Having an inconsistent run in their early Serie A matches, both Inter Milan and As Roma looked to get themselves together just before the Christmas break as the two closes the year with comforting victories.
The Nerazzurri trashed their visitor, Lecce, 4-1 at San Siro with Ricky Alvarez providing an inspiration for the home side, while Roma also continue their positive run with another precious away victory, this time against Bologna.
Inter Keeps On Winning Run
Inter Milan continuing to show signs of improvement as they climb the Serie A ladder again just before the Christmas break, sitting at fifth place at the moment after tormenting bottom table Lecce in a pretty convincing scoreline. Things didn’t actually came out easily for Claudio Ranieri’s side as the visitor managed to took the lead after 20 minutes through Luis Muriel, who sprung through the offside trap and placed his shot away from Julio Cesar’s reach right after beating Lucio and Douglas Maicon in the process.
After unluckily hitting the woodword, Inter finally managed to get their equalizer through Giampaolo Pazzini, who flicked in Maicon’s cross passed Lecce keeper, Gabrieli. The 1-1 scoreline spurred the home team even more in the second half and their pressure were rewarded with a goal early after the re-start from subsitute, Diego Milito, who latched on through Alvarez’ fine through pass.
Lecce did gave some fight in the second period as they created several good goal scoring opportunities through Daniele Corvia and Davide Di Michelle. However, the home team simply didn’t want to risk anything and eventually closed the visitor’s effort with two more goals from Cambiasso and also Alvarez, all came from a fine effort made by Yuto Nagatomo.
Roma Picked Up Another Away Glory
Following a surprising 3-1 victory over Napoli in the weekend, Roma faced Bologna with high confidence, despite the home team are pretty good when playing in front of their fans. The away team controlled the ball possession and finally took a deserved lead after 17 minutes through Rodrigo Taddei’s vicious volley right in the edge of the penalty area.
The goal made things much more comfortable for Luis Enrique’s side as they managed to boss around the match before eventually doubling their lead through Pablo Osvaldo’s fine strike, which came from Eric Lamela’s pass. Nothing really changed in the second half as the Giallorossi continue to control possession, making things difficult for the home team in creating chances, although Marteen Stekelenburg in Roma’s goal was forced to make several saves from Alessandro Diamanti’s efforts.
Inter v Lecce 4-1
Goals: Pazzini 34, Milito 49, Cambiasso 73, Alvarez 84 (Inter); Muriel 20 (Lecce)
Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo; Faraoni (Cambiasso 46), Zanetti, Motta, Alvarez; Forlan (Milito 46), Pazzini (Obi 72)
Lecce: Gabrieli; Oddo, Tomovic, Ferrario; Cuadrado, Giacomazzi, Obodo (Pasquato 75), Olivera (Piatti 46), Brivio; Muriel (Corvia 54), Di Michele