MILAN (AP) – Inter Milan dropped its first points of the renewed Serie A when it lost 3-1 at Lazio on Friday.
Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri’s substitutions made the difference as Pedro and Luis Alberto came off the bench to score twice in the final 15 minutes after Inter forward Lautaro Martinez canceled out Felipe Anderson’s opener.
“The intensity of Inter’s midfield is decreasing so I can take risks with two less physical but more technical players,” Sarri said.
Results Lazio moved a point clear of Inter after two wins and a draw in their first three games for the capital side.
Sarri added: “Our problem is always continuing, so we have to manage these results well and try to follow them, take the positive energy that it gives us without thinking that it will affect the other team. It’s easy going.”
Inter were one of only three teams in Serie A to take maximum points from their first two games with Roma and Napoli, but know they face their toughest test yet at coach Simone Inzaghi’s former club. .
It ended in Rome and played at a high level. Lazio broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic lifted a header and Filipe Anderson headed into the bottom left corner past Inter defenders Federico DiMarco and Alessandro Bastoni.
But Inter equalized six minutes after the break. Lazio failed to clear the free-kick and Denzel Dumfries flicked it back to Martinez, who could only fire in front of teammate Romelu Lukaku from close range.
Dumfries almost gave Inter the lead moments later but his header was brilliantly saved by Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Proville at point-blank range.
Serie A made their changes shortly afterwards, sending on Pedro and Luis Alberto for Matthias Zaccagni and Mathis Vicino.
They proved the difference as Milinkovic-Savic whipped in a cross from the right and Pedro headed it into the top right corner from 20 yards for Luis Alberto.
Pedro got on the scoresheet when he pounced on a loose ball following contact in the area between Cerro Immobile and Inter defender Mathieu Darmin, and headed it into the top right corner to tie the game with four minutes remaining. to seal
Udinese earned their first win by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Monza and leave Silvio Berlusconi’s club still seeking their first points in Serie A.
Monza was bought by former Italian prime minister and former AC Milan owner Berlusconi in 2017 and won Serie B last season to reach the top flight for the first time in its 110-year history.
However, it lost its first three Serie A games.
Eden’s comeback was complete 13 minutes from time which was started and finished by Destiny Adogi. Isaac Brea collected Adogi’s goal and passed it back to the Tottenham forward, who played a quick one-on-one with Ilya Nestorovski before firing in the winner.