A primary-half header by striker Lautaro Martinez gave Inter Milan a 1-0 victory over native rival AC Milan at a sold-out San Siro on Sunday, condemning Stefano Pioli’s aspect to its third consecutive loss in Serie A.
Inter stays second within the standings with 43 factors, 13 behind runaway chief Napoli. Milan, who has now misplaced 4 video games in a row in all competitions, dropped to sixth, on 38 factors.
The unmarked Lautaro produced Inter’s first critical menace within the sixth minute however Milan keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu saved his header from going contained in the left-hand publish.
The Argentine striker gave Inter the lead within the thirty fourth minute when he nodded in a nook from shut vary for his Twelfth objective this season.
Inter dominated the primary half with 76% of possession and prevented Milan from any try at objective, but it surely misplaced a few of its depth after halftime.
Milan responded with its first shot simply earlier than the hour mark however a mid-range header by striker Olivier Giroud went over the crossbar.
It adopted up with shut possibilities by substitute Brahim Diaz, whose shot was stopped by Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana, and one other alternative by Giroud whose free kick went huge.
Inter then had the ball inside the web twice however striker Romelu Lukaku was denied a objective for a foul, whereas Lautaro’s strike was dominated out for offside.
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Lukaku had another likelihood to double Inter’s benefit in stoppage time when he fired a shot from the sting of the field however Tatarusanu made an excellent save to maintain it out.
In the following spherical of video games, Milan hosts Torino on Friday, whereas Inter travels to Sampdoria on February 13.
Earlier on Sunday, Torino beat Udinese 1-0 to overhaul it within the standings and transfer to seventh on 30 factors. Bologna, in ninth, beat Twelfth-placed Fiorentina 2-1.
Fourth-placed Lazio, on 38 factors, travels to Verona on Monday whereas Juventus visits Salernitana on Tuesday.