Romelu Lukaku scored his 18th league goal of the season as Inter Milan marked their return to Serie A action with a 2-1 win against Sampdoria at the Luigi Ferraris stadium.
Inter Milan entered Sunday’s game trailing Juventus by nine points with one game in hand.
Christian Eriksen found the net just seconds into the game, but the goal was ruled out as Antonio Candreva had been flagged offside in the build up.
The hosts broke the deadlock in the 10th minute with a great team goal as Lukaku burst into the box after a give-and-go with Eriksen, and the Belgian striker curled the ball left-footed into the net.
Inter were dominating the game and created a few chances to extend the lead. Antonio Candreva and Lukaku came close but couldn’t convert their chances.
In the 32nd minute, Inter Milan doubled it’s lead after Lukaku’s smart pass found Candreva, and the Italian international squared for an unmarked Lautaro Martinez to tap in.
Sampdoria’s consolation goal came seven minutes into the second half, as Morten Thorsby’s follow-up beat Samir Handanovic after Omar Colley’s header had rattled the crossbar.
The win means Inter are third with 57 points, six points behind leaders Juventus.
Other Serie A results
In the day’s early fixture, Atalanta continued their impressive form by easing past Sassuolo 4-1.
Berat Djimsiti was on the score sheet, as well as Duran Zapata who scored twice, while Mehdi Bmourabia scored twice with an own goal against his team in the first half and a goal for his team in the second.