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Teenager Esposito Breaks 60-Year Record As Inter Go Top

Inter Milan’s Italian ahead Sebastiano Esposito celebrates after scoring a penalty through the Italian Serie A soccer match towards Genoa on December 21, 2019, on the San Siro stadium in Milan. Marco Bertorello / AFP

 

 

Sebastiano Esposito grew to become Inter Milan’s youngest scorer in additional than 60 years on Saturday when he hit the goal in a 4-0 romp towards Genoa, serving to his facet return to the highest of Serie A.

The 17-year-old put away a second-half penalty which made him the youngest Inter scorer since Mario Corso in 1958.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice with Roberto Gagliardini including one other as Inter moved stage with champions Juventus on the high on 42 factors.

Juve had taken high spot on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria earlier than heading to Saudi Arabia the place they face Lazio within the Italian Super Cup on Sunday.

However, Inter are actually in pole place courtesy of aim distinction.

“I just saw my mum in the stands and the goal is for her,” a tearful Esposito, who’s 17 years and 172 days previous, instructed Sky Sport Italia.

“I didn’t sleep at all last night (after he was told he would start the game). I spent the whole night thinking about what would happen today.”

The teenager additionally hailed Lukaku who gave him the ball to take the penalty despite the fact that he might have completed the sport with a hat-trick.

“Romelu is a fantastic person as well as being an extraordinary player. He told me, just go out there, make a decision and hit the ball.”

The defeat left Genoa, now with out a Serie A win at Inter since 1994, second from backside within the desk, 4 factors from security after a tenth defeat this season.

Lukaku opened the scoring after 31 minutes, heading in a cross from Antonio Candreva.

Within a minute it was 2-0 when Lukaku teed-up Gagliardini whose shot was deflected off Cristian Romero and into the aim.

Esposito added his title to the scoresheet from the spot within the sixty fourth minute when Kevin Agudelo fouled Gagliardini.

Lukaku’s gesture to his teenage teammate was rewarded when he hit a long-range drive which went in off the underside of the crossbar for his second of the evening and his staff’s fourth seven minutes later.

“I saw him in pre-season training and he just looked like a little child, even his face seems so young,” mentioned Inter coach Antonio Conte of Esposito.

“He has really grown in the last couple of months and he has a great future ahead of him.”

Cagliari suffered their first away defeat of the season, dropping 2-1 at Udinese as their Champions League hopes suffered a blow.

Rolando Maran’s facet have now gained simply as soon as of their final 5 video games, claiming solely a single level of their three most up-to-date outings.

Argentine Rodrigo de Paul gave Udinese a first-half lead earlier than Joao Pedro levelled for Cagliari within the 84th minute.

However, Ivory Coast worldwide Seko Fofana restored Udinese’s benefit only a minute later to wrap up the three factors.

Earlier on Saturday, Fiorentina fired coach Vincenzo Montella with the membership struggling in fifteenth in Serie A.

Montella, a 45-year-old former Italy winger, managed Fiorentina from 2012-15 main the membership to 2 fourth-place finishes in Serie A earlier than he was fired.

After spells in cost at Sampdoria, AC Milan and Sevilla, he returned to Florence in April.

However, Fiorentina misplaced 4-1 at residence to Roma on Friday and have taken simply two factors from their final seven video games.

AFP

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