Roma and Inter were the two most dominating sides in this round and, while the Giallorossi could have easily scored four of five goals, the Nerazzurri gets the coveted weekly trophy because they trampled a better team on the road.
The Nerazzurri came in riding a three-game winning streak where they had topped Brescia, Bologna and Verona and were looking for further success in away fixtures, where they have always prevailed. Antonio Conte could not count again on Stefano Sensi, Roberto Gagliardini and Kwadwo Asamoah and fielded Matias Vecino in the midfield, Danilo D’Ambrosio over Antonio Candreva on the right wing and Diego Godin in the back, instead of giving him the usual pre-Champions League day off.
The Benamata got the lead after just 11 minutes, as the Granata back-line fell asleep on a routine through ball and allowed Lautaro Martinez to sprint unabated towards the goal and El Toro finished with aplomb despite the soggy pitch.
Torino had a pair of chances but missed the target from close range, while Salvatore Sirigu slapped away a dangerous header by Romelu Lukaku on the other end. At the 31st minute, the Nerazzurri moved the defensive castle with an indirect corner kick, Stefan De Vrij got open on the far post on a long delivery by Cristiano Biraghi and easily tucked it home.
Sirigu denied Nicolò Barella on a counter and the midfield picked up a knee injury on the process. Samir Handanovic put his stamp on the W with a superb dive on a close-range tap-in by Lorenzo De Silvestri in the final minutes of the first half.
Inter sealed the deal ten minutes into the second half as Marcelo Brozovic linked up with Lukaku on a fast-break and the centre-forward threaded the needle for his tenth goal in Serie A. Torino’s following attempts were either high or saved by Handanovic.
The Biscione continues to keep up with Juventus in the table and actually looked far better than the rivals in this round, although the respective opponents were not at the same level. They assembled a wealthy haul in the fantasy game, with De Vrij leading the pack with his nine point, followed by Biraghi and Handanovic with seven. Federico Dimarco and Godin took home five thanks to the clean sheet, while Milan Skriniar and D’Ambrosio were docked one due a yellow card. Brozovic and Vecino both earned four thanks to their assist, tying Romelu Lukaku and edging Martinez, who was booked as well. The rest of the midfielders snatched two for contributing to shutting down the opponents.
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