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Inter Milan roll past Cagliari, 4-0

Nerazzurri snap three-game winless streak and move into third in Serie A.

FC Internazionale v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A
Joao Cancelo of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the serie A match between FC Internazionale and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 17, 2018 in Milan, Italy.
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A first-half goal from Joao Cancelo followed by a second-half strikes from Mauro Icardi, Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic saw Inter Milan blow past Cagliari, 4-0 Tuesday night at the San Siro.

The win snapped a three-match winless streak. Despite that, Inter remains in contention for one of four Champions League spots Serie A will receive next season.

FC Internazionale v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A
Rafinha Alcantara (front) of FC Internazionale Milano is challenged by Artur Ionita of Cagliari Calcio during the serie A match between FC Internazionale and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 17, 2018 in Milan, Italy.
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While both Roma and Lazio will play Wednesday, Inter’s three points means any slip up by either of the former teams and Inter can move into the top four heading into the weekend.

The first half saw Inter attack at will against Cagliari’s defense. In fact. The Rossoblu had maybe two offensive possessions in the entire first half.

Icardi, Perisic, Yann Karamoh and Rafinha peppered Alessio Cragno right from the start of the game.

But, it was Cancelo who found the back of the net in the 2nd minute off a free kick. It was the first goal of the season for Cancelo despite the fact he has teased scoring on a few occasions.

Cancelo curled his delivery from the left side of the field, untouched and to the far post for the 1-0 lead.

Perisic had the next chance at goal just a few minutes later, but his attempt off a pass from Rafinha was tipped away from the near post.

But, for the rest of the first half, it was Karamoh who attempted to find his place.

The new look for the Nerazzurri had Icardi feeding Karamoh who played the middle with ease against Cagliari’s defense.

Karamoh’s first attempt at goal came from nice touch from Icardi, but the French youth international shot the ball wide right in front of Cragno.

A second attempt from Karamoh came from a cross by Danilo D’Ambrosio. Karamoh was untouched inside the area, but his shot hit the crossbar.

Rafinha had his chance at goal about a minute later when D’Ambrosio tapped the ball back to Rafinha, but his shot was pushed away by Cragno. After that, the Nerazzurri continued to hammer away at Cagliari, but shots by Icardi and Karamoh missed their mark.

Karamoh did find the back of the net late in the first half, but just as Icardi’s pass found him and he connected past Cragno, he was whistled off sides.

After the break, Inter didn’t waste time getting back on the scoresheet.

In the 49th minute, a bat-around between Karamoh, Perisic and Rafinha found its way to Icardi who placed his shot right past a diving Cragno, who had no chance for the save.

It didn’t get any better for Cagliari as Inter maintained its offensive pressure, forcing Cagliari to continue to play defense.

In the 60th minute, Brozovic notched his first goal since November when he drove into the area and curled a right-footed shot into the bottom corner to put Inter up 3-0. As an aside, the last time Brozovic scored was against … that’s right … Cagliari.

Finally, Perisic broke his scoring drought with a well-placed free kick that rolled right past the embattled Cragno in the 90th minute.

Inter will get back on the road on five days rest to take on Chievo at 9 a.m. (ET) Sunday, March 22.


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