Inter Milan 0-0 Sassuolo: Hosts held to goalless draw in Serie A match held behind closed doors at the San Siro
- Inter Milan failed to put pressure on teams above them in draw with Sassuolo
- Sassuolo have won eight of their last nine meetings against Inter
- Inter remain in third place in Serie A while Sassuolo stay in 12th with 26 points
Inter Milan’s poor run against Sassuolo continued on Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 home draw in Serie A in front of a crowd of school children.
The visitors went into the game with a remarkable record against Inter, having won seven of their last eight meetings, and again frustrated Luciano Spalletti’s side in an unusual atmosphere at San Siro.
Inter were forced to play behind closed doors for a second consecutive game as punishment for the racist abuse aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly by some fans during a fixture on Boxing Day, but Serie A allowed around 11,000 local school children to attend the game.
Inter were unable to find a breakthrough against a well-organised Sassulo side in Serie A
Additionally, both teams wore badges on their sleeves as part of Inter’s new anti-racism campaign, which aims to transform what is regarded as a racist noise in Italy into an acronym for Brothers Universally United.
Sassuolo started stronger, with Manuel Locatelli shooting wide from distance and Kevin-Prince Boateng forcing a save from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
Yet the hosts grew into the game and created the best chance of the first half when former Sassuolo winger Matteo Politano’s close-range finish was tipped over by Andrea Consigli.
Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalleti issues instructions from the touchline during the game
Boateng again called Handanovic into action with a powerful header 10 minutes after the break and the away team almost snatched a win at the death when Jeremie Boga’s shot was saved before Mehdi Bourabia had his follow-up effort blocked.
Inter remain in third place on 40 points, four behind Napoli, while Sassuolo stay in 12th with 26 points.
Matias Vecino attempts to steer a header towards goal as the hosts push for a decider