Cagliari 1-3 Inter Milan: Romelu Lukaku, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Nicolo Barella all score in last 15 minutes as Antonio Conte’s side come from behind to win Serie A encounter
- Inter Milan were made to work hard for their victory in Serie A on Sunday
- Riccardo Sottil put Cagliari ahead shortly before half time with a fine volley
- Goals from Nicolo Barella, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Romelu Lukaku won it for Inter
- Antonio Conte’s side now second in Serie A table, two points behind AC Milan
Inter Milan, knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage on Wednesday, scored three times in the last 15 minutes as they came from behind to claim a dramatic 3-1 win at Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.
Inter missed a flurry of chances in the first half hour, and Riccardo Sottil made them pay when he volleyed mid-table Cagliari ahead in the 42nd minute.
Nicolo Barella volleyed home against his old club in the 77th minute to equalise before substitute Danilo D’Ambrosio headed a second seven minutes later, less than a minute after coming on.
Romelu Lukaku scores in injury-time to seal a 3-1 victory for Inter Milan against Cagliari
Lukaku strikes home into the empty net as Cagliari went chasing for a last-gasp equaliser
Romelu Lukaku broke away to score a third in stoppage time as Inter moved back into second place with 24 points from 11 games, two behind leaders AC Milan who play at home against Parma later on Sunday.
Inter gave Christian Eriksen only his fourth league start of the season and his first since October 31, but the Dane faded and was taken off just before the hour.
Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno made a double save from Lukaku and twice denied Alexis Sanchez before the hosts went ahead with their first real chance as Sottil scored from a narrow angle.
Italian international Danilo D’Ambrosio celebrates after putting Inter Milan 2-1 up at Cagliari
Italian international midfielder Nicolo Barella scored the equaliser for Antonio Conte’s side
The goal knocked Inter out of their stride and they struggled to create openings in the second half.
Cagliari forward Joao Pedro should have finished it off in the 75th minute, but the Brazilian produced a weak effort which Samir Handanovic comfortably saved.
That proved to be the turning point for Inter.
Riccardo Sottil celebrates after giving the hosts a surprise lead on Sunday afternoon
Two minutes later, their corner was cleared to the edge of the area, where Barella met it with a powerful volley which left Cragno helpless.
Barella then provided the cross from which D’Ambrosio headed Inter into the lead seven minutes later.
Cragno joined the attack for a corner as Cagliari launched a desperate late offensive, but they were caught on the break and Lukaku was able to walk in the third in stoppage time for his ninth league goal of the season.
Inter have moved into second in Serie A, two points off leaders AC having played a game more
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