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Lautaro Martinez scored twice as Inter cruise past Lecce in a 4-0 victory

Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan Lecce Serie A Alexis Sanchez
Inter Milan restored their nine-point lead at the top of the Serie A (SA) standings and registered a 10th consecutive victory in the process, with Lautaro Martínez’s unstoppable brace being the crowning glory of a 4-0 win over Lecce at Stadio Via del Mare.

After their UEFA Champions League win over Atlético Madrid in midweek, and a tie with Atalanta to come on Wednesday, Simone Inzaghi made no less than eight changes to his starting line-up.

And it was a gamble which took just 15 minutes to pay off, as Kristjan Asllani burst through the middle and played a precise through ball to Lautaro Martínez, who beat the offside trap and slotted past Wladimiro Falcone.

When combined with the eventual clean sheet, that would also become Martínez’s third match-opening winner in his previous four strikes. But the spotlight then switched to fellow South American powerhouse Alexis Sánchez midway through the half, as he won the ball deep in Lecce territory and crossed for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but the Armenian dragged his shot just wide.

Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan Lecce Serie A Alexis Sanchez

Two became three within a matter of seconds, as Frattesi picked the ball up on halfway, before sprinting unchallenged down the right and played the ball square to Martínez, who fired past Falcone for his second away-day brace this year alone.

Number four came with a little over a quarter of the match remaining, when centre-back Stefan de Vrij rose highest to meet Federico Dimarco’s corner for his first goal of the campaign.