Serie A
20 May 2018
Game week
2 - 1
2 - 3
Stadio Olimpico (Roma)


I. Perišić (OG) 9'
1 - 0
1 - 1
29' D. D'Ambrosio (G)
Felipe Anderson (G) 41' (assist by: S. Lulić)
2 - 1
2 - 2
78' M. Icardi (PG)
2 - 3
81' M. Vecino (G) (assist by: M. Brozović)


Minute   Description
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Heartbreak for Lazio as goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino seal a dramatic late comeback by Inter to book their place in the Champions League next season, at the expense of Simone Inzaghi's side! No shortage of drama in Rome from this leading candidate for match of the season, on the final day of the campaign!
90'+3 Patric loses his temper from the substitute bench and is shown a red card. That matters little in the grand scheme of things.
90'+2 A foul high up the pitch awards Inter a free-kick as the pressure on the Inter goal is relieved. Lazio's chances of playing Champions League football next season are hanging by a thread - not something they expected to hear just 15 minutes ago.
90' Better from Lazio! Some good work from Lukaku and Felipe Anderson on the flanks sees them win the ball back and advance it up the pitch. They've set up camp now in search of the equaliser, as the board goes up to indicate an additional four minutes of stoppage-time.
88' This has been a professional showing from Inter to suck the life out of this match. They're seeing this out quite comfortably at the moment, draining the tempo from the match and keeping the ball well in the attacking half.
86' Lazio need to collect themselves here. Time is winding down, but by no means has it run out on them. There's still reason to believe they can find an equaliser, though the sending off definitely makes things more difficult.
84' De Vrij gives way for Nani as Lazio make their final change. The next time you see De Vrij in Serie A he will be in an Inter shirt.
83' Yellow card Matías Vecino Falero
All the pressure on Lazio now, as they need a goal to salvage their Champions League hopes - and they'll have to do it without their talisman Immobile on the pitch. The Stadio Olimpico has been left stunned here, but the way this match has unfolded it would hardly be a shock to see another dramatic twist in the tale.
81' Brozovic provides the assist.
TURNAROUND COMPLETE! CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALL BECKONS FOR INTER! Vecino somehow gets his head to a corner despite being marked by two Lazio players, sending a glancing header in at the far post! Inter are finishing in the top four as things stand!
Ranocchia comes on as Inter's third sub. He'll likely be used as a target man for them.
79' LAZIO DOWN TO 10 MEN! They're falling apart! The hosts looked in complete control just five minutes ago, and now their lead has evaporated and they're down to 10 men as Lulic sees his second yellow!
78' INTER HAVE BEEN HANDED A LIFELINE! And would you believe it, it's the player who's joining them next summer in De Vrij that fouls Icardi rather clumsily in the area. It's a penalty for the Nerazzurri, and Icardi makes no mistake! What a finish we have in store!
77' A second Lazio change in as many minutes, this one sees the experienced Radu give way for Bastos.
75' Lazio's first change of the night sees Immobile replaced by Lukaku. Striker off for a defender as Lazio look to shut things down.
72' WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE?! The visitors have a free-kick and it appears to come to nothing, but the referee is adamant in pointing to the spot to award Inter a penalty! What exactly he thought he saw remains entirely unclear, but after consulting with VAR he revokes the penalty decision! Mass-confusion!
70' Inter are up above 60 per cent possession in this second half, but have precious little to show for it. Now that the match has reached the final 20 minutes, Lazio players are taking every opportunity they have to run time off the clock, even just a few seconds.
68' A second Inter change sees Karamoh replace Rafinha.
67' Time is really of the essence now for Inter. Approaching the final 20 minutes and they really haven't done enough in this second half to suggest a comeback is on the cards. They're lacking in creativity and their approach has become stale.
63' Strakosha is booked for time wasting. That's a fourth yellow for a Lazio player tonight.
61' A first change for Inter as Eder comes on to replace Candreva.
59' Inter remain very much in the ascendency here, but Strakosha has been sharp for Lazio. The keeper bravely sprints off his line here to deny Perisic at the vital moment, preventing the Inter attacker from getting what would have likely proved a decisive second touch.
57' Perisic has had a couple of chances with his head in the last two minutes, but he's been unable to find the mark. Lazio have won the battle in midfield tonight, but Inter are dictating things on the flanks. Cancelo has been particularly excellent for Inter in that regard.
