February 27, 2024

Why Inter’s First Goal Wasn’t Disallowed As The Nerazzurri End Daniele De Rossi’s Honeymoon

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It was the biggest encounter in the Round 24 of the Italian Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico between AS Roma and Inter Milan and the match did indeed live up to that tag as 6 goals were scored between the two teams on a rainy pitchy in the capital city.

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For the Giallorossi, they had won 3 games on the bounce in the Serie A under Daniele De Rossi and they were hoping to make it four with the club legend facing his biggest test as Roma coach. For Inter, they were looking to extend their lead at the top of the table, but we’re up against a Roma side that seemed unstoppable under their new manager.

The match started in earnest and the home side seemed to be the better side while Inter had the better chances with several corners and they converted from one of those corners in the 17th minute. It was floated in and Romelu Lukaku headed it into the path of Francesco Acerbi who placed it beyond the goalkeeper to open the scoring.


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The home side were not deterred and they found the equalizer after several attempts in the 28th minute. A free kick was floated in by Lorenzo Pellegrini and Gianluca Mancini who was left unmarked at the back post was on hand to guide it home to level the scores.

In the 44th minute, the home side took the lead via a quick counter and Steven El Shaarawy was released by Pellegrini and the winger had his left foot shot ricochet of the post into the net to send the home fans into a wild a jubilation.

The Nerazzurri looking at the prospect of seeing their leading position at the top of the table reduced, came out all gun blazing in the second half and they were able to level things up in the 49th minute through French striker, Marcus Thuram. A Matteo Darmian cross into the box was converted by the former Borussia Moechengladbach forward.

It should be recalled that he was also decisive in the first leg at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, scoring in the 81st minute to hand the Nerazzurri all three points back in October, under Jose Mourinho, who coincidentally was serving a suspension, just like Inter coach, Simone Inzaghi for this particular encounter.

Seven minutes later, they were back in the lead as a Henrikh Mkhitaryan cross was turned into his own net by winter signing, Angelino, under pressure from Thuram. The Nerazzurri were able to maintain their lead despite several attempts from the home side. In the 65th minute, Lukaku was released by a precise pass.

But he failed to go past the on-rushing Yann Sommer in goal for Inter. The Giallorossi were on the ascendance and they poured forward in search of that goal to at least grab a point from the game, but all that effort was undone in the 93rd minute.

Inter scored a fourth as second half substitute, Marko Arnautovic rolled it across for an unmarked Alessandro Bastoni to score his first goal of the year and put the game to bed. With this win, Inter have now stretched their lead to seven points while Juventus will have a chance to reduce it when they face Udinese on Monday.


There was a rare occurrence when the referee was called to the VAR monitor for Inter’s first goal, but stuck to his original decision. The opening goal at the Stadio Olimpico saw Federico Dimarco’s corner kick flicked on by Lukaku for the looping Acerbi header into the far top corner.

VAR officials called referee Marco Guida to the monitor to evaluate whether Thuram was interfering with play in an offside position. However, after viewing it several times, Guida stuck to his original decision. This is because while Thuram was touching Rui Patricio, he was not in a position to prevent the goalkeeper getting to that Acerbi header.

If anything, his position would block Rui Patricio from moving away from the area where the ball ended up, so it was insufficient to disallow the goal. The referee had to rule on this himself, because the VAR can only disallow a goal for offside if that player touched the ball.

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Only a referee can judge something subjective, such as whether a player is interfering with play. The Nerazzurri will now shift their focus towards their next fixture, a Friday night game at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium against bottom placed Salernitana who just sacked their manager.

Simone Inzaghi is expected to return to the bench for this game as well as Stefano Sensi and Davide Frattesi. The coach will probably rotate his starting lineup with the UCL clash against Atletico Madrid four days later in mind.

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