Player ratings Antonio Conte’s team suffer a title blow
Inter collapsed to a 2-1 loss to Sampdoria on Wednesday afternoon in drenched rain from Luigi Ferraris as they missed a chance to overtake their big rivals Milan at the top of the Serie AT.
First-half goals from Antonio Candreva and Keita Balde in the first half helped Claudio Ranieri’s side win, despite a second-half effort by Stefan de Vrij cutting the deficit in half. The defeat of Antonio Conte’s squad ended their ten-month unbeaten away run in Serie A.
With a chance to climb to the top of the table, Inter started off brilliantly and received a penalty kick thanks to another controversial VAR decision, with referee Paolo Valeri judging Morten Thorsby as having handled an Inter corner kick. Alexis Sanchez’s tame effort was saved and Ashley Young was only able to reach the bar with follow-up.
Candreva made room for Samp himself before Keita’s goal turned out to be the winner in a very frustrating afternoon for a wasted Inter, whose title hopes took a big dent. Here’s how the players rated.
Samir Handanovic (GK) – 6/10 – Powerless to prevent his former teammate from scoring from the penalty spot. Maybe disappointed not to have done better with the second goal. Making a key save to prevent Ranieri’s side from climbing 3-0.
Milan Skriniar (CB) – 6/10 – Playing against his old team, took a fair shot off at the start. Well defended.
Stefan de Vrij (CB) – 6/10 – Goal of the captain with an imposing header for Inter. It looked like it might have been the first of a famous comeback, but it wasn’t.
Alessandro Bastoni – 6/10 – Caught square like Mikkel Damsgaard passed him to prepare for the second in Sampdoria. Carried away the defense ball in typical style.
Achraf Hakimi (RWB) – 7/10 – The man of danger of Inter, delivering magnificent crosses spoiled by his teammates. Electric rhythm and deception.
Nicolo Barella (CM) – 6/10 – Penalized for handball as he claims he touched his face. Otherwise, Inter performed well.
Marcelo Brozovic (CM) – 6/10 – Well covered defensively – when others were caught sleeping he was alert. Neat and tidy.
Roberto Gagliardini (CM) – 5/10 – Not much of an impact on a game where he was sacrificed for Lukaku in the middle of the second half.
Ashley Young (LWB) – 6/10 – Only a great save from Emil Audero kept a good shot from flying into the top corner early on. Also had a penalty rebound crash off the bar.
Alexis Sanchez (ST) – 4/10 – Seemed wrong. Had a bad penalty saved and wasted on other occasions. Tends to seem very busy but never overdo it.
Lautaro Martinez (ST) – 6/10 – Will be disappointed not to have done better with a header at the end of the first half. Doesn’t look in sync with Sanchez. Had some half chances in the second half that he snatched.
Ivan Perisic (LWB) – 5/10 – Came and immediately offered a more natural width than Young, but hit several crossovers – perhaps justifying Conte’s preference for Young.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – 6/10 – Bonded well with Martinez, showing what Conte’s side had missed in the first half. Had a good registered header.
Christian Eriksen (CAM) – 5/10 – Refused a dream free-kick equalizer that crashed into the wall. He seems ready to move on.
Danilo D’Ambrosio (CB) – N / A
Arturo Vidal (CM) – N / A