Victory of authority for Inter at the Olimpico against a Rome that has been remodeled and deprived of some of its most important elements, last in order of time the injured Pellegrini and the suspended Abraham. Inzaghi chooses not to field Lautaro, Correa and the former Dzeko forward. The goals were all in the first half, from Calhanoglu in the 14th minute, Dzeko in the 23rd minute and Dumfries in the 38th minute. The Nerazzurri send a strong signal in terms of the Scudetto.
Under the gaze of Francesco Totti, who has returned after a long time to follow ‘his’ Rome at the stadium, on a special evening for Mourinho, who finds ‘his’ Inter again, with whom he won the ‘treble’, the Giallorossi immediately leave for the attack. At 1 ‘great point from Zaniolo, a cross in the middle for Shomurodov who hits a headache. In the first few minutes, however, it was Inter who took control of the game. Roma are dangerous in the counterattack, the pace is high on both sides. At 14 ‘Calhanoglu unlocks the game by scoring directly from a corner kick: a shot around the corner, which deceives Zaniolo and passes under the legs of Rui Patricio. Cold shower for Roma, played very well by Mourinho and who up to that moment had contained the Nerazzurri attacks well. The Giallorossi are not demoralized and often try to break in the opponent’s area, Zaniolo among the most dangerous. At 23 ‘, however, it is Inter again to strike, with the former Dzeko, on an assist from the usual Calhanoglu. This time, Roma were stunned, and in the 28th minute Rui Patricio resisted an insidious shot by Dzeko that would have put an end to the match. At 30 ‘again Dzeko hits his head but sends high over the crossbar. At 32 ‘it is Roma that show themselves forward with a great shot by Mkhitaryan, deflected for a corner. It is the signal that Roma are there, even if it is not easy to fight against this Inter, strong and confident. A signal in this sense comes from Dumfries: in the 37th minute he countered a close shot by Vina that would have ended up in goal and would have shortened the distance, on the reversal in front he scores a great header that leads the Nerazzurri on 3-0. The game now becomes a nightmare for the Giallorossi. At 41 ‘Zaniolo tries to get his heads up, with a tight dribble in the middle of the area, but Perisic anticipates him at the last minute. The teams go to rest with a Roma that must find a solution to try to put an almost compromised match back on its feet.
The recovery begins without changes, and it is always Inter who take possession. Roma tries to stay higher so as not to let the Nerazzurri start the action. The tactic works but does not allow the Giallorossi to almost never make themselves dangerous. At 58 ‘Correa was forced to leave due to a resentment in his left thigh flexors which, Inter explained, will be evaluated in the next few days. Roma don’t push, Inter don’t sink and the first half hour of the second half goes by without strong emotions. At 75 ‘Dzeko leaves the field amidst the whistles of his former fans, a few seconds after Zaniolo received a warning: the player will have to miss the next match, with Spezia, due to disqualification. Zaniolo himself is the protagonist in the 81st minute with a great shot from the edge that ends up on the outside of the net, giving the illusion of a goal for a moment. Inter now maintains possession of the ball waiting for the final whistle. In the final minutes, Roma still risk a couple of offensive inattention, but Inter does not rage. The Nerazzurri get their 11th victory in the league, their sixth away, and remain in full swing for the championship. Second consecutive setback for Roma after the defeat in Bologna.