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Internazionale v Cremonese Live Commentary, 8/30/22

FT
3 - 1
INT
CRE
J. Correa (12)
N. Barella (38)
Lautaro Martínez (76)
D. Okereke (90)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means Inter climb up to second, while Cremonese fall to 19th having yet to claim a point.
Inter bounce back from disappointment against Lazio with a convincing 3-1 victory over Cremonese. The hosts made a fast start: Correa tapped in following Radu's save from Dzeko before Barella's spectacular strike doubled their lead. And Inter's control continued into the second half with Martinez wrapping the game up with an excellent run and finish. The visitors secured a late consolation goal through Okereke's excellent strike, but they were second best throughout and Inter deserved their three points.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: INTER 3-1 CREMONESE
90' + 1' Three minutes of stoppage time are added on.
G. Escalante
Assist
Cremonese
90' Escalante will get the assist, but in truth he misplaced a pass intended for Zanimacchia only for Okereke to turn it into something special!
D. Okereke
Goal
Cremonese
90' GOAL! OKEREKE! 3-1. Cremonese get a consolation goal. Okereke controls a loose pass on the edge of the box, before bending a superb strike into the far corner! Handanovic didn't move!
89' Dzeko curls a cross towards the back post, but there's no one there and it runs harmlessly behind.
87' It's been an excellent performance from Inter and they can now enjoy a relaxed final 10 minutes to this game.
85' Di Carmine wriggles in behind the Inter defence after a clever throughball from Pickel, but Skriniar gets back to block his shot.
83' Inter are slowing the tempo now as they look to rest up ahead of a big game against Milan at the weekend.
M. Castagnetti
E. Aiwu
Cremonese
81' Aiwu is taken off and Castagnetti will take his spot in defence.
81' Barella is down after a heavy tackle from Escalante but he should be okay to continue.
R. Gosens
M. Darmian
Internazionale
79' Gosens also comes on with Darmian heading off.
R. Bellanova
D. Dumfries
Internazionale
79' Dumfries heads off with Bellanova coming on.
J. Vásquez
Yellow Card
Cremonese
79' Vasquez is booked after a late tackle on Brozovic.
N. Barella
Assist
Internazionale
76' Barella adds to his superb display with a brilliant assist to set up Martinez to seal the game. The midfielder nodded it past Pickel on the break before sending through a brilliant threaded pass.
Lautaro Martínez
Goal
Internazionale
76' GOAL! MARTINEZ! 3-0. Inter wrap up the game. Barella skips away on the break following a Cremonese corner and releases Martinez through on goal. The striker holds off Aiwu brilliantly before entering the box and drilling a precise finish into the far corner past a motionless Radu!
74' DOUBLE-SAVE! Dumfries nods a header into the box and Dzeko latches onto it before Radu smothers his close-range strike! Martinez picks up the rebound and cuts it back to Dumfries whose powerful strike is then pushed away by a scrambling Radu. Martinez pounces on the loose ball before then firing over the bar! Inter really should have wrapped up the game there.
D. D'Ambrosio
F. Dimarco
Internazionale
72' Dimarco also walks off to be replaced by D'Ambrosio.
K. Asllani
M. Brozović
Internazionale
72' Brozovic heads off with Asllani taking his place in midfield.
72' Valeri wins a promising free-kick near the touchline, but Zanimacchia curls in a weak delivery and Skriniar boots it clear.
70' Brozovic darts into the box before hitting a tame effort straight at Radu.
68' Dessers had been the main threat for the visitors today, but it's been a frustrating day for the striker as he's replaced.
J. Vásquez
L. Lochoshvili
Cremonese
67' Lochoshvili heads off with Vasquez coming on.
E. Valeri
G. Quagliata
Cremonese
67' Quagliata departs with Valeri coming on.
S. Di Carmine
C. Dessers
Cremonese
67' Cremonese make three changes: the first sees Dessers head off for Di Carmine.
E. Aiwu
Yellow Card
Cremonese
66' Aiwu is shown a yellow card after a heavy challenge on Calhanoglu near the touchline.
