All Inter’s hopes of finishing in a Champions League spot essentially ended tonight at the Meazza. Sampdoria came back to beat Inter 1-2 in a match that Inter will be scratching their heads over for a good while. I nerazzurri were ahead 1-0 at the half, but a controversial Schick goal and a Quagliarella penalty gave Sampdoria the win in the end.
Here’s how we rated Pioli’s men:
Samir Handanovic (5): Saved by the post twice. Unfortunate to have conceded in the 50th minute as Schick’s goal was clearly offside.
Danilo D’Ambrosio (5.5): Played well down his right side and even got into the box and scored to give Inter the 1-0 lead.
Joao Miranda (4.5): Lucky not to concede a goal or two in the first half. Never did give up and saved Inter from going 1-3 down late on.
Gary Medel (4.5): Looked shaky in parts and got shrugged off by Schick all too easy at times.
Christian Ansaldi (5): Kept his area tidy. Unfortunate not to have one of his crosses converted.
Marcelo Brozovic (3): Did nothing noteworthy for 84 minutes until giving up a penalty to Sampdoria as he blocked a free kick with his hand inside Inter’s penalty area in which Quagliarella converted to give Sampdoria the 1-2 win.
Roberto Gagliardini (5): Didn’t have a bad match. Had a slight knock in the first half which ultimately made Pioli go to his bench at halftime.
Ever Banega (5.5): Assisted D’Ambrosio in the 35th minute with a ball whipped in from the right wing and looked dangerous every time he had the ball. Came off for Joao Mario with 10 minutes to go.
Antonio Candreva (5.5): Always a threat down the right wing. Will be thinking about his missed chances tonight.
Ivan Perisic (5): Never seemed to be the Croatian’s game. Got forward and whipped in balls but didn’t look as sharp as usual.
Mauro Icardi (5.5): Was involved in nearly every Inter attack. Got onto the wings and whipped crosses in and started counter attacks as well. Will be hitting himself after missing a sitter in the 72nd minute which would’ve given Inter a 2-1 lead.
Geoffrey Kondogbia (5): Was not an upgrade to Gagliardini but did his job as a defensive presence.
Eder (5): A lot of fight in the Italian but didn’t quite get into the match as much as he would have liked to.
Joao Mario (N/A): Was given 10 minutes to surge Inter to victory but instead Inter had the wind knocked out of its sails once Brozovic gave away a penalty late on.
Stefano Pioli (4): None of his subs had any sort of impact and his club’s mentality is always so shaky. To go up 1-0 at home and end up losing is simply unacceptable at this point in the season- especially for a team who’s aspiration is to make Champions League in 2017/2018.