Lautaro folds Monza, purple poker

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Positive debut for Simone Inzaghi’s Inter Milan but especially for Lautaro Martinez, who signed with a brace in the home win over Monza, defeated 2-0.

At San Siro, the new Nerazzurri captain unlocked the result as early as the 8th minute by anticipating former teammate D’Ambrosio on an assist from Dumfries while in the final he closed the score by taking advantage of an assist from Arnautovic.

In the other evening match, Genoa was overwhelmed 4-1 by an already in great form Fiorentina. Goals by Biraghi (4′) and Bonaventura (12′) early in the match opened and effectively closed the accounts, well before the third and fourth goals signed by Nico Gonzalez (41′) and Mandragora (56′). Biraschi’s flagship goal (59′) was useless.

The 2023/24 Serie A championship begins with two away victories: reigning Italian champions Napoli beat Frosinone 3-1, while Hellas Verona open their tournament by overcoming Empoli 1-0 at ‘Castellani’.

As for Rudi Garcia’s men, the start at the ‘Benito Stirpe’ is nightmarish: a foul in the box by new signing Cajuste on Baez, Harroui makes no mistake from the penalty spot and it’s 1-0 to Frosinone. The lead was relatively short-lived, however: in the 24th minute Matteo Politano made it 1-1 with a fine left-footed finish from the edge, and in the 42nd minute it was Osimhen who put Napoli ahead with an impassable broadside for Turati. In between there was also a goal disallowed, for offside, to Raspadori. In the second half, the pace dropped, thanks to the heat and the physical decline typical of this very early stage of the season, but Osimhen was in time to score another goal on a counterattack, in the 79th minute, effectively closing the game.

In the other match that started at 6:30 p.m., Hellas Verona took better advantage of the chances at its disposal and won its first three points of the season at home to Empoli thanks to Federico Bonazzoli’s goal in the 75th minute: the striker was good at taking advantage of Caprile’s uncertain exit, celebrating with a three-point goal his debut with the new jersey.

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