Lazio 0 – 3 Inter Milan | Icardi scores a double

Lazio 0 - 3 Inter Milan | Icardi scores a double

Serie A Highlights: Icardi brace helps impressive Inter beat Lazio 3 – 0 away from home to secure their sixth straight win in the Serie A this season.

Marcelo Brozovic‘s goal sandwiched between two Mauro Icardi goals helped Inter to a comfortable 3 – 0 victory over Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico. The result stands testament to Inter’s revival from their shaky start to the season, which included shock defeats to Sassuolo and Parma

Luciano Spalletti made 3 changes from the side that lost to Barcelona in the Champions League. Vrsaljko, Politano and Mario replaced D’Ambrosio, Candreva and Valero. Meanwhile, Simone Inzaghi also makes three changes to his side that beat Marseille in the Europa League. Wallace, Caceres and Leiva made way for Felipe, Badelj and Marusic.

After a commanding start, Inter went ahead through skipper Mauro Icardi in the 28th minute. It was a messy goal as Lazio missed several chances to clear before the Argentinean striker scored from close range with a typical striker’s finish. Ciro Immobile gets booked, losing his cool minutes later after he made a poor tackle near the halfway line. Just a couple of minutes later, Milan Badlej is forced to come off after what seems to be a woeful injury.

Matias Vecino almost makes it 2-0 to Inter not once but twice in a span of four minutes, initially firing a great shot and forcing an even better save from Lazio stopper Thomas Strakosha and then drawing another save from the goalkeeper just minutes later before Marcelo Brozovic finally gave his side a two-goal cushion with a low driven shot from the edge of the box beating Strakosha with the help of the slippery surface five minutes before the break.

Lazio exhibited little sign of a passion after the break and Icardi ultimately put the game to bed in the 70th minute. The Argentine latched onto a Borja Valero through ball, cut inside Senad Lulic before firing a low shot past Thomas Strakosha to get his second of the game

The result put Inter in the second place in the Serie A table, level with Napoli and six points behind league leaders Juventus.

Inter Milan now host Genoa in the Serie A on Saturday, 3rd November before hosting Barcelona for the return leg of the Champions League tie on Wednesday, 7th November. Meanwhile, Lazio host SPAL in the same competition on Sunday, 4th November before hosting Marseille for the return leg of the Europa League fixture on Thursday, 8th November.

FC Barcelona VS Inter Milan | UCL Match Prediction

FC Barcelona VS Inter Milan | UCL Match Prediction

UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona will be without their No. 10, Lionel Messi as they take on Inter Milan at Camp Nou. Will Icardi steal the show tonight?

On 24th October, Wednesday, FC Barcelona host Inter Milan for a mammoth Group B clash on matchday 3 of UEFA Champions League 2018/19. Both Internazionale and the Catalans boast a 100% record so far in Group B, which will be on the line as the two sides go head-on at Camp Nou.

Barcelona and Inter Milan have a rich history when it comes to European competitions. The Catalans have faced against the three-time European champions, Inter, 10 times, with Barça having registered 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses against the I Nerazzurri.

Inter are on fire, winning seven consecutive games in Italy and Europe and having just beaten their biggest rivals, AC Milan, with a last-minute goal on Sunday. As for Barcelona, a very solid performance and a great victory to reclaim the top of La Liga against Sevilla was spoiled by an injury to Lionel Messi last Sunday. However, Barca looks keen to make it 3 out of 3 against Inter, as they are sure to consider this clash as a warm-up to the El Classico this coming weekend.

Ernesto Valverde’s men looked in good spirits despite Messi’s absence and Barca full-back Jordi Alba is confident his side can come away with the three points nonetheless. ‘Inter are a very hard team to beat and they are playing well at the moment. But we think we can win this, especially with our fans behind us,’ he told the club’s official website. ‘His absence especially affects my own game’ he confessed. ‘But he’s important for all of us because he makes us all play better. We’ll have to do our very best, and I’m more than certain that we will.’

In Messi’s absence, Barcelona will start with Luis Suarez up front supported by Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of either side. Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets will assume their traditional positions in the midfield alongside the heir to Xavi’s throne, Arthur who has made a big impression since arriving at the Nou Camp and will be trusted in the Champions League once again. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are ruled out of the clash, meaning Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet will start in the heart of defence. Sergi Roberto will be preferred to Nelson Semedo at right-back, with Jordi Alba on the left side.

Inter have collected maximum points through two matches, topping Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven to open Champions League play in a difficult Group B. The Italian club topped Tottenham 2 – 1 at the San Siro to open the competition behind goals from Icardi and Matias Vencino before defeating PSV in the Netherlands by the same scoreline in their second match.

The man Barca should worry about is Inter’s Talisman Mauro Icardi who has scored six goals in nine games so far this season. Against AC Milan at the weekend, Mauro Icardi did not have the greatest game with fewer than 20 touches throughout the 90+ minutes. On Wednesday, Icardi is likely to once again spend large periods of time off the ball with Barcelona pressing, but he has shown he only needs one touch to score.

