1st Half: The game opened in dramatic fashion, with Raja Nainggolan winning a corner kick after just 8 seconds of play from a well taken kick off. It seemed that this was going to be Inter’s night. Only not so long after Inter were faced by an attacking PSV, and it was evident that from this point neither team was going sit back. PSV looked the more dangerous of the two teams in the opening 30 minutes, with luck coming the way of Inter on multiple occasions throughout this time. On the 20 minute mark Handanovic fumbled the ball in the box, and it looked like there was some confusion, but Skriniar finally cleared the ball. The first goal came in amazing fashion as Pablo Rosario put a bullet shot into the top corner from outside the box, leaving Handanovic with no chance what so ever.
Inter seemed to have escaped another blow when Samir Handanovic came out of the box and handled the ball, with the PSV team appealing for a red card to be issued, but the referee saw something in it and only issued a yellow. This seemed to be a turning point in the match, and from this point it all seemed to go the way of Inter. Inter finally got onto the scoresheet in the 43rd minute from a Nainggolan strike from just outside the box, hitting it hard and keeping it low there was no stopping it.
2nd Half: Inter looked rejuvenated in the second half, finding key passes and controlling the ball. It wasn’t until the 59th minute that Icardi and Vecino linked up again to come up with another goal. Vecino’s long ball over the top allowed Icardi to head it past the keeper for a simple tap in, giving the Inter striker his 2nd goal in just as many games. It was at this point that Inter continued to apply the pressure and 10 minutes later Icardi has a close range header saved by the PSV stopper where he is normally deadly from that position.
Inter were lucky not to have conceded on the 78th minute mark when PSV substitute Malen had his overhead kick blocked by the Handanovic, keeping the scores as is for the rest of the game.
As mentioned throughout Tuesdays article, Inter are a team driven by momentum, leading them to their 5th win in just over 2 weeks. Overall the team did look a bit fatigued; especially at the back with Handanovic having what could be his worst game this season for Inter, in saying that he did stop an amazing attempt giving Inter all three points. Looking forward, if Inter can continue to put out these consistent performances, surely they will get some form of a result against Barcelona when they meet on the 25th of October. But right now the focus will need to be on SPAL v Inter game on the 8th of October, where Inter needs to get a win, to move into the break on a 6 game winning streak.
Written for “Inter Milan- Destroying Clubs Since 1908”- By Bruno Altamore