Roma-Inter 2-4, Nerazzurri poker and Inzaghi extends his lead

The league leaders, 1-2 down after the first half, reversed everything in the second half

Inter wins 4-2 on the Roma pitch in the match on the 24th matchday of the 2023-2024 Serie A and continues its solitary run at the top of the table. The Nerazzurri coached by Inzaghi rise to 60 points and take the advantage over Juventus to 7 points, with an ever-increasing escape from the Scudetto. Roma, after 3 consecutive victories, suffered their first defeat under De Rossi’s management and remained at 38 points, losing the chance of winning fourth place at least for a few hours.

The match

Roma shows up immediately. Lukaku triggers El Shaarawy, curls a shot and Sommer deflects. The match takes off immediately, both teams push to take possession of the game. The balance shifts in the 17th minute. From a corner, Lukaku in defender version extends the trajectory. Unripe finds the winning header, a goal validated despite Thuram’s more than suspicious position.

Roma took the blow and restarted, finding the equalizer in the 28th minute. Again, everything starts from a dead ball. Free kick by Pellegrini, header by Mancini and 1-1. After half an hour in apnea, the pace drops and the match calms down. The checkered match, animated only by a free kick that Rui Patricio defused with a reviewable exit, reignited before the break. Pellegrini leads the Giallorossi’s restart and lets El Shaarawy run: control and conclusion, double post and goal to make it 2-1 in the 43rd minute.

The interval allows Inter to reorganize their ideas and the results can be seen at the start of the second half. Within 7 minutes, the Nerazzurri turned the match around. In the 49th minute Thuram escapes Mancini’s guard and turns Darmian’s low cross perfectly, 2-2. In the 56th minute the French striker was decisive for the hat-trick. Mkhitaryan puts an inviting ball into the middle, Angelino tries to anticipate Thuram at the near post but ends up hitting it into his own goal: 2-3. Roma suffered a terrible one-two and risked sinking once and for all in the 59th minute, when Pavard came close to hitting the big target with a powerful and precise finish.

To see Roma moving forward again we have to wait for the 70th minute and the colossal chance for Lukaku. The Belgian, in front of Sommer, does not shoot and tries to dribble past the goalkeeper who wins the direct confrontation. The goalkeeper observes the imprecise shot from substitute Baldanzi in the 80th minute and responds to Spinazzola’s attempt in the 84th minute, in an action however neutralized by Lukaku’s offside. The Giallorossi’s final effort produced no results and Inter closed the score in the 93rd minute. Bastoni takes advantage of Arnautovic’s suggestion and signs the poker, 4-2 and Inzaghi takes another step towards the scudetto.