Simone Inzaghi’s Inter Milan side extended their unbeaten streak to a modest four matches in all competitions, netting twice in the second half to squeeze past Udinese with a scrappy 3-1 victory at San Siro.
With leaders Napoli running away with the league title, Inter Milan were looking to consolidate their status as the ‘best of the rest’ in Serie A and the 2020/21 champions took the lead against Udinese midway through the half.
In a bizarre two-minute sequence that saw Romelu Lukaku miss from 12-yards, before netting his first goal since August from the spot moments later, the Belgian forward had seen his initial penalty saved by goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, before a VAR check concluded he’d encroached before the ball was kicked.
Critics will say it’s such carelessness that has allowed Napoli to build such an extensive lead at the top of Serie A table, but having recovered from their late blip in the first half, the home side would strike back in the second.
With a moment of brilliance in a game that on the whole lacked quality, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first-time side-footed half-volley sailed beyond Silvestri in the Udinese goal, while restoring Inter’s lead in the process.
Instead, having missed a glaring chance to seal the game just minutes before, Lautaro Martínez wrapped the points up for Inter, rifling home a bullet-like effort from inside the penalty area.