It wasn’t pretty to watch at times, but on Saturday night Inter did something they have struggled to do in recent games and that is win.
Captain Mauro Icardi converted a Panenka-style penalty late in the game as Inter rebounded from the disappointment of their midweek Champions League exit by beating Udinese 1-0 win at Giuseppe Meazza.
Udinese appeared to have cleared a corner in the 76th minute but the referee then asked for a VAR review amid Inter protests and, after looking at the pitchside monitor, ruled that Seko Fofana had handled the ball.
Icardi, who had missed from close range minutes earlier, then sent goalkeeper Juan Musso the wrong way from the spot as he gently dinked the ball into the net for his ninth goal of the season.
Inter dominated the first half but they could not get the goal that their play deserved as Icardi went close with a header that scraped the post and Musso denying both Kwadwo Asamoah and Keita Balde.
In the second half you could see Inter run out of ideas and suddenly it was Udinese that looked the more likely of the two sides to score.
The Icardi goal should have been game over for Inter but for some unknown reason Inter lost control of the match in the final minutes as both sides wasted good chances to score.
On 89 minutes, Icardi’s diving header turned a Lautaro Martinez cross into the net, but only after he had wandered offside. He had another opportunity to complete his brace, but the volley clipped the crossbar after Musso flapped at the Ivan Perisic cross.
Inter were still only 1-0 up and risked blowing the lead in stoppages when Pussetto drilled wide when he should have done better.