64' CHANCE! Cremonese waste a big chance to get back into the game. Okereke latches onto De Vrij's poor clearance and crosses for Dessers. The striker is alone at the back post but blazes an acrobatic volley wastefully over the bar!
62' Dzeko receives a pass from Brozovic inside the box and spins before firing a shot that deflects off Bianchetti and wide.
60' CLOSE! Zanimacchia cracks off a vicious strike from 25 yards and it beats Handanovic as it whistles narrowly over the bar!
58' Cremonese continue to search for a way back into this game with no reward. Quagliata takes on Dumfries, but the defender stands him up and knocks it away for a throw-in.
Lautaro Martínez
J. Correa
Internazionale
55' Correa is replaced by Martinez after a strong display in attack, punctuated by that early goal.
54' Chance! Dessers pounces on a loose ball inside the six-yard box, but he can only drive his shot against De Vrij and Handanvoic eventually claims it.
52' The visitors are playing with a little more urgency since the break, but it'll take a massive effort to recover in this game.
C. Dessers
Yellow Card
Cremonese
50' Dessers is booked after a heavy aerial collision with Dzeko. It was one too many fouls from the attacker and the referee shows him a yellow card.
50' CHANCE! Aiwu climbs over Dimarco at the back post to meet a corner, but he can only place his close-range header inches wide of the post!
48' The visitors get into the box quickly through Dessers, but his shot from a tight angle is easy for Handanovic.
L. Zanimacchia
S. Ascacíbar
Cremonese
46' Ascacibar makes way for Zanimacchia during the interval.
46' Cremonese kick off the second half.
Barella has been at the heart of everything for the hosts, producing a goal and creating three chances. The visitors will have little hope of getting back into this one if he continues this performance.
Inter take a comfortable lead into the break. The hosts took control of this game early on and haven't dropped the tempo since. They took the lead when Correa tapped in from close range early on, after good work from Barella. And Barella doubled their lead with a stunning volley after Calhanoglu's clever pass. The visitors offered little going forward and can have few complaints about a 2-0 deficit at half-time.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: INTER 2-0 CREMONESE
45' One minute of stoppage time is added as Lochoshvili returns to the pitch.
44' Lochoshvili is down after a clash of heads and there'll be a brief delay.
42' This is a common feeling for the visitors. Cremonese have conceded five first-half goals in four games, only Monza (six) have conceded more in Serie A this season.
40' Well, it's a long way back for Cremonese now. They've been thoroughly outplayed so far and have shown little to suggest they can overcome a two-goal deficit.
H. Çalhanoğlu
Assist
Internazionale
38' It was a clever pass from Calhanoglu to pick out Barella but surely he didn't expect the sensational finish that followed!
N. Barella
Goal
Internazionale
38' GOALL! BARELLA! 2-0. A stunning strike doubles Inter's lead. The hosts sweep forward with an intricate move that ends with Calhanoglu receiving a pass deep inside the box. The midfielder takes his time before picking out Barella with a clipped pass, and Barella promptly lashes a fierce, 20-yard volley across Radu and into the top corner!
37' Dumfries crosses to the back post, where Darmian's waiting. However, the defender catches Lochoshvili with a stray arm and the visitors are awarded a free-kick.
35' Inter have been in total control of this game so far: Cremonese have managed just two shots.
33' Dumfries can't quite connect with Brozovic's throughball and the visitors regroup with a goal-kick.
31' Close! Bianchetti recovers at the last moment to slide in and poke behind with Correa prepared to shoot. The resulting corner bounces dangerously inside the six-yard box, but Radu bravely dives in to flick it away and wins a free-kick for his troubles.
29' Dimarco's down clutching his ankle after a heavy tackle from Dessers but he should be okay to continue.
28' Dimarco blazes high and wide from 25 yards.
26' Dessers picks up a loose ball on the edge of the Inter box and looks to thread it through to Okereke! However, he gets the power wrong and Inter clear.
