Wed. Nov 25th, 2020

LIVE: Inter vs Cagliari

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D. Godín

M. Škriniar

Internazionale

17′ Substitution Milan Škriniar Diego Roberto Godín Leal

13′ DISALLOWED! Barella surges into a pocket of space in the box to meet Bastoni’s long ball and the midfielder manages to direct his header into the net off the underside of the bar, but the linesman has the flag raised for offside against Barella.

11′ Cagliari are enjoying a prolonged spell of possession at the moment as they pass it along the back line, and Simeone then wins a free-kick for his side near the halfway line following De Vrij’s blatant push on him.

9′ CHANCE! Nandez does well to win the ball on right wing before squaring a low pass into Simeone at the front post, and the striker then takes a nicely weighted touch before lashing his strike over the bar.

8′ Biraghi receives the ball on the left wing before squeezing a cross towards Lukaku in the box, but the delivery evades the striker’s reach before dropping to Young who sees his effort blocked from the edge of the area.

6′ Cagliari launch their first real attack of the match as Farago surges down the right channel before floating a delivery into the box, but Skriniar rises highest at the front post to beat Simeone to the ball.

4′ The resulting free-kick sees Sensi try to bend the ball into the roof of the net from just outside the left-hand side of the box, but he fails to keep his effort down as it skies well over the bar.

2′ Valero controls the ball in midfield before picking out Biraghi with a long ball towards the left flank, and the winger then cuts inside before attempting to pick out Lukaku in the box, but Valero instead wins a free-kick after going down under Nandez’s challenge.

1′ The referee blows his whistle and Cagliari get the game underway!

The players are now emerging from the tunnel as kick-off edges closer at the San Siro.

These two sides met in the Coppa Italia just 12 days ago with Inter running out 4-1 victors on this occasions, while Conte’s men also won 2-1 against today’s opponents earlier in the season. The goalscoring omens also do not bode well for Cagliari given that Inter have scored in 34 of the last 35 clashes between the sides, with the hosts having netted an average of two goals per match during this time.

Conte has made three changes to the Inter side following 1-1 draw with Lecce last time out with Bastoni, Valero and Young entering the side in place of Godin as well as the injured Marcelo Brozovic and the suspended Antonio Candreva. Young comes into the starting line-up for his Inter debut, while there is a place on the bench for fellow new signing Moses. Meanwhile, Maran has made four changes to the Cagliari side as Cragno, Walukiewicz, Oliva and Ionita come into the starting line-up for Robin Olsen, Fabio Pisacane, Marko Rog and Cigarini.

SUBS: Luca Cigarini, Valter Birsa, Fabio Porru, Rafael, Charalampos Lykogiannis, Luca Gagliano, Lucas Castro, Robin Olsen, Federico Mattiello.

CAGLIARI (4-3-2-1): Alessio Cragno; Paolo Farago, Sebastian Walukiewicz, Ragnar Klavan, Luca Pellegrini; Nahitan Nandez, Christian Oliva, Artur Ionita; Radja Nainggolan, Joao Pedro; Giovanni Simeone.

SUBS: Diego Godin, Federico Dimarco, Sebastiano Esposito, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Andrea Ranocchia, Alexis Sanchez, Lucien Agoume, Daniele Padelli, Tommaso Berni, Victor Moses.

INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Ashley Young, Nicolo Barella, Borja Valero, Stefano Sensi, Cristiano Biraghi; Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez.

Cagliari are sitting seventh in the Serie A table having also improved their league performance this campaign, but the Sardinia outfit have failed to win any of their last six league games which has seen them lose ground in the top-four race. However, Rolando Maran’s side did manage to end their miserable four-game losing run when they drew 2-2 with Brescia last weekend.

Inter enter the match sitting just four points behind Juventus at the Serie A summit, and Antonio Conte’s side will be aiming to keep the pressure on the champions with victory in this San Siro meeting. The Milan side have enjoyed an impressive league season so far following their fourth-placed finish last term, but they enter this match against Cagliari having drawn their last two Serie A matches following a 1-1 tie with Lecce last time out.

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