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Serie A: Leaders Inter Milan dish out derby destruction, Napoli stutter at Genoa

Inter Milan’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates after scoring towards AC Milan within the Serie A. AP

Inter Milan laid down an early title marker on Saturday by handing out a 5-1 derby hammering to AC Milan and going it alone on the Serie A summit, whereas champions Napoli had been held 2-2 at promoted Genoa.

4 wins from their opening 4 matches have Inter main the pack with an ideal 12 factors, two forward of their different fierce rivals Juventus who beat Lazio 3-1 within the day’s early match.

Milan sit an additional level again in third after a humiliating first defeat of the season earlier than they welcome Newcastle United within the Champions League on Tuesday.

Spurred on by the vast majority of a heaving and raucous San Siro crowd, Inter claimed their fifth straight derby win in all competitions because of a Henrikh Mkhitaryan brace, Marcus Thuram’s rocket and two late strikes from Hakan Calhanoglu and Davide Frattesi.

Simone Inzaghi’s aspect claimed the factors with a show which confirmed why they obtained previous Milan to achieve final season’s Champions League remaining and confirmed their standing as early favourites to beat their native rivals to a twentieth Scudetto.

“We’ve started the season brilliantly and we want to keep going,” Mkhitaryan advised DAZN.

“We’re all here for the same goal, and I don’t care who plays… the coach will pick whoever gives their all for the second star (on the shirt for 20 titles).”

Thuram continued his quick begin in an Inter shirt, the brand new man additionally essential to Mkhitaryan’s fifth-minute opener.

Inter smash Milan

France ahead Thuram bundled previous Malick Thiaw earlier than discovering Federico Dimarco whose mishit shot was guided residence by the previous Armenia midfielder.

And Thuram then underlined Inter’s superiority seven minutes earlier than the break after a lightning breakaway began by Lautaro Martinez, amassing from Denzel Dumfries earlier than chopping contained in the hapless Thiaw and crashing in an unstoppable shot from the sting of the world.

The match appeared lifeless and buried with 45 minutes to play however Rafael Leao halved the deficit within the 57th minute when he rolled in his second of the season after being brilliantly put by way of by Olivier Giroud.

Leao’s end was the primary purpose conceded by Inter this time period and as a violent downpour descended on the San Siro, Mkhitaryan silenced Milan’s loud “away” assist together with his deflected second of the night after being fed by Martinez.

Calhanoglu’s 79th-minute penalty and a neat stoppage-time end from Frattesi, recent from Tuesday’s double for Italy on the similar floor, rubbed salt into wounds for Milan and coach Stefano Pioli.

“I don’t think we need to apologise to our fans. Do you think we wanted to concede five goals to Inter?” stated a defiant Pioli who in 2023 has misplaced each Milan derby to an combination rating of 12-1.

“We’re disappointed, but you ask for forgiveness when you deliberately don’t do something.”

Napoli salvage level

Napoli’s title defence continued to stutter at Genoa the place the champions got here again from two targets down to grab a degree late on.

Rudi Garcia’s aspect, crushed by Lazio earlier than the worldwide break, path Inter by 5 factors following the draw on the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which got here because of strikes within the remaining quarter-hour from Italy internationals Giacomo Raspadori and Matteo Politano.

“We’ve got work to do, but we had very little time to prepare for this match because a lot of players only came back (from international duty) yesterday,” stated Politano to Sky Sport in Italy.

Mattia Bani headed Genoa into the lead 5 minutes earlier than the break earlier than Italy striker Mateo Retegui swept within the hosts’ second from Kevin Strootman’s go within the 56th minute.

Retegui has scored twice since signing from Boca Juniors in July and Saturday’s strike appeared possible to provide Genoa a shocking second win of the marketing campaign.

However Napoli didn’t hand over and had been again in it when Raspadori arrowed in his first purpose of the season within the 76th minute.

And Politano salvaged a draw for Napoli with six minutes remaining with an excellent volley from Piotr Zielinski’s lofted go.



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