After three consecutive draws, Inter Milan finally tasted victory after beating Udinese 3-2 this last Sunday. The game was the 26th of the Serie A. The win keeps Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A standings. The victory was a narrow one; Inter had trouble from the beginning, as the team couldn’t play four of its starters aE” Esteban Cambiasso, Walter Samuel, Muntari, and Ivan Ramiro Cordoba aE” due to injuries. However, outstanding performances from Thiago and Lucio helped Inter take the match. The match was uphill from the start for Inter. At minute 2, Simone Pepe scored after an assist from Antonio Di Natale. However, the Nerazurris responded, with Mario Balotelli tying the game off of a pass from Maicon at minute 6, putting the score at 1-1. At minute 21, Maicon added another point on the scoreboard in Inter’s favor, bringing the points to 2-1.
In the last minute of the first half, Diego Milito knocked out the Udinese with a header and put the score 3-1 at halftime. The goal was Milito’s 15th, and the player is now in second place of the scorer’s standings. In the second half, at minute 51, the Udinese came up with a penalty goal from Antonio Di Natale to cut the difference, 3-2. Inter tried to control the ball after that, offering a solid defense that blocked the Biaconeri’s attacks. The Zebrette tried their best in the final minutes; a final shot from the Swiss Gokhan Inler passed Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar but hit the crossbar, bouncing out. The Udinese couldn’t get a draw and in the end, lost the three points at home, 3-2. At the end of the match, Inter Milan coach Leonardo complained that his team’s intense schedule had affected its performance. aEoeToday we had our difficulties. We tried to start the game with some real intensity, but we had a tricky spell and used up a lot of energy. We took advantage of two good chances and were able to raise our game,aE- – said Leonardo. Inter technical director, Marco Branca, stated that although the game wasn’t an easy one, he was proud of the players’ effort. Brana also praised Udinese’s efforts and said that the Bianconari were excellent players on a great team. aEoeIt wasn’t easy winning here. Udinese is an excellent team that doesn’t deserve to be where it is in the table. We showed what we can do.
We had an excellent first half and it allowed us to stay in control when Udinese came back at us. It’s a very important three points. It was a team victory and came after a tough week, physically and mentally,aE- – said Marco Branca. Inter keeps leadership of the series with 58 points; AC Milan is second with 54 points, followed by AS Roma with 51 points. Inter’s next game will be against Genoa on March 7th; the Udinese will face Atalanta on the same day. AC Milan and AS Roma will face each other on March 6th in a key game for both teams.