Real Sociedad hold Inter to get the stop spot in the Group D as the Spanish side managed to keep the Nerazzurri silent for the first time this season. Claiming the group would likely lead to a more favorable Round of 16 draw. Against teams like Copenhagen, PSV, PSG/Newcastle, RB Leipzig, and Porto/Shatkar Donetsk. On the other hand, settling for second place meant encountering tougher opponents. Teams like Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Manchester City, and Barcelona.
Despite some squad rotation, Inzaghi fielded a strong lineup against Real Sociedad, emphasizing the importance of the fixture. Despite dominating possession and outshooting Real Sociedad ten to five, Inter Milan struggled to break through, resulting in a goalless draw. Remarkably, this marked the first time in the entire season from Serie A to Champions League, that Inter Milan failed to score.
The initial 35 minutes saw limited action as Real Sociedad’s high press posed challenges for Inter Milan. While the visitors controlled possession, they failed to threaten Inter’s goal. The tide turned in the last ten minutes of the first half, with Mhikitaryan’s header and Thuram’s individual effort creating opportunities.
Real Sociedad hold Inter to a goalless draw at the San Siro
The second half started with Inter on the front foot, but the team struggled to create clear scoring chances. A notable missed opportunity occurred in the 56th minute when Frattesi’s shot went over the bar. Following a period of increased pressure, Inter faced a lapse in composure, leading to 10 minutes of sloppy play. Inzaghi made strategic substitutions, introducing Lautaro, Barella, and Arnautovic. While the first two substitutions made sense, Thuram’s early departure left observers puzzled, considering his standout performance.
Inter’s significant chance in the second half came in the 71st minute, with Lautaro’s headed attempt saved by Remiro. The most exciting moment occurred in the 75th minute when Kubo dribbled into the Inter box. The rest of the game unfolded with minimal excitement, concluding in a fairly even match as the final whistle blew.