking one with, Patric making way for Keita.
Felipe Anderson
Yellow Card
Lazio
58' Yellow card Felipe Anderson Pereira Gomes
C. Ansaldi
Yellow Card
Internazionale
57' Ansaldi is heavy-handed with his tackling as Lazio try to break forward from the restart, and he becomes the first player to receive a yellow card as a result.
D. D'Ambrosio
Assist
Internazionale
56' That was a lovely cross from D'Ambrosio, who picked out Icardi perfectly, but questions have to be asked of De Vrij, who didn't do anywhere near well enough whilst trying to deal with the Inter captain.
M. Icardi
Goal
Internazionale
56' GOAL! It's 2-0! D'Ambrosio is left in a pocket of space deep down the right flank and quickly swings a cross right on to the head of Icardi, who skips in front of De Vrij before sending a glancing header past Marchetti.
É. Banega
Goal
Internazionale
54' GOAL! What a strike from Banega! Milinkovic-Savic is careless in posssession just outside of the Lazio penalty area, allowing Banega to muscle him off the ball before unleashing a thumping shot that flies past Marchetti and into the top right-hand corner of the net.
53' And now Icardi goes close! Again, Candreva causes problems down the right wing before teeing up Icardi, but the striker, who is on the floor and after being out-muscled in the build-up, is unable to poke a shot into the back of the net from close range.
52' Candreva darts down the right flank on a great run before firing a dangerous low cross into the heart of the Lazio penalty area, but neither Banega nor Icardi are able to make contact with the ball before the visitors just about deal with the danger.
50' Immobile and Marco Parolo link up well just outside of the Inter penalty area before the latter pokes a pass into the path of Milinkovic-Savic, but the Serbia loses out at the last moment and is unable to get a shot away from inside the box.
48' Almost a great chance for Perisic! Kondogbia shows great skill as he muscles his way through a group of Lazio players in the middle of the pitch. He then spins and picks out Candreva, who quickly fires a bouncing cross over to the far post, but Basta just about does enough to keep Perisic's out-stretched foot away from the ball.
46' And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
It's been an evenly-fought and tightly-contested opening 45 minutes, but Lazio have had the better chances of the two sides and will arguably head into the half-time break as the happiest team. The club from the capital impressed in the opening 20 minutes and have looked bright on the break since then, despite their chances on goal being curtailed slightly. Inter started the game tentatively before starting to cause the visitors some problems, but they're yet to give Marchetti much to think about.
HALF-TIME: INTER 0-0 LAZIO
45' After a few moments on the back foot, Lazio are able to push forward on one last attacking move as Anderson once again causes problems down the right wing. However, the Brazilian is unable to get the better of Kondogbia and loses out to the Frenchman just as the referee brings an end to the first half.
43' Another Inter free-kick on the right wing initially fails to result in a chance on goal, but the hosts quickly win themselves a corner. It's sent short and quickly worked over to Brozovic, but the midfielder's attempted cross is woefully hit and sails comfortably over the top of the crossbar.
41' Inter continue pushing forward as they desperately try to find a way through the sea of white shirts camped in front of them, but D'Ambrosio ends up catching Lulic in the face as the two players battle for the ball, bringing an end to an attacking move from the home side.
39' The resulting corner is also taken by Banega and almost finds an Inter player in front of goal, but this time it's Stefan de Vrij who just about manages to get a head on the ball to send it flying away from danger.
38' Anderson sticks out a foot and clumsily trips Candreva to the ground as the former Lazio winger tries to fly down the right flank, resulting in a free-kick for Inter in a dangerous position. Banega steps up and swings a cross into the heart of the box, but Milinkovic-Savic is there to send it over the top of the crossbar.
37' Ansaldi gets himself into a good position midway down the left wing and quickly curls a cross into the Lazio penalty area. The full-back does well to pick out Icardi at the near post, but the striker is unable to tee up a teammate with his header and it ends up bouncing well wide of the goal.
35' Once again, a Lazio player tries to get the better of Inter with a marauding run down the wing. This time it's Lulic who does well to get forward quickly before trying to pick out a teammate, but he's closed down well by a group of black and blue shirts and loses out on the edge of the box.
33' Anderson gets forward on another good run as he sprints past Murillo deep down the left wing. He then cuts inside and tries to take on Brozovic, but the latter is just about to get the better of him before shepherding the ball out of play for a goal-kick.
31' D'Ambrosio flies down the right wing on a great run before spinning and picking out Brozovic on the edge of the penalty area. The Croatian does well to quickly skip past his marker before unleashing a curling strike, but Inter's first shot on target is unable to beat Marchetti.
29' Candreva and Patric battle for the ball deep down the right wing before the latter drags the former to the ground, resulting in a free-kick for Inter in a very dangerous position. Banega steps up and curls a dangerous cross into the middle of the box, but as soon as the ball is cleared by Wallace, the referee awards a free-kick to Lazio for pushing.
27' Milinkovic-Savic goes close! The resulting corner is curled into the heart of the Inter penalty area and finds Milinkovic-Savic in a great position on the edge of the six-yard box, but he's put under pressure by two defenders and ends up sending his headed effort over the top of the crossbar.
26' Excellent run by Anderson! The Brazilian, who has been causing plenty of problems down the right wing, cuts inside and embarks on a wonderful run as he skips past several Inter players on his way into the penalty area. He heads towards the far post before finally trying to beat Handanovic with a low strike, but D'Ambrosio is just about able to stick out a foot to send the ball rolling out for a corner.
25' Immobile battles his way through the Inter midfield before flying down the right flank on a great run. He heads towards the edge of the penalty area and then attempts to tee up Lulic with a well-placed low cross, but D'Ambrosio darts in front of the Bosnian to stop him from reaching it.
