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Inter 1-2 Lazio: Player Ratings

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It's going to be yet another season without a trophy for Inter.

Inter's nine-match winning streak in all competitions came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night as they crashed out of Coppa Italia at the quarter-final stage. Goals from Felipe Anderson and Lucas Biglia coupled with a sending off for Miranda were enough to secure Simone Inzaghi's team a place in the last four as Lazio gained revenge for December's league defeat, with Marcelo Brozovic's late strike unable to rouse a late revival out of Stefano Pioli's team. It means Inter will spend a sixth consecutive season without winning a trophy and now have nothing other than Serie A to concentrate on, which will kick back into life on Sunday night with the toughest match of them all away to Juventus. Baraka's recap can be found here while below are our player ratings for a match that leaves so many regrets.

Players

Samir Handanovic - 6.5

If Inter didn't finish the first half 3-0 down he had quite a lot to do about that. He hasn't had one of these games, where his teammates leave him all on his own to perform miracles, in a while. Nothing he could do about Biglia's penalty.

Danilo D'Ambrosio - 5.5

Saturday was a very good night for Danilo, scoring his third goal in an Inter shirt and producing an excellent defensive performances to boot. Tuesday was not. The first goal came from a mistimed exit on his part and he was unable to make up for his error during the rest of the game.

Miranda - 4

The single worst performance we have ever seen from him in an Inter shirt. He started with a super interception on Felipe Anderson, but effectively that's where the real Miranda finished too. Even the best can have an off night and he certainly did here: even before the red card it was a disaster.

Jeison Murillo - 6

Unfortunately his wonder goal in the last 16 will not be remembered as one that propelled Inter to their first trophy in six years. He almost found the back of the net again on this occasion but his header whistled just wide; as far as his defending was concerned, he looked better than Miranda for once. No silly mistakes (his teammate took care of all of those) and tenacious to the end.

Cristian Ansaldi - 4.5

If he wasn't the worst player on the pitch he had Miranda to thank for that more than himself. Felipe Anderson enjoyed a similar kind of night to the one he enjoyed at San Siro back in December 2014 when he turned Mancini's defence inside out for 45 minutes, and Ansaldi was largely responsible. The player who shone so brightly at Genoa last season is but a distant memory.

Marcelo Brozovic - 6

No one agrees on Brozovic. His performances divide opinion like few others' are capable of doing, or perhaps that's just a miscued perception I have. Personally I thought he was sufficient - not least because of the goal - but you really can't rely on him to be useful to the team for 90 minutes. I don't know if Pioli can risk playing him in the midfield two on Sunday night when Dybala will be dropping between the lines at will.

Geoffrey Kondogbia - 6.5

He almost scored and I think he would have deserved it. It's a pleasure to watch him nowadays and haven't we waited a long time to be able to say that. If Inter's defence was a nightmare tonight it certainly wasn't his fault, although having said that we could have done without the back-heel that eventually led to Lazio's penalty.

Antonio Candreva - 5.5

Cross, cross, cross, cross, cross. Cleared, cleared, overhit, underhit, left to bounce right through the box. Without Icardi (or Joao Mario) in the box Inter's ability to cross endlessly is rather pointless, and he wasn't much use when he cut inside either. Had Inter received Chelsea's €30m offer for him in the summer they probably wouldn't have rejected it so quickly.

Ever Banega - 5

Nope. A resoundingly negative performance, both with the ball and without, which explained why Pioli decided to rest Joao Mario for Sunday's match and not him.

Ivan Perisic - 7

A contender for Man of the Match, Lazio's players included. After a wasteful start he came into his own in the second half and put in the kind of performance Stefan Radu must have been dreading in his sleep last night, eventually securing himself the assist his performance deserved when Brozovic made it 2-1. It wasn't enough to save the match in the end, but Ivan the Terrible made his return on Tuesday night.

Rodrigo Palacio - 5

I'm loathe to criticise Pioli for one defeat but I instantly had a bad feeling in my stomach when his name appeared on the team sheet instead of Icardi's. He and Banega are the worst possible combination in the box for a team that wishes to spend the entire match crossing the ball in, and then there's the fact he played up front on his own, which he really struggles to do well.

Substitutes

Mauro Icardi - 6

He livened up the attack and tried to make a nuisance of himself late on, albeit without ever being served the perfect ball. Unfortunately he only had 10 minutes on the pitch before we were reduced to ten men and things became a lot more complicated.

Joao Mario - 5.5

He was unable to affect the game like he has in previous circumstances, but he's been in scintillating form of late so I'd rather not crucify him for it. If we want to get a result on Sunday night he is going to be instrumental to our success.

Gary Medel - 6

Inter no longer seemed in trouble at the back when he came on for Ansaldi and formed a makeshift back three. He seems fully recovered from his meniscus injury and Pioli has made a very good decision in moving him back into defence.

Manager

Stefano Pioli - 6

He said he cared a lot about this tournament but his decision to bench Icardi in favor of Palacio wasn't the brightest idea, and we knew that even before the game began. Another man one might criticize him for withdrawing from the team is Gagliardini, but I don't want to dwell on the personnel choices too much. The second-half performance was enough to remind everyone that this team has come on leaps and bounds under his guidance and it would be ridiculous to throw him under the bus just for one defeat, albeit a significant one. The important thing will be how we react to this elimination, because everyone loses football matches - not just at the weekend against Juventus, where defeat can always happen, but in the matches that follow the Derby d'Italia as well. If the psychological improvements he's made in the last two months are genuine then this will not have the same disastrous effect on our season that our last 2-1 loss at home to Lazio did.