Crotone 0-2 Inter Milan: Christian Eriksen and Achraf Hakimi strikes put visitors on the brink of Serie A title with hosts’ relegation confirmed after defeat by Antonio Conte’s men
- Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez both hit the woodwork in the first half
- But Christian Eriksen came off the Inter Milan bench to score via a deflection
- Belgian Lukaku then saw his 22nd goal of the Serie A season ruled out for offside
- Antonio Conte’s men will be crowned champions if Atalanta fail to beat Sassuolo
Inter Milan’s Christian Eriksen scored midway through the second half to set the runaway Serie A leaders on the way to a 2-0 win at Crotone on Saturday that moved them within a point of clinching the title and confirmed their hosts’ relegation.
Inter are on 82 points, 14 clear of second-placed Atalanta, and need one point to gurantee a first league title since 2010 due to their superior head-to-head record over the Bergamo club.
However, they will be crowned champions on Sunday if Atalanta fail to win at Sassuolo.
Christian Eriksen’s deflected strike helped Inter Milan close on a first league title since 2010
Achraf Hakimi then doubled the lead at the death as Crotone’s relegation was confirmed
Antonio Conte’s men will be crowned champions on Sunday if Atalanta fail to beat Sassuolo
Inter Milan went close in the first half to taking the lead when Romelu Lukaku hit the post
Eriksen’s deflected effort four minutes after coming off the bench found the bottom corner in the 69th minute to make the breakthrough.
Achraf Hakimi then finished a counter-attack to double Inter’s lead in stoppage time.
The goal condemned bottom side Crotone to relegation, as Serse Cosmi’s side have 18 points, 13 fewer than Cagliari in 17th place with four games remaining.
Crotone (3-5-2): Cordaz; Magallan, Golemic, Djidji; Molina, Messias, Cigarini (Henrique 46), Benali (Vulic 66), Reca (Pereira 38); Ounas (Riviere 72), Nwankwo
Unusued substitutes: Cuomo, Festa, Rojas, Zanellato, Crespi, Rispoli, Marrone, Petriccione
Inter Milan (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, de Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Barella, Brozovic, Sensi (Eriksen 65), Darmian (Perisic 66); Lukaku, Martinez (Sanchez 65)
Unused substitutes: Gagliardini, Vecino, Ranocchia, Young, Padelli, D’Ambrosio, Radu, Pinamonti
Goals: Eriksen 69, Hakimi 90+2
Bookings: Brozovic, Eriksen
Referee: Alessandro Prontera
The Belgian’s striker partner Lautaro Martinez also hit the woodwork with a low near post shot
Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz also denied a rasping drive from Stefan Sensi before half time
But after a more frustrating second half, Denmark star Eriksen came off the bench to score
Lukaku thought he had doubled the advantage after sweeping home before it was ruled out for offside against Ivan Perisic
But right at the death, right wing-back Hakimi broke and slotted the ball past Cordaz
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