A late goal from Lautaro Martinez was the difference maker for Inter Milan as they won 2-1 versus Torino. It wasn’t the best of performances from the Nerazzurri as they struggled to get involved for most of the match. They rarely tested Torino goalkeeper, Salavatore Sirigu, yet Inter were clinical with their chances. The win extended Inter’s win streak to eight straight matches in Serie A.
Romelu Lukaku scored Inter’s other goal while Antonio Sanabria had the lone goal for Torino. It was a disappointing result for the Granata as they continue to concede goals late into matches. These were vital points that Torino let slip away, which has been done on many occasions this season. As for Inter, their Scudetto dreams come much closer with every win they get.
Who were the winners and losers in Inter’s 2-1 win over Torino?
Winner: Lautaro Martinez
Inter striker, Martinez has been often criticized this season for not converting on his chances. However, with Lukaku struggling to get involved in the match and Torino defender, Bremer, doing a good job of taking him out of the match, they needed someone else to show up. That player was Martinez as he scored a beautiful header inside the box just minutes before added time.
This season, Martinez has squandered away many scoring opportunities yet that was not the case in this match. He was much more effective compared to his partner Lukaku as he made stronger runs, had shots towards goal and got in behind the defense. He was very energetic and physical against Torino defense.
Martinez finished the match with four shots, made one key pass, won five fouls and had two successful dribbles. He was engaged in this match and stepped up for his side when they needed him most.
It’s hasn’t been a pleasant season for Torino as they continue to concede goals late into matches. In doing so, the Granata have let wins or draws slip away and have missed out on vital points. They currently occupy the final spot in the relegation zone and are two points back of Cagliari.
Torino did a good job getting an equalizer from Sanabria, who converted on their only chance in the second half. They played very well on the defensive end, limited Inter’s chances and frustrated them as they didn’t have much space to work with. After a defensive breakdown, Martinez scored and left Torino trying to figure out how they continue to give up goals in the same moment of the match.
Earlier this year, they gave up two goals versus Lazio in injury time to lose 4-3. In their match against Sassuolo, they were up 3-1 and conceded two goals with less than ten minutes remaining to tie 3-3. There have been more occasions where this has happened and has now put them in a difficult situation as relegation becomes more of a possibility.
Winner: Alexis Sanchez
Inter and Torino were tied 1-1 and the Nerazzurri needed a spark when Alexis Sanchez entered the match for Marcelo Brozovic at the 80th minute. It was the right decision by Inter Assistant Manager, Cristian Stellini. It took Sanchez four minutes to get involved as he delivered an accurate and beautiful cross into Torino’s box which led to Inter’s game winner.
He provided energy, moved the ball forward and won key challenges. Inter was lacking intensity and looked lacklustre prior to Sanchez entering the match. His experience came into play as he took control of the match, showed good composure and offered some pace. In 13 minutes played, he made one key pass, two successful dribbles and one accurate cross. He was a significant contributor to Inter’s win and shows how much depth Inter has that they could call upon.
Loser: Achraf Hakimi
It was a day to forget for Achraf Hakimi, who was ineffective versus Torino. Far too often, the right wing-back lost possession of the ball too cheaply. His decision making was not the best as he put his teammates is difficult situations to keep possession.
He has lacked form in recent times as his past performance versus Atalanta didn’t fare better. It might be time for him to take a seat and for Inter bring on Matteo Darmian. Hakimi may be lacking confidence as he rarely made runs down the flank, showed little intensity and when he attempted to make crosses from outside the box, they were placed in poor areas and out of reach for his teammates.
Consistency may be an issue for Hakimi, who has shown to be a great player at times yet poor on other occasions. His inability to attack down the flank has led Nicolo Barella to assist more often and deliver more efficient crosses into the goal area.
Hakimi will have better days ahead of him yet needs to snap out of this mini slump to help his side.
It was a stellar performance from Bremer, who limited Lukaku’s chances and gave him little space to work with as he didn’t give the Inter striker enough time to react and get any quality shots towards the goal. The Torino defender was physical, showed good pace and read the play very well. He was their best defender as he was a calm presence in the backend. He finished the match with six clearances, two tackles and one blocked shot.