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Inter beat Sassuolo by the score of 1-0 at the Stadio Mapei Sunday afternoon.

Here is how we rated Stefano Pioli’s squad:

Goalkeeper

Samir Handamovic (5): Made some great saves and distributed well. Deserved clean sheet.

Defenders

Danilo D’Ambrosio (5.5): Kept his area relatively spotless.

Joao Miranda (6): Directed his defense effectively while earning a clean sheet.

Jeison Murillo (5): Looked shaky in the first half but bounced back in the second half making some key tackles.

Midfielders

Antonio Candreva (6): Scored the sole goal in the contest off a rebound and his defensive work rate down the right side of the pitch was impressive.

Marcelo Brozovic (5): A quieter match from the Croatian. Still directed the midfield and distributed well.

Felipe Melo (4.5): Of course, the Brazilian displayed heart and grit. And, ultimately, it was a bit much, as he’d get sent off in the dying stages of the match.

Christian Ansaldi (5): Played as a left midfielder but found himself in the left back position for a better portion of the match. When he got into attacking positions, he was dangerous.

Forwards

Joao Mario (5.5): A higher placed position for the Portuguese yielded some impressive runs. Came off in the 69th minute for Ever Banega.

Ivan Perisic (5): Could’ve had a couple of goals. He’ll want those chances back. Overall, a dangerous performance from the Croat.

Mauro Icardi (5): Got involved in Inter attacks by mostly making space for others by drawing defenders out of positions.

Substitutes

Ever Banega (5): Came on for Joao Mario to keep the Sassuolo defense pinned back.

Gabriel Barbosa (N/A): Came on in the 91st minute to waste time and effectively did so, earning a yellow card in the process.

Coach

Stefano Pioli (6): Slowly but surely, the Italian is forming Inter in his own vision.

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