Inter not good enough to overcome Udinese


Juan Musso made a wonderful save on Lautaro Martinez, but Inter didn’t do enough to defeat Udinese in the end and missed the title of Winter Champions. If they won and Milan lost to Atalanta simultaneously, the Nerazzurri still had a chance of taking the Winter Champions title, giving them the advantage on goal difference. However, though the Rossoneri lost 3-0, Inter wasn’t able to get the full points.

The Friulani were without Mato Jajalo, Ignacio Pussetto, Stefano Okaka, and Fernando Forestieri, while Antonio Conte had virtually a full team, lacking only Danilo D’Ambrosio. It was likely to be a goodbye to Kevin Lasagna ahead of a move to Verona.

Udinese pressed high and, as Rodrigo De Paul accidentally managed, Inter got away with an Alessandro Bastoni mistake.

On the half-volley, Lautaro Martinez had the ball in the net, but when he ran to the long pass he was in an offside position.

Jens Stryger-towering Larsen’s header skimmed the crossbar, but after Rodrigo Becao’s terrible back-pass, Juan Musso came to Udinese’s rescue, denying Lautaro Martinez with a one-handed reaction save.

With a vicious volley from the D, Nicolò Barella skimmed the far top corner and Udinese made a shocking move, taking Arslan off after just 33 minutes, worrying that he would get a second yellow card.

Arturo Vidal scuffed his end into Musso’s arms, while the first touch of Achraf Hakimi left him in a very promising spot after the break.

Udinese had a great chance too, Lasagna laying off Roberto Pereyra’s De Paul pass to blast well over 14 yards.

At full stretch, Lautaro Martinez could not quite connect from the right to the Barella cross, then Hakimi, who made a lot of easy errors and bad first touches, skipped Romelu Lukaku’s assistance.

Yet Udinese threatened to take the lead for all their possession when Pereyra pulled back De Paul’s first strike just wide from the edge of the field, with Samir Handanovic stranded.

It wasn’t the day for Hakimi and his angled drive was blinking wide with teammates waiting for the throw. When clinging to Lasagna’s shirt, Stefano Sensi risked worse than just a yellow, as he was going clear on a Musso goal kick.

Inter’s anger rose, and in the 91st minute, Antonio Conte was sent off for dissent.

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