Serie A
29 September 2018
Game week
1 - 0
2 - 0
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milano)


Lautaro Martínez (G) 12' (assist by: Dalbert Henrique)
1 - 0
M. Politano (G) 89'
2 - 0


Minute   Description
Cagliari stay 16th in Serie A on six points, albeit having played a game more than all the teams below them. They need to work on finding the net if they want to stay up this season. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Cagliari stayed positive all match but didn't really threaten Handanovic's goal all game. I Sardi briefly thought they'd stolen a point with Dessena's handball, but it really would have been a robbery if that had been allowed.
That was entertaining, and comfortable for Inter in the end. Inter took the lead, held Cagliari at arm's length and then finished them off with Politano's wonderful volley.
90'+4 Fittingly, Politano gets the last kick of the game as he attempts another audacious volley. It bounces wide of Cragno's goal, but it doesn't matter. Inter get the win today!
90'+2 This could get embarrassing for Cagliari if they're not careful. Politano wins another corner. The winger has easily been man of the match.
90' Cagliari have four minutes of added time to score two. They won't.
89' GOAL! 2-0 INTER! A wonderful goal from Politano, and Inter surely have the three points now! The corner is headed clear, but it drops for Politano at the far corner of the box. He takes it on the volley left-footed and it arrows into the far corner. A sublime goal.
Perisic wins a corner for Inter after forcing Cragno into a save. It appears that Dalbert was booked for time-wasting.
88' Dessena almost sets Joao Pedro one-on-one with Handanovic but Inter's keeper is quick to spot the danger and collects before Pedro can get there.
86' Dalbert is booked. Cagliari are really bombing men forward now.
85' Politano gets loose again but again can't kill the game off! After all his attacking threat in the first half Farago has been invisible in the second period.
83' Valero, who is grimacing with what looks to be a knock, hobbles off for Vecino.
80' Cagliari are pushing higher up the pitch now in search of that equalising goal, leaving gaps at the back. Politano is set free on the counter-attack but Inter can't score between their five onrushing attackers!
79' Inter are preparing one final change. It looks like they plan on tightening up and seeing this game out.
77' Now it's Cagliari's turn to have a corner. Perisic heads it clear at the near post. Cagliari win another one. It's again cleared at the near post.
75' Dessena nearly becomes the villain for Cagliari as he quickly gives away a corner for Inter. Valero gets a cross in after the initial corner, which De Vrij heads over!
73' No! The referee reviews the incident using VAR, blows his whistle and books Dessena for handball! The Cagliari captain is furious. To be fair, it did look like he handled it unfairly on the replay.
72' GOAL CAGLIARI! IS IT? Cagliari take the corner from the left. An Inter defender accidentally knocks it on to the far post and Dessena gets the ball in the back of the net! Inter appeal for handball, and the referee goes to have a look...
71' Sau is replaced by Farias ahead of the corner.
70' Inter waste the corner and Cagliari threaten on the counter-attack! Luckily for the Nerazzurri Nainggolan puts a stop to it with a fantastic sliding clearance. Corner Cagliari.
Inter replace Candreva with Perišić.
69' Politano nearly kills the game off! The Argentina runs at Cagliari's defence from deep, firing off a left-footed shot from outside the area. Cragno dives low to his right to tip the shot away!
67' We're entering the last quarter of the game. Are Cagliari going to push for that equaliser? The Sardinians are working hard to close down Inter in possession but can't do anything with the ball when they get it.
65' Cagliari may pull off a surprise yet though! Dalbert is over-eager in hoisting the ball forward, handing it to Cagliari. Miranda goes down with his hand up in pain after a successful challenge but recovers quickly enough to stay on.
63' That was close for Inter, who nearly put this game to bed. For all their effort Cagliari don't look like scoring once, never mind twice.
