Dimarco and Thuram brilliance inspire Inter past Frosinone

Inter had individual brilliance from Federico Dimarco and Marcus Thuram to thank for their win at Frosinone on Matchday 12, which allows them to retake top spot for the international break and sets up a huge game against Juventus when domestic football returns.

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STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA (Milan): Two moments of brilliance from Federico Dimarco and Marcus Thuram paved the way for Inter‘s 2-0 victory over a lively and stubborn Frosinone side on Matchday 12 of Serie A. The win means the Nerazzurri will take on Juventus as table toppers when they travel to Turin in two weeks, the first game back after the international break.

Dimarco opened the scoring with an astonishing goal from just inside Frosinone‘s half, while the French forward caused panic inside the visitors’ box with his Ronaldo Nazario-esque stepovers that resulted in Hakan Calhanoglu‘s fifth Serie A goal of the season from the penalty spot.

However, Eusebio Di Francesco can be more than proud of his team’s display, which saw them play with confidence and quality. They ultimately fell to a better side in Inter.

Inter celebrate a goal from Federico Dimarco at home. (@inter)

Dimarco masterpiece compensates for Inter’s lack of sharpness

Inter targeted the central channel of the pitch early on, looking to get at Frosinone.

However, their first real chance came from a Hakan Calhanoglu corner seconds before the 10-minute mark, with Marcus Thuram failing to take what looked like a chance for a simple tap-in at the far post.

Frosinone didn’t shy away from attacking in numbers as soon as they were allowed to, often trying to reach their more advanced players with direct balls. But they always found Inter defenders always ready to deal with the threat.

The Ciociari’s plan not to let the hosts take full control of the game also seemed to work, as their intense pressure on Inter‘s build-up proved effective in disrupting their attempt to work their out from the back.

Marcus Thuram and Hakan Calhanoglu celebrate an Inter goal. (Photo: Inter Facebook)

Of course, such an approach had the side effect of leaving spaces that led to another chance for the Nerazzurri around the 20th minute, when Stefano Turati had to pull off the first save of the night by brilliantly palming Lautaro Martinez‘s first-time attempt over the bar.

Inter‘s inability to be sharp in the final third was particularly evident in the final stretch of the first half, as their well-worked and maybe too elaborated plays often ended up with crosses that no one was ready to meet inside the box, constantly frustrating their efforts.

But when a goalless draw seemed the inevitable conclusion to the opening 45 minutes, Dimarco lit up the Meazza with an astounding shot from out wide and just past the halfway line that caught Turati off-guard and ended up in the back of the net.

Inspired Thuram allows Calhanoglu to wrap things up

Hakan Calhanoglu celebrates with Marcus Thuram after scoring for Inter. (@inter)

There couldn’t have been a better start to the second half for Inter, who were aware of the importance of extending their lead. They swiftly found a second through Calhanoglu.

Thuram broke into the visitors’ box and weaved through two defenders doing a stepover that eventually forced Ilario Monterisi to bring him down, allowing the Turk to convert from the spot and double Inter‘s advantage.

A string of substitutions in the closing minutes saw the likes of Marko Arnautovic and even Stefano Sensi get some playing time for the hosts, and there was still time for Lautaro to miss a promising chance when one-on-one against Turati.

The Argentine went without a goal for the fifth time from 12 Serie A games this season, but Inter will need him more than ever when they face Juventus on November 26 to fend off the Bianconeri’s attempt to leapfrog Simone Inzaghi‘s side at the top of the table.

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