Witness the complete playback and highlights of the thrilling clash between Inter Milan and Lecce. The game kicks off at 17:00 (GMT) on the 23rd of December 2023. The officiating duties for this intense battle will be carried out by M. Marcenaro. The game takes place at the iconic Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and is part of the Italy – Serie A, Week 17, Season 2023/2024.
Inter Milan vs Lecce Full Match Reports
Inter Milan secured a 2-0 victory against a determined US Lecce side at the San Siro, with goals from Yann Bisseck and Nicolò Barella. This triumph propels the Nerazzurri four points clear at the summit of the Serie A (SA) table, stretching their unbeaten league streak to 11 games, comprising nine wins and two draws.
Anticipatedly, Inter initiated the game with offensive intent, as Marko Arnautović and Bisseck both had early opportunities to breach the visitors’ goal. Lecce, however, crafted counter-attacking chances, testing Yann Sommer as Joan González aimed to challenge, only for the Swiss goalkeeper to divert the shot to safety. A promising moment unfolded for the hosts when Marcus Thuram and Barella executed a slick one-two on the edge of the Lecce box, with Barella threading the ball to Arnautović, who, in what seemed a certain goal, mistimed his shot, slicing it past the near post.
Despite the hosts maintaining significant possession, the game’s tempo slowed as Simone Inzaghi’s squad methodically worked to dismantle Lecce’s defense. Their control bore fruit when Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s left-wing free-kick found Bisseck in the box, allowing the German to make amends for his earlier miss by flicking the ball into the far-right corner of Wladimiro Falcone’s goal, providing Inter with a lead just before halftime.
Entering the second half with unwavering energy and control, Inter sought the decisive second goal. An early scare arose when the referee initially awarded a penalty, believing the ball had struck Carlos Augusto’s arm, but a swift VAR check overturned the decision. Although Lecce attempted a more assertive approach after the break, Inter regained their attacking rhythm, pressuring Lecce with several corners. As the final whistle approached, Inter sealed their victory with Arnautović’s skillful backheel to Barella, who deftly maneuvered past Falcone and slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner.
Lecce’s woes compounded with Lameck Banda’s late dismissal for offensive language. Despite their efforts, Lecce couldn’t mount a comeback, succumbing to their first defeat in six SA outings (one win, four draws). Meanwhile, Inzaghi’s men tighten their grip on the top spot, boasting 12 clean sheets from their 14 league victories this season.
Man of the Match: Yann Bisseck (Inter Milan).