Inter beat Sassuolo in seven-goal thriller; Ronaldo nets 701st career goal

Inter beat Sassuolo in seven-goal thriller; Ronaldo nets 701st career goal
Sassuolo defender Marlon tackles Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku during the Italian Serie A match. - AFP

Milan - The result leaves Inter in second place on 21 points, one behind champions Juventus.



By AFP

Published: Sun 20 Oct 2019, 8:32 PM

Last updated: Sun 20 Oct 2019, 10:34 PM

Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez scored two goals each as Inter Milan survived a late fightback to beat Sassuolo 4-3 at the Mapei Stadium on Sunday.
Martinez struck inside two minutes before Domenico Berardi equalised, but Lukaku gave Inter breathing space with a powerful strike and a penalty before half time.
Martinez stretched his side's lead to 4-1 from the penalty spot after the break, but Sassuolo hit back through Filip Djuricic and Jeremie Boga strikes.
Antonio Conte's side held on in a nervy finish to the game as the home side pressed for a remarkable equaliser.
"We did everything right in the first half and should have scored more in the second," Lukaku told sports streaming service DAZN.
"Once it goes to 3-1 and 4-1, it ought to be over. The positive we take is that we got the three points, but we need to defend better than that."
The result leaves Inter in second place on 21 points, one behind champions Juventus and four clear of Atalanta in third.
On Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic sealed a 2-1 win for Juventus over Bologna to consolidate top spot in Serie A.
Ronaldo was presented with a special jersey before kick-off to mark his 700th career goal scored playing for Portugal during the week.
The 34-year-old hit his 701st after 19 minutes, with Pjanic adding a second eight minutes after the break following a blunder by Brazilian defender Danilo, who had earlier pulled Bologna level.
Atalanta stay third after throwing away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Lazio, with fourth-placed Napoli closing the gap to just one point after Arkadiusz Milik's double saw off Verona.
"The road is the right one, but we need to work on some details. It was a good match blighted by three or four errors," said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri whose side host Lokomotiv Moscow in Champions League action on Tuesday.


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