Inter beat Torino 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico Grande. Lautaro scored a superb late winner to stretch Inter’s Serie A winning run to eight games and extend their lead. “It was a tough match, we knew Torino are down towards the bottom of the table and want the points, but we did too to stay at the top of the table,” Martinez told Sky Italia.
Inter move up to 65 points. Second-placed AC Milan could not close the gap as they lost to Napoli. Torino remains in 18th place with 20 points, two adrift of Cagliari above them.
Inter beat Torino 2-1 in a very tight match
The first half was a drab affair with neither goalkeeper having any trouble. Torino came the closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes when Lyanco got a free header and struck the crossbar. But the game remained goalless at half-time. Inter upped the tempo post the interval and grabbed the lead just past the hour mark. Romelu Lukaku fired Inter in front from the penalty spot after 62 minutes Lautaro got down inside the box by Izzo. The visitors nearly doubled their advantage shortly after but Hakimi made sure that it didn’t happen. Torino made their resilience count in the 70th minute when Sanabria scored through a melee to make it 1-1. However, Inter had the last laugh, as Lautaro scored a magnificent header, converting Alexis Sanchez’s dangerous cross with five minutes left in regular time.
Substitutes Christian Eriksen and Alexis Sanchez made an impact from the bench. The Dane was involved in the move leading to the penalty and Sanchez gave the cross for Martinez’s winning header. “They certainly changed the game,” Inter assistant coach Cristian Stellini told Sky Italia. “Eriksen had some physical problems but he was fine and ready for the match. We expected the two of them to provide a change of gear. “We were prepared for a close match and knew they could be dangerous coming off the bench.” Inter are now nine points clear on top.