Marcelo Brozović’s strike produced the decisive moment of the match, with Inter ensuring a 1-0 home victory against an energetic Torino side.
Following the defeat in Derby della Madonnina last weekend and the midweek’s humbling against Bayern Munich, Inter needed a response from its players. Lautaro Martínez’s long-range attempt whistled over the bar in the opening fourth minute of the game.
In what was a great chance to break the deadlock for the away side, Nikola Vlašić was denied by an outstanding save from Samir Handanović. The Nerazzurri were far from productive with their chances at the other end as both sides headed down the tunnel with a 0-0 scoreline.
Inter continued to be wasteful in the second half, with their attackers failing to put up any meaningful chances to score the opener. Antonio Sanabria had received a red for a foul on Hakan Çalhanoğlu before it was deemed worthy of a yellow card by the VAR.
The home side escaped a few scares, thanks to the vigilance of Samir Handanović. Had not the Slovenian been under the bar for Inter, the hosts would have been flooded with goals.
After a few attacking substitutions on Inter’s part, Simone Inzaghi’s men ramped up their offensive purpose, eventually looking like a team striving for business. Nicolò Barella’s lofted through ball was poked into the goal by Brozović, drawing the first blood in the match. Here are the player ratings as Torino eventually tasted a 1-0 defeat to the Nerazzurri.
Inter: Handanovic (9); Skriniar (7), De Vrij (7.5), Dimarco (7); Dumfries (6.5), Barella (6.5), Brozovic (7.5), Calhanoglu (6.5), Darmian (6); Lautaro (6), Dzeko (6).
Substitutes: Correa (6.5), Bastoni (6), Bellanova (6.5), Mkhitaryan (N/A), Gosens (N/A).
Torino: Milinkovic-Savic (6.5); Djidji (7), Buongiorno (7), Rodriguez (6.5); Lazaro (6), Linetty (6.5), Lukic (6.5), Vojvoda (7); Seck (7), Vlasic (7); Sanabria (6.5).
Substitutes: İlkhan (6), Radonjic (6), Zima (6), Pellegri (N/A), Singo (N/A).
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