Who was Man Of The Match? Lautaro Martinez
Italian champions Inter Milan hosted Bologna at the San Siro in the 4th match of the season, and demolished them comfortably in front of their home fans to give the Nerazzurri their 3rd win of the campaign taking them to the top of Serie A. The final score was a mammoth 6-1, with goals coming from multiple sources, but for his one goal, work rate, terrorising the Bologna defence, and contributions to the scoreline, the Argentine striker, Lautaro Martinez is today’s Man of the Match.
Inter Milan took the early lead, as Lautaro Martinez scored the opener within 6 minutes of the kickoff. Inter added the 2nd and the 3rd goal in quick succession as Bologna succumbed to Inter’s attack, conceding two quick goals within 5 minutes. Milan Skriniar scored off Inter’s corner in the 30th minute, while Nicolo Barella added another soon after, making it 3-0 within 34 minutes in the first half.
Matias Vecino got in the act and scored the fourth goal for Inter Milan in the 54th minute, as Federico Dimarco surged down the left flank, and delivered a great ball in the 6 yard box. Edin Dzeko and Denzel Dumfries couldn’t reach the ball, but Vecino was there, who lashed the ball in the roof of the net after taking a touch.
Dzeko did not start the game for Inter but was called in early in the game in the 29th minute to replace the injured Joaquin Correa. The former Manchester City stiker found the net two times – his first in the 63rd minute when Martinez’s feint to Brozovic’s ball allowed Dzeko to toe-poke past the Bologna goalkeeper, and then in the 68th minute from an acute angle off the pass from former Arsenal and Manchester United winger, Alexis Sanchez.
Bologna did pull one back in the end via Arthur Nicolas Theate who was left unmarked after Musa Barrow curled in a ball on Theate’s head, who headed past Samir Handanovic, denying him a clean sheet, leaving him and the Inter defenders furious.
Inter are unbeaten in the league, and have only been defeated by Real Madrid in their Champions League opener at the Santiago Bernabeu. Inter now travel to Florence to play Fiorentina on Monday evening in the next round of matches in the Serie A. They now lead the Serie A and Jose Mourinho’s Roma, who find themselves 2nd with a point less, but also having played a game less.
Lets check out Martinez’s MOTM worthy stats:
Minutes played: 90
Pass accuracy %: 92
Goal contribution: 1
Shots (on target): 1
Key Passes: 1