Inter Milan came back in the last fifteen minutes this Sunday and triumphed 3-1 in the Cagliari field to reinforce their second position in Serie A, momentarily two points behind the leader Milan, in their first game after the European debacle experienced on last Wednesday.
The visit to the Sardinia Arena in Cagliari was supposed to mark a new start for Antonio Conte’s Inter, after Wednesday’s 0-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk knocked him out of everything in Europe.
And the Milanese team was back on the ropes, reaching the final quarter hour with an adverse 1-0 on the scoreboard, before a goal from Nicoló Barella, a header from Danilo D’Ambrosio and a goal from Belgian Romelu Lukaku will give him the three points and the fourth consecutive league win.
Cagliari was ahead by taking advantage of their first scoring opportunity thanks to Riccardo Sottil and a great performance from their goalkeeper, Alessio Cragno, allowed them to savor the victory at the crossroads of the Sardinia Arena, which started fifteen minutes late due to a problem Serie A coach for the broadcast of the match.
However, Conte’s changes were spot on. He brought out defender Alessandro Bastoni to make way for Argentine Lautaro Martínez and line up a defense of four, with Chilean Alexis Sánchez of 10 behind “Toro” and Lukaku.
The tactical change, brought in in ’72, paid dividends. Barella, ex Cagliari, equalized in 77 and in 83 appeared D’Ambrosio, who had just entered for the injured Moroccan Achraf Hakimi, to sign the 2-1 header.
Cagliari turned to attack and had the ball of the possible tie with Alberto Cerri in 89, but he forgave it and was punished on the counterattack by Lukaku, who scored the final 3-1 at will.