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Inter 4, Frosinone 0: To the top again (and with some style too)

Four goals scored and really solid display for the Nerazzurri against Frosinone put them in first place in the Serie A after 13 matches and provides a much needed confidence boost ahead of next week's clash against Napoli.

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Frosinone started the game looking a bit lost on the pitch with Inter putting a lot of pressure on their defense and trying to score an early goal, which would have been their first of the season within the first 30 minutes. They eventually pulled it off, but it was much more difficult than what it should have been just looking at the very first minutes of the match.

The Ciociari were at the S. Siro for the first time of their history, and they came to Milan with an attacking mentality that took the Nerazzurri a little bit by surprise and struggled more than expected in the first 15 minutes of the match, Fortunately for Inter, Handanovic had his Batman cape on tonight and denied Soddimo the joy of scoring with a beautiful, flying save, which was all but easy. Miranda and Murillo, after the opponent's surprising initial and strong start, were almost perfect and were never bothered by Castillo or Ciofani.

The Nerazzurri struggled, as they always do, to create meaningful plays. Kondogbia, who was the primary target of the defender's passes to start the maneuver, made a lot of errors on easy passes and lost too many balls trying to dribble past opponents. The only times they were able to threaten the opposition it was thanks to Jovetic and Ljajic's technical skills or when Biabiany faced his direct opponent on the right flank.

At the 28th minute, after a few good chances, the Nerazzurri scored. It was a bit fortunate, to be honest, but Biabiany's shot was all but easy. It was great to see the French finally score a goal again after the heart problem he had last year that could have ended his football career, and the whole stadium rewarded him with a lot of applause .

The second half of the match started along the same lines of the first one, with the Canarini trying to put the ball in the net as soon as possible to even the match. The Nerazzurri had other plans in mind though, and 10 minutes into the half Icardi scored his fourth goal of the season after a sweet give-and-go with a very inspired Adem Ljajic.

The second goal opened a lot of spaces for Inter, who could have improved their margin a lot of times, but both Icardi and Jovetic missed some easy chances that could have sealed the match once for all. Frosinone tried to worry Inter's defense in a few occasions, but the Nerazzurri's back four was really solid and pushed them back without problems, even if the referee could have whistled a penalty kick for Frosinone, when Murillo stripped the ball from Soddimo from behind touching him a little bit.

Inter was the better and more organized team on the pitch and they eventually found the net a third time with a surprise goal by Murillo, who was found inside the area through an amazing back-heel pass by Jovetic. Before this goal, Inter had scored more than one goal in a match just once this season.

Three goals weren't enough for the Nerazzurri, and Brozovic, who had just subbed-in for Icardi, wanted to leave his mark on the game scoring the fourth and last goal for his team in the 92nd minute. Ljajic provided the assist, the second of his match.

Taking advantage of the faux pas by the Viola, who drew 2 -2  at home against Empoli this afternoon, the Nerazzurri currently are alone at the top of the table with 30 points after 13 matches. It's Napoli turn next Monday and it won't be an easy task as it was today. The Azzurri are one of the strongest and most exciting team of the Serie A this season and they are just two points behind Inter, so they will surely give all they have to take first place from Mancini's men.

Inter: Handanovic; Nagatomo (Ranocchia 60'), Miranda, Murillo, Telles; Kondogbia, Melo; Biabiany (Perisic 86'), Jovetic, Ljajic; Icardi (Brozovic 88');

Goals: Biabiany 29', Icardi 53', Murillo 87', Brozovic 92'

Frosinone: Leali; Rosi, Diakitè, Blanchard, Crivello; Paganini (Carlini 83'), Gori (Gucher 77'), Sammarco, Soddimo; Castillo; Ciofani D. (Longo 77');

Goals: none.