Inter returned to winning ways on Saturday as Marcelo Brozovic netted a late winner in a 1-0 victory over Torino at San Siro.
The Nerazzurri were indebted to a fine individual display from Samir Handanovic, with Lautaro Martinez and Milan Skriniar going close for the home side after the interval.
And their second half persistence was rewarded when Brozovic showed a clinical touch two minutes from time to spare his side’s blushes.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between for the Nerazzurri before the interval, with Martinez blazing wide on a couple of ocassions with efforts from distance.
Indeed, it was the visitors who engineered the biggest chance of the opening 45 minutes. Nikola Vlasic showed nimble footwork to weave his way into the Inter penalty area, denied only by the feet of Handanovic from 12 yards out.
Brozovic tried his luck from 30 yards out after being presented with space in a central position, but his effort was always rising and caused no harm to Vanja Milinkovic-Savic in the Torino goal.
Inter rode their luck at the start of the second half as Antonio Sanabria went close for the away side. The Paraguayan met a cross from the left unmarked in front of goal, but Handanovic was equal to his header with a superb diving stop.
The Torino forward was almost given his marching orders minutes later as he saw red for catching Hakan Calhanoglu with his forearm while contesting a header, but the referee was ordered to the pitchside monitor before reversing his decision.
Ricardo Rodriguez drew another diving save from the Inter No.1 when his low-driven free-kick was deflected en route, while the Slovenian saved twice from Vlasic as the on-loan West Ham man lurked with intent.
Martinez and Edin Dzeko combined neatly on the edge of the penalty area in a rare moment of danger for Inzaghi’s side, but the Bosnian’s strike was straight down the throat of the Torino goalkeeper.
The home side engineered their best opportunity of the game so far from a corner with a little over 15 minutes remaining. Skriniar powered a header towards goal from a corner after rising highest, but Milinkovic-Savic was alert to push the ball into the air before collecting at the second attempt.
It was the late, late show for Inter, however, as Nicolo Barella turned architect for Inzaghi’s men two minutes from time. The Italian international floated a gorgeous cross towards Brozovic, spinning into the penalty area from deep, before the Croatian stabbed the ball home.
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Newcastle set to finalise deal for Garang Kuol
Australia international Garang Kuol is set to finalise a move to Newcastle United, sources have told 90min.
90min revealed earlier this month that Newcastle were in talks with his club Central Coast Mariners, and now a deal is understood to be in place with Eddie Howe’s side seeing off competition from various clubs, including German giants Borussia Dortmund.
Newcastle were waiting for Kuol to complete his international duty with Australia this month before finalising the deal. The 18-year-old made his debut against New Zealand on Sunday and is now believed to be heading to Europe.
Kuol and his camp have already agreed terms with Newcastle ahead of a move that would be finalised in January – at which point the Magpies will decide on what to do with him in the short-term.
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As it stands, Kuol would not qualify for a work permit, but that matter could change quickly if he is involved at the World Cup finals. This won’t be known until manager Graham Arnold names his squad in a few weeks.
Newcastle are understood to already have a plan in place to send Kuol on loan to another league in Europe – the length of which will be determined by his work permit standing.
Jurgen Klinsmann & Danny Williams on why so many USMNT players succeed in Germany
Germany has long been a breeding ground for American players, but why do so many success stories from across the pond begin their European adventure there?
The United States men’s national team’s biggest stars first trained in the Bundesliga before making their jump elsewhere, from Christian Pulisic to Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams. Giovanni Reyna, meanwhile, is continuing his rapid rise with Borussia Dortmund.
This is nothing new, with the likes of Landon Donovan and Fabian Johnson all using the German top-flight to kick-start successful careers at both club and international levels.
So, is it the similarities in culture between the United States and Germany that makes it such an attractive destination, the style of play, or something else?
“I think culture-wise, Germany and the US are very similar. They’re two countries that are full of ‘doers’. They don’t want to wait for the other nations, they’re just doing their thing. America is doing its own thing and Germans just like to go ahead and do their thing,” former USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann told 90min.
“The German culture is very open to young talent coming in and giving it a shot, try it out, see how far you can take it. And if it doesn’t work, you can still go back home, no problem at all. The Bundesliga is known for giving young players chances. 17, 18, 19 years of age. If you’re good, that’s all it takes, the coach will throw you into the cold water and you’ve got to swim, and if the water is too cold, no problem, we can slow down the process.”
As a former US international who was born and raised in Germany, Danny Williams has experienced the pathway between the two countries better than most. The 33-year-old midfielder got his break at Freiburg back in 2010 and also went on to represent Hoffenheim before playing in England with Reading and Huddersfield Town.
He echoed Klinsmann’s sentiments regarding Germany’s willingness to give youth a try, owing – in his opinion – to the country’s much smaller ownership model when compared to clubs in the Premier League.
“I think Germany is one of the best places to develop as a young player because most of the clubs don’t have big owners and there isn’t as much money around like at Chelsea, Arsenal, or Tottenham,” Williams told 90min.
“That’s fine because they still go on and play for those clubs if they succeed in Germany. The tactical and technical education is very good in Germany. I was fortunate enough to go through my youth in these academies and what you learn there is amazing. What I really like about Bundesliga is these young guys are given a chance and they’re trusted by the coach to make the step into the first team, have game time, and not come and be replaced by a superstar if you don’t perform in one or two games, like at Man Utd. They’re a bit more patient with you.”
Across his time in charge of the USMNT and as head coach of multiple Bundesliga outfits, including Bayern Munich, Klinsmann has seen first-hand just how players can excel in Germany, with so many American stars across Europe owing their success to the country.
“I think over decades now, the Bundesliga has proven that model, that’s why a lot of young players give it a shot,” Klinsmann added.
“It’s just wonderful to see so many American players fight their way through it. Maybe they end up in another league but at the end of the day, they have their starting point in the Bundesliga where they become really good, especially if you’re talking about players like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, or Tyler Adams. It’s a calibre of player that’s rare to have so many of them in the United States.”
Klinsmann and Williams spoke to 90min at the ‘Bundesliga Common Ground Project Event’ in NYC. For information and more from Williams and Klinsmann, check out our latest our article here and more of our video content from the event on our Twitter and Instagram.
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