After the break, however, Ciro Imobile from the penalty spot in the 50th minute and Sergei Milinkovic-Savic in the 69th made the Eagles fans dream of something big. After 24 rounds, Simone Inzaghi’s men are now second in Serie A with 56 points, just one behind leader Juventus. Inter is now third with 54.
The two teams started the match aggressively, despite the pitch not being in the best condition. In the eighth minute Lazio was within inches of the goal after Johnny fired a long distance shot, but the ball bounced into the beam.
Inter also showed the class and a little later Romelu Lukaku jumped alone against Strakosha, but the home keeper scored. There was an equal play in which both teams tried not to make unnecessary mistakes. Imobile’s powerful blow was blocked by Screensaver, and the Nerazzurries also had one chance when Lukaku jumped into firing position on a counterattack, but was ambushed.
It looked like the two teams would be home on a tie when Inter took the lead in the 44th minute. A powerful blow from Antonio Kandreva from the boundary of the penalty area was reflected with distress by Strakosha, but from the point of the penalty Ashley Young found the broken ball from the will and stabbed it in the net – 1-0 for Inter and the first goal of the Englishman in Serie A.
Lazio started strongly in the second half and leveled in just 5 minutes. In the 50th, after a melee in the penalty area of Inter Ciro, Imobile was preparing to score a few yards from the door when he was pushed back from De Vray. The referee pointed to the white spot, and Imobile himself skillfully scored from the penalty spot – 1: 1. It was the 26th goal for the Serie A striker this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo second in 20 behind.
The active play of the Eagles continued, but Simone Inzaghi’s men never reached their head. In the 69th minute after another melee in the penalty area of Inter Sergei Milinkovic-Savic crazy the stands with a second goal. The Serbian national masterfully pulled the ball behind him and then left Padelli with 2: 1 chances with his left-footed mid-range shot.
Inter tried to get back into the match, but Lautaro Martinez’s goal in the 79th minute was canceled for an ambush. In the 85th minute, Imobile could handle everything after being left alone against Padelli, but Inter’s guard reflected.
Lazio – Inter 2: 1
Ashley Young 44 ‘
1: 1 Chiro Imobile 50’d
2: 1 Sergei Milinkovich-Savich 69
Lazio: Strakosha, Felipe, Acerbi, Radu, Marusic, Leiva (80 – Cataldi), Milinkovic-Savic, Johnny (63 – Ladzari), Kaisedo (63 – Correa), Imobile
Inter: Padelli, Godin (86 – Sanchez), De Vray, Screensaver, Kandreva (76 – Moses), Barrela, Brozovic (77 – Eriksen), Vesino, Young, Martinez, Lukaku