Two objectives from striker Lautaro Martinez helped Inter Milan safe a nervy 4-2 dwelling win over Empoli on Friday as Simone Inzaghi’s facet saved their Serie A title hopes alive and provisionally went high of the desk.
The victory put defending champions Inter one level forward of AC Milan, who can regain high spot with a win at ninth-placed Verona on Sunday of their bid to safe a primary Scudetto since 2011. Empoli stay 14th on 37 factors.
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Inter struggled significantly within the first half in opposition to an Empoli facet who’ve gained simply as soon as of their final 20 video games in all competitions and shortly discovered themselves 2-0 down.
The guests shocked Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic within the fifth minute when striker Andrea Pinamonti latched on to an excellent low cross from Szymon Zurkowski to attain his thirteenth aim of the season.
The 22-year-old, who lately netted in opposition to AC Milan, Roma and twice in opposition to Napoli, didn’t have fun scoring on Friday as he’s on mortgage from Inter.
Empoli scored once more 5 minutes later via Szymon Zurkowski however the aim was disallowed by VAR because of an offside however they doubled their lead within the twenty eighth minute.
Defender Riccardo Fiamozzi despatched a protracted ball into the field and Kristjan Asllani rifled it previous Handanovic, who rushed out to cease him, whereas Milan Skriniar did not clear the ball off the road.
However Inzaghi’s facet levelled simply earlier than break when Martinez discovered the fitting nook for his 18th league aim of the marketing campaign, with the aim waking Inter up as they began to create extra alternatives earlier than half-time.
The Argentina worldwide bagged his second of the night within the sixty fourth minute when he fired a rebound previous the keeper to place the hosts forward for the primary time, earlier than Alexis Sanchez sealed all three factors in harm time.
Whereas Inter should wait to find their destiny within the title race, they’ll have an opportunity to win a trophy on Wednesday once they face Juventus within the Coppa Italia remaining.