Internazionale got back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Empoli in Serie A
Champions Internazionale returned to winning ways in Serie A on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory against Empoli. Inter came back into the game after a promising start and took the lead due to Danilo D’Ambrosio’s well-timed header in the 34th minute.
Inter was in complete control after Samuele Ricci of Empoli was sent off six minutes into the second half for a reckless tackle on Nicolo Barella.
When Federico Dimarco scored in the 66th minute, Simone Inzaghi’s side took advantage of their numerical advantage.
“For some years now we have been thinking as one group and it is thanks to the collective that we managed to win the Scudetto last season,” D’Ambrosio told Sky Sport Italia.
“We have to think about ourselves, without relying on the results of others. We have players who can make a difference with single plays as happened with Sanchez’s assist for my goal.
“The current ideas of the coach are interesting and I think we are on the right path.”
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Inter eased their foot off the throttle in the final quarter and cruised to their first win in three league games, staying third in the standings with 21 points, seven points behind leaders AC Milan. Empoli is now in 12th place with 12 points.
Goals from Ibanez and captain Lorenzo Pellegrini helped AS Roma come from behind to win 2-1 at Cagliari to retain fourth in the table, while Pedro’s goal was enough for Lazio to leapfrog Fiorentina into sixth place after a 1-0 victory in Rome.
Inter could not afford a slip-up against newly-promoted Empoli, especially with rivals AC Milan showing no signs of slowing down after their ninth win in ten league games this season against Torino on Tuesday.
Early on, Visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was pushed into a wonderful save, but moments later, after Alexis Sanchez, who had been granted a rare start, had wasted a glorious chance to break the deadlock, the Chilean crossed for D’Ambrosio to head home his first goal of the season.
Sanchez came near with a header early in the second half, but Ricci’s red card ultimately destroyed Empoli’s chances of taking anything from the game.
Inter’s Roberto Gagliardini hit the post with a close-range header, but Dimarco made no mistake with his close-range header to ensure the three points.