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Oct 7, 2018 at 7.30pm UK at ​Stadio Paolo Mazza (Ferrara)
Attendance: 15,750
SPALSPAL
1-2
Inter Milan
Paloschi (72')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Icardi (14', 78')

Luciano Spalletti pleased with Inter Milan’s character in win against SPAL

Mauro Icardi bagged a brace for Inter.

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti praised the character of his players after they dug deep to earn a 2-1 win against SPAL.

Mauro Icardi got both Inter goals, the second coming in the 79th minute, shortly after an equaliser from Alberto Paloschi.

Inter’s midweek win against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League was a fifth in succession and they stretched that run on a night where they had to graft for reward.

Mirco Antenucci missed a penalty for SPAL, and Spalletti recognised his team had been in a battle.

He told Sky Sport Italia: “It wasn’t an easy game in a lot of regards and the guys managed it well, fighting hard and showing strength. At times, we gave the ball away too much which allowed SPAL to force things, this is what we need to improve on.”

He added, according to Inter’s website: “The team showed character against a side that had a lot of intensity.

“The reaction after their equaliser was immediate, we went to go and get the three points and this is a characteristic that few sides have. We need to keep this because it’s really important.”

Match-winner Icardi, who was expertly teed up for his decisive strike by Ivan Perisic, compared the fixture to last season’s corresponding game, which finished in a 1-1 draw.

The Argentinian striker said: “We knew that it wouldn’t be an easy match, just like it wasn’t last year. We were aware that we would have to do more and the main thing is that the team won.”

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus88001851324
2Napoli86021510518
3Inter Milan8512126616
4Lazio8503119215
5Sampdoria8422124814
6Roma84221610614
7Fiorentina8413146813
8SassuoloSassuolo84131514113
9Parma8413109113
10AC Milan73311510512
11Torino833299012
12Genoa74031214-212
13CagliariCagliari823369-39
14SPALSPAL8305610-49
15Udinese8224810-28
16Bologna8215410-67
17Atalanta BCAtalanta8134911-26
18Empoli8125510-55
19FrosinoneFrosinone8017321-181
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo8026619-13-1

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