The San Siro crowd booed their own team at the start of the second half. They had seen all of this before. Inter had the majority of the ball against Udinese, but they couldn’t get a shot on net.
Coach Walter Mazzarri kept burying his head in his hands. He went on one knee. He crushed a water bottle with his teeth. He was dying inside.
Inter lost to a late goal from Atalanta at the weekend in a game they dominated, and there was a sense that the same would happen this evening. They appealed for a penalty, but like the rest of the season, they never got one.
Inter could not get a cross or pass right; Udinese kept their shape. They were playing for the break, hoping to catch Inter. Even when the Nerazzurri turned up the tempo, Udinese, with their wonderful 17-year-old goalkeeper Simone Scuffet, dealt with the threat. They cleared the ball from the line as Inter surged forward.
The game ended scoreless, but the result is really harmless. Inter remain in fifth during a season of great transition, while Udinese picked up a point and look safe for another season in Serie A.
Here are the main points from the match.