Lukaku double helps Inter keep pressure on leaders AC Milan
Romelu Lukaku scored a second-half function as Inter Milan kept the pressure on Serie A leaders A/C Milan with a 4-0 win over Benevento on Saturday.
Antonio Conte’s Inter sit 2 points behind their city competitors, who beat Bologna 2-1 earlier on Saturday.
A Riccardo Improta own objective put the hosts ahead early on versus 11th-placed Benevento at the San Siro.
Lautaro Martinez scored 12 minutes after the break prior to Lukaku included 2 more.
Champions Juventus moved into 3rd, 7 points off leading area with a video game in hand, after a 2-0 win over Sampdoria.
Milan recuperated after losses to Atalanta in the league and to Inter in the Italian Cup on Tuesday, a video game in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent.
“It was a strong response from the team. A victory that gives us confidence at the end of a difficult week,” stated Milan coach Stefano Pioli.
The midweek Milan derby was eclipsed by a clash in between Ibrahimovic and previous Manchester United colleague Lukaku.
Ibrahimovic on Saturday drew a blank for a 2nd straight league video game for the very first time this season.
Bologna goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski made a fantastic double save from the Swede early on.
The visitors were granted a charge when Mitchell Dijks lowered Rafael Leao, with Ibrahimovic stepping up to take it.
However the 39-year-old’s bad record from the area continued with his 4th charge miss out on in all competitors this season.
Thankfully, Ante Rebic was on hand to move in the rebound after Skorupski’s conserve.
Franck Kessie took Milan’s 2nd charge 10 minutes after the break following an Adama Soumaoro handball.
The Ivorian made no error, planting the ball into the middle of the web.
“The penalty taker is Ibra, it’s up to him, when he doesn’t feel like taking it, I kick,” stated Kessie.
Alternative Andrea Poli pulled an objective back for 13th-placed Bologna versus his previous club with 9 minutes to go.
– Eriksen makes mark once again –
In Milan, Inter’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a late winner in the Cup derby, established the very first objective in the seventh minute when his free-kick was developed into his own web by Improta.
Martinez ended his six-match objective dry spell on 57 minutes with a left-footed strike into the bottom corner.
Achraf Hakimi had an objective eliminated for offside, however seconds later on Benevento goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo’s terrible pass was obstructed by Martinez, who established Lukaku to score.
Alternative Alexis Sanchez provided the 4th for Lukaku with 12 minutes to go, bringing the striker’s tally to 14 league objectives this season, one less than Serie A leading scorer Ronaldo.
In Genoa, Ronaldo stopped working to score for the 3rd successive league video game, however Juventus continued their climb the table.
The Portuguese striker has actually been criticised for breaking coronavirus guidelines with a check out to a mountain resort for his sweetheart’s birthday.
“Ronaldo always does his bit for the team and it’s not a problem if he doesn’t score,” stated Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo.
Federico Chiesa opened the scoring on 20 minutes after a relocation including all 3 Juventus forwards.
Alvaro Morata played a one-two with Ronaldo, prior to the Spaniard’s low cross was slotted in by Chiesa.
Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria came close to an equaliser, with Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny rejecting Fabio Quagliarella an objective versus his previous club on the eve of his 38th birthday.
Morata had an objective eliminated for offside on 56 minutes for Juve, who needed to wait till injury time to score a 2nd.
Ronaldo’s cross-field pass discovered the run of Juan Cuadrado who laid it on a plate for Ramsey to tap in his 2nd league objective of the season.
“The attitude is right, we finish a positive January in which we have grown a lot, even if we could have killed off the game sooner,” stated Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini.
Juventus sit 2 points ahead of fourth-placed Roma, who host Hellas Verona on Sunday, with the 2 groups set to fulfill next weekend in Turin.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.