Inter 1-0 Torino: Player ratings as Nerazzurri grind out important win

Inter extended their lead at the top of the Serie A table to seven points with a professional 1-0 home victory over Torino on Wednesday evening.

The match was the Nerazzurri’s last before the winter break and they signed off with three points thanks to a first-half goal from wing-back Denzel Dumfries – earning their seventh win in a row in the process.

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Torino started strongly with Marko Pjaca bending an effort just wide and Bremer seeing a header saved inside the first 20 minutes.

Despite this, it would be the hosts who took the lead on the half-hour mark. Dumfries was the scorer, finishing off a sweeping counter attack by side-footing Edin Dzeko’s cutback into the bottom corner.

Eight minutes later they should have had another. Lautaro Martinez did the hard part, rounding Vanja Milinkovic-Savic in the Torino goal, but his effort bobbled past the post.

The game lacked intensity throughout but there was a particular lull after the break with neither side looking likely to score.

Things continued in much the same way throughout the second half with even the introduction of a string of substitutes failing to spark the game into life. The closest we came to seeing another goal was when Alexis Sanchez struck the post with a powerful effort in the closing stages.

Here are your Inter player ratings…

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Another clean sheet for the Inter defence / Marco Luzzani/GettyImages

Samir Handanovic (GK) – 6/10 – Forced to bat the ball away on several occasions during Torino’s early spell of pressure.

Milan Skriniar (CB) – 7/10 – Inter’s best defender in possession, he barely gave the ball away.

Stefan de Vrij (CB) – 7/10 – Typically composed at the heart of defence. Read things expertly, ending with two interceptions and four tackles.

Alessandro Bastoni (CB) – 6/10 – A strange turn of events saw him through on goal in the first half. He didn’t score. Defensively he was sound, aside from a few wobbles. Tried to progress his side up the pitch – not always successfully.

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Dumfries scored again / Stefano Guidi/GettyImages

Denzel Dumfries (RWB) – 7/10 – Scored for the second game in a row, and it was a fine finish. Stuck to his defensive duties diligently too.

Marcelo Brozovic (CM) – 7/10 – Drove his side up the pitch in the build-up to their opener. Such a calming presence on the ball throughout.

Arturo Vidal (CM) – 8/10 – Provided energy in the absence of Nicolo Barella. Broke up play and then used the ball efficiently. All-action performance that proved he’s still got it.

Hakan Calhanoglu (CM) – 7/10 – His side’s creative hub in midfield. Spritely in possession and carved open a few opportunities, though will miss Inter’s next game after picking up a harsh yellow.

Ivan Perisic (LWB) – 6/10 – A danger down the left, but his crossing might have been better. He’s made a strong start to the season, though.

Edin Dzeko

Dzeko ran the channels / Marco Luzzani/GettyImages

Edin Dzeko (ST) – 7/10 – Set up the opener, perhaps slightly fortuitously. Provided a great focal point, battling for the ball and holding it up when he did get it.

Lautaro Martinez (ST) – 6/10 – Missed a great chance just before the break. On the end of some physical challenges but kept plugging away.

Matias Vecino (CM) – 6/10 – Did not do anything wrong.

Alexis Sanchez (ST) – 5/10 – Hit the post late on. Might have scored.

Stefano Sensi (CM) – N/A

Danilo D’Ambrosio (RWB) – N/A

Federico Dimarco (LWB) – N/A

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