A superb game from Lazio's Brazilian ace killed Nerazzurri remaining hopes of a sixth straight league title. If AC Milan win at home to Brescia there could be 10 points between Inter and Serie A's top. Scudetto's gone, that's a certainty. And if the European champions keep playing this way even the Fifa Club World Cup could follow the same path.
The game against Lazio was the last for Inter ahead of the Intercontinental competition which is starting next week in Abu Dhabi. A very disappointing au revoir. A spiritless performance from the Champions of Europe - Inter played only 15 minutes, the 15 minutes in between Pandev's 73 minutes goal and Lazio's third. Too little, too late. The Olympic stadium witnessed a very good display form the home side against a team whose mid was already in the Emirates. Biava opened the score at the minute 26, Pandev missed an easy chance five minutes later. At the minute 35 Thiago Motta replaced the injured Dejan Stankovic. In the beginning of the second half Zarate exploited Natalino's only mistake of the game. A timid but promising display from the 18-year Inter's right-back. One of the few good notes from this game. Pandev returning to score after 10 months and Sneijder hitting the crossbar could be the other ones. No huge comfort, actually.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Hernanes. The Brazilian's talent was so evident and effective to obscure everyone else on the pitch. Inter now hope Internacional will not emulate their fellow countryman.
Serie A 2010-11 / Day 15
LAZIO-INTER 3-1 (1-0)
LAZIO: Muslera; Lichtsteiner, Biava, Dias, Radu; Brocchi, Matuzalem; Mauri, Zarate (81’ Ledesma), Hernanes (91' Bresciano); Floccari (87' Rocchi). Coach: Reja
INTER: Castellazzi; Natalino (83' Santon), Cordoba, Lucio, Zanetti; Cambiasso, Stankovic (36’ Thiago Motta); Biabiany, Sneijder, Muntari (54' Alibec); Pandev. Coach: Benitez.
Goals: Biava 27’; Zarate 52’, Pandev 74’, Hernanes 89'
Yellow cards: Brocchi, Radu; Muntari