Player ratings as Nerazzurri go top of Serie A again

Inter moved back to the top of Serie A with a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Lazio on Sunday night.

In their opening match of 2022, delayed after a midweek meeting with Bologna never materialised, Inter rattled the ball around with a swagger that belied the 18-day wait for a return to the pitch.

Lautaro Martinez had the ball in the net in the 17th minute but was denied a 12th goal of the campaign by a whisker-wide offside VAR spotted. Penning Lazio into their own half for large swathes, Inter cranked up the pressure as Stefan de Vrij and Lautaro again went close.

Alessandro Bastoni proved the unlikely source of Inter’s opener. Steadying himself as he collected a half-cleared corner, Inter‘s centre back threaded a 25-yard effort through a clustered box and into the bottom corner half an hour in.

Yet, Inter had barely finished their second rendition of the celebrations before Ciro Immobile struck Lazio level completely against the run of play. Ruthlessly capitalising upon a collective blackout from De Vrij and Milan Skriniar, the visiting skipper sharply darted onto the drop ball Danilo Cataldi impishly knocked over the top.

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