Player ratings as Nerazzurri slips to draw in Italian capital
Inter conceded a late tie and slipped to a 2-2 draw with AS Roma on Saturday afternoon, leaving Antonio Conte’s men three points behind league leaders Milan in the title race.
I Nerazzurri fell behind in the 17th minute, when Lorenzo Pellegrini broke through at home from the edge of the box after a good accumulation game and a dismissal of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Inter got the second half off to a good start, with Marcelo Brozovic and Lautaro Martinez both missing wonderful opportunities to catch up with the hosts. They were rewarded with their tie in the 55th minute, when Milan Skriniar sent a brilliant header to a corner.
The comeback was complete seven minutes later when Achraf Hakimi cut off his left foot and landed a stunning strike on the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area. But I Nerazzurri lost his intensity and was punished by a magnificent header from Gianluca Mancini, who pushed the ball into the lower corner to increase the scores.
Neither team could find the winning goal and the points were shared in the Italian capital. Let’s take a look at the visitors’ ratings on an exciting afternoon of football at Stadio Olimpico.
Samir Handanovic (GK) – 7/10 – Didn’t move to try and stop Pellegrini’s strike who, although taking a deflection, traveled extremely slowly towards the goal. Much more assured of stopping Veretout’s love at first sight and had no chance of stopping the second.
Milan Skriniar (CB) – 7/10 – Struggled to cope with Dzeko’s move as he targeted the left center-back and couldn’t stop the soaring Mkhitaryan. Shot at Inter level with a glossy corner header.
Stefan de Vrij (CB) – 7/10 – Tracked Dzeko well, but struggled to match the Bosnian’s massive physical presence. He gained confidence as Inter began to dominate the game.
Alessandro Bastoni (CB) – 7/10 – Pushed to the left to carry the ball forward, and had less to do as Roma chose to attack on the opposite flank.
Achraf Hakimi (RWB) – 8/10 – Allowed Roma to break their flank for Pellegrini’s strike. Very dangerous to go forward, and topped off with a superb curler off the crossbar to give Inter the advantage.
Nicolo Barella (CM) – 8/10 – He complained that he suffered a foul in preparation for Roma’s opener, but he was just not strong enough and was beaten by Veretout. Compensated for this with relentless pressure and harassment, forcing his opponents into a series of mistakes.
Marcelo Brozovic (CM) – 8/10 – Always available and open to receive the ball, he passed it well and whipped nice crosses into the box. Could have leveled but saw his shot blocked. Two passes to his name too.
Arturo Vidal (CM) – 6/10 – Did whatever it took to almost equalize, but brightened up his shot after finishing the hard work. Must have hit the target. Fluffed a big chance to kill the game, too.
Matteo Darmian (LWB) – 6/10 – Took a hit to the hip midway through the first half. I tried to fight but couldn’t continue. Replaced.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – 8/10 – Could have broken the deadlock on at least two occasions, seeing first a head brilliantly rescued by Lopez, then shooting a sprawling Smalling. Ran the ragged back line and used his immense strength to mold odds out of thin air.
Lautaro Martinez (ST) – 7/10 – Carved out a great chance in the first half with a bull run, but couldn’t beat Lopez. Slanted a wide free header. Dismissed another great chance from an almost unmissable position. Offered everything except the finish.
Ashley Young (LWB) – 7/10
Ivan Perisic (ST) – 6/10
Roberto Gagliardini (CM) – N / A
Aleksandar Kolarov (LWB) – N / A