Inter Milan vs. Udinese, Final Score 2-5: Udinese crush woeful Inter to stroll into Europe

Claudio Villa

Udinese capped their season in fine style with their eighth consecutive victory, easing them into another season of European competition.

Inter's injury situation has meant Andrea Stramaccioni's sides in the second half of the season have been oft-switching however he had the luxury of making just two changes from the draw with Genoa last week, Alvaro Pereira and Juan Jesus coming in for Ezequiel Schelotto and Andrea Ranocchia. Antonio Di Natale and Luis Muriel were both able to shake off knocks they sustained in Udinese's victory over Atalanta meaning Francesco Guidolin was able to name an unchanged side for the final match of the season.

Given that they required a victory, Udinese were expected to take the game to Inter and they came flying out of the traps, going ahead after just 41 seconds. The Inter defence gave the ball away twice and Roberto Pereyra threaded a ball through for Giampiero Pinzi in the area. His touch wasn't the best but Juan Jesus was unable to deal with the loose ball and Pinzi poked past the sprawling Samir Handanovic.

Inter got a half-chance of their own in the eighth minute, Juan Jesus driving hard and low from 30 yards but Zeljko Brkic was down to easily cover. Straight up the other end, Antonio Di Natale's tight-angle volley had to be cleared off the line by Esteban Cambiasso however Di Natale regrouped to win a free kick by the left-hand corner flag. The captain himself took the free kick, and it was flicked on by a hapless Ricky Alvarez to find an unmarked Maurizio Domizzi, who headed the Zebrette into a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes.

Three minutes later however, and Inter were on the scoresheet with both defences seemingly already on their summer holidays. Ricky Alvarez made space for a shot but it fell to Fredy Guarin in the box who in turn fed Juan Jesus, who's shot was palmed by Brkic but just trickled in behind the despairing Serbian goalkeeper.

After the frenzied start, both sides appeared to settle down with Udinese beginning to take control, protecting their lead by controlling the midfield with calm and patient passing. Inter briefly threatened on the break, Alvaro Pereira getting away down the left and crossing low for Tommaso Rocchi at the near post, the veteran's effort saved by Brkic.

With just five minutes remaining until half time, Udinese regained the two-goal lead they had held so briefly before. Gabriel Silva showed great endeavour to get to a ball down the left channel and his clever back-heel found Di Natale. The Udinese skipper took a touch before curling an unstoppable shot into the far corner off the inside of the post from the corner of the penalty box, a wonderful effort for the striker's 23rd of the season.

With the confidence of a two goal lead at the break, Udinese were able to allow Inter a little more space and possession in the second half however after just seven minutes of the second period, the Zebrette had a three goal lead, courtesy of the perfect counter attack. Luis Muriel pounced upon a cleared Inter corner and ran two thirds of the length of the pitch before passing for Gabriel Silva to his left, the Brazilian winger delicately chipping the ball over the oncoming Handanovic.

Inter were desperate for a way back into the match and Rodrigo Palacio was introduced, marking his return from injury. He found Fredy Guarin on the right and the Colombian's low cross found Rocchi at the near post however his effort came back off the upright with Brkic rooted.

It didn't take much longer for Palacio's return to have an effect however, after winning the ball from Dusan Basta on the left hand side he crossed low and this time Rocchi made no mistake, side-footing into the corner to give the Nerazzuri the faintest glimmer of hope.

Just two minutes later and that hope was extinguished as Udinese got a sensational fifth. A ball over the top looked easy for Handanovic to deal with however a mix-up between Yuto Nagatomo and the Slovenian goalkeeper allowed Muriel to score one of the easiest goals of his career into the empty net, a neat summary of Inter's entire season all in the space of a few seconds.

Thereafter, neither team really threatened and Udinese were able to march into next season's Europa League whilst Inter embark upon their summer in the worst possible way and will need to seriously assess their failings this season if they are to get back to anywhere near their former glories.

Inter: Handanovic; Cambiasso, Pasa, Juan Jesus; Nagatomo, Kuzmanovic (Benassi 81), Kovacic, Pereira; Alvarez (Palacio 54), Guarin; Rocchi (Schelotto 69)

Udinese: Brkic; Benatia (Angella 69), Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Allan, Pinzi (Rodriguez 89), Gabriel Silva; Pereyra; Muriel (Agyemang-Badu 81), Di Natale

Goals: Pinzi 1 (U), Domizzi 9 (U), Juan Jesus 12 (I), Di Natale 41 (U), Gabriel Silva 52 (U), Rocchi 64 (I), Muriel 66 (U)

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