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Serie A: Inter Milan drop first points in 1-1 draw at Lazio

Inter Milan settle for a point against 10-man Lazio, after a second-half goal by Sergej Milinković-Savić cancelled the first-half opener by Lautaro Martínez in Milan.

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Milan Published on: October 04, 2020 21:08 IST
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Inter's Lautaro Martinez (second left) scores his side's opening goal against Lazio in Milan on Saturday.

 Inter Milan dropped its first points of the season as it drew 1-1 at Lazio in Serie A on Sunday, in a match that saw both teams reduced to 10 men late on.

Earlier, Atalanta made it three wins out of three with a 5-2 victory over Cagliari.

Juventus was supposed to be playing Napoli later but Gennaro Gattuso’s team has not left Naples after two of its players tested positive for the coronavirus.

League authorities and Juventus have indicated the game should go ahead, raising the prospect of Napoli being handed a 3-0 loss by the league judge for failing to show.

In Rome, Lazio was still smarting from a 4-1 defeat at home to Atalanta and was beset by injury problems.

It lost two more players to injury during the first half and also conceded the opener in the 30th minute when Ivan Perisic cut in from the left and managed to get the ball to Lautaro Martínez who turned and fired into bottom left corner.

Martínez has scored in all three of Inter’s matches this season.

However, Inter has been weak at the back in its opening two games, conceding five goals, and its defense let it down again as Sergej Milinković-Savić was able to head home Francesco Acerbi’s cross for the equalizer 10 minutes into the second half.

Lazio forward Ciro Immobile, the league’s top goalscorer was sent off 20 minutes from time for hitting Inter midfielder Arturo Vidal. Although Vidal did appear to go down somewhat dramatically.

Inter midfielder Stefano Sensi was also shown a straight red card, with three minutes remaining, for a similar incident with Lazio defender Patric.

HIGH-SCORING ATALANTA

Atalanta offered up another attacking masterclass, taking its tally to 13 goals in three games.

It was the league’s top scoring team last season with 98 goals.

Luis Muriel gave Atalanta the perfect start after just seven minutes and, although Diego Godin equalized on his Cagliari debut, further goals from Alejandro “Papu” Gomez, Mario Pašalić and Duván Zapata put the home side 4-1 up at the break.

João Pedro reduced the deficit early in the second half but Sam Lammers sealed the match with his first goal for Atalanta with nine minutes remaining.

OTHER MATCHES

Parma picked up its first points of the season with a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona.

Benevento beat Bologna by the same scoreline.

AC Milan was playing Spezia later.

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