Defender Milan Skriniar’s goal in the second half was enough for Inter Inter Milan to earn a 1-0 victory over Atalanta on Monday, and the victory sent Antonio Conte six points to the top of Serie A.
The leaders of the league looked nervous in the first half, and the goalkeeper Samir Handanovic thanked for the fact that he saved the attack of Atalanta Duvan Zapata to bring the guests to the lead.
Nine minutes after the interval Skriniar pounced on a loose ball from the corner and fired Inter in front, and Conte’s side was late in defense to see victory.
The seventh victory in a row took Inter one step closer to the first Serie A title in 11 years. They have 62 points, six against rival AC Milan in the second, and 10 ahead of third-placed champion Juventus. Atalanta remains fifth.
“We played against an Atalanta team that takes points from all the big clubs,” Conte told Sky in Italy. “They prepared for this wiser than in the previous matches against us, they knew we could harm them.
“These were three important points against a great team.”
The victories for Milan and Juventus over the weekend put pressure on Inter, and this was shown early on at San Siro as Conte’s team struggled to find their rhythm.
Apart from Romelu Lukaku’s blocked shot, Inter rarely threatened Atalanta, with few chances.
Skriniar networked the winner, which was the home team’s only goal kick in the entire match.
The victory was won late by some persistent defenders, while Atalanta threw everything at Inter, and the last whistle was greeted with wild celebration.
“We definitely played a good match,” Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini told Sky in Italy. “We lost in the corner, maybe with a little bad luck, in one episode. We’re angry about the results.”