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Inter Milan beat Spezia 3-0 for two wins from two games in Serie A

Romelu Lukaku contributes immensely to his side's triumph

AP/PTI Milan Published 22.08.22, 04:39 AM
The Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez bonding is back

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Romelu Lukaku starred in his first home game for Inter Milan since returning from Chelsea, helping his team beat Spezia 3-0 for two wins from two games in Serie A.

The Belgium forward was involved in two goals — scored in each half by Lautaro Martínez and Hakan Çalhanoglu — and home fans applauded him enthusiastically when he made way for Edin Dzeko in the 68th minute on Saturday.

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Dzeko set up fellow-substitute Joaquin Correa for the third goal in the 82nd. Lukaku crashed a header off the crossbar before the break as he almost added to his goal from Inter’s opening win over newly promoted Lecce last weekend.

Inter dominated from the start but home fans had to wait till the 35th minute for Martínez to fire in the opener. Nicolo Barella sent in a cross that Lukaku headed back for the Argentine to unleash his shot inside the left post.

Lukaku was involved again in the 52nd when he skipped past one defender and was faced by five more players when he passed to Milan Skriniar. Skriniar’s attempted return pass was blocked but fell kindly for Çalhanoglu to score.

Also Saturday, Domenico Berardi’s brilliant first-half goal was enough for Sassuolo to defeat Lecce 1-0.

Udinese had Nehuen Perez sent off before the break but goalkeeper Marco Silvestri denied visiting Salernitana in a scoreless draw. 10-man Marseille win Alexis Sanchez made his first start in the French league as a 10-man Marseille edged past Nantes 2-1 to remain unbeaten.

Marseille got the winner in the 82nd minute on Saturday with an own-goal from NicolasPallois, who diverted a header from Luis Suarez into his net. Marseille, last season’s runner-up, has seven points from three league games while Nantes is still winless with two points.

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