23' Milinkovic-Savic is clumsily challenged on the halfway line and wins a free-kick for his side in an advantageous position. It's taken quickly and fired up to Immobile, but the ball fails to find the striker and ends up bouncing into the hands of Handanovic.
21' Ever Banega puts Biglia under plenty of pressure and does well to dispossess the Lazio midfielder in a dangerous position. He then kick-starts a quick counter-attack by teeing up Icardi, but the striker is unable to pick out a teammate with a pass forward that is easily dealt with by Wallace.
19' Wonderful save by Handanovic! Anderson gets himself into a great position over on the right wing before swinging a low cross into the feet of Immobile on the edge of the Inter box, but the striker is unable to find the bottom left-hand corner of the net and instead loses out to a great one-handed stop from Handanovic.
18' Candreva receives the ball in a pocket of space deep down the left wing and brings it down well before cutting inside. He heads into the middle of the pitch and then curls a cross right on to the head of Perisic, but the Croatian is unable to test Marchetti with a headed effort that sails a few yards wide of the near post.
16' Marcelo Brozovic does well to charge his way through the Lazio midfield before trying to set up Icardi on the edge of the penalty area, but Wallace reads the pass well and darts across the box to stop the ball from finding the Inter captain.
14' Almost a great chance for Icardi! Cristian Ansaldi charges his way into the left-hand side of the Lazio penalty area and heads towards the byline before cutting a clever pass back to Icardi, but the striker leaves the ball for Antonio Candreva instead of shooting and wastes a fantastic opportunity to test Federico Marchetti.
13' Again, an Inter attacking move breaks down and Lazio quickly try to hit the hosts on a swift counter-attack, but this time it's Lulic who's unable to get the better of the Nerazzurri back line and loses out as soon as he passes the halfway line.
11' A half-hearted Inter attack comes to an end and Lazio immediately fly forward on a quick counter through Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The midfielder sprints down the left wing on a good run before winning his side a free-kick in an advantageous position, but the visitors are unable to make it count and lose out once again to the home side.
9' Inter have suffered a slow start to the game, but they're finally starting to push forward and put Lazio under some pressure. Mauro Icardi drifts out to the right wing and picks up the ball in a good position before trying to pick out Ivan Perisic, but the striker's cross ends up missing the head of the Croatian by a yard or so.
7' Lucas Biglia steps up and fires a swinging cross towards the far post, but there isn't enough power behind it to trouble Danilo D'Ambrosio and the defender is easily able to clear the ball away with a strong header.
6' Lazio keep moving the ball around well deep inside the Inter half of the pitch before Dusan Basta eventually curls a dangerous cross into the middle of the box, but Geoffrey Kondogbia is there to cut out the danger before thumping the ball out for a corner.
4' Patric charges down the left wing before picking out Immobile with a great lofted pass towards the edge of the hosts' penalty area. The striker meets the ball well and quickly tries to poke it back to Lulic, but the latter loses out to Jeison Murillo at the vital moment.
2' Great start by Lazio! Felipe Anderson flies down the right wing on a great run before teeing up Ciro Immobile on the edge of the Inter penalty area. The striker penetrates the box before forcing Samir Handanovic into making a smart diving save, and Senad Lulic's follow-up is also just about dealt with by the hosts before it can find the back of the net.
1' And we're off! Lazio get us underway, attacking from right to left.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi has made thre alterations to the team that featured in their last outing, with Bastos, Keita and Danilo Cataldi making way for Basta, Patric and Marco Parolo as they switch to a 4-3-3 formation.
Stefano Pioli has decided to make two changes to the Inter side that started the victory against Sassuolo on the weekend, with Geoffrey Kondogbia and Ever Banega coming into the starting line-up to replace Felipe Melo and Joao Mario, respectively.
Lazio substitutes: Strakosha, Hoedt, Cataldi, Kishna, Djordjevic, Keita, Bastos, Alberto, Lombardi, Radu, Vargic, Murgia.
Lazio XI (4-3-3): Marchetti; Basta, De Vrij, Wallace, Patric; Parolo, Biglia, Milinkovic-Savic; Anderson, Immobile, Lulic.
Inter substitutes: Andreolli, Palacio, Biabiany, Ranocchia, Santon, Eder, Gnoukouri, Carrizo, Nagatomo, Yao, Gabriel.
Inter XI (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Joao Miranda, Murillo, Ansaldi; Brozovic, Kondogbia; Candreva, Banega, Perisic; Icardi.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
Recent meetings between these two sides have proven to be tight and exciting affairs, but it’s Lazio who were victorious in both of last season’s games. However, three of the four goals scored across the two fixtures came from Antonio Candreva, the winger who now plies his trade at Inter after four and a half years with the Biancocelesti.
As for Lazio, they too have impressed in recent weeks and start the evening in fourth place, equal on points with third-place Napoli and with the opportunity to climb up to second with another win tonight. Simone Inzaghi’s men have lost just once since the defeat against Milan on September 20th, with four of their previous five league games ending in victories.
Sassuolo were the latest side to lose against Inter in what was a close and hard-fought encounter on Sunday, and whilst Pioli will have been delighted with the positive result, a needless Joao Mario booking and a clumsy red card for Felipe Melo means that he will be without both midfield powerhouses this evening.
Tonight’s clash reunites Stefano Pioli with the side he led for just under two years, and it’s one that he’ll be hoping ends in a fourth consecutive victory for his Inter team. The Nerazzurri have looked far more confident and capable under the watchful eye of the 51-year-old, resulting in them heading into this evening’s game with the opportunity to move to within four points of Lazio if they win.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Serie A game between Inter and Lazio at San Siro.
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