Episodes. In a game that Inter controlled from the beginning to the end, collecting an incredible 70% ball possession, episodes are what decided the fate of a match won by the well organized - and lucky - Blucerchiati. Here are the events that happened and influenced this undeserved loss.
Muriel wastes a great chance, 11th minute - The Colombian was the most dangerous player for the Ligurians through the whole game and 11' minutes into the game showed all his talent with a great play: he received the ball in the box, shoulder to the goal, get rid of Ranocchia with a beautiful sombrero flick but failed to convert from a very short range.
Woodwork by Icardi, 46th minute - As always, the Nerazzurri are dangerous at the very beginning of the second half. Icardi, who almost scored at the end of the first 45 minutes, sends a curling shot across goal, but his effort unluckily hits the crossbar and stays in play.
Beautiful strike from free kick by Eder, 66th minute - This was the game changer. The Brazilian born take the 35-yard free kick upon himself and strikes the ball brilliantly, sending it behind Handanovic's shoulders after hitting the post. Great goal.
Goal Eder! https://t.co/GoqP11sgLy— InterData (@Inter_Data) March 22, 2015
No call on Icardi, 82nd minute - De Silvestri and Icardi fight in the box on a cross from the right and the Sampdorian drags down Maurito with a judo-like move, but the referee keeps the whistle safe in his pocket, despite Icardi's calm protests.
Overall it was a good performance, I would grade it with a 6.5, but it wasn't enough. Too many times lately this team has wasted points playing better than the opponents and this is hurting an already bad Serie A positioning. After the game Mancini assured that qualifying for the Europa League is still the main goal for the season, even if now the team is 9 points away from the spot that would give us that.
Santon was ruled out of the game with the flu just before the kick off, so Mancini decided to test JJ as left-back - actually he already did it against PSG in a friendly match played in Marrakesh. The Brazilian played a solid game defensively and proposed himself a few times even in the attacking third. Vidic and Ranocchia played well too, conceding little space to the opponent's maneuver so we could see this defensive disposition again in the future, maybe with Santon in place of D'Ambrosio on the right wing.
Inter's next fixture is against Parma and it's time to finally earn the three points we need to keep our qualification's hopes alive. Last time we faced them we played a poor game, maybe the worst of the season, so nothing should be taken for granted at the moment even if we play against the weakest and least motivated side of the competition.