Lazio came from behind to hand Inter Milan their first Serie A defeat of the season, as three second-half goals in a 3-1 victory marked Simone Inzaghi’s return to the Stadio Olimpico.
Inzaghi, who only left Lazio this summer after five years in charge, would have been wary of the club’s quality.
However, the Inter players calmed him down early on when they were awarded a penalty for Elseid Hysaj’s clip on Nicol Barella. Ivan Perii slotted home for his fifth career goal against today’s opponents after VAR upheld the decision.
In response, Toma Bai had a chance to open his ‘Biancocelesti’ account midway through the first half, but his drive from Felipe Anderson’s pull-back was blocked by Samir Handanovi.
Ciro Immobile, who is level with Edin Deko atop the league scoring charts this season, then headed wide from Sergej Milinkovi-cross Savi’s when he should have hit the target. Pepe Reina, 39, tipped Perii’s rasper over the bar not long after.
However, Maurizio Sarri’s men won a penalty kick of their own when Patric’s header struck Alessandro Bastoni’s hand at close range. Immobile scored his 100th goal at the iconic stadium by sending Handanovi the wrong way from the penalty spot.
In the 81st minute, Lazio turned the game on its head when a quick counter attack resulted in Immobile’s shot being parried into the path of Anderson, who made no mistake in putting it away.
The goal sparked outrage among Inter players, who claimed Federico Dimarco had been injured on the field. The goal was upheld after a VAR review, and Sarri’s men sealed the victory in stoppage time when Milinkovi-Savi glanced a header home from Luis Alberto’s free kick.
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