It is only July, but we might not see a better Inter goal this season than the one that Stevan Jovetic scored on Tuesday night in Salt Lake City.
Deep into added time, Jovetic received a pass from deep from Daniel Bessa and, with his back to goal, brilliant back-heeled the ball through the legs of substitute goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez. Not even the last defender on the goal-line could prevent the 26-year-old’s clever shot from hitting the back of the net.
It was a moment of class is a pretty average preseason friendly.
Jovetic was by far Inter’s best player. Coming on at half-time he missed a sitter from six yards out and then 60 seconds later hit the post with a delightful chip from about 12 yards out.
Real Salt Lake opened the scoring in the 18th minute after some schoolboy defending by Inter from a corner. Joao Plata’s looping corner kick sailed over the heads of everyone but as Inter’s Geoffrey Kondogbia and RSL’s Justen Glad battled for the ball, it bounced off Kondogbia to an unmarked Allen, whose simple touch found the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Other than some long range shots from Melo, Inter did not create many chances in the first half but them right before half-time they got back on level terms when Erkin’s corner was volleyed home by Danilo D’Ambrosio.
As expected both teams made a lot of changes in the second half and the tempo dropped. One of the bright spots though was French youngster Axel Mohamed Bakayoko who was at the heart of everything that Inter did well in the second half.
Good to kick off the USA tour with a win and the rare sight of Inter scoring twice. Next up for the Nerazzurri is Paris Saint-Germain in their first International Champions Cup match of the season in Eugene on Sunday.
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