Inter Milan Keep Champions League Spot Alive, Defeat Udinese 3-1
Inter Milan kept their chances of qualifying for the Champions League alive after defeating Udinese 3-1 in the Serie A clash.
- Associated Press
- Updated: April 24, 2016 11:05 AM IST
- Inter Milan beat Udinese 3-1 to stay in contention for Champions League.
- Inter Milan are now four points behind Roma.
- Udinese are eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Stevan Jovetic scored twice and Inter Milan beat Udinese 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday to keepalive its hopes of catching Roma for the final Champions League spot.
With three matches remaining, fourth-place Inter moved within four points of Roma, which hosts second-place Napoli on Monday.
The match marked the first time in Serie A history that neither squad featured an Italian in their starting lineup.
Juventus, which visits Fiorentina on Sunday, can clinch a fifth straight title if it gains more points than Napoli in this round.
After Cyril Thereau put Udinese ahead with a difficult volley, Jovetic responded with goals either side of halftime, and Eder added the last for the hosts in added time.
Jovetic tapped in a short cross from Mauro Icardi for his first then used his chest to score his second, meeting a cross from Jonathan Biabiany that was slightly deflected by Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.
"We were able to turn the match around, which is the toughest challenge in football - especially since we were behind already from the eighth minute," Jovetic said.
It was Eder's first goal since moving to Inter in January on loan from Sampdoria. A Brazilian-born Italy international, Eder is expected to play a big role in the Azzurri's attack at the upcoming European Championship.
Udinese's Bruno Fernandes hit the crossbar before Jovetic's second, and Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic preserved the lead with a tough save on Duvan Zapata seconds before Eder scored at the other end.
Inter's Indonesian president Erick Thohir attended the match with representatives of China's Suning Commerce Group as he seeks new investors for the club.
Udinese moved eight points clear of the drop zone.