Inter Milan beat Cagliari 3-1, title race to be decided on LAST DAY


Serie A: Inter Milan beat Cagliari 3-1 HIGHLIGHTS – A brace from Lautaro Martinez saw Inter lead the Serie A title chase until the final day of the season as the Nerazzurri secured a tense 3-1 win over Cagliari. After watching leaders Milan beat Atalanta 2-0 earlier on Sunday, the Nerazzurri knew only a win in Sardinia would keep their hopes of a second successive title alive. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates

Serie A: Inter Milan beat Cagliari 3-1 as Serie A title race to be decided on LAST DAY, Lautaro Martinez scores brace, watch Inter Milan beat Cagliari

Lautaro Martinez’s second-half brace saw Inter respond to Milan’s win over Atalanta by beating Cagliari 3-1 in Serie A.

Ivan Perisic forced Alessio Cragno into an early save with a ferocious strike before Samir Handanovic moved to his right to stop Lykogiannis’ effort on goal on a spirited start.

Serie A: Inter Milan beat Cagliari 3-1 as Serie A title race to be decided on LAST DAY, Lautaro Martinez scores brace, watch Inter Milan beat Cagliari

Inter were denied a first game in the 10th minute when Milan Skriniar was judged for driving home a right wing free kick with his arm, but the Nerazzurri struck the forward after 25 minutes when Darmian headed Perisic’s fine cross into the top left corner.

Serie A: Lautaro Martinez scores twice

Martinez twice nearly doubled Inter’s lead at the end of an entertaining first half, hitting the post with a sublime left-footed volley before firing a close-range save from Cragno.

The Argentine finally scored after 51 minutes, knocking down Nicolo Barella’s long ball before firing home, only for Lykogiannis to halve the backlog two minutes later with a deflected effort from long range.

Serie A: Inter Milan beat Cagliari 3-1 as Serie A title race to be decided on LAST DAY, Lautaro Martinez scores brace, watch Inter Milan beat Cagliari
Serie A: Inter Milan beat Cagliari 3-1 as Serie A title race to be decided on LAST DAY, Lautaro Martinez scores brace, watch Inter Milan beat Cagliari

But Martinez wasn’t done there, producing a brilliant lobbed finish from Roberto Gagliardini’s pass to clinch his brace, putting Milan’s celebrations on ice and deepening the hosts’ relegation fears.

The exceptional Martinez passes the bar of 20 goals

Martinez’s second-half brace proved decisive as the Argentine ace scored 21 league goals in what was a superb individual campaign.

He is now only the sixth player in Inter history to reach 20 goals in a Serie A season before turning 25, after Giuseppe Meazza, Sandro Mazzola, Antonio Angelillo, Ronaldo and Mauro Icardi.

Serie A: Inter Milan beat Cagliari 3-1 as Serie A title race to be decided on LAST DAY, Lautaro Martinez scores brace, watch Inter Milan beat Cagliari
Serie A: Inter Milan beat Cagliari 3-1 as Serie A title race to be decided on LAST DAY, Lautaro Martinez scores brace, watch Inter Milan beat Cagliari
Key facts about Opta:
  • Inter have earned 39 points in Serie A on the road this season, as many as the previous campaign, which was their third best performance in a single campaign (49 points in 2006-07 and 43 in 2019-20).
  • Cagliari ended a Serie A campaign with just three home wins for the second time in their history, following the 1999-2000 season.
  • Martínez has scored the most Serie A goals since early March (10).
And after?

Inter host Sampdoria in their final match of the season next Sunday, needing a win – and a Milan loss at Sassuolo – to retain their title. Cagliari, meanwhile, need a victory over relegated Venezia on the same day to have any chance of survival.


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