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Inter Return to Champions League with Thrilling Win Over Lazio

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Inter team celebrate during serie A between SS Lazio v FC Internazionale in Rome, on May 20, 2018. (Photo by Federica Roselli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Late goals, red cards and VAR decisions all played a big part in this season finale in Serie A game between Lazio and Internazionale at the Stadio Olimpico. Inter in 5th place three points behind Lazio knew they had to win the game in order to qualify for next year’s Champions League whilst Lazio knew a draw or more would be enough for them.

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Inter started the pressure early on but the early chances fell to home team when Luiz Felipe blazed over from close range. However Lazio took the lead in freakish circumstances when a Adam Murisic cannoned off the face of Ivan Perisic and took the ball passed a helpless Handanovic. The Nerazzurri fought back though when Danilo D’Ambrosio scrambled the ball home from close range. Shortly before the break Lazio went on a splendid counter attack which was finished off by Felipe Anderson with a very good finish into the bottom corner.

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Inter were doing a lot of pressing in the second half and were awarded a penalty for what seemed to be for a handball but after consulting VAR the referee overturned his own decision. The last 15 minutes of the game will what be what defined both of these teams season when Stefan De Vrij who seems to be destined to join Inter in the summer brought down Mauro Icardi in the box and the Argentine dispatched the penalty confidently.

This goal put him level with Ciro Immobile at the top scorers list for the season. Only minutes later, Lazio captain Lulic needlessly got himself a second yellow card. Then minutes after that, Matias Vecino’s header gave Inter the lead with a downward header from a corner that rippled the side netting sending the travelling fans into euphoria. Lazio substitute Patric was sent off in added time for protesting but Lazio could not carve out any late chances and the fourth and final UCL spot for next year went to the Nerazzurri.

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