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Inter Stun Lazio To Reach Champions League

Inter completed the most incredible, dramatic turnaround in Rome on Sunday to beat 10-man Lazio 3-2 and enter the Champions League.

For 77 minutes Inter were second best on the night. Lazio had went ahead in the ninth minute when Adam Marusic’s strike was heading for the corner flag before it smacked Ivan Perisic in the face and ricocheted into the far bottom corner. It was the sort of goal that had Inter fans wondering if this was going to be one of those nights,

Things looked bad for Inter when Mauro Icardi was gifted the chance to equalize but horribly scuffed his finish wide when clear on goal. And at the other end Milinkovic-Savic thumped a free -kick of the top of the post with Handanovic frozen to the spot.

But in the 29th minute Inter got back into the game in chaotic circumstances, as a corner was somehow bundled over the line at the second attempt by Danilo D’Ambrosio.

That goal gave Inter energy and they pushed forward looking for a second and Lazio hit them with a classic counter-attack on an Inter corner. Lulic threaded the through ball to release Felipe Anderson, who used his pace to surge past defenders and place a shot into the far bottom corner.

For the next 20 minutes Inter looked like a beaten team. But the match, and Inter’s Champions League hopes all changed in a wild four minutes.

A long ball was brilliantly taken down by Icardi in the the box, and Inter’s new center-half Stefan de Vrij brought him down. Mauro Icardi kept his cool to convert the spot-kick and equalise. It also put the Argentine on 29 goals, level with Immobile in the Capocannoniere charts.

Cue the collapse by Lazio as they simply fell apart. Lulic received a second yellow card for a late tackle on Brozovic and within 120 seconds Inter had turned the game around to lead 3-2. Brozovic’s corner found Matias Vecino for a glancing header at the near post that flew into the far top corner.

Lazio were stunned. As where Inter fans around the world. The team had pulled off what had looked impossible for most of the day and that was a win and Champions League football next season.

Well done lads!