Serie A: Inter Milan's Champions League qualification hopes suffer set back after shock defeat to Cagliari

Cagliari could have heaped further misery on Inter in stoppage time at the end of the game but Nicolo Barella missed a penalty kick

Agence France-Presse March 02, 2019 07:59:50 IST
Serie A: Inter Milan's Champions League qualification hopes suffer set back after shock defeat to Cagliari
  • Inter Milan's hopes of enjoying an untroubled run into the Champions League next season suffered a setback with a shock 2-1 defeat at Cagliari on Friday

  • Inter remain in third place but can slip to fourth — and the last automatic qualifying spot for the Champions League — if city rivals AC Milan see off Sassuolo at the San Siro on Saturday

  • Lautaro Martinez levelled with another header seven minutes later from a cross by former Cagliari player Radja Nainggolan

Paris: Inter Milan's hopes of enjoying an untroubled run into the Champions League next season suffered a setback with a shock 2-1 defeat at Cagliari on Friday.

Serie A Inter Milans Champions League qualification hopes suffer set back after shock defeat to Cagliari

Inter Milan's Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan reacts during the match. Reuters

Inter remain in third place but can slip to fourth — and the last automatic qualifying spot for the Champions League — if city rivals AC Milan see off Sassuolo at the San Siro on Saturday.

Should fifth-placed Roma defeat Lazio on Saturday, then they will go level with Inter on 47 points.

Inter, still without unsettled striker and skipper Mauro Icardi, slipped a goal down in Sardinia on Friday after 31 minutes when Luca Ceppitelli headed home.

Lautaro Martinez levelled with another header seven minutes later from a cross by former Cagliari player Radja Nainggolan.

But with half-time approaching, Leonardo Pavoletti restored his team's lead with a smart volley.

Cagliari could have heaped further misery on Inter in stoppage time at the end of the game but Nicolo Barella missed a penalty kick.

Friday's result represented another twist in a rollercoaster season for Luciano Spalletti's side.

After defeats to Torino and Bologna, Inter then put together back-to-back wins over Parma and Sampdoria before being held to a 3-3 draw at Fiorentina after having led 3-1.

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