STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA (Milan): After losing two games in a row across Serie A and the Champions League, Inter had an 88th-minute goal from Marcelo Brozovic to thank for coming out on top of Torino at the end of a tight match that saw the hosts struggle for long stretches.
Prior to the late goal, the hosts really had a hard time in getting the better of Ivan Juric’s Toro.
Torino’s approach scared Inter
The Nerazzurri’s turbulent period of poor form was evident in the first half, when they had huge difficulties in working their way through the visitors’ aggressive pressing, which forced a slower build-up, making their play very predictable.
The Granata also came the closest to the opener after 20 minutes, as Nikola Vlasic brilliantly dribbled his way past Nicolò Barella and Milan Skriniar inside the box, only to see his low drive denied by Samir Handanovic’s right foot.
This was the only shot on goal of the opening 45 minutes, as Simone Inzaghi’s side never managed to hit the target.
The home fans piled pressure on Inter
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza’s roars of displeasure became louder in the second half when the Inter players either made blatant mistakes or lacked the precision to properly find a teammate, piling even more pressure on a dismayed side who were repeatedly saved by Handanovic‘s work.
A yellow card for Antonio Sanabria, who elbowed Hakan Calhanoglu, was quickly turned into a red following a VAR review.
The Nerazzurri eventually had their best chance of the afternoon 10 minutes from time, but Lautaro Martinez’s header flashed inches wide. There was time for one more scare for Handanovic though, who dived to keep out Nemanja Radonjic’s effort at the far post.
A moment of brilliance from Barella eventually won the Biscione the game, as he chipped in a perfect through ball to the far post which allowed Brozovic to make it 1-0 just two minutes from time, giving Inter their third Serie A home win in as many games.