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Italy Serie AEmpoli was defeated by Inter 4-2 at San Siro

Empoli was defeated by Inter 4-2 at San Siro

Inter go top of Serie A after coming from behind to beat Empoli 4-2. The visitors made a brilliant start to the game, with Pinamonti putting them ahead just five minutes in, and Asllani added a second in the 28th minute after a quick break.

Inter got themselves back into it with two goals five minutes before the half-time; Romagnoli turned it into his net before Martinez rifled their level.

The Argentinian got his second in the 64th minute to give Inter the lead before Sanchez finished it off with a close-range finish deep in stoppage time.

Starting lineup:

INTER STARTING XI (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Federico Dimarco; Denzel Dumfries, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ivan Perisic; Joaquin Correa, Lautaro Martinez.

EMPOLI STARTING XI (4-3-1-2): Guglielmo Vicario; Riccardo Fiamozzi, Simone Romagnoli, Sebastiano Luperto, Fabiano Parisi; Szymon Zurkowski, Leo Stulac, Filippo Bandinelli; Kristian Asllani; Nedim Bajrami, Andrea Pinamonti.


It’s another quick break from Empoli, with Zurkowski driving forward down the right. He fizzes a beautiful low cross into the box, and Pinamonti runs across De Vrij before stretching to touch it past Handanovic, who was static on his line. 1-0 Empoli!

It was a simple long ball over the top from Fiamozzi that caught out Inter’s defence, and Asllani just popped up behind De Vrij to bring it down with a lovely first touch. Handanovic rushes out to him, and Asllani drills it at him, with the shot taking a deflection off the keeper before rolling over the line. Skriniar can’t keep it out, and it’s 2-0 Empoli!

It comes from Inter’s left again, with Dimarco whipping another dangerous delivery into the middle. There’s no one in the six-yard box for Inter, but Romagnoli wasn’t to know. He stuck out a leg which took it over Vicario and into the bottom corner. 2-1!

And just like that, Inter are level! Barella nicked it off Asllani before setting Inter on a quick counter. He threads it through to Calhanoglu, who pulls it back for Martinez. He hits the shot the first time and rifles it past Vicario. There’s a quick VAR check to see if it was a foul from Barella in the build-up. It wasn’t, so it’s 2-2!

MARTINEZ SCORES! And Inter lead for the first time in this game! Fiamozzi blocks Barella’s clipped cross, but he can only put it back into the danger zone. Martinez is waiting on the penalty spot, and he fires it past Vicario with a first time shot into the net. 3-2 Inter!

SANCHEZ SCORES! Inter finally have a fourth goal! It has been coming, and Empoli couldn’t keep them out this time. Dzeko gets a yard of space on Ismajli on the left of the box and puts a low cross into the far post, which Vidal helps on. None of the Empoli defenders is picking up Sanchez, and he fires his shot in from close range. 4-2 Inter!

So, what’s next?

Inter leapfrog Milan into the top spot in the league, going one point clear of their rivals, who don’t play until Sunday.

Their attention now turns to the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, though, when they face Juventus.

Empoli’s winless run goes on, and they remain in 14th. They face struggling Salernitana next time out.

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