Inter consolidated third place with a relatively comfortable 3-1 victory away to Frosinone, sealed by Radja Nainggolan, Matias Vecino and the Ivan Perisic penalty.
The Canarini had won two on the bounce, including a late 1-0 result away to Fiorentina, so were not doomed to the drop yet. Bartosz Salamon and Federico Viviani were out injured, but Luca Paganini shook off flu symptoms and Inter-owned striker Andrea Pinamonti partnered Daniel Ciofani. Marcelo Brozovic was on the treatment table, replaced by Borja Valero, with Stefan de Vrij returning and Lautaro Martinez on the bench.
The visitors dominated possession in the early stages, without much progress, but eventually completed a move played out from the back into the opposition net.
It was finalised by Danilo D’Ambrosio’s cross swung in from the right and Radja Nainggolan peeled off his marker for a header into the ground from 12 yards.
Frosinone fought back and should’ve equalised four minutes later, but Paganini turned his free header over from six yards on a corner.
Raman Chibsah was spotted hauling down Milan Skriniar on a corner, so Ivan Perisic stepped up to convert the penalty by sending Marco Sportiello the wrong way.
Matteo Politano thought he was going to make it 3-0 when sprinting forward after Icardi won back possession, but Sportiello rushed off his line and managed to stick out a leg to parry.
Frosinone came out of their shells in the second half and got one back, as Inter struggled to clear their lines and Francesco Cassata’s daisy-cutter from the edge of the box was powerful enough to go in despite Samir Handanovic getting a hand to it. That was the first goal Frosinone have ever scored against Inter in Serie A.
Cassata picked up an injury during the move and made way for Camillo Ciano, as Frosinone suddenly sprung to life. Ciano’s free kick skimmed the near top corner from distance, then he set up a Lorenzo Ariaudo header into Handanovic’s arms.
Icardi had a couple of chances to seal it with a third goal, but he under-hit the chip one-on-one with Sportiello, then incredibly turned a free header over from six yards on Keita’s cross.
Just as Inter were increasingly pinned back, they struck with a third goal on the counter-attack. Vecino started it on the edge of his own penalty area, spread it to Joao Mario, then Icardi threaded through for him to spring the offside trap and drill home from 12 yards.
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