Inter loses the top spot by falling at home to Sassuolo

Inter lost a golden chance to take the top spot in the Italian Serie A by falling at home 2-0against Sassuolo in the 26th stage on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri was a candidate to return to the top and take advantage of the stumble of his neighbor and rival Milan, who only drew 2-2 with hosts Salernitana on Saturday, but he came out empty-handed after failing to win the third game in a row in Serie A. The Champions of Italy are frozen at 54 points, two points away from Milan, but the blue team have a postponed match against Bologna.

Inter were hoping to make up for the midweek disappointment when they fell 2-0 at home against Liverpool, despite their strong performance, in the Champions League round of 16.

Sassuolo made a strong start to the game and opened the scoring through Giacomo Raspadori when the ball from Domenico Berardi arrived inside the area, which was shot to the right of the Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic (8).

Turkish Hakan Calhanoglu tried to equalize the score for the hosts with a left-foot shot that passed the side of the post (16).

Sassuolo, who scored his first win in five league games, doubled his lead with a header from Gianluca Scamacca, who escaped the offside trap following a cross from Ivorian Hamed Junior Traore (26).

Inzaghi pushed on Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko as the second half, who kicked off with a powerful header following a cross from Croatia’s Ivan Pericic, which was brilliantly stopped by goalkeeper Andrea Consigli from the goal line (64).

Despite a slight advantage for Inter in the second half, Sassuolo kept the danger alive with rebounds and Raspadori could have scored his second personal goal had it not been for Slovak defender Milan Skriniar to clear the ball before it continue its way into the goal (79).

Inter thought that he succeeded in reducing the difference in added time, but the goal was canceled after resorting to Video Assistant Referee “VAR” because of a hand touch on Federico Di Marco in the process of building the attack.

Atalanta continues its failures

Atalanta continued their failure and remained without a win in the league for the 5th consecutive game, falling to hosts Fiorentina 1-0o with a goal by Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek to return the latter to the race to qualify for the Champions League competition.

Piatek scored in the 56th minute his fifth goal in his sixth game in various competitions since returning to Italy in January, taking Fiorentina to seventh place with 42 points.

Atalanta’s fifth-place tally was frozen at 44 points.

Lazio squandered the chance to snatch fifth-place from Atalanta with a 1-1 draw with hosts Udinese to settle for a one point that raised their tally to 43 points in sixth place.

The hosts advanced early through Spain’s Gerard Deulofeu (5), while Brazilian Felipe Anderson equalised for Maurizio Sarri’s side.

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