Serie A: “We lost our heads”, Inter beaten with controversial goal
A controversial goal led to Inter Milan’s first loss of the season in a 3-1 loss to Lazio in Serie A on Saturday.
Felipe Anderson scored a late game-winner while Inter’s full-back Federico Dimarco was injured.
The goal infuriated Inter but the rules state that the referee should only stop play when there is a risk of serious injury, which was not the case.
Inter were asking Lazio to take the ball out of play when Anderson redirected a rebound from a shot from Ciro Immobile.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic then secured Lazio’s three points with a header in stoppage time as Inter’s focus was lost.
Immobile canceled Ivan Perisic’s penalty in the first half with his own penalty.
It marked a bitter return to Stadio Olimpico for new Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi, who has coached Lazio for the past five seasons after also spending most of his playing career with the Roman club.
Inzaghi admitted, “We have lost our minds.
“That shouldn’t happen because the referee can let play continue and there were 10 minutes plus saves left. We should have continued to play.
Inter remained in third place, four points behind perfect Napoli and two points behind undefeated AC Milan. Naples hosts Turin on Sunday. Milan faced Hellas Verona on Saturday night.
Lazio, who moved up to fifth place, were slow to adjust to Maurizio Sarri’s quick attacking play, but beat Roma in the city derby at the end of last month and are on their way to becoming a tough opponent.
Earlier, Ukrainian midfielder Viktor Kovalenko _ on loan from Atalanta _ scored a goal and then scored the game-winning goal as Spezia came back from a goal to beat Salernitana 2-1 and out of the drop zone.
It is the first Serie A weekend of the pandemic when stadium capacities have been increased to 75%.