55' The Lazio supporters are in full voice, screaming as they jump up and down, aiming to guide their side through to the finish line. They can taste it right now, and a Champions League place is really nothing less than they deserve for their efforts this season - though we don't always get what we deserve in life...
51' Icardi is now at the focal point of everything Inter do in attack. The visitors are sending everything his way, trying to force feed the striker who is being suffocated by the Lazio defence. De Vrij, who will be Icardi's team-mate next season, hasn't let the striker out of his hip pocket.
49' Inter taking a more controlled approach here as they work it around patiently in possession, forcing Lazio to drop off a bit. The visitors are going to be throwing everything forward in this second half, but they have to be very careful not to concede again.
47' There were five yellows shown in the first half, and it takes all of a couple minutes in the second half for that to become six, as D'Ambrosio becomes the third Inter player booked for a poorly timed challenge on Felipe Anderson.
46' Back underway at the Stadio Olimpico!
An absolutely captivating opening 45 minutes in the Italian capital, and a wonderful advertisement for Serie A. An Ivan Perisic own goal got Lazio off to a flier, and after Inter clawed their way back through Danilo D'Ambrosio, Felipe Anderson produces a moment of magic to restore Lazio's lead. They're 45 minutes away from ending a 10-year Champions League drought.
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
43' Well Inter have it all to do again! Lazio have refused to sit back and play into Inter's gameplan, and they've been rewarded for their bravery. The hosts continue to attack with every chance they get, and there will be plenty more with the visitors forced to press higher up the pitch in need of all three points.
41' Terrific weight and accuracy on that throughball from Lulic, who provides the assist.
WHAT. A. FINISH! A stroke of genius from Felipe Anderson who sprints through on goal on the end of a delicious throughball from Lulic, and rolls a remarkably disguised finish in at the far post, leaving Handanovic rooted to his spot!
39' The pace hasn't slowed much, if at all, as it remains wonderfully open here in the Italian capital! Full credit to Lazio for not just sitting back, but actually attacking themselves. This has been everything you can ask of a football game, especially one with stakes this high.
37' Lucas Leiva the latest to see yellow for Lazio. He's their third player booked and the fifth combined.
36' Inter have done well to turn this game around, looking much more confident in possession as they push forward for more. As things stand Lazio would finish top four, but momentum has swung back and forth with reckless abandon thus far. There's surely going to be a few more twists in this tale.
34' Lulic into the book now for Lazio, meaning two of their three centre-backs are on yellow now with just under an hour still to play.
33' What a strange first half this has been! It's been incredibly entertaining, but the best chances haven't resulted in goals. Instead, Lazio score with a shot off Perisic's face and D'Ambrosio equalises from beyond the goal-line! There's something in the air tonight in Rome...
29' INTER RESTORE PARITY! GAME ON! A corner is flicked on towards the far post where D'Ambrosio meets it to head at goal. Strakosha makes the initial save, but the Inter defender - who is behind the keeper in the Lazio net by now - reaches back with his leg to hook the ball into the net with him! It's incredibly acrobatic and it's going to count, despite Lazio protests!
28' How's that for technique?! A lovely passage of play from Perisic who then stunningly sends a back-heel cross into the penalty area for Icardi, but Lazio are just able to clear their lines!
26' Felipe becomes the first Lazio player to see yellow tonight as he commits a cynical foul to prevent a break.
25' OFF THE WOODWORK! What a hit from Milinkovic-Savic! Everyone seems to be taken by surprise as the midfielder takes, not Felipe Anderson, and it leaves Handanovic rooted to his spot, but the effort smacks off the frame of the goal!
23' A crunching tackle atop the Inter penalty area as Miranda sends Murgia thumping to ground! That sees the Inter centre-half into the book and presents Lazio with a glorious opportunity.
22' WIDE! Well that's not the Icardi we've come to know! He's played through following a careless bit of play from Lazio in possession, but drags his shot wide of the far post from 15 yards!
19' Inter have not been shy in sending bodies forward, but they've not been able to get Icardi involved. The striker is known for his ruthless efficiency, able to impact a match with limited touches, but they won't want to wait too long given the predicament they find themselves in.
