Date: 10th September 2017 at 2:33pm
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Inter won 2-0 against SPAL at the Stadio Meazza on Sunday afternoon in Serie A, thanks to their main men Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic, and thus climbed to the top of the table.

The Nerazzurri found the opener through an Icardi penalty given with the help of the Video Assistant Referee, then a wonder goal by Ivan Perisic towards the end of the second half put erased any doubt as to whether SPAL could make an unlikely comeback.

Inter started off the better side with a couple of good chances for Roberto Gagliardini and Perisic, but it was the referee who took centre stage when he awarded a penalty to the Nerazzurri after consulting VAR as Joao Mario was brought down just on the edge of the box

Icardi made it 1-0 coolly and minutes later he went close to scoring the second.

Alfred Gomis made a fantastic save from an Antonio Candreva effort, as the Nerazzurri maintained the pressure until half time, taking very little risks at the back apart from a chance Alberto Paloschi, which was put well wide just before the half time whistle.

In the second half, SPAL seemed more convincing, going close to scoring with a Marco Borriello header being cleared off on the line. But it was Inter again with the best chance, Milan Skriniar having a go from miles away and hitting the crossbar.

Then, as the game drew to a close, it was all about Perisic’s stunning volley that guaranteed another win for Inter.

It’s three out of three for Luciano Spalletti’s men, who join Juventus at the top of Serie A on nine points.

MATCH FACTS

  • Each of Inter’s 8 goals in Serie A this season have seen either Mauro Icardi or Ivan Perisic involved (with goals or assists).
  • Mauro Icardi has scored at least once against each of the 18 current Serie A opponents already faced (he has never played vs Benevento).
  • The Argentinian striker has found the net in each of the opening three Serie A games for the first time in his career.
  • Icardi has scored one goal every 12 touches – the best ratio among Serie A players with more than one goal scored this season.
  • Ivan Perisic has scored three goals and provided six assists in his last five Serie A appearances.
  • Inter have won five Serie A games in a row, after having picked up only two points in the previous eight league fixtures.
  • The Nerazzurri have won their opening three Serie A games for the fourth time since 1994/95: in the previous three occasions they have always ended the season in the top-four positions.
  • SPAL had only one shot on target: only once in 2017 have Inter conceded fewest shots on target in Serie A (none vs Palermo last January).