61' Chance for Inter! Inter pass the ball from left to right, drawing in four Cagliari defenders. The ball ends up with Martinez who is suddenly presented with a free shot. Cragno rushes out and clears with his legs!
60' Between the foul and the free-kick being taken, Cagliari replace Bradarić with João Pedro.
59' Srna is fouled by Nainggolan as the Cagliari right-back races up the touchline. The resulting free-kick doesn't lead to anything.
57' Inter replace Gagliardini with Marcelo Brozović, who scored their late winner against Sampdoria last week. Can the Croatian repeat that today?
Inter win a corner from the free-kick they got by Pisacane's foul. They take it short and cross back in but Cagliari's defence is equal to it.
56' Pisacane is next to find himself in the referee's book. Both Cagliari centre-backs are on yellow cards now.
53' Cagliari really want to build a threatening attack but Inter's hard work in defence is preventing them. A direct pass by Farago finds Barella, who is one-on-one with Miranda on the right side of the box. He tries to get a shot away but the Brazilian blocks.
51' From the corner Politano retrieves the ball and tries to curl it back in but there's no one there for Inter.
50' Valero tries a curling right-footed effort from outside the area. It's right down Cragno's throat and he jumps up to tip it over.
48' It's a lively start to the half with the ball going end-to-end despite neither side really being threatened. Now Bradaric is booked for scything down Miranda.
46' Switch by Cagliari. Klavan is replaced by fellow defender Pisacane. Wonder if that's injury-related.
45' The teams are back on the pitch and the second half is underway!
A fairly even first half, that. Inter took the lead via Martinez's header and briefly threatened to grab another until Cagliari got their act together. The Sardinians have grown into the game yet didn't really get a clear chance to speak of, although Farago and Pavoletti have been lively.
Cagliari win a throw on the right but it's cleared comfortably from Inter's box by Nainggolan.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
44' Andreolli is booked for a foul on Martinez. The centre-back will have to be careful now.
43' Inter get a corner from their left-hand side, given away by Bradaric, but Pavoletti sees to it that the ball doesn't find an Inter head.
41' Danger for Cagliari here! Politano gets away again, and the initial shot is cleared. Nainggolan shoots, it rebounds off a defender and lands to Candreva. He gets a shot away and forces Cragno to catch but he's offside anyway.
40' Was that a foul on Politano? The crowd think so. Inter's right winger tries racing away on his side but is bowled over by Farago. Inter fans bay for a foul but the ref is unconvinced.
38' A loose clearance falls to Gagliardini, who tries to take it down and past Andreolli, but he can't sort his feet out and Andreolli gets rid.
36' Cagliari are slowly gaining control of play, but suddenly Inter are on the counter with Candreva! He gets as far as the Cagliari area but loses out to Andreolli.
34' Cagliari are very much in this. Farago's cross from the left is unsuccessful. He nabs the ball back and tries again but the cross is too high and goes out for a throw on the opposite side.
32' What a calamity that could have been! Handanovic rolls a ball out for Gagliardini but the midfielder is caught out. On first glance he seems to foul Pavoletti while stretching to recover the ball but play goes on.
31' Miranda tussles with Pavoletti and hands Cagliari a free-kick in midfield. The ball is completely wasted.
28' Play is stopped briefly but Handanovic turns out to be OK.
26' It's Cagliari's turn to keep the ball for a bit. Farago is found in space on the left of the box and crosses in for Pavoletti, only for the striker to unfairly take out Handanovic while going for the ball.
25' Cagliari look up for the game and are trying to break quickly but can't find a clear opportunity. Nainggolan aims a crossfield pass to Dalbert but the Brazilian can't keep it in play.
24' Back in Cagliari's half now. Gagliardini tries to take on Cagliari's defence on the edge of the area and fails. Inter keep the pressure on via D'Ambrosio but Farago manages to clear his line.
22' Another ball's lofted into the Cagliari area but Cragno comes out to claim it. Cagliari try to release Pavoletti quickly and Handovic is forced to head it out. It's end-to-end stuff.
