HT: Inter frustrated by Parma

It’s still goalless at the break, as both Parma and Inter had chances, including a fine save on Jasmin Kurtic and Christian Eriksen close call.

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The Nerazzurri could extend their lead at the top of the table to six points after Milan were held by Udinese last night, so Lautaro Martinez was the only man rested, despite Monday’s upcoming showdown with Atalanta. Gervinho, Andreas Cornelius, Joshua Zirkzee and Andrea Conti were out for Parma, who were in penultimate place and had fumbled 2-0 leads to draw 2-2 in their last two games.

Luigi Sepe had to get his hand to a dangerous Achraf Hakimi pull-back in the opening minutes, but after Juraj Kucka’s effort was charged down, the hosts had penalty appeals rejected when VAR confirmed Dennis Man had kicked Nicolò Barella rather than the other way round.

Parma started well and Samir Handanovic needed a great save on Jasmin Kurtic’s header from close range on Hernani’s cross from the right.

Christian Eriksen had an extraordinary chance on 31 minutes when Hakimi pulled back from the by-line, but he’d over-run the ball and it was behind him six yards from an open goal.

Moments later, Sepe parried a Milan Skriniar effort and Ivan Perisic’s follow-up was charged down, while Sepe also denied Lukaku.

On the stroke of half-time, Lukaku nodded Perisic’s cross wide of the back post. However, Parma also threatened, as Dennis Man’s flicked header flashed just past the far top corner.

Parma 0-0 Inter (Half-Time)

Parma: Sepe; Osorio, Bani, Valenti, Gagliolo; Hernani, Brugman, Kurtic; Kucka; Karamoh, Man

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Barella, Brozovic, Eriksen, Perisic; Alexis Sanchez, Lukaku

Ref: Pasqua

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