Smalling’s header was enough to hand Inter their first home match defeat to Roma after five years. Inter joined several top clubs in losing just before the international break – suffering a 3-1 defeat against surprise package Udinese.
Roma also lost to arch-league title chasers, Atalanta, but we’re one point ahead of their host while coming not the match.
Inter started strongly, firing a shot In the 11th minute onto the back of the net. But the goal was canceled for offside, as the flag was up.
Not deterring, Dimarco put the hosts in front, slipping off the shoulder of Celik at the back post, he arrived in the box to slot a low shot past the poorly positioned Patricio and into the bottom corner! The wing-back received a well-weighted through ball from Barella and showed great composure to put his side 1-0 up!
Nine minutes later, Dybala leveled the game for the visitors. The mercurial maestro drifted to the back post, where Dimarco had left an acre of space, and turned home Spinazzola’s swinging cross with a volley that squirmedpast Handanovic at the near post.
In the 54th minute, Zaniolo was booked; receiving the first yellow card of the game after an awkward aerial challenge with Skriniar. Inter came close to taking the lead in the 64th minute but the effort hit the woodwork and bounced off the post.
The 75th minute saw a huge upset in the game. Meeting a long, whipped free-kick towards the back post from Pellegrini, Smalling climbed the highest to plant a powerful header into the back of the net! He found the bottom corner, and Roma lead 2-1!
After 90 minutes, Roma took three points off Inter for the first time in five years, with something of a smash-and-grab raid at San Siro.
Having made their worst Serie A start since 2011, Inter will have to pick themselves up and continue their Champions League campaign by hosting Barcelona on Tuesday.