Sassuolo go top as Lukaku helps Inter fight back against Torino

Sassuolo go top as Lukaku helps Inter fight back against Torino
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2020, Sassuolo's Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match Atalanta vs Sassuolo, played at the Atleti Azzurri d 'stadium. Italy.  - Sassuolo is the hit of the fall in Serie A, with game, goals and a second place in the standings, rewarding the recipe concocted by Roberto De Zerbi, an adept coach of a happy football.  (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Sassuolo took the top spot in Serie A on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Hellas Verona, as Romelu Lukaku scored twice to help Inter Milan rally two goals against to beat Torino.

Sassuolo has 18 points from eight games, one point more than AC Milan, who will travel to Napoli later on Sunday.

Roma advance third, tied on points with AC Milan after Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice in a 3-0 win over Parma.

Antonio Conte’s Inter were trailing 2-0 in the 62nd minute before battling to win 4-2 at the San Siro, where they host Real Madrid in the Champions League in three days.

“We are not a great team yet because we are fighting like this,” said Lukaku, who has scored seven goals in the league this season.

“In the first hour we played badly, we were in difficulties. Then we wake up and win, that’s the most important thing. “

Torino captain Andrea Belotti was stopped with a muscle problem in the warm-up with Simone Zaza taking his place and scoring the first goal just before half-time.

Cristian Ansaldi added a second for the visitors from the penalty spot after an hour.

Inter reacted in the 64th minute, with Alexis Sánchez pocketing the ball after Lukaku’s initial effort crashed off the crossbar, before the Chilean set up fellow former Manchester United striker for a draw three minutes later.

Lukaku put Inter ahead from the penalty spot six minutes from time and then provided the cross for substitute Lautaro Martínez to score the fourth in the 90th minute.

“I have to congratulate the guys,” Conte said.

“The 2-0 would have killed anyone, but we show once again that we have something important in terms of character.”

Inter returned to winning ways after two consecutive draws and is fifth in the table.

Torino fell into the relegation zone after their fifth loss of the season, and also lost Simone Verdi to injury in the first half.

– The beginning of Prandelli’s nightmare –

At Verona, Sassuolo continued his impressive streak thanks to goals at both times from Jeremie Boga and Domenico Berardi.

Emilia Romagna’s team is undefeated this season and is the top scorer with 20 goals in eight games.

Meanwhile, Roma extended their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 10 games, consolidating the victory with three goals in the first half.

Borja Mayoral scored his first goal in Serie A just before half an hour, and Mkhitaryan added two more before the break to bring his tally to five goals in two games after scoring a hat-trick last time against Genoa. .

In Tuscany, Cesare Prandelli got off to a nightmare start as Fiorentina coach with a 1-0 home loss to the promoted Benevento.

Former Italian coach Prandelli returned to the ‘Viola’ a decade after leaving Azzurri’s post in 2010 after Giuseppe Iachini was fired, but the team fell to its fourth loss in eight games.

Compounding Prandelli’s problems, French midfielder Franck Ribery was injured shortly before halftime with Italian international Giacomo Bonaventura stopping during warm-up.

“What worries me the most is the fragility,” said Prandelli.

“In the first difficulty, the team lost tactics, technique and personality.

“Maybe the team succumbed to their fears and negative thoughts when Franck came out.”

Riccardo Improta scored his first Serie A goal for Benevento in the 52nd minute, hitting a cross from Gabriele Moncini after a defensive error by Cristiano Biraghi.

Fiorentina, winless in three games, slides to 15th place in the Serie A table, just behind Benevento, who is 14th after ending their four-game losing streak.

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