Internazionale booked a hard-fought victory in Serie A on Monday evening. In the Giuseppe Meazza Antonio Conte’s team took on Atalanta, which was defeated 1-0 in an exciting battle. Do with that i Nerazzurri excellent business in the rankings, as the gap to AC Milan was widened again to six points. Juventus, which finished one game less, follows third place with ten points behind the leader. Atalanta is fifth (49 points) and is following number four AS Roma (50).
In midfield, Conte surprisingly preferred Arturo Vidal to Christian Eriksen, who has become a regular base force at Inter in recent weeks. Stefan de Vrij could also count on a place in the central heart of the defense; Marten de Roon provided Dutch input at Atalanta, while Sam Lammers returned to the bench after injuries. The injured Hans Hateboer watched from home as both teams put an exciting first half on the mat.
Although the Milanese were unable to produce a single shot on goal before half-time, the team did become dangerous a number of times. For example, Berat Djimsiti was able to prevent Romelu Lukaku with an extreme effort, and in panic, final post Marco Sportiello headed a ball off the goal line in response to a dangerous moment by Cristian Romero. On behalf of the visitors, it was Duván Zapata who had an excellent opportunity to open the score, but Samir Handanovic saved the striker’s header with a feline reaction.
Eight minutes after the break, the spell was broken when the first shot at Inter’s goal immediately resulted in a goal. Atalanta failed to defend a corner kick from Eriksen, who had just come in, leaving Milan Skriniar to take the lead and to shoot diagonally: 1-0. Fifteen minutes later, Zapata, who received a pass from Robin Gosens in the sixteen, got a life-sized chance to equalize the score, but the Colombian’s shot went a few centimeters wide. Five minutes before the final whistle, Mario Pasalic added another penny; however, he also did not get the ball between the posts.