A monumental Belgian Romelu Lukaku, who scored a double and offered an assist to Argentine Lautaro Martínez, gave Inter Milan a 3-1 victory this Sunday against Lazio and allowed them to reach the solo lead in Serie A, after the stumble of Milan, defeated by the recently promoted Spezia.
Antonio Conte’s men did not waste the opportunity given to him on Saturday by Milan and Juventus Turin, who lost to Spezia (0-2) and Napoli (0-1), respectively, and took a point advantage on the milanista box, second.
It was a triumph of enormous weight for the balance of the championship, especially considering that Juventus, nine consecutive champions of Italy, remained eight points behind the first position, although with one game less than their direct rivals.
It was the offensive couple Lukaku-Lautaro who was the great protagonist of the night of San Siro. The Belgian gave Inter a double advantage at half-time and frustrated Lazio’s enthusiasm, after the momentary 1-2 of Argentine Gonzalo Escalante, with a tremendous personal action on the counter attack, culminating in the assistance for the final 3-1 by Lautaro.
The Belgian forward also reached the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the top gunners table, with 16 goals. CR7 did not see the door this Saturday in the hard defeat suffered by Juventus, which despite creating many scoring opportunities, surrendered in the classic against Naples before a penalty goal from Lorenzo Insigne.
Gennaro Gattuso’s team added a triumph of enormous importance at the most delicate moment of his season, after the elimination suffered against Atalanta in the semifinals of the Italian Cup and the European appointment with Granada already imminent.
Gattuso will have to manage a delicate situation at the level of injuries, since he will not be able to count on the Greek Kostas Manolas or the Belgian Dries Mertens, injured, and saw how the Mexican Hirving Lozano and the Colombian David Ospina suffered physical discomfort last Saturday.
Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus must also react immediately, as they will visit Porto next Wednesday in the first leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League, their “forbidden” competition, in which they have not raised the trophy since 1996.
Victory of great importance for Atalanta, who needed a goal from Colombian Luis Muriel in 90 to demolish Cagliari’s defensive wall, with a Uruguayan Diego Godín starring with an excellent performance.
The Bergamo team came out the winner of a difficult duel, in which the referee whistled and then denied a penalty in favor of Cagliari at the last gasp after a VAR review.
“From tomorrow (for Monday) we will think about Madrid. On Sunday we will play against Naples and then on Wednesday we will have Madrid. Until now we did not have time to think about that because we had many games,” said coach Gasperini at the end of the game. match.
“We saw Madrid play, we saw that it is a strong team beyond the negative period it has had. It has important players, strong, fast, technical. It is a game of great prestige, playing a level game against Madrid can bring us a lot also for the championship, “he added.
In the other matches played this Sunday, Roma beat Udinese 3-0 with a double from Frenchman Jordan Veretout and a goal from Spanish Pedro Rodríguez, who returned after missing the last three games due to muscle problems.
Portuguese Paulo Fonseca’s team, in which Spaniards Borja Mayoral, Pau López and Gonzalo Villar started, will enthusiastically arrive at the match against Braga next Thursday, in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32.
Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria also triumphed against Fiorentina (2-1) and Sassuolo, who won 2-1 at bottom Crotone.