20' Candreva concedes a free-kick for Inter. It's swung in but Inter end up winning a foul of their own after Dalbert goes down clutching his head.
18' From the free-kick Politano manages to squirm another ball into the Cagliari area after the initial effort is cleared. Cragno claims it. Inter are dominant right now.
17' Politano shoots from outside the area - it's blocked. The Italian winger quickly gets the ball back and is fouled for his efforts near the right touchline.
15' Candreva tries to dribble his way into the Cagliari area but is crowded out. Dalbert arrives on the scene and lofts in another cross towards Nainggolan which is cleared. The Inter left-back's started the game well.
14' Inter's tails are up now and they've won another corner. De Vriej is forward. This time, Cagliari get the ball away.
12' That was some great work by Dalbert who raced on his own with the ball towards the touchline from a central position. Cagliari's defence was just too slow to react.
11' GOAL! Inter have taken the lead. Dalbert races forward to put it in a handy cross into the box. Martinez outjumps two Cagliari defenders to get his head on it. Cragno gets his hand to the header but can't keep it from dropping in at the far post. 1-0 Inter!
9' Some nice interplay for Cagliari sees them win a corner on the left, conceded by Valero. It's aimed towards the far post and headed straight into the ground, but Handanovic catches the bouncing ball.
7' It's a cautious start to the game as both teams try to figure each other out. Cagliari have got hold of the ball now.
5' Inter are controlling the early play, with Cagliari counter-attacking when they can. D'Ambrosio cuts in on his left foot to try a cross from the right, but it's cut out. Candreva tries again but it's headed away at the far post!
3' From the start, it looks like Inter are lining up in more of a 4-2-3-1 with Nainggolan in the hole. Cagliari are playing something of a 4-4-2 diamond.
1' Srna concedes an early corner for Inter. Inter take the corner quickly but nothing comes of it.
Inter step out onto the pitch in their traditional blue and black strip, while Cagliari are in all white. The referee gets the match underway!
SUBS: Luca Cigarini, João Pedro, Fabio Pisacane, Alberto Cerri, Rafael, Marko Pajac, Simone Padoin, Simone Aresti, Diego Farias, Lucas Castro, Filippo Romagna, Riccardo Daga.
CAGLIARI (4-3-1-2): Alessio Cragno; Darijo Srna, Marco Andreolli, Ragnar Klavan, Paolo Faragò; Daniele Dessena (c), Filip Bradaric, Nicolò Barella; Artur Ionita; Marco Sau, Leonardo Pavoletti.
SUBS: Andrea Ranocchia, João Mário, Matías Vecino, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Milan Skriniar, Mauro Icardi, Kwadwo Asamoah, Daniele Padelli, Keita.
INTER (4-2-3-1): Samir Handanovic (c); Danilo D'Ambrosio, Stefan de Vrij, Miranda, Dalbert; Borja Valero, Roberto Gagliardini; Matteo Politano, Radja Nainggolan, Antonio Candreva; Lautaro Martínez.
Cagliari, meanwhile, are averaging a point a game, having garnered six from their six matches so far. The Sardinians are currently in 16th, the place they finished in Serie A last season. Will today's match be the start of a rise up the table for them?
Inter have had a mixed start to the season - they're currently sitting in seventh place in Serie A after being leapfrogged by Fiorentina after their 3-1 loss to the Viola earlier this week. Luciano Spalletti will be hoping for more from his men today.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Serie A match between Inter and Cagliari at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.


S. Handanovič
M. Andreolli
D. Dessena
R. Gagliardini
F. Bradarić
S. de Vrij
Lautaro Martínez
R. Nainggolan
R. Klavan
M. Politano
N. Barella
Borja Valero
A. Ioniţă
João Miranda
P. Faragò
M. Sau
A. Cragno
Dalbert Henrique
L. Pavoletti
D. D'Ambrosio
D. Srna
A. Candreva

Additional info

D. Massa
S. Liberti
Fourth official
E. Abbattista

Match Stats

Internazionale Cagliari
36 Attacks (Dangerous) 30
9 Corners 4
12 Fouls 10
13 Free Kicks 14
5 Goal Kicks 9
1 Offsides 2
2 Shots (blocked) 1
5 Shots (off target) 2
5 Shots (on target) 2
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
17 Throw Ins 24

Regular Season

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