Internazionale vs. Lazio – Football Match Report – January 9, 2022
Internazionale defender Alessandro Bastoni scored one goal and scored another in a 2-1 win over Lazio at San Siro on Sunday, as the champions reclaimed first place in Serie A with their eighth victory in a row in the league.
The Italy international had a superb first game from a distance after half an hour, but Lazio captain Ciro Immobile quickly equalized.
Milan Skriniar led the winner in the 67th minute on an inviting Bastoni cross, giving Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi his first victory against the club he managed for five and a half years before joining Inter in the off season.
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Inter lead with 49 points, one ahead of AC Milan with one game short, while Lazio are eighth with 32 points.
“We have the league winners badge on our chest and we want to defend it at all costs,” Bastoni told DAZN.
“Over the past two years we have created a winning mentality, we want to continue like this.”
Inter were ready to take revenge on the only side to have beaten them in Serie A so far this season, and came into the game in formidable form, having won their last six without conceding.
Lautaro Martinez was denied an early strike for offside following a VAR review before Thomas Strakosha made a great save to prevent the Argentina striker.
But Inter took the lead in style when a corner kick was cleared for Bastoni, who guided a low shot wrapped around a line of Lazio defenders and into the bottom corner at long distance.
A quick thought from Danilo Cataldi led to the equalizer for Lazio, as the midfielder played a ball over it confusing Inter’s defense, and Immobile took advantage.
It was the Italian striker’s 15th league goal this season, making him the third player in Europe’s top five leagues to reach that total in six consecutive seasons after Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski .
Inter are Serie A’s most scoring team and rarely struggle to find their way to the net, but they once again have a defender to thank for giving them the lead when Skriniar nicked a header from the bar to seal an important victory.