The Kings of Calcio
Inter traveled to the capital city of Rome knowing that even a draw against SS Lazio would mathematically secure them the title. Nobody had ever won Serie A with 6 matches to go, and especially not 3 days into April. As we know, however, ever since club legend Giuseppe Bergomi took charge of the Nerazzurri on a managerial basis, Inter have been all about breaking records.
Lazio, however, certainly wanted to play the party spoiler and put off Inter's fourth successive Scudetto win by at least another week. They also had a dire need of points, dragged into a relegation dogfight they'd never expected and only a few points clear of the drop zone.
The match kicked off full of expectancy at the Stadio Olimpico as thousands of Inter fans eagerly awaited their club to secure the title. Francesco Guidolin set up his Lazio side in a very defensive 5-3-1-1 to Inter's expansive 4-3-3 and it was the reigning champions who set the tone early with Sterling smashing his shot wide.
It was the league's reigning and current top scorer Mattia Destro who broke the deadlock in the 32nd. Raheem Sterling hammered in a cross from the left and the Italian goal machine got off a glancing header straight into the corner.
Inter picked it right back up after the break as Xherdan Shaqiri whipped his free kick just wide of the post in the 66th. Controversy followed soon after, however, as referee Russo awarded Lazio a penalty in the 82nd. Giuseppe Bellusci was sent off in the process.
Alvaro Gonzalez stepped up to win Lazio a vital point from the penalty spot but backup Slovenian keeper Vid Belec made a stunning save to keep Inter ahead. It went from hope to heartbreak for Lazio fans as Inter sprinted down the field. Maxime Gautier chipped in a delightful ball for Destro to poke home.
The celebrations began in the blue and black half of Milan as the match ended soon after, Inter winning 2-0. The fans that had made the trek to Rome poured onto the pitch. Bergomi, a usually stoic character on the sideline, ecstatically jogged onto the pitch to celebrate with his players.
For a fourth time running, Inter are the kings of calcio.