MILAN ( Associated Press) – Argentina’s Lautaro Martinez’s hot streak continued, scoring twice as Inter Milan beat league bottom club Cremonese 2-1 on Saturday to move into second place in Serie A.
Cremonese got on the scoreboard with a surprise shot from David Okereke, but Martínez scored in each half.
With it, the World Cup champion reached six goals in his last six games with Inter and moved his team two points ahead of third-placed AC Milan, who face Sassuolo on Sunday.
Inter and Milan will play Serie A derby next weekend.
Sixth-placed Atalanta can draw Milan with a home win against relegation-threatened Sampdoria.
Cremonese remain at the bottom of the standings, nine points away from survival.
Inter were looking to bounce back from a disappointing home defeat at the hands of Empoli, but surprisingly went behind after 11 minutes from Okereke’s shot.
Inter equalized after 10 minutes when Edin Dzeko’s volley was saved by goalkeeper Marco Carneschi, but Martínez recovered the rebound. Argentina got the second goal on a score of 65.
With Torino’s two goals in the last eight minutes – and they came close to the winning goal – they drew 2–2 with Empoli.
The home team looked set to seal an easy win after Sebastiano Luperto’s header went in for his first Serie A goal just before half-time. Rezvan Marin fired sensationally from long range for the second in the 69th.
But Samuel Ricci brought Torino closer to his former team in the 82nd minute and Antonio Sanabria equalized three minutes later.
Incredibly, Torino came close to winning with Aleksey Miranchuk’s last-minute effort, but it went too wide.