Inter dominated the first half and beat Sampdoria 2-1 with two wonderful team goals but it was quite deflated after the break. This was the rescheduled Week 25 fixture in February, so a victory is putting Inter within six Juventus leaders points. Christian Eriksen had the ball inside the net in 90 seconds but Antonio Candreva was offside down to hand the ball over.
As the back-heel flick of Lautaro Martinez hit Romelu Lukaku on the left, Inter took the lead with a wonderful team shot, then combined with Eriksen’s no-look one-touch pass inside the penalty zone to sweep home from eight yards. The Belgium international celebrated by taking a knee.
The second goal was just about as impressive as the first. Lukaku sped to the left, taking it back for Candreva, who rolled forward for Lautaro Martinez to finish off pure one-touch football from nine yards. It was also a remarkable achievement, as Argentina ended its six competitive match’s drought.
In the first half ends, Inter was almost stuck for all the possession, when Gaston Ramirez pounced on a Roberto Gagliardini error and shot over the wall.
Omar Colley received a completely free header from a corner that cannoned off the crossbar and Morten Thorsby was the fastest to react on the rebound.
Suddenly Inter was no longer in big charge, and Colley had another header off a goal from a free-kick, because Samp was risky from dead-ball situations.
It was after a corner that Eriksen checked Audero, his curler almost wrong-footing the goalkeeper at the near post. But Sampdoria also challenged with a high whistling Nicola Murru scorcher and Handanovic punching off Mehdi Lewis’ free-kick.