Inter Milan 2-1 Sampdoria: Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku back in business on Serie A return as Nerazzurri edge Claudio Ranieri’s men
- Sampdoria travelled to the San Siro to face Inter Milan in the Serie A restart
- Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku got their strike partnership back on track
- Both bagged goals as Morten Thorsby got one back in the second half for Samp
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Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez’s strike partnership didn’t lose any of its potency during the football shutdown, with both getting on the scoresheet as Inter Milan edged Sampdoria on Sunday.
The clash saw Serie A return to the San Siro after more than three months following the coronavirus crisis.
Lukaku took just 10 minutes to get going again, showing no sign of rust as he tapped in following a classy one-two with Christian Eriksen.
Romelu Lukaku celebrated by taking the knee as Inter Milan beat Sampdoria on Sunday
Lukaku took 10 minutes to score again on the Serie A return to the San Siro after three months
Lautaro Martinez sent a message to his father as he celebrates his goal against Sampdoria
The Belgian produced a powerful image in his celebration, kneeling to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement as he scored in a league which has struggled with racist incidents this season.
Martinez bagged his own close-range strike in the 33rd minute before Morten Thorsby bundled in from a corner in the 52nd to bring Antonio Conte back to the very edge of his technical area ahead of a tight finish.
Samp pushed for an equaliser and pushed Inter onto the back foot, but the hosts held out to move within five points of Juventus.
Morten Thorsby sparked an attempted comeback as the visitors pushed for an equaliser
Antonio Conte returned to his beloved technical area with a much-needed victory for Inter
Inter will now aim to close the gap to title rivals Lazio and Juventus in their remaining games
The league leaders restart their season on Monday with a trip to Bologna, while second-placed Lazio face Atalanta in a tight matchup on Wednesday.
Inter fell off the pace before lockdown with a string of poor results, including a 1-1 draw with strugglers Lecce and defeats to both of their title rivals.