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Inter Milan 4-0 Udinese: Match Recap

Who needs the Transformers when you have Inter firing on all cylinders?

FC Internazionale v Udinese Calcio - Serie A TIM Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images

Fresh off a trip to the defending champs and with a deciding Champions League outing looming on the horizon, there was some concern that Udinese’s visit to the San Siro could be something of a trap game for Inter. Any such worries, however, were quickly put to bed by the Nerazzurri, who came out of the gates decked in a special jersey sponsor to celebrate the Transformers and superior to Udinese in every aspect of play. It took half an hour for the floodgates to open, but once Hakan Calhanoglu’s spot-kick beat Marco Silvestri, the downpour on the pitch began to match the one coming down from the skies. By the time all was said and done, it was 4-0 for the good guys with Federico Dimarco, Marcus Thuram, and Lautaro Martinez putting their names on the scoresheet. The stats line was just as one-sided, with 75% possession, 3.47 expected goals, and 17 shots for Inter, while Udinese could muster only 0.74 xg and 1 shot on frame.

Starting XIs

Inter’s XI (3-5-2)
Udinese’s XI (3-5-2)

Simone Inzaghi was without Stefan de Vrij and Denzel Dumfries, so Yann Bisseck was given his debut start in Serie A and Alessandro Bastoni returned to the lineup after a spell of his own on the sidelines. Udinese, meanwhile, matched Inter’s 3-5-2 with Roberto Pereyra and Lorenzo Lucca leading the line in front of Lazar Samardzic pulling the strings in midfield.

First Half

Udinese was under heavy pressure from the word go, with Lautaro banging a header off the post in the 10th minute and Federico Dimarco forcing Marco Silvestri into an impressive diving stop in the 13th. The visitors did have a few moments of danger on the counter, namely two Pereyra chances - one that whizzed just wide of the upright and another blocked by Francesco Acerbi. Other than that, though, it was all Inter and the only thing missing was the final ball. That changed in the 35th minute when Lautaro was pulled down as he reached for a cross, and though it took a trip to the VAR monitor, the end result was a penalty for the good guys which Hakan Calhanoglu converted with ease.

The Turk’s goal opened the floodgates, and five minutes later it was Dimarco finding the far post bottom corner off a Calhanoglu assist to double the lead.

Inter still wasn’t done, however, and Marcus Thuram made it 3-0 with a tap-in from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pinpoint cross.

The scoreline was equally as dominant as the stats sheet, which read entirely in the Nerazzurri’s favor: 3.44 expected goals, 75% possession, 15 shots, and just two attempts from the visitors. It was, to put it bluntly, one heck of a beat down.

Second Half

With the three points already all but confirmed by halftime, the second half was an understandably lower-paced affair. Inter again held the vast majority of the ball but barely made an appearance in the final third. Udinese had at least a few shots, although it never tested Sommer’s net and had what it thought was a goal ruled out for offsides.

Things got even worse for the Zebrette in the 84th minute, with Lautaro picking a defender’s ball in midfield, driving towards the penalty box, and burying a strike into the far post net from 20 yards out.

That was all she wrote, with the dominant 4-0 scoreline matching Inter’s stellar performance blow for blow.


Player Ratings

Sommer - 6.5: Another shutout, this one more routine than most with just one save to his name.

Bastoni - 7.5: An excellent return to the starting eleven, having the 2nd most touches (76) on Inter at the time he was taken out, a 96% passing accuracy, 1 key pass, 2 crosses, and 5 successful long balls.

Acerbi - 7.5: Had the backdown locked down with 4 clearances, 5 accurate long balls, a 98% passing rate, and the 2nd most touches and passes

Bisseck - 8: A superstar showing in his first league start, boasting 127 touches (a team-high), 107 accurate passes (a team-high), 96% passing accuracy, 8/8 successful long balls, 1 key pass 6 duels won, 1 clearance, and 1 blocked shot. Hopefully this is the start of a bigger role for the German.

Dimarco - 7.5: Was a constant threat down the flank, tallying his third goal of the season goal, 3 key passes, a 97% passing accuracy, and 15 crosses (although only 3 found their target).

Mkhitaryan - 7: A busy outing for the Armenian, featuring a beautiful assist on Thuram’s goal, 2 interceptions, 3 duels won, 3 accurate long balls, and a 93% passing rate.

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Calhanoglu - 8 (Man of the Match): Notched a goal and an assist to add the highlights to a rock-solid overall display in the middle of the park, making 2 key passes, 2 blocked shots, and 1 interception.

Barella - 6.5: An active if not entirely effective evening, tallying the 3rd most touches on Inter but completing just 1 key pass and 2 accurate long balls, as well as losing 7/10 duels.

Darmian - 7: Filled in for Dumfries out on the right flank quite well, making 3 key passes, 4 duels won, and a 90% passing rate.

Lautaro - 8: Drew the penalty for the game-winner with a theatrical fall (the contact was there however and the foul was obvious) and then capped off his evening with a solo goal of his own.

Thuram - 7.5: Continues to look better every week, scoring a true striker’s goal to ice the game before the break and winning 4 duels.

Inzaghi - 8: Had a full week to prepare and it showed, with Inter superior to Udinese everywhere from the moment the gates opened. Also gave Bisseck a rare start to a strong effect, although it would have been even better if Lucien Agoume made an appearance off the bench rather than Stefano Sensi - although that’s no more than a minor qualm.

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Inter and Juve continue to separate from the pack thanks to their respective victories and Milan and Napoli’s defeats, but just two points are the difference at the top of the table. Inzaghi’s side first has a must-win home clash with Real Sociedad for the top spot in the UCL on Tuesday, before a visit to Lazio on Sunday as the title race gets closer and closer.

Forza Inter!