Inter back in CL

May 21, 2018
Inter's Matias Vecino celebrates after scoring his side's third goal, during the Serie A match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium yesterday. Inter won 3-2.

MILAN, Italy (AP):

Inter Milan are back in the Champions League. The Nerazzurri trailed 2-1 with 13 minutes from time but fought back to beat 10-man Lazio 3-2 and secure a spot in Europe's premier club competition for the first time since 2012, following Matias Vecino's late header.

Inter moved fourth with the same number of points as Lazio but with a better head-to-head record. Champion Juventus, Napoli and Roma are the other Italian teams to qualify for the Champions League.

It was a thrilling match at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico.

Lazio took the lead when Adam Marusic's strike smacked Ivan Perisic in the face and ricocheted into the far bottom corner.

The hosts almost doubled their lead but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's free kick came off the post, and Inter leveled in the 29th.

A corner came through to Danilo D'Ambrosio and, although Thomas Strakosha saved his initial attempt, he managed to hook his leg around the goalkeeper to turn it over the line.

Lazio restored their lead four minutes from the break as Senad Lulic threaded a ball through for Felipe Anderson to race forward and fire into the bottom left corner.

Inter was awarded a penalty in the 72nd for a handball by Milinkovic-Savic but the referee changed his mind after seeing the incident again on video review.

The visitors did get a penalty shortly after when Stefan de Vrij, who is set to join Inter next month, fouled Mauro Icardi.

Icardi converted to take his tally to 29 for the season, level with Lazio forward Ciro Immobile at the top of the goalscoring charts.

Lulic was sent off following a second yellow card and the turnaround was complete when Vecino headed in a corner nine minutes from time.

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