Inter has faced a tough start to the season as the I Nerazzurri remain 3rd in the Serie A. However, things are changing for the better at San Siro as Internazionale have recorded 7 wins in the last 7 games with their fine form starting with the win against Tottenham Hotspur in the first Matchday of this season’s Champions League. With this, Inter is sure to take the fight to Camp Nou as the fans will be gifted with an exciting fixture.

Inter 2 – 1 Tottenham | UEFA Champions League

Inter 2 - 1 Tottenham | UEFA Champions League

Inter Milan earn 3 points after making a sensational comeback to complete a late 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

Two late goals by Icardi and Vecino brought Tottenham down as Inter Milan came from a goal down to win their Champions League Group B opener 2-1 at the San Siro.

Spurs were leading early in the second half after Christian Eriksen‘s diverted volley found the net at the 53rd minute. As they moved towards victory, Mauro Icardi hit a sensational shot to level things up at the 86th minute. Inter accumulated the pressure late on, leading to Matias Vecino‘s stoppage-time winner as Inter returned to Europe’s top table with a dramatic win.

Spurs looked enthusiastic at the beginning while Inter players and fans were excited by a first Champions League appearance since 2011 and the best chance of the first half did fall to the visitors. Picking up Eriksen’s superb lofted ball into the box, Harry Kane‘s first touch was excellent, but his second forced him wide and out of play as he tried to go round goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. Eriksen then put Spurs at the lead eight minutes after the break, with a long-range effort knocked away by Handanovic before his half-volley curved over the goalkeeper through a deflection off Inter defender Miranda.

Erik Lamela tested Handanovic on three incidents after the opener, but the Slovenian stopper was able to keep the ball at bay as Spurs looked more confident heading into the final minutes. Substitute Lucas Moura caused trouble, and Kane held the ball up well for the visitors, but they were stunned by Icardi’s incredible leveller with four minutes remaining.

Running onto Kwadwo Asamoah‘s cut-back pass from the left, Icardi struck the ball into the bottom left corner from 25 yards on his Champions League debut. Inter pushed in the final stages, and got their winner in the 92nd minute through Vecino, heading home a goal from six yards after Stefan de Vrij had passed his own header back across goal from a corner.

The result means Tottenham’s losing streak goes on, as they suffer their third straight failure for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino. 

Tottenham now travel to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, while Inter face Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday, 22nd September.

Real 3 – 0 Roma

Previewing the new look Inter Milan defence – Stefan De Vrij

Previewing the new look Inter Milan defence - Stefan De Vrij

Last season, Inter had a lot of highlights and lowlights. From a 16 game unbeaten run to horrible losses against lowly ranked teams like Genoa and Udinese, Inter were just not able to establish themselves as one of the elite teams of the Serie A, like they so often have failed to do over the past few years. Their defensive unit exemplified the up and down nature of the team’s performances and the manager Luciano Spalletti and the management team sought out to fill any holes in the defence this transfer window. So let’s look over the changes to the back line and how they will affect performance this season.

Stefan De Vrij

Davide Santon was a player who was tipped to solve the defensive woes at Inter Milan. After he rose from the youth ranks at Milan, he was welcomed with open arms on his return from England. However, he never was able to find a footing in the starting line-up and was offloaded this season after really mediocre spells at the club. This transfer window, Inter have managed to pull off some big defensive signings and one of them was that of former Lazio man Stefan De Vrij on a free transfer. He has been a real defensive stalwart for Lazio and one among the best defender in the Serie A over the last few seasons. The former Lazio star came to the club in dramatic fashion with the late-game drama in the final match of the 17/18 season. His foul and subsequent penalty goal by Icardi helped secure the Champions League appearance.

He brings something to the table that Inter fans have been yearning for many seasons now, a goal scoring centre back. De Vrij managed to score 8 goals for Lazio last season and securing his services on a free transfer was arguably one of the best deals this transfer window.  De Vrij will be looking to pair up with Milan Skriniar, Joao Miranda, or both to create an impenetrable wall.

FIFA World Cup 2018: A Promising XI who didn’t make the cut

A Promising XI who didn't make the cut

With every passing day, the World Cup feels an inch closer and the fans are biting their nails in anticipation. Every World Cup, the 23 best players are selected to represent their respective countries. For a footballer, there is no bigger honor than playing for one’s country in the FIFA World Cup. Now while the best players are carefully picked, some players miss out due to injury or preference of the manager. Below is the starting line-up of such players who were snubbed out of their national teams.

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (England)

England’s trusty No.1 for the past few years, Joe Hart has been left out of the England World Cup squad, reportedly replaced by Burnley stopper Nick Pope. Hart holds a record of winning 4 Premier League Golden Gloves in a period of 5 years and is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in English football. His recent drop in form has been quite visible but the exclusion from the squad still comes as a shock to many football fans as he was by far their most experienced goalkeeper and. Gareth Southgate’s choice turned controversial especially with the fans of The Three Lions.

