Friday, January 27, 2023

Lautaro and Dzeko lead Inter to Italian Super Cup victory

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia ( Associated Press) — Led by Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez, Inter cruised to a stunning 3-0 win over classic rival Milan on Wednesday to repeat as Italian Super Cup champions.

Dzeko, 36, scored a goal and was also involved in opening the account in Federico Dimarco’s goal.

Just a month after becoming world champions with Argentina, Martínez sealed the win after 77 minutes.

Inter won the first Italian football title of the season at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The defeat adds to Milan’s bad start to the year. The Rossoneri beat Salernitana in the 2023 opener but were followed by a pair of draws in Serie A and also exited the Coppa Italia.

The current league champions, Milan, are nine points behind leaders Napoli. Inter and Juventus are one point behind. Inter and Milan will star in another Serie A classic on February 5.

The Super Cup pits the champions of Serie A and the Italian Cup against each other. Inter won it last year as league champions, but this time they compete as the king of the cup tournament last season.

Their title defense started with a bang, taking the lead after 10 minutes on the counterattack. Zeko first played in for Nicolo Barella, who gave way to DiMarco’s left-footed finish down the left.

Milan woke up and Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana shone to cover a shot on goal by Rafael Leao.

Jaco scored after 21 minutes. The Bosnian attacker was caught out by the Milan defense badly after the free kick, bent to clear Sandro Tonali’s mark and finished with an angled shot with his right foot that beat goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

And the Milan defense also bore a fair share of the responsibility in Inter’s third. Martínez rebuked Fikayo Tomori before taking a neat shot into the back of the net.

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