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Lazio 1-3 Inter: Player Ratings

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One match left, guys. We're nearly there!

Inter picked up their first win in 9 matches as they came from behind to defeat Lazio 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico. In their final away game of the season Stefano Vecchi's side fell behind to an early penalty scored by Keita Balde, but by half-time the Nerazzurri were in front after a header from Marco Andreolli and a comedy own goal from Wesley Hoedt. In the second half Simone Inzaghi's team were reduced to nine men as Keita and Senad Lulic were both sent off, and between the red cards the victory was sealed as Eder tapped into an empty net. Baraka's recap of what was essentially a glorified friendly match can be found here, while below you can find our individual player ratings.

Players

Samir Handanovic - 6

He nearly saved Keita's penalty but it would have been very difficult to keep it out. Other than that it was a very quiet night for Samir.

Danilo D'Ambrosio - 6.5

He maintained his concentration throughout, and that's cool. Did well as Murillo's replacement at centre-back after the Colombian was forced to go off.

Jeison Murillo - 4.5

Thank goodness he had to go off through injury after 20 minutes. Had he stayed on Inter could probably have lost 5-0; a very poor penalty conceded and several other silly mistakes as well.

Marco Andreolli - 7

One of the very few players that you can't hate at this moment in time. Andreolli has always defended Inter's colours with exemplary commitment and professionalism, and the equalising goal was nothing more than he deserved. Very pleased for him; Man of the Match for sure.

Yuto Nagatomo - 6

He didn't feature much in this match, and that can only be a good thing. Let's get some new full-backs please.

Gary Medel - 5.5

The Chilean returned to midfield in Kondogbia's absence and it did not go particularly well. Got better as the game went on but he can't be a serious option in that position next season.

Roberto Gagliardini - 6.5

This looked much more like the Gagliardini we knew and loved during his first two months at Inter. He did all the simple things right and commanded the midfield with typical authority.

Antonio Candreva - 7

Perhaps fired up by the prospect of returning to his old stadium, Candreva was one of the best players on the pitch and procured the own goal that completed Inter's comeback. He had a lot to do in that right wing-back position but both phases were completed convincingly.

Marcelo Brozovic - 6

Better than most of his recent outings, but I still don't think that's enough to justify Vecchi picking him in the starting XI. For all the nonsense Brozovic has been up to this season he should not be anywhere near this team out of respect for the club, yet he continues to be given second chances while people like Joao Mario are sidelined to give Ausilio an ego trip. IT SUCKS AND I WILL NOT HAVE IT.

Ivan Perisic - 6

You got the feeling tonight that Ivan already had his mind elsewhere, with plenty of rumours lately suggesting that he will be sold in the summer. He did little for a player of his quality, although he had a hand in Andreolli's goal.

Éder - 6.5

It's difficult to remember many players in our recent history that have been as unpopular as Eder is, but at least he played well in this game and scored the goal that secured the win late on. Granted, by that point he had already wasted a couple of glorious chances, but he worked extremely hard up front and made sure Mauro Icardi wasn't missed.

Substitutes

Davide Santon - 6.5

Vecchi singled him out for praise in his post-game interview (along with Andreolli, for the record), and it's hard to disagree with him. He didn't have much time to prepare before replacing Murillo in the first half, but he barely put a foot wrong in a match that admittedly wasn't in any way intense. We haven't seen him in a very long time and he will probably leave in the summer (providing he can pass a medical, that is...), but at least he put in a good performance here.

Andrea Pinamonti - N/A

He's great, isn't he? An incredibly special week for Pina, which saw him turn 18 and sign his first professional contract with Inter, was capped off with a cameo appearance from the bench as he replaced Eder. He nearly scored with the last kick of the match, too - that first goal will just have to wait a little longer.

Éver Banega - N/A

Didn't have any time to make his mark on a game that was already finished by the time he came on.

Manager

Stefano Vecchi - 6.5

A decent showing from our stand-in mister. He figured out the best way to counter Simone Inzaghi's system by setting the team up in a 3-4-3, and got a decent reaction out of the players following Keita's opening goal. But I really don't want to draw any profound conclusions from this match, because it was such a weird match. The stadium was practically silent and the players appeared to have reached an agreement before kick-off that they would all play at a funeral pace; and then you have Hoedt's own goal, and then you have Lazio's two red cards. I’m not sure why he felt the need to bring Banega on with five minutes left, but that's a small point. Let's just get the season over and then forget any of this ever happened.