Left-back: Marcos Alonso (Spain)

Marcos Alonso‘s performances in the Premier League led many football fans and pundits alike to believe that he had a real chance to make it into the Spanish World Cup squad. His brilliant attacking style of football would make him a valuable weapon for the side, but it was not to be. He fell behind Nacho Monreal in Julen Lopetegui’s pecking order, who had a stellar season and seemed like the more experienced choice but some fans would argue with the decision.

Center-back: Aymeric Laporte (France)

Ayermic Laporte recently got a big-money move to Premier League Champions Manchester City and had a run of good performances with the club on a higher level than before. Although just 23, Laporte is considered to be one of the higher-profile French youngsters. Adil Rami got picked over him and it generated some buzz among the fans who disagreed with Didier Deschamps’ decision.

Center-back: Shkrodan Mustafi (Germany)

This is a tricky one, one-half of the fans believe that it was right to leave Shkrodan Mustafi out of the German World Cup Squad while the others disagree. Mustafi had an inconsistent season with Arsenal but people still believed that he was a sure shot for the German squad but Antonio Rüdiger beat him to the spot, hence a lot of fans were shocked not seeing his name on the Joachim Löw’s sheet.

Right-back: Hector Bellerin (Spain)

Another player who suffered because of Arsenal’s terrible season and another player who didn’t get selected because of Spain’s infinite bowl of talents. This time it was Álvaro Odriozola who pushed Hector Bellerin off with his brilliant form for Real Sociedad last season.

Center-Midfield: Radja Nainggolan (Belgium)

One of the biggest shocks of the World Cup squad selections this year has to be one of Radja Nainggolan‘s omission from the Belgian National team. The whole world is questioning Roberto Martinez on his choice to leave out Nainggolan and replace him with the likes of Marouane Fellaini.

Center-Midfield: Jack Wilshere (England)

Yet another player who has suffered from Arsenal’s poor season. Jack Wilshere had a strong season where he finished without major injuries after a very long time. The English fans were excited to witness his resurgence and had a lot of faith in him but he failed to make the cut; likely behind Fabian Delph.

Center-Midfield: Cesc Fabregas (Spain)

And again the trend continues as another world class player is snubbed. This time its Chelsea’s midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. The strength of Spain’s midfield is out of this world, so much so that we cannot point a finger at any one particular player who might have been just ahead of Fabregas.

Left-Foward: Anthony Martial (France)

A victim (one could say) of the quality in depth of the forwards of the French National team. A brilliant young talent who had a decent season with Manchester United, difficult to point out who replaced Anthony Martial due to the sheer quality of the French attackers.

Right-Foward: Alexandre Lacazette (France)

Alexandre Lacazette, the striker who wore the no.10 shirt of the French National team is another surprise exclusion from Didier Deschamps’ side. One could say there is a suspicious trend with Arsenal players not making the cut for their respective national teams.

Center-Foward: Mauro Icardi (Argentina)

Mauro Icardi had another terrific season with Inter scoring 29 goals in the Serie A, outscoring both Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala in the process. Ironically both of them made the squad and Icardi did not. Jorge Sampaoli’s decision made the fans go berserk on social media as they bombarded Twitter with stats showing how prolific the striker had been. 

Inter Milan qualify for the UEFA Champions League after dramatic comeback against Lazio

Inter Milan Qualify For The UEFA Lazio

Inter Milan secured the final spot in the Champions League for the first time since 2012 after making an emphatic comeback against Lazio beating the home team 3-2 in the Serie A today.

Despite having an overall unsteady season, Inter showed heart in their final match putting in a brilliant performance and keeping their ‘Never say die’ attitude as they snatched the fourth place and a Champions League spot from Lazio in an extremely competitive ‘Winner takes all’ match.

Lazio just needed a single point from the game in order to qualify for the Champions League and was leading 2-1 at half-time after an Adam Marusic shot got deflected in by Ivan Perisic, Danilo D’Ambrosio’s equalizer seemed futile after Felipe Anderson rolled the ball in just before the break. Stefan de Vrij, a player who has reportedly agreed to join Inter next season, gifted a penalty which Mauro Icardi happily tucked in. Senad Lulic was sent off for a second booking and the game seemed to have drastically shifted to the visitor’s favor when Matias Vecino somehow connected to a Marcelo Brozovic corner despite being marked by two Lazio players headed home a powerful header past Thomas Strakosha completing a dramatic comeback at the expense of Simone Inzaghi’s side. The match ended 3-2 and Inter were finally victorious. The three points moved Luciano Spalletti‘s side above Lazio into the fourth place and in the Champions league after seven years despite the two sides finishing level on 72 points because of a better head-to-head record which is used in the Serie A.I

Inter will have a lot of players to thank for this season’s performance, one of them being Mauro Icardi, the club and league top scorer with 29 goals. Another star performer this season was a trusty left wing player Ivan Perisic who scored 11 goals and assisted another nine of them. Inter also had a relatively successful transfer business with players like Milan Skriniar, Joao Cancelo claiming their respective first-team spots and Matias Vecino being the difference in several matches including the final Serie A match. Luciano Spalletti has taken Inter Milan to the Champions League after seven whole years and the fans have definitely witnessed one of their most emotional seasons yet.