Dimarco’s magic in Empoli, Inter first with full points. Fiorentina corsair, everything easy for Atalanta


By John

6′ st Dimarco.
EMPOLI (4-3-1-2):
Berisha 6.5; Ebuehi 6, Ismajli 6.5 (5’st Walukiewicz 5.5), Luperto 6, Pezzella 5.5; Marin 6 (23’st Fazzini 6), Ranocchia 5.5 (23’st Grassi 6), Maleh 6; Baldanzi 6.5; Shpendi 6 (32’st Destro sv), Cambiaghi 5.5 (32’st Cancellieri sv). On the bench: Perisan, Stubljar, Kovalenko, Gyasi, Cacace, Guarino, Bereszynski, Bastoni S. Coach: Andreazzoli 6.
INTER (3-5-2): Summer 6; Pavard 6.5, Acerbi 6, Bastoni 6 (26’st De Vrij 6); Mikitharyan 6, Calhanoglu 6.5, Frattesi 6.5 (26’st Barella 6), Dimarco 7 (35’st Carlos Augusto sv); Martinez 6.5 (26’st Arnautovic sv), Thuram 6.5 (35’st Sanchez sv). On the bench: Di Gennaro, Audero, Dumfries, Klaassen, Neves, Bisseck, Agoume, Stankovic. Coach: Inzaghi 6.5.
REFEREE: Marcenaro of Genoa 6.5
NOTE: Approximately 15,000 spectators. Booked: Acerbi, Pezzella, Maleh, Baldanzi. Corners: 6-4 for Inter. Recovery: 2′; 5′.

Empoli – Inter beat Empoli at the Castellani stadium thanks to a Eurogoal of the former Dimarco in the head-to-tail match that opens the Sunday program of the fifth round of the championship. It’s a plethora of victories for the Nerazzurri who, with full points, reach the top and look down on all the others. Simone Inzaghi reaches a milestone reached only by three coaches before him: Conte (2019/20), Mancini (2015/16) and the magician Herrera (1966/67). Three coaches who made the history of the club, but none of them won the championship in the rocket-starting season. This way Inzaghi will be able to try, who today in the Tuscan stadium brings home a success that is not as banal and obvious as expected from the comparison with the last team in the standings. Empoli, in their first outing with Aurelio Andreazzoli on the bench after taking over from Zanetti, keeps the pace of the European vice-champions and leaves little space, also thanks to a new set-up with debutant Ranocchia placed in front of Calhanoglu. Caputo is in the stands with a left calf problem, Shpendi plays. At Inter there is room for turnover with Barella and Dumfries starting out, Darmian takes his place on the right wing, while Dimarco returns to the left. Confirmation for Pavard in defense and space for Frattesi in midfield. In front the Thuram-Lautaro Martinez couple. The first danger for Empoli comes in the 10th minute with a header from Darmian after an assist from the left by Dimarco, Ismajli saves on the line after Berisha is beaten. In the 35th minute, Thuram’s goal was disallowed for offside, with Frattesi’s push for the Frenchman who deflected it into the net. Marcenaro stops the game. We go to half-time at 0-0. To break the balance of this race you need a champion’s shot. It is Federico Dimarco who pulls it out of the hat. For him, who also played a season on loan at Empoli, a beautiful finish from 24 meters on the fly. A ballistic jewel from the left: it arrives following a corner kick he himself procured with a shot at the near post sent for a corner by Berisha. After a while, in the 11th minute, Thuram was dangerous: the ball from Lautaro Martinez went to the Frenchman who stopped at the edge of the area, faked to kick and then tried to place it, the ball deflected into a corner. In the 21st minute Empoli becomes dangerous with a free kick from 25 meters by Ranocchia: the ball flies under the crossbar, Sommer is reactive and makes a save. The Azzurri were also treacherous in the final with two shots from Baldanzi, which were blocked. Thuram also tries a similar conclusion to his goal in the derby: we are in the 34th minute when the Frenchman targets his opponent and shoots just wide of the target. In the 90th minute, Arnautovic suffered a muscle injury: in one outburst the Austrian touched himself behind his left thigh and, hopping with the other, slipped onto the sore side and threw himself on the ground in front of the Nerazzurri bench. Definitely not a small problem. Empoli tries to exploit their numerical superiority at the end but Sommer does not tremble and therefore comes their fifth defeat in the championship and still no goals scored, against the 13 conceded. However, some small positive signs were seen for the Tuscans, with a livelier Baldanzi and a more compact structure.

33′ st Lookman, 31′ st Pasalic
ATALANTA (3-4-2-1):
Musso 6.5; Scalvini 6.5, Djimsiti 6.5, Kolasinac 6; Zappacosta 6.5 (35’st Adopo sv), De Roon 6.5, Ederson 6 (15’st Muriel 6.5), Ruggeri 6.5 (35’st Toloi sv); Koopmeiners 7, Lookman 7.5 (22’st Pasalic 7); De Ketelaere 7 (22’st Holm 6). On the bench: Carnesecchi, Rossi, Palomino, Zortea, Cortinovis, Hateboer, Miranchuk. Coach: Gasperini 7.
CAGLIARI (3-5-2): Radunovic 6.5; Hatzidiakos 5 (19’st Augello 6), Dossena 5.5, Obert 5; Nandez 4.5, Sulemana 5 (19’st Viola 6.5), Makoumbou 5, Deiola 5 (1’st Zappa 6), Azzi 5 (33’st Oristanio 6.5); Shomurodov 5 (33’st Petagna 6), Luvumbo 5.5. On the bench: Aresti, Scuffet, Goldaniga, Prati. Coach: Ranieri 5.5.
REFEREE: Feliciani of Teramo 5.5.
NOTE: playing field in good condition. Spectators: 14,739. Booked: Deiola, Luvumbo, Djimsiti. Angles: 7-7. Recovery time: 2′ st, 4′ st.

32′ pt Martinez Quarta, 47′ st Bonaventura.
UDINESE (3-5-2):
Silvestri 6; Perez 6, Bijol 6, Kristensen 5.5; Ebosele 6, Samardzic 6.5 (33′ st Pafundi sv), Walace 5.5 (30′ st Pereyra 6), Peyero 5.5 (18′ st Lovric 6.5) Kamara 6 (30′ st Zemura 6); Thauvin 5.5 (18′ st Success 6), Lucca 4.5. On the bench: Okoye, Malusa, Zarraga, Tikvic, Guessand, Ferreira, Camara, Quina, Ake. Coach: Sottil 6.
FIORENTINA (4-2-3-1): Terracciano 7.5; Dodo sv (6′ st Kayode 6.5), Martinez Quarta 7, Ranieri 6.5, Biraghi 6; Lopez 6 (30′ st Arthur 6), Mandragora 6 (30′ st Duncan 6); Kouame 5.5 (21′ st Beltran 6), Bonaventura 7.5, Brekalo 6 (20′ st Milenkovic 5.5), Nzola 5.5. On the bench: Christensen, Martinelli, Comuzzo, Parisi, Kayode, Amatucci, Barak, Sottil, Ikone, Infantino. Coach: Italian 6.5.
REFEREE: Chiffi of Padua 6.
NOTE: clear afternoon, pitch in good condition. Booked: Ranieri. Corners 0-0. Recovery time: 4′, 4′.