17' Things have settled down a bit following that frenetic start, but there's still a good pace to proceedings. Inter are spending more time in possession, but they've been limited to a couple of long-range strikes thus far, while Lazio have looked far more threatening when they get forward.
15' Inter's Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread following that own goal, but the only saving grace for them is the fact that it has come so early. They still have 80 minutes to try and turn this around, but it's going to require all hands on deck.
13' Brozovic picks up the first yellow of the match.
9' LAZIO HAVE A FOOT INTO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! The hosts respond brilliantly to Inter's strong start and they have their reward in the strangest fashion! Handanovic produces a stunning save to deny Milinkovic-Savic, but the pressure stays on and a Marusic shot appears to be going well wide before a redirection off the face of an unsuspecting Perisic takes it beyond Handanovic and in at the far post!
7' It's been a wonderful watch over these opening minutes. Inter are pushing the tempo and committing bodies forward, leaving themselves open as a result, and it nearly costs them dearly! Immobile drives forward and cuts the ball back brilliantly, but Felipe lifts his first-time effort over the bar from close range!
5' First chance! Ex-Lazio man Candreva is still looking for his first goal of the season, and he nearly gets it right here, lashing a venomous volley just wide of the far post! What a story that would have been!
3' There was much speculation surrounding the participation of Lazio centre-half Stefan de Vrij tonight, who is joining Inter when his contract expires this summer. Despite his forthcoming move to Inter, he's been included in the starting line-up tonight for the hosts. It's an interesting dynamic and certainly something worth keeping an eye on.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! This massive match worth literally millions of Euros is underway in Rome! Inter in black and blue as they get things underway, with Lazio in light blue and white.
Luciano Spalletti makes just one change to his side despite last week's disastrous defeat to Sassuolo, with Miranda coming in to replace Ranocchia.
Simone Inzaghi makes three changes from last weekend's draw at Cotrone. Immobile is restored in attack to lead the line ahead of Caciedo, while Marusic and Felipe replace Basta and Wallace.
SUBS: Dalbert, Eder, Andrea Pinamonti, Andrea Ranocchia, Davide Santon, Lisandro Lopez, Tommaso Berni, Daniele Padelli, Roberto Gagliardini, Yann Karamoh, Borja Valero.
INTER (4-2-3-1): Samir Handanovic; Joao Cancelo, Milan Skriniar, Miranda, Danilo D'Ambrosio; Matias Vecino, Marcelo Brozovic; Antonio Candreva, Rafinha, Ivan Perisic; Mauro Icardi.
SUBS: Wallace, Dusan Basta, Martin Caceres, Bastos, Jordan Lukaku, Guido Guerrieri, Patric, Ivan Vargic, Nani, Luca Crecco, Felipe Caciedo, Davide Di Gennaro.
LAZIO (3-5-2): Thomas Strakosha; Luiz Felipe, Stefan de Vrij, Stefan Radu; Adam Marusic, Alessandro Murgia, Lucas Leiva, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Senad Lulic; Felipe Anderson, Ciro Immobile.
Lazio had the opportunity to secure their place last weekend, but a costly draw at relegated Crotone has left the door open for Inter, who can hardly believe they find themselves in this position having led the Serie A table in December.
Any other result tonight would ensure Lazio finish in the top four, sending them into the Champions League group stage next season for the first time since 2008 – while also collecting the hefty payout that comes with it.
The return fixture at San Siro ended goalless, meaning if Inter are to beat Lazio tonight, they will pull level on points and overtake them by virtue of their head-to-head record, ending a six-year absence from Europe’s prestigious club competition.
Lazio sit three points ahead of Inter in advance of this final game of the season, setting up a thrilling showdown in the Italian capital with a Champions League place up for grabs!
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this match as Lazio welcome Inter to the Stadio Olimpico as the Serie A season concludes in dramatic fashion!


T. Strakosha
S. Handanovič
S. de Vrij
Lucas Leiva
João Cancelo
M. Icardi
Felipe Anderson
M. Vecino
C. Immobile
S. Lulić
S. Milinković-Savić
João Miranda
Ş. Radu
Luiz Felipe
D. D'Ambrosio
M. Škriniar
I. Perišić
A. Marušić
M. Brozović
A. Candreva
A. Murgia

Additional info

G. Rocchi
E. Liberatore
Fourth official
M. Guida

Match Stats

Lazio Internazionale
40 Attacks (Dangerous) 48
10 Corners 4
11 Fouls 14
15 Free Kicks 13
10 Goal Kicks 5
2 Offsides 1
0 Shots (blocked) 1
7 Shots (off target) 6
6 Shots (on target) 4
1 Shots (woodwork) 0
25 Throw Ins 18

Regular Season

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Stadio Olimpico

Stadio Olimpico