Youth League: Inter wins over Real Sociedad 1-0

Inter wins over Real Sociedad, and Benfica loses at Salzburg: the perfect match for the Nerazzurri. Christian Chivu’s men finished the Youth League group in second place, thus qualifying for the play-offs: a scenario that was not clear after the first matches, as Inter won four points in their first five matches. The win over the Basques – 1-0 thanks to Sarr’s 64th-minute penalty – propelled the young Nerazzurri forward in Europe. Inter will play the play-off match away from home, in one match, against one of the clubs from Arizona, Basel, Mainz, Midtjylland, Nantes, Olympiacos, Partizan, Zilina: the draw will be made on December 19.

A lot of fear

Inter had to commit to winning and then hope. The Nerazzurri were 2-2 behind second-placed Benfica and on the same points as Sociedad: with a narrow victory they overcame the Portuguese, then were beaten 4-2 at Salzburg, hungry and cynical despite the already sporting certainty of first place in the league. group. The qualification that the Chivu boys had to work hard for: When Benfica led 3-2 (the first half ended 3-1 for Austria), the nightmare of a 3-3 draw that would have eliminated them was about to come true. The Nerazzurri regarding the number of yellow cards, because in all other criteria there will be absolute parity between Inter and Benfica. A sigh of relief: Stankovic and his teammates overcame a group that was not at all easy and made it well into Sunday’s big match, the derby against Milan.

the match

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Inter did well to play their part against Sociedad: a personal and deserved victory, as a penalty gave Sarr the lead after several chances from the Nerazzurri (the one Sarr missed in the first half was sensational). Both teams were bound to win, but the match ended after Inter took the lead: Sociedad then had a great chance through Olara in the 74th minute, but otherwise did not pose any threat. On the contrary: the Nerazzurri had possession to make it 2-0 with Camathi, having complained of a suspicious challenge on Di Maggio in the penalty area. If Inter had scored the second goal, they would not have shuddered at the prospect of a 3-3 draw with Benfica. Not bad: The milestone was reached thanks to a second win in the last eight matches. A huge success, also from a derby perspective.

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