Empoli strikes Inter and presents a gift to Milan

Goals: Inter Milan -Empoli -Played on 01/23/2023

Inter Milan lost, at home and among its fans, to its guest Empoli, with a goal without a response, this evening, Monday, at the San Siro stadium, in the 19th round of the Italian League.

Empoli owes this victory to the scorer of the match’s only goal, Tommaso Baldanzi, in the 66th minute.

With this loss, Inter missed the opportunity to rise to second place, and its balance froze at 37 points in third place, while Empoli raised its balance to 25 points in ninth place.

Empoli started the match better, and showed organization and discipline, as Inter was not allowed to keep the ball too much, thanks to the great pressure exerted by its players.

In the 12th minute, a longitudinal game was carried out by Empoli’s defense, which enabled Cambiagi to outpace Bastoni, receive it and penetrate into the area, and aim a ground ball that was saved by Onana, which passed outside the field for a corner.

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The danger continued for the guests and they came very close to scoring, after a quick counterattack in the 17th minute, Bayrami passed it deep into the Inter defense to his colleague Caputo, who received and hit a ball toward the goal, but it hit De Frey and passed next to the post for a new corner.

Di Marco threatened Empoli’s goal from the first opportunity for the Nerazzurri in the 20th minute, after a cross from the right, he met it with a direct shot which goalkeeper Vicario shone to push it away with his feet.

Inter missed a real opportunity to score in the 27th minute, after a corner that was dispersed by the defense to reach Calhangulu, who crossed to find Bastoni himself completely alone in front of the goal, but he hit a header far from the goal.

In the 40th minute, Inter received a strong and impressive blow after defender Skriniar came out with a red card, after receiving two yellow cards, to complete the match with ten players.

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Empoli almost took advantage of Inter’s numerical shortage, and two minutes before the end of the first half, Ibuhi passed a cross from the right into the area, Kabuto headed it in, but Onana managed to catch it. Darmian prevented the chance of a goal for Empoli in the 51st minute, after Campiagi passed from the right side and penetrated into the area, and sent a cross from the ground that Caputo almost singled out and put it in the net, had it not been for the brilliance of Darmian, who intercepted the ball wonderfully before it reached the opponent’s striker. Empoli had a double chance in the 58th minute, after a quick counterattack launched by Bayrami to fire a creeping ground shot that was blocked by Onana, to rebound to Bayrami, who passed a cross that reached Henderson, who fired another shot that was blocked by the Cameroonian lion.

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And in the 66th minute, Empoli advanced with the first goal through Tommaso Baldanzi, who participated just a minute ago as a substitute player, after a ball reached him from the right side, to fire a creeping ground shot that passed under Unana’s hand and into the net.

In an attempt by Inzaghi to remedy the situation and score the equalizer, the Inter coach made a triple substitution to push Dzeko, Goossens, and Aslani, instead of Barella, Di Marco, and Darmian.

Substitute Dzeko almost equalized the score for Inter, after an excellent cross pass from Hakan to the far left, to be met by the striker with a shot on the bird that passed next to the post, in the most dangerous opportunity for the Nerazzurri.

And the crossbar stood in front of the equalizing goal, after a corner that was executed inside the six yards, which was met by defender De Vree with a header that hit the crossbar, and passed outside the area.

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