Thursday, 26 September 2019

Inter still keeps perfect record, Cagliari stun Napoli

Inter Milan has made it five wins out of five games so far with a 1-0 victory over Lazio on Wednesday as they are back on top spot in Serie A.

But they needed their goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, on who clocked his 300th game for Inter, to make some series of saves to ensure a win which allowed his team to restore their two-point lead over champions Juventus.

The only goal of the match came in the 23rd minute when fullback Danilo D'Ambrosio headed in from close range off a cross from Cristiano Biraghi

Ciro Immobile of, Lazio was left on the bench after a touchline row with coach Simone Inzaghi in last week's 2-0 win over Parma.

Duvan Zapata and Marten de Roon scored second-half goals as Atalanta condemned Roma to a first league defeat of the season, dashing England international defender Chris Smalling's hopes of a winning debut.

The win at the Stadio Olimpico allowed Atalanta to climb into third place in the table.

Paulo Fonseca's Roma, meanwhile, are in sixth spot, seven points off Inter Milan's pace.

Atalanta opened the scoring in the 71st minute when Colombian international Zapata, on as a second-half substitute, tucked the ball away from close range.

Dutch midfielder De Roon made sure of the victory with a last-minute, close-range header after Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez failed to collect a cross.

Napoli lost ground after a 1-0 defeat against Cagliari in Sardinia.

It was a second league defeat of the season for Carlo Ancelotti's side who dominated large parts of Wednesday's match before they were undone by a goal on the counter-attack by Lucas Castro three minutes from the end.

Dries Mertens twice his the woodwork for Napoli whose miserable evening saw Kalidou Koulibaly red-carded in the dying moments for protesting the goal.

Fiorentina moved off the bottom of the table after a 2-1 win over Sampdoria gave them a first win of the campaign.

On Tuesday, Juventus defeated Brescia 2-1 to briefly reclaim top spot.

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