Inter Milan 2-1 Empoli: Late attack by Radja Nainggolan achieves Champions League qualification for Antonio Conte's arrival in San Siro
- Inter Milan secured the Champions League qualification on the final day in the Serie A
- Radja Nainggolan scored an 81th minute winner to relegate Empoli to Serie B.
- Hamed Junior Traore had canceled the opener of Keita Balde moments earlier
- Sunday's victory saw Inter finish in fourth place – one point above rivals AC Milan
Inter Milan sneaked in next year's Champions League when a late goal from Radja Nainggolan gave them a 2-1 win over a brave Empoli, who relegated after an amazing Series A game on Sunday.
Half-time substitute Keita Balde shot Inter within six minutes after the restart before Mauro Icardi won a penalty for the hosts, only he saw his attempt saved by Empoli keeper Bartlomiej Dragowski.
There was more drama in when Empoli pulled away an equalizer when Hamed Junior Traore remained unmarked to tip in at the far post after 76 minutes.
Inter Milan secured the Champions League qualification on the last day of the Serie A season
Inter seemed to miss a top-four finish until Radja Nainggolan scored after 81 minutes
Inter had looked into trouble when No 8 hit Hamed Junior Traore 76 minutes before Empoli
Traore & # 39; s goal made the score 1-1 – a result that would have saved Empoli and made Inter miss the top four.
Instead, Nainggolan turned the rebound on after Matias Vecino's shot hit the post in the 81st minute to bring Inter to fourth with 69 points, one ahead of AC Milan who won 3-2 at SPAL.
Marcelo Brozovic thought he had earned the time 3-1 for Inter, but the VAR ruled out his bet.
Balde was then sent away to collect a second yellow card. His first was awarded for removing his shirt while celebrating Inter's opening goal.
Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is expected to take over Inter in the summer, despite Luciano Spalletti securing Champions League football for the second consecutive season.
Marcelo Brozovic thought he had made it 3-1 in the added time for Inter, but the VAR disagreed
Keita Balde was reserved to celebrate the opening goal of the match by removing his Inter-shirt
And his unnecessary caution contributed to him being sent out late for a second yellow card
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