Inter had no easy time against Cagliari, but the Serie A leaders won 1-0. Darmian scored only in the last quarter, after preparatory work by Lukaku. Inter have now won 11 times in a row in the competition and are 11 points ahead of city rivals Milan. There are still 8 days of matches in Italy.
Lukaku can’t do it alone …
Cagliari started the match without inspiration and gave the brush to the Inter captain. Nainggolan and his colleagues built a wall on green canvas and focused solely on their organization.
Milan tried to demolish the Cagliari wall, but the pace was too slow in the first half. The blue shirts moved into the dressing room and relied on strong Lukaku in the second half to get into the demolition work.
And so it happened: Lukaku furiously emerged from the locker room and took the most chances to get out of the shot, but goalkeeper Vicario rose above himself with some impressive performances.
… then Hakimi and Lotaro
Conte thought it was enough. He sent Hakimi and Lotaro into the field to light a fire and place it on the stems of Cagliari.
The duo simply owned the patent for attacking impulses and instantly showed them off. The Martinez / Lukaku duo came under pressure and Hakimi injured Cagliari on his right wing.
It was Hakimi who joined forces with Lukaku to deliver the final knockout blow. The two cleverly combined with one punch and two in Cagliari’s defense. Hakimi passed the ball to Darmian, who appeared on the far post. Vicario was finally defeated: 1-0.
Cagliari dropped a few bombs under Ninggolan’s motive, but the Inter Milan towers dismantled every cross. The 11th successive League victory was a fact, another step closer to the title of Lukaku and his comrades.