Romelu Lukaku has sent Inter Milan back to the top of Serie A with the second goal of a 2-0 derby victory which keeps their good start for this season rolling at the detriment of AC Milan.
Romelu Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic’s second-half strikes gave Inter Milan their fourth victory in as many matches, which takes them two points ahead of Juventus after the champions’ came back from a goal down beat Verona 2-1 by Aaron Ramsey’s first Serie A goal and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty shoot.
Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan was in need of a boost after their 1-1 draw in Champions League against Czech outsiders Slavia Prague. And they hit back in a fiery Milan derby with Belgian striker Lukaku heading in his third goal in four matches with only 12 minutes remaining after Brozovic’s 49th-minute opener.
“At 26 years old, I needed and wanted a coach like this, one who motivates me every day. My relationship with Conte is very strong, he’s a really good coach because he’s someone who helps players to develop a lot. I’m really happy to be here and to be wearing this shirt,” said Lukaku of Conte.
Inter Milan may celebrate Gianluigi Donnarumma for holding them goalless in the entire first half after he denied Lautaro Martinez, Lukaku and Danilo D’Ambrosio.
Lautaro had a goal that was canceled after 35 minutes for being marginally offside. But the breakthrough came four minutes after the break when Stefano Sensi set up Brozovic, whose deflected shot beat Donnarumma and was VAR confirmed.
Thereafter, Inter Milan victory was sealed by Lukaku’s goal which launched a perfect 12 points from four games when he guided Nicolo Barella’s cross home with a constructive header, as AC Milan slip to ninth place with six points.
“We came from a performance in the Champions League that left us with a bitter taste but gave us more impetus to face the derby in the best way. It is a deserved victory, I am happy for our fans because the derby is always the derby,” said Conte.