Inter increased their lead at the top of the table to six points with a 2-1 victory over Parma, thanks to a brace from Alexis Sanchez.

In the first minute, Luigi Sepe had to save a dangerous Hakimi pull-back, but after Kucka’s attempt was charged down, the hosts had penalty appeals turned down after VAR determined that Dennis Man had kicked Nicol Barella instead of the other way around.

Handanovic made a brilliant save on Jasmin Kurtic’s close-range header from Hernani’s right-wing cross to keep Parma in the game.

Christian Eriksen had a brilliant chance when Hakimi pulled back from the by-line on 31 minutes, but he’d over-run the ball and it was six yards behind him, six yards from an open goal.

Sepe saved a Skriniar effort, and Perisic’s follow-up was blocked by Sepe, who also denied Lukaku.

Lukaku headed Perisic’s cross wide of the back post on the stroke of half-time. Parma, on the other hand, posed a hazard when Dennis Man’s flicked header flashed just past the far top corner.

Manchester United had taken a knock after colliding with Alessandro Bastoni and had a dizzy spell, so he was replaced at half-time by Valentin Mihaila.

When Lukaku attempted to chest down a Brozovic pass, it ricocheted into the direction of Alexis Sanchez, giving Inter the lead. Riccardo Gagliolo was unable to clear the line in time, despite Sepe’s efforts.

Inter scored a second on the break after Parma had a series of attempts charged down. Perisic missed a good chance to make it 2-0 moments later, shooting over rather than setting up Lukaku.

Lukaku did the bulk of the work, sprinting from midfield, shrugging off defenders, and throwing the perfect pass to Alexis Sanchez, who had just 12 yards to score.

The Chilean tried to return the favor with a cross to the back post, but Lukaku simply nodded.

Parma leveled when a Giuseppe Pezzella cross came in from the left, went over Karamoh, and found Hernani unmarked to volley home.


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