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Inter 2-1 Sassuolo: Lukaku on target as Serie A leaders extend their lead to 11 points

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Inter Milan moved 11 points clear at the top of Serie A as Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez struck in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo on Wednesday, the runaway leaders’ 10th consecutive league victory.

Belgian Lukaku guided a header into the top corner in the first half before his Argentine strike partner finished off a counter-attack to continue the Nerazzurri’s charge towards the title.

Sassuolo dominated possession at San Siro but were frustrated by a stubborn home defence until Hamed Traore curled home a superb finish five minutes from time.

Romelu Lukaku continued his rich vein of form to help Inter Milan move 11 points clear

Romelu Lukaku continued his rich vein of form to help Inter Milan move 11 points clear

Romelu Lukaku continued his rich vein of form to help Inter Milan move 11 points clear

The striker put the home side ahead with a deft header from a cross by Ashley Young

The striker put the home side ahead with a deft header from a cross by Ashley Young

The striker put the home side ahead with a deft header from a cross by Ashley Young

MATCH FACTS

INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic. Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Matteo Darmian, Achraf Hakimi, Nicolo Barella, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Gagliardini, Ashley Young, Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez

SUBS: Stefano Sensi (Eriksen 59), Matias Vecino (Gagliardini 70), Alexis Sanchez (Martinez 77)

GOALS: Lukaku 10, Martinez  67

SASSUOLO (4-2-3-1): Andrea Consigli, Jeremy Toljan, Vlad Chiriches, Rogerio, Marlon, Filip Djuricic, Hamed Traore, Pedro Obiang, Maxime Lopez,  Giacomo Raspadori, Jeremie Boga

GOAL: Traore 85

 

 

 

 

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‘It was very important for us, to climb up the table and increase the gap,’ Martinez told DAZN.

‘At the start of the second half of the season we had a talk, and now weâre doing everything that the coach wants.’

With nine matches left, Inter are firmly on course to win their first Serie A title since 2010 with 71 points, 11 ahead of second-placed AC Milan. Sassuolo remained ninth with 40 points.

The fixture was postponed on March 20 after a COVID-19 outbreak in the Inter squad.

The rescheduled date gave Conteâs side a chance to stretch their lead, and they wasted little time as Lukakuâs glancing header found the top corner from Ashley Young’s cross after 10 minutes.

Jeremie Boga was denied by a last-ditch Milan Skriniar block and Pedro Obiang’s shot was held at the second time of asking by Samir Handanovic, but the visitors could not make their 68% possession count.

The hosts hit on the counter for their second after 67 minutes, as Lukaku found Martinez with a pass and the striker arrowed a shot home.

Sassuolo found a way back into the match in style when Traore struck a half volley into the top corner.

Inter went close to a late third as Sassuolo pushed for an equaliser, substitute Alexis Sanchezâs lob landing on the roof of the net and Lukaku having an effort disallowed for offside.

Lukaku set up Lautaro Martinez for the second goal in the 67th minute on Wednesday night

Lukaku set up Lautaro Martinez for the second goal in the 67th minute on Wednesday night

Lukaku set up Lautaro Martinez for the second goal in the 67th minute on Wednesday night

Martinez finished off a counter-attack to continue the Nerazzurri's charge towards the title

Martinez finished off a counter-attack to continue the Nerazzurri's charge towards the title

Martinez finished off a counter-attack to continue the Nerazzurri’s charge towards the title

With nine matches left, Inter are firmly on course to win their first Serie A title since 2010

With nine matches left, Inter are firmly on course to win their first Serie A title since 2010

With nine matches left, Inter are firmly on course to win their first Serie A title since 2010

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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