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Inter Milan 3-1 Torino
Line-ups, match report and statistical analysis of the clash between the Scudetto chasing Inter Milan and relegation escapists Torino.
Kosta Diamantopoulos of La Trobe University
The opening 45 minutes saw Alexis Sanchez provide spectators with shades of his Arsenal-self as he seemed to move with much more power and confidence - something we've had many glimpses of since the restart of football.
Marcel Brozovic played a largely influential role in dictating the tempo of the game playing the absolute central role. His side held a credible amount of possession in the first half with 68% but ultimately had no end product.
Dreadful goalkeeping from Samir Handanovic allowed for Captain Andrea Belotti to score one of the easiest goals he will ever fire home. With the ball being dropped at his feet less then a metre in front of the goal - Torino retrieved their all important goal to take the rather unconvincing lead.
Torino’s second man press worked a treat as any moment Inter came close to the penalty area, Antonio Contes men just couldn’t seem to find space.
Inter weren't any where near the side we've seen throughout this season, but it was finally Lautaro Martinez who provided a headed assist to Ashley Young for the Englishman to equalise and change the narrative of the game dramatically.
Soon after, an identical goal was scored allowing Inter to take the lead as Ashley Young found Alexis Sanchez, who then provided the second headed assist of this matchup to Diego Godin for the Uruguayans first goal in Inter colours.
A fantastic save from Handanovic relatively redeemed his poor error earlier in the game as he made himself big, stopping a crucial opportunity from Simone Verdi who attempted to equalise.
A wildly deflected strike from Lautaro Martinez give him his first goal in 5 Serie A matches, to stretch the lead to 3-1 and allow his Inter side to sit much more comfortably.
An Alexis Sanchez assist meant that he continues his resurgence since returning to football from the break with two goal creations in the match.
Conceding such early second-half goals fueled Torino to fight for possession much more in the final quarter, but there was ultimately no reward as they fell to Inters sword.
With the game coming to a close, Salvatore Sirigu was called upon to display some heroics and provide more entertainment for the match as he made a ridiculous double save from very close range, keeping the deficit at two goals.
Inter Milan displayed a shakiness whilst defending and perhaps made Torino's attack look more dangerous than what they were, as they often panicked and resulted to fouling their opposition.
Inter Milan tallied 19 fouls to Torino's 18 whilst they collected 4 yellow cards to Torino's 5.
With Brozovic, Sanchez and Martinez being the standouts of this game, Inter Milan maintain there desperate push for the title, whilst Torino fall closer to the Serie B drop zone.
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