Inter 1-2 Sassuolo: Domenico Berardi’s Spectacular Strike Shocks the League Leaders as Sassuolo Clinch Another Major Victory
Domenico Berardi delivered an astonishing thunderous strike, leaving Inter Milan in disbelief as Sassuolo secured their second significant victory in Serie A, having previously disrupted Juventus’ title pursuit over the weekend. Sassuolo’s journey took them to Milan, where they accomplished a remarkable feat by becoming the first team to halt Simone Inzaghi’s previously undefeated Inter Milan, who had been dominating the competition.
Inter Milan’s perfect start to the Serie A campaign came to a crushing end following a 2-1 home defeat to Sassuolo on Wednesday.
Denzel Dumfries put Inter ahead after a dominant first half, but two Sassuolo goals within nine minutes turned the game on its head.
Nedim Bajrami levelled matters after Yann Sommer failed to keep out his mediocre effort before Domenico Berardi produced a stunning strike to put Sassuolo in front.
The result ends Inter’s winning run to the Serie A campaign, where they now sit joint top of the table level on points with rivals AC Milan.
As for Sassuolo, it’s back-to-back giant killings after dismantling Juventus last weekend following a rocky start to the season. The win means they’re now up to eighth in the table.
Inter started the match strongly and had a couple of half chances early on but not enough to trouble the Sassuolo goal.
With just over half an hour played, things started to tick again for Inter who came close when Marcus Thuram headed over from close range and then missed the ball at the end of a well-worked move.
Inter finally took the lead when Dumfries darted into the box, cut inside onto his left foot and angled a delicious effort into the far bottom corner.
But their lead didn’t last long. Bajrami’s effort ten minutes into the second half was too strong for Sommer who couldn’t keep the midfielder’s low strike from trickling over the line.
And then nine minutes later, Berardi – who set up Bajrami for the equaliser – stunned the Meazza with a thunderous strike to put Sassuolo ahead.
As he looked to work his way into the box, he shifted the ball past the jockeying Henrikh Mkhitaryan onto his left foot, and from 25 yards out blasted a strike across goal and into the far bottom corner.
Inter struggled to get back into the game but did have a chance in the dying minutes when Francesco Acerbi’s strong shot was kept out by Andrea Consigli as Sassuolo held on for all three points.
TALKING POINT – INTER RUE WASTED CHANCES
It was a game of two halves in Milan, with Inter dominating the first half and Sassuolo coming out of the break far more organised and composed. But Inter had a bundle of chances in the first half to go two, three or even four goals ahead at the break which they didn’t take.
Mkhitaryan continued to supply the likes of Thuram and Martinez with fantastic deliveries, but Simone Inzaghi’s team were not clinical enough. Dumfries took his goal well, but that was the only moment of real quality the home side showed as they watched their 100% record, and the chance to go three points clear of Milan at the top of the table, slip through their fingers.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH – DOMENICO BERARDI (SASSUOLO)
The goalscorer was fantastic in the second half and almost single-handedly turned the game around with a goal and an assist. Pinamonti has deservedly stolen the headlines in the last few weeks with four goals in three games, but on Wednesday – especially in the second half – Berardi was the main man.
In addition to assisting Bajrami for the equalizing goal and netting a remarkable goal himself, he also generated the highest number of chances in the match (4). This fact would have been hard to fathom during the halftime break when Inter was clearly in control of the game.