Inter beat Sassuolo as Lukaku scores a brace

Inter beat Sassuolo in a six-goal thriller and move to the third spot in Serie A. It was a crucial game for the Nerazzurri sandwiched between the two legs of the Champions League final. Inzaghi had to go with a different lineup to keep his key players fresh. They had a rough start and were saved by the VAR check that ruled out Berardi’s goal. But in the second half, Inter went a gear up to finish the game off. Sassuolo did make the game alive with their two goals, but Inter won comfortably in the end.

Inter were trying to find Lukaku every time they had possession, as the Belgian striker was a physical presence in the attack. Sassuolo looked comfortable in possession at the start and almost found the lead through Berardi. However, after a long VAR check, it was evident that Lauriente was offside. While Correa’s goal was offside because of Dimarco.

However, Inter found their lead towards the end of the first half. D’Ambrosio found Lukaku with a simple pass, and the Belgian managed to hold Ruan. While Correa made a run to create space for Lukaku to turn, and the Belgian striker produced a thumping strike that touched the tips of Consigli and went in.

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Inter beat Sassuolo and move to the third position

Inzaghi decided to bring Lautaro and take control of the game in the second half, as Correa had a muscular issue in his right thigh. Bellanova showed why he deserves to feature more in Inter lineup. He went past Lauriente and fired a cross in the box. Ruan was looking to clear it, but it looped into the top corner.

Sassuolo had a low block, and Inter were pushing numbers forward, as Mkhitaryan found Lautaro at the edge of the box. The Argentine striker turned and moved towards the center to go for the shot and got help from a big deflection again from Ruan. But just when it seemed like Inter had sealed the game, Sassuolo replied with a couple of goals.

Berardi confused Acerbi with his footwork before delivering a perfect cross toward the far post. Matheus Henrique made the run to get one back for the visitors. Rogerio then found Frattesi in the box with his cross, and the Italian midfielder made it 3-2 to make the game exciting. However, Lukaku finished the game with a powerful strike from a tight angle. He completed his brace on his birthday and get three crucial points.

Mangalam Pugalia: Mangalam is a football nerd who contributes as a match analyst at THE INTER WAY. He admires Antonio Conte’s system and can predict what the Nerazzurri manager will do next.
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