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Sassuolo 3-1 Inter Milan: It's finally over

I don't think there's a single Inter player, member of the coaching staff, or fan who enjoyed the final 90 minutes of the season

I'm sure the travelling fans had a lot of fun...
I'm sure the travelling fans had a lot of fun...
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The final match of the 15/16 Serie A season saw Inter fall to another defeat, though it had little consequence to the away side since 4th place was already assured. The only team that this loss really impacted was AC Milan, since Sassuolo's win plus their loss to AS Roma guaranteed that Sassuolo would be in the Europa League next season instead of Inter's cousins. It was pretty apparent that this match didn't hold much value to Inter since their players had no real desire to perform at all. It looked like everybody just wanted the season to end, and now it finally has.

Mancini used a 433 formation in this match. The suspended Handanovic was replaced by Juan Pablo Carrizo, who had a back four of Alex Telles, Juan Jesus, Jeison Murillo, and Danilo D'Ambrosio. The midfielders were Marcelo Brozovic, Felipe Melo, and Geoffrey Kondogbia while the forwards were Eder, Stevan Jovetic, and Rodrigo Palacio (who was captain in place of Icardi).

Inter though they had taken the lead in the 5th minute through Jovetic but his goal was pulled back since he was offside. A minute later the home side was the one celebrating when a Matteo Politano shot from distance deflected off Murillo and beat Carrizo. in the 26th minute Sassuolo were two goals up when Alfred Duncan's layoff went past Sansone but was tapped in by Lorenzo Pellegrini. Shots from Eder and Jovetic were saved but in the 32nd minute an error from Magnanelli allowed Palacio to have enough time in the box to pick out the far post and slot the ball home. The Neroverdi restored their two-goal advantage before halftime though due to some atrocious Inter defending. Marcello Gazzoli sent in a cross and nobody picked up the only Sassuolo player in the box until the last second allowing Politano to score his second goal of the night.

The Inter players thought they had cut the lead back down to one only a minute after the second half began when Kondogbia's header was flicked in by D'Ambrosio but the goal was ruled out for offside incorrectly (Eder was the one that was offside not D'Ambrosio). Things got even worse for Mancini's side in the 60th minute. Murillo was booked for a foul and when he said something to the ref he was sent off. From that point on neither side really threatened to score and the only positives out of the final half our was that Ionut Radu and Fabio Della Giovanna both got their Inter debuts.

Now attention shifts to the summer. Will Roberto Mancini stick around next season? Which players will leave during the summer? Who will be the newest players to join the Nerazzurri? Will the promised new investors arrive? Will the Inter that steps onto the pitch next season be strong enough to challenge for the Champions League places? We'll see...