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Inter Milan 4-0 Atalanta: Nerazzurri keep on rolling over rivals

Inter widened their lead at the top of the table to 12 points by convincingly defeating Atalanta 4-0, courtesy of goals from Matteo Darmian, Lautaro Martinez, Federico Dimarco, and Davide Frattesi.

This Week 21 clash between Inter and Atalanta, originally slated for January, was rescheduled due to the Supercoppa Italiana. Inter had maintained a flawless record in 2024, triumphing in all 10 competitive matches. Atalanta was unbeaten in 11 games, aiming to reclaim fourth place from Bologna but they had not defeated Inter since November 2018.

After 10 minutes, Atalanta thought they had scored when Mario Pasalic intercepted a stray pass and Aleksei Miranchuk collided with Alessandro Bastoni, leading to Charles De Ketelaere slotting in the rebound from 12 yards. However, the goal was disallowed following a VAR review as Miranchuk had handled the ball.

Inter also found the net in the 19th minute, but Nicolò Barella was offside when he chased down a long ball over the top.

Despite a missed chance by Lautaro Martinez, Inter seized the lead when he set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Although Marco Carnesecchi rushed out to block Mkhitaryan’s attempt, Matteo Darmian was on hand to slot the ball into an empty net.

Moments later, Darmian came close to scoring again, but Carnesecchi thwarted his one-on-one finish with a leg save. Lautaro Martinez then struck the crossbar after Federico Dimarco dispossessed Pasalic.

Inter extended their lead in first-half stoppage time when Carnesecchi rushed out to clear the ball off Dimarco’s foot. Pavard then passed it across for Lautaro Martinez at the edge of the box. Although Martinez’s first touch was poor, his second was exceptional, as he bent the ball around Hans Hateboer into the far top corner.

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Carnesecchi once again used his foot to parry Dimarco’s shot at the near post after an impressive cross-field pass from Lautaro Martinez.

Inter was awarded a contentious second penalty after the assistant referee initially signaled that the ball had gone out of play when Denzel Dumfries had his cross blocked by Hateboer’s hand. Despite a lengthy VAR review, the officials overturned the decision, ruling that the ball had not gone out, and awarded a penalty for handball.

Although Lautaro Martinez’s penalty was saved by Carnesecchi, Dimarco was quick to react to the rebound and scored.

Gian Piero Gasperini made four substitutions in an attempt to preserve his players for the upcoming match against fourth-placed Bologna.

Inter scored a fourth goal as Alexis Sanchez delivered a free kick to the near post, where Davide Frattesi scored with a glancing header. However, Frattesi injured himself during the process and had to be substituted immediately.

Inter has now scored at least four goals in each of their last four Serie A matches, a feat that the club had last achieved in the 1929-30 campaign.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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