Inter Milan lose ground on Juventus after draw against Sassuolo
Inter Milan started the second half of the season with a disappointing barren draw against Sassuolo as they failed to close the gap between them and log leaders Juventus in a Serie A match staged at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday 19th January.
Inter Milan were looking to continue from where they left from in the first leg and make it four consecutive wins to compound Sassuolo to five games without a victory. Inter Milan started brightly looking to secure that all-important early goal but it was Sassuolo who had the game’s first chance in the 14th minute when Alfred Duncan threaded in a neat through ball to Manuel Locatelli but the on-loan AC Milan forward’s shot went inches wide.
Luciano Spalletti’s men almost grabbed the lead in the 17th minute with a corner straight off the training ground as Matteo Politano played the ball short to Marcelo Brozovic who whipped in a corner that was headed by Vecino but his nodded effort flew agonizingly over the crossbar.
Inter Milan missed a flurry of chances in the first half with Brozovic and Politano being the culprits as the Nerazzurri went into the break locked in a barren draw as Mauro Icardi received very little service from his compatriots.
Sassuolo got a chance 10 minutes after the resumption of the second half when Matteo Locatelli's cross was rifled on target by Kevin Prince Boateng but his effort was equally matched by Samir Handanovic in goal.
The game went through long periods without attempts on goal as both teams struggled to dominate the midfield battle. Inter Milan finally had a clear-cut chance in the second half that came in the 83rd minute when Danilo D'Ambrosio found Lautaro Martínez with a pointed cross but the header was gathered by Andrea Consigli in goal.
Sassuolo held on for the draw to put a halt to their three-game losing streak while Inter Milan failed to cover some ground against log leaders Juventus but still sit third with 40 points.