​Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini saw his side somehow kept at bay by Sassuolo, with the minnows emerging from the San Siro as 1-0 winners of the current Serie A league leaders, following Domenico Berardi 90th minute penalty.

The former Italian international was quick to comment on the surprise defeat; citing his side as unlucky not to have got anything from the game, while also criticising the decision not to send Berardi off in the first half, as ​Goal.com reported.

"It was always better suffering and winning 1-0. We have created and had chances but their goalkeeper was very good. In the second half, apart from the set pieces, they never had the opportunity.

"We were dominating and we tried to win the game. Instead we took zero points when we had to take many more. The penalty was just an incident, not down to a dip in concentration. We must accept the defeat and move on.


"I do believe Berardi should have been sent off for that foul on D'Ambrosio. Of course he scored the winner at the end. The referee got it wrong."

As a result of the defeat, the Nerazzurri have been replaced at the top of the pile in Italy by SSC Napoli, while reigning champions Juventus' away win over UC Sampdoria means Roberto Mancini's men suddenly find themselves in third place.

Dsepite a very positive season so far, especially when comparing to previous campaigns of late, the Milanese side are struggling for goals and have been strongly linked to invest in the forward ranks over this transfer window.

Mancini spoke about the matter when asked after Sunday's defeat, "Lavezzi and Mertens are too expensive, so it's unlikely they will arrive. I think we're talking to Sampdoria about Dodo, but we have good forwards and are fine like this."

Inter next face Atalanta away on Saturday.