Romelu Lukaku scores twice in Inter Milan's 4-3 win over Sassuolo
Last Updated: 20/10/19 9:40pm
Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez scored two goals each as Inter Milan survived a late fightback to beat Sassuolo 4-3 on Sunday.
Martinez struck inside two minutes before Domenico Berardi equalised, but Lukaku gave Inter breathing space with a powerful strike and a penalty before half time.
Martinez stretched his side's lead to 4-1 from the penalty spot after the break, but Sassuolo hit back through Filip Djuricic and Jeremie Boga strikes.
Antonio Conte's side held on in a nervy finish to the game as the home side pressed for a remarkable equaliser.
"We did everything right in the first half and should have scored more in the second," Lukaku told DAZN as reported by Reuters.
"Once it goes to 3-1 and 4-1, it ought to be over. The positive we take is that we got the three points, but we need to defend better than that."
The result leaves Inter in second place on 21 points, one behind champions Juventus and four clear of Atalanta in third.
Elsewhere in Serie A
Claudio Ranieri was in the dug-out for the first time as Sampdoria coach in a 0-0 draw with Roma, his former club.
Roma lost both Bryan Cristante and Nikola Kalinic to injury while forward Justin Kluivert was sent off for a second yellow four minutes from the end.
Cagliari moved above Roma into fifth place with a 2-0 win over Spal. Radja Nainggolan put the Sardinian club ahead with an absolute missile and Paolo Farag also scored.
Udinese beat Torino 1-0 with a header from Stefano Okaka.
Andreas Cornelius scored a hat-trick as Parma thrashed Genoa 5-1 while AC Milan were denied a second win on the bounce after Marco Calderoni scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for Lecce in their 2-2 draw.