Cagliari 1-3 Inter: Late Nerazzurri comeback eases strain on Conte
Nicolo Barella, Danilo d’Ambrosio and Romelu Lukaku scored within the remaining 13 minutes to ease the rising strain on Antonio Conte as Inter left it late to beat Cagliari 3-1 in Serie A.
A goalless Champions League draw towards Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday noticed Inter knocked out of European competitors for the season to go away head coach Conte’s long-term future doubtful.
For lengthy intervals at Sardegna Area it appeared as if the scenario would change into even bleaker, with goalkeeper Alessio Cragno in impressed kind, and Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Alessandro Bastoni all wasteful.
Riccardo Sottil’s professional Forty second-minute end had Cagliari on the right track for 3 factors however Barella’s great effort preceded D’Ambrosio nodding in from shut vary and Lukaku accomplished the comeback to make it 4 straight Serie A wins for Inter, who’re two factors adrift of leaders Milan having performed a recreation extra.
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Cragno made a tremendous double cease from Lukaku and Christian Eriksen – making a primary begin since October 31 – and denied the latter once more after Bastoni wastefully blazed over from seven yards.
Sanchez noticed a point-blank header saved by the keeper’s ft and Cragno saved out the Chilean ahead’s stinging effort shortly after.
Barella was simply off beam with an acrobatic effort and Inter had been punished after 42 minutes when Sottil completed brilliantly on the volley after his preliminary effort was blocked.
Leonardo Pavoletti ought to have added a second from shut vary earlier than the break, whereas Cragno once more got here to Cagliari’s rescue when palming away substitute Ashley Younger’s bending effort on the hour.
Samir Handanovic’s save from Joao Pedro was essential as Barella brilliantly volleyed house towards his former membership from a cleared nook within the 77th minute and one other set-piece proved Cagliari’s undoing when D’Ambrosio met Barella’s nook six minutes from time.
Alberto Cerri scuffed large as Cagliari nearly replied however Lukaku ran the size of the sector to position into the empty internet when Cragno had come up for a last-gasp nook to finish the turnaround.
What does it imply? Conte earns extra time to construct his skyscraper
Previewing this fixture, Conte – whose facet completed second and reached the Europa League remaining in his debut marketing campaign in cost – pleaded for endurance from Inter’s success-hungry fanbase, saying he wanted time to construct a “skyscraper” having laid some preliminary foundations.
Had they misplaced right here after their Champions League exit the time might not have been afforded however a late revival was simply the tonic Inter wanted. That they had 21 pictures, 11 of which had been heading in the right direction, and nearly 58 per cent of possession – in fact it was a deserved win.
Stylish Cragno unlucky for Cagliari
The margins in soccer are tremendous and on one other day this might have been a powerful Inter win. Because it was Cragno produced a efficiency of the very best order, making eight saves in complete to maintain Inter at bay earlier than the guests lastly discovered a manner by means of.
Barella sparks the fightback
Barella got here by means of the youth ranks at Cagliari and opted to not have fun towards his former membership – a pleasant contact but it surely was a disgrace his wonderful strike was met with a muted response.
It was from his nook that D’Ambrosio scored a minute after getting into the fray, and in complete he had two pictures heading in the right direction, claimed an help and had a passing accuracy of 82 per cent.
Inter face a tough process at house to Napoli on Wednesday, the identical day Cagliari journey to Parma.
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