Super Cup: 3-0 to Lazio, Inter in the final against Napoli


By John

With the same result with which Napoli beat Fiorentina yesterday, Inter knocks out Lazio and reaches Mazzarri’s Azzurri in the last act of the Italian Super Cup in the first edition of the Final Four version. In Riyadh the Nerazzurri outclassed the Biancocelesti and won 3-0: Thuram scored, Calhanoglu on a penalty and Frattesi. Inzaghi chooses the eleven that crushed Monza, Sarri launches Immobile from the start in the center of the trident completed by Pedro and Felipe Anderson.

Inter controlled the pitch from the first minutes and Thuram conceded two chances, with his foot and then with a twist of the head, but he doesn’t catch the mirror. The third was good for the French attacker who found the goal by completing a nice team action: a cross from Bastoni and an illuminating backheel assist from Dimarco who offered the former Monchengladbach player a chocolate that was easy to discard a few steps from the goal line. In a wide diagonal from Felipe Anderson, Lazio’s timid reaction before an all-Nerazzurri-branded final half. Provedel blocks a shot from Darmian and then, following a shot from outside by Lautaro, he saves in two stages, also anticipating Thuram’s tap-in.

A poisonous cross from Calhanoglu travels across the entire area and goes just widewhile Barella volleys from an excellent position and smashes the crossbar from a cross from the usual Dimarco.

Inter deserve the double and find it at the start of the second half when the VAR calls referee Marchetti who did not recognize a suspicious contact in the Lazio area between Pedro and Lautaro Martinez: after the review the monitor is awarded a penalty kick and eleven meters Calhanoglu beats Provedel who senses but fails to reach the shot aimed at the bottom corner. Sarri tries to draw from the bench especially with the additions of Luis Alberto and Isaksen, but the Biancocelesti never create dangers in Sommer’s area.

On the other side, Lautaro wants the goal but hits the second crossbar of the day and after a while, with a low shot from outside, it doesn’t go very far from the post to the goalkeeper’s right. In a final with a slower pace, it was Frattesi who scored the hat trick on the counterattack while a check with his arm cost Immobile the cancellation of the Biancoceleste flag goal.