Inter, Inzaghi debuts with a victory: Lugano beaten on penalties

Inter, Inzaghi debuts with a victory: Lugano beaten on penalties

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Inter, Inzaghi debuts with a victory: Lugano beaten on penalties

The Swiss forward 2-0 are recovered by the goals of D’Ambrosio and Satriano: the Nerazzurri win from the spot thanks to a super Radu

It is the July of penalties. Regardless of what is at stake: from the Europeans to the Lugano Region Cup. Simone Inzaghi’s Inter, with a new scaled shirt and tricolor sewn on the chest, makes its debut by winning from the spot against Lugano, after being 2-0 down ( goals by Lovric and Facchinetti) and having caught the Swiss with D’Ambrosio and Satriano: Radu’s saves on Guidotti and Covilo were decisive on penalties, Ranocchia scores the last penalty.


Inzaghi obviously opts for 3-5-2: Handanovic in goal, D’Ambrosio, Ranocchia and Dimarco in defense, then Darmian and Dalbert on the flanks, with Gagliardini, Agoume and Nainggolan in midfield. Finally, Satriano and Pinamonti in front. Experimental training, it could not be otherwise. It goes without saying, therefore, that the start of the match is staid: heavy legs, low rhythms, a far from ideal condition. Unlike Lugano, with the start of the championship in sight and therefore ahead of the Nerazzurri: the Swiss hit twice in a few minutes, from 30 ‘to 35’. First Lovric bags after a Handanovic rebound, then Facchinetti finds the corner with a nice right-foot from outside. To review Dalbert (swept away by Bottani) and Agoume (empty in an attempt to remove the ball) on the occasion of the two goals. Nerazzurri dangerous with Satriano, stopped by the post at 0-0: Inzaghi leads his boys by making himself heard, Inter’s maneuver develops above all on the left with an inspired Dimarco. The goal that reopens the match was born from a corner of the former Verona: Baumann comes out empty, D’Ambrosio makes no mistake with an empty net. It is the first goal of the new Inter tricolor.


The Nerazzurri return to the field without changes, but with a different attitude. And even the score in the 54th minute: break by Agoumé, ball for Satriano who controls well with the left and turns into a handkerchief, bagging under the intersection of the posts with the right. A few seconds earlier, the Uruguayan had just touched the goal with a slightly wide left foot: interesting ideas from the 2001-born striker. First changes for Inzaghi after an hour of play: inside Radu and Skriniar for Handanovic and Dalbert. Inter’s thrust becomes less insistent, Lugano returns to become dangerous: first left by Lavanchy on the bottom, then Radu’s nice save on an excellent Abubakar. Skriniar’s intervention was also decisive to anticipate Lovric’s retort at the net. Wheel changes for Lugano; Inzaghi inserts Colidio for Satriano, Zanotti for D’Ambrosio, Nunziatini for Nainggolan and Carboni for Darmian. Everything always passes from Dimarco’s foot: punishment at 90 ‘from the left, Skriniar’s winning detachment but exultation strangled in the throat for offside of the Slovakian. Inter can’t avoid penalties: the first to make a mistake is Lugano with Guidotti (previously Dimarco, Pinamonti and Colidio scored for the Nerazzurri), Gagliardini fails by kicking too weakly, but Radu also saves the Covilo penalty . Ranocchia ruled by transforming the last penalty: the new Inter starts with a cup.

July 17, 2021 (change July 17, 2021 | 22:49)