Inter held 1-1 by Salernitana after late Candreva goal

AP , Friday 7 Apr 2023

Former Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva scored a stunning goal in the final minute to help Salernitana snatch a 1-1 draw against his old club in Serie A on Friday.

Romelu Lukaku
Inter s Romelu Lukaku, right, and Salernitana s Lorenzo Pirola vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Salernitana and Inter Milan at the Arechi stadium in Salerno, Italy, Friday, April 7, 2023. Photo: AP

 

Candreva's strike cancelled out Robin Gosens' early opener for Inter, which hasn't won for more than a month — a run of five matches in all competitions.

Inter hit the woodwork twice, while Salernitana also hit the crossbar.

Inter moved level on points with third-placed AC Milan, which played Empoli later. Fifth-placed Roma was a point further back in a tight battle for the Champions League qualifying places.

Leader Napoli also played later, at Lecce. The other seven league matches this weekend will all be played on Saturday because of the Easter holiday.

Milan hosts Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday, the day after Inter plays at Benfica.

Inter’s first goal from open play in nearly 500 minutes came when Romelu Lukaku nodded on a Kristjan Asllani ball over the top for Gosens to sweep into the top left corner.

Lukaku should have doubled Inter’s lead on the stroke of halftime with a header from point-blank range which Salernitana goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa saved off the line with his knees.

Ochoa was the busier of the goalkeepers and he did well again early in the second half to fingertip Nicolò Barella’s strike onto the post.

Ochoa also palmed a Denzel Dumfries header over the bar in the 64th minute and Inter went even closer to doubling its lead from the ensuing corner with an incredible triple chance.

First, Lukaku headed off the crossbar, then Ochoa denied Stefan de Vrij on the rebound, and the Inter defender also saw his followup blocked by a Salernitana player.

Salernitana almost leveled seven minutes later but Boulaye Dia fired Candreva’s cross off the crossbar.

The home side equalized in the final minute when what appeared to be a cross from Candreva from the right looped over Inter goalkeeper André Onana and into the far top corner.

Candreva made more than 100 appearances for Inter in four seasons.

 

 

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