Inter get first UCL win after beating Sheriff 3-1

Inter Milan get their first UCL win as they beat Sheriff Tiraspol 3-1. After a 3-1 loss to Lazio, Inter managed to bounce back and got the 3 points in a must-win match. Simeone Inzaghi decided to bench Bastoni and gave Dimarco a start. This gave Inter another attacking option as Dimarco pushed forward and Perisic stayed up which created a front 3 on some occasions. Also, Dimarco was overlapping Perisic to put crosses into the box. This helped Inter to create an overload on the left flank. The Nerazzurri dominated the game with 70% possession and took 29 shots.

Traore was causing some troubles to Inter’s defence but he was not clinical. Dumfries had a big chance in the 16th minute when he was through on goal. But his heavy touch helped Celeadnic to get the ball. In the 34th minute, Dimarco gave a brilliant outswinging corner which Vidal flicked. The ball went to Dzeko who was unmarked at the far post and he gave Inter the lead with a wonderful volley. This was Inter’s first goal in UCL this season. Sheriff looked dangerous on the break, but Inter were quick to get numbers behind when Sheriff got the ball.

Inter get their first UCL win in a crucial match

Sheriff were more aggressive with their pressing in the second half. They were also quick in transition and in the 51st minute Dimarco made a challenge on Bruno which gave Sheriff a free-kick. Sebastian Thill took a brilliant free-kick from 30 yards as his curling free-kick went over the wall and beyond Handanovic. Inzaghi then decided to substitute Dimarco immediately and restored the usual back three with Bastoni. Nicolo Barella had a wonderful game as completed most dribbles (3), completed most passes (84), and won most duels (11). In the 58th minute, he found Dzeko on the edge of the box and he attracted a defender. Then he released the ball to Vidal who easily finished it and restored the lead for Inter.

Inter managed to seal the game when they got a corner in the 67th minute. Dumfries headed the ball from Brozovic’s corner and the ball went to De Vrij who fired a low shot into the bottom corner. Inzaghi then made some changes and brought some fresh legs for the remaining minutes. He gave some rest to Dzeko by bringing in Sanchez. Inter would have got another goal but Perisic’s effort struck the crossbar. Sensi and Kolarov got a few minutes in the end as well. Inter will be delighted with this result as Sheriff won their first 2 matches in UCL.

Mangalam Pugalia: Mangalam is a football nerd who contributes as a match analyst at THE INTER WAY. He admires Antonio Conte’s system and can predict what the Nerazzurri manager will do next.
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