Parma 1-2 Inter Milan: Alexis Sanchez double boosts Inter title hopes


Parma 1-2 Inter Milan: League leaders lay bare their Serie A title aspirations with yet another win as Alexis Sanchez’s double wins it… taking Antonio Conte’s side six points clear of AC Milan – and TEN above champions Juventus

  • Inter Milan have extended their win streak as they look for the Serie A title
  • Alexis Sanchez was the game winner, scoring two quick goals in the second half
  • Hernani Azevedo Junior got one back for the hosts with 20 minutes to go 

Inter Milan have taken one step closer to securing the Serie A title with a win over struggling side Parma.

It was a frustrating first half for Antonio Conte’s men, but Alexis Sanchez burst to life with two quick goals in the second half. 

Hernani Azevedo Junior got one back for the hosts setting up a nervy finish for Inter, but they held on for the victory.  

Alexis Sanchez scored two quick fire goals in the second half to give Inter Milan the victory

Inter Milan's win streak continues, and they have extended their lead at the top of Serie A

Inter Milan’s win streak continues, and they have extended their lead at the top of Serie A

Speaking after the win, a significant one to take them a step closer to their first title in more than a decade, Conte said: ‘I don’t think it was an ugly game, as we scored two goals and had many other chances to extend our lead.

‘Having said that, we know Parma always caused us problems, they have strong players and an excellent coach. They were trying to draw us out and then split us in two with knock-downs from Kucka.

‘Parma deserve compliments and I think they have everything required to save themselves this season. 

‘I said that Genoa and Parma would be the test of our maturity, because we needed to sharpen our talons and show determination in every fixture, not just the big ones.

‘We conceded an avoidable goal, but other than that, I don’t think Samir Handanovic made many big saves.’ 

Hernani Azevedo Junior got one back for the hosts with around 20 minutes still to play

Hernani Azevedo Junior got one back for the hosts with around 20 minutes still to play

Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar goes up to head the ball ahead of Parma's Yann Karamoh

Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar goes up to head the ball ahead of Parma’s Yann Karamoh

Parma’s woes continue and they are now 16 league games without a win, something coach Robert D’Aversa said filled him with ‘regrets’ after pushing Inter close. 

‘We finished in their half and did very well in the first hour too, so Parma certainly weren’t embarrassed by the Serie A leaders,’ D’Aversa told Sky Sport Italia.

‘The regrets are that they scored with basically our accidental pass and then a conceptual error on the counter, which we shouldn’t have done, knowing how good Conte is on the counter-attack.

‘The fact we played on level terms with the Serie A leaders should give us more confidence, but on the other hand we continue to make these banal errors. 

‘If we avoid them, then we can get much better results.’

It was a frustrating first half for Inter as they were held by 19th placed Parma at half time

It was a frustrating first half for Inter as they were held by 19th placed Parma at half time

Antonio Conte's side are on a fantastic run of form and are in pole position for the title

Antonio Conte’s side are on a fantastic run of form and are in pole position for the title

Sanchez celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mate Romelu Lukaku

Sanchez celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game with team-mate Romelu Lukaku