Inter earn crucial victory
Three days after an embarrassing Europa League defeat to Israeli side Hapoel Beer’Sheva after which the Nerazzuri came under intense media scrutiny, Inter Milan overcame Maximo Allegri’s Juventus with a rousing 2-1 victory in the result of last weekend.
Frank De Boer’s position was certainly looking somewhat precarious on 65 minutes when Swiss international full-back Stephan Lichsteiner tapped home from an Alex Sandro cross to give the visitors the lead.
However, barely two minutes passed before Mauro Icardi powered a header past Gianluigi Buffon to clock his fourth goal of the season to level the derby d’italia. Full momentum was now with Inter who were being spurred on by a frenzied crowd. Icardi then showed perfect composure to deliver an inch-perfect cross with the outside of his boot for Ivan Perisic to nod in on 78 minutes.
Ever Banega was sent off in the final minute for a second booking but Inter held on for a crucial win that lifts the Nerazzuri to sixth and will buy Frank De Boer much needed time and patience at the helm.
Juventus were largely disappointing throughout the encounter and many will predictably question why the £75m summer signing Gonzalo Higuaín was left on the bench for the match; despite the Argentine smashing in two early goals past Sassuolo last week.
Fiorentina squeeze past Roma
Milan Badelj notched an 82nd minute winner against Roma with a low powerful strike that gave Paolo Sousa his second win of the season for the Viola.
Roma will be disappointed having boasted 54% possession and 14 attempts on target to Fiorentina’s 3; however it was the Tuscans who generated the clearer goal scoring opportunities.
Edin Dzeko wasted Roma’s best chance on 36 minutes, connecting to a wonderful Alessandro Florenzi pass over the top but blasted over the bar.
The second half grew into a more frenetic encounter as Diego Perotti’s volley was palmed out by Ciprian Tatarasanu whilst at the other end Nikola Kalinic found himself wide open in space only to nod his header into Wojiech Szczesny’s arms.
Roma’s creative threat was nullified for the most part of the game and Mohammed Salah, (who had been welcomed with a hostile reception on his return to the Artemio Franchi) was taken off after 67 minutes for Stephan El Shaarawy.
Francesco Totti was the next to enter the fray; replacing Diego Perotti with 13 minutes and provided an immediate threat to the Tuscans as he combined with Florenzi to setup Radja Nainggolan whose resultant piledriver was tipped onto the post by Tatarasanu.
Only a few minutes later, Milan Badelj struck the crucial strike to seal the points for Sousa’s men with a low, hard shot that was controversially dummied by Nikola Kalinic and found the net after the ball struck the inside of Szczesny’s post to send the Franchi wild.
Chievo snatch deserved late win at Udinese
Fabrizio Cacciatore scored a dramatic winner in the 5th minute of stoppage time for Chievo in a game they were trailing in until the 82nd minute at the Stadio Friuli.
Duván Zapata had given Udinese a 25th-minute lead after latching onto Emil Hallfredsson’s inch-perfect cross.
Chievo dominated proceedings from this point and pinned Udinese deep into their own half but took until eight minutes from the end of normal time to make a breakthrough. Perparim Hetemaj’s cross from the left was flicked on by Sergio Pellissier for Lucas Castro to bundle over the line at the back post off his knee.
Full momentum was with the side from Verona after their equaliser and there appeared only one possible winner. Castro turned provider for the second goal in injury time as his cross from the left fell to the unlikely full-back Cacciatore who turned in at the back stick for a rare goal.
Milan earn hard-fought late win at Sampdoria
Carlos Bacca came off the bench to prove the Rossoneri’s hero on Friday evening at the Stadio Luigi Ferrarris.
After a reported bust-up with head coach Vincenzo Montella, Bacca had been dropped to the bench but was introduced to proceedings in a game that appeared to be heading to a goalless stalemate until the Colombian forward latched onto the end of a through ball from midfielder Suso and gave the Sampdoria keeper Viviano no chance.
Montella’s men now sit in 3rd place only a point from table-toppers Napoli.
Elsewhere in Italy
-Napoli secured an impressive 3-1 victory at home to Bologna to jump to the top of the Serie A thanks to a Jose Callejon opener and a brace from Arek Milik.
-Genoa’s 100% record this campaign came crashing to an end at the Mapei Stadium as Sassuolo continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Matteo Politano and Gregoire Defrel.
-Joe Hart secured his first clean sheet with Torino as his side drew 0-0 at home to Empoli in an uneventful encounter.
-Goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Stefan Radu and Ciro Immobile secured a comfortable 3-0 for Lazio at home to newly-promoted Pescara.