24' Cremonese have barely mustered any threat so far, but Inter will still be concerned about their lead unless they get a second.
22' Barella makes another lung-busting run down the right flank before Quagliata blocks his cross behind. Inter send in a succession of deliveries but the visitors clear each time.
20' Ghiglione finds space to cross once more. Ascacibar dummies the cross to let it run across the face of goal and it misses everyone before trickling wide.
18' Close! Correa lays it off to Calhanoglu inside the box and the midfielder drags his eight-yard strike just wide of the near post!
16' Ghiglione whips a cross into the box, but there's no one there and De Vrij clears.
14' Well, Inter will be delighted with this start. They've quickly shrugged off the disappointment of the Lazio game and their early pressure has produced a goal in the 12th minute.
J. Correa
Goal
Internazionale
12' GOALLL! CORREA! 1-0. Inter take a deserved early lead. Cremonese hit a corner straight to Dimarco and the hosts break. Barella leads the charge up to the edge of the box, before sliding an accurate pass into Dzeko. The striker hits a low effort towards the corner and Radu can only tip it straight back out! Correa pounces on the loose ball and rolls it into an empty net!
10' Dimarco misplaces a pass intended for Brozovic and Cremonese get a chance to slow the game down. Nevertheless, Inter will be pleased with their start.
8' The visitors are struggling for possession right now. Radu gets a chance to build from the back, but he hammers his drop-kick all the way into the arms of Handanovic.
6' Inter continue to apply early pressure. Calhanoglu's corner drifts over everyone before Darmian's vicious low cross is hooked away by Aiwu.
4' WIDE! Bianchetti lunges in late on Barella on the edge of the box, giving Inter a promising free-kick. Dimarco steps up ahead of Calhanoglu to curl it over the wall and inches wide!
3' Correa looks to quickly unleash Dimarco inside the box, but the defender handles the ball and Cremonese are awarded a free-kick.
1' Inter kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just minutes away!
Inter have won each of their last eight Serie A matches against newly promoted teams, and only once in their history in the competition have they recorded a longer winning streak against opponents coming up from Serie B (10 in a row between April 2002 and September 2003).
Cremonese also make four changes after their defeat to Torino: Vazquez, Baez, Valeri and Zanimacchia make way for Locoshvili, Ghiglione, Quagliata and Ascacibar.
Inter make four changes to the side that lost to Lazio: Bastoni, Gagliardini, Lukaku and Martinez make way for Darmian, Calhanoglu, Dzeko and Correa.
SUBS: Michele Castagnetti, Tommaso Milanese, Jaime Baez, Gianluca Saro, Leonardo Sernicola, Luca Ravanelli, Johan Vasquez, Samuel Di Carmine, Cristian Buonaiuto, Vlad Chiriches, Frank Tsadjout, Mouhamadou Sarr, Daniel Ciofani L. Zanimacchia, Emanuele Valeri.
CREMONESE (3-4-1-2): Ionut Radu; Emanuel Aiwu, Matteo Bianchetti, Luka Lochoshvili; Paolo Ghiglione, Charles Pickel, Gonzalo Escalante, Giacomo Quagliata; Santiago Ascacibar; David Okereke, Cyriel Dessers.
SUBS: Alessandro Bastoni, Eddie Salcedo, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lucien Agoume, Alessandro Fontanarosa, Kristjan Asllani, Mattia Zanotti, Roberto Gagliardini, Robin Gosens, Alex Cordaz, Andre Onana, Raoul Bellanova, Danilo D'Ambrosio, Lautaro Martinez.
INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Federico Dimarco; Denzel Dumfries, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Matteo Darmian; Edin Dzeko, Joaquin Correa.
Cremonese, meanwhile, are still waiting for their season to get going. They’ve lost all of their three games so far and they’ll be aiming to stun Inter and finally get off the mark today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Serie A fixture between Inter and Cremonese. Inter enter this one in seventh following two wins and a defeat from their opening three games. It’s a reasonable start, but they’ll be desperate to respond positively following a worrying 3-1 defeat to Lazio last time out.