Inter Milan Reclaims Top Spot in Serie A with Win over Lazio, Napoli Loses to Cagliari


The Nerazzurri recorded five wins from five games and reclaimed the top spot on the table with a 1-0 win over Lazio at San Siro on Wednesday. The only goal was scored in the 23rd minute when Danilo D’ Ambrosio headed in from close range off a cross from Cristiano Biraghi. 

However, Antonio Conte’s squad needed a string of heroic saves by goalkeeper Samir Handanović to secure the win, which put his team two points ahead of champions Juventus. 

Handanović’s herculean performance ensured that Inter’s nearly-impeccable defensive record this season remains intact. He denied Bastos and Felipe Caicedo, before pulling off a spectacular one-handed save to block Joaquin Correa’s shot. Inter conceded only one goal this season, two less than the next best defensive team in the league, AC Milan

Inter summer signing Romelu Lukaku didn’t add to his tally of three goals in four Serie A matches.

On the other hand, Lazio went into the game with Ciro Immobile sidelined on the bench after a quarrel with coach Simone Inzaghi in last week’s 2-0 win over Parma.

Antonio Conte’s side has won all five games in the 2019 Serie A campaign, and their only blip has been a draw against Slavia Prague in the Champions League group stage. With the win over Lazio, Inter became the 23rd team in Serie A history to start the season with five wins from five games. 

Inter is now on the top of the table with 15 points, two ahead of the reigning champions Juventus, which beat Brescia 2-1 on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, Napoli’s Serie A title aspirations took a severe blow with a 1-0 home loss to Cagliari. Carlo Ancelotti’s team lost focus at the end, leaving Lucas Castro completely unmarked in the center of the area to head in the winner in the 87th minute. Napoli had its fair share of chance and was somewhat unfortunate as Dries Mertens hit the post twice.

Atalanta showed that they are a force to be reckoned with in Serie A with a 2-0 win over Roma, that had won three straight in all competitions. Duvan Zapata and Marten De Roon found the target to seal the win at the Stadio Olimpico. 

The Bergamo-based squad finished third in Serie A last season but was demolished in its Champions League debut this month by Dinamo Zagreb. They bounced back, though, with two late goals for a 2-2 draw with Fiorentina followed by a win over Roma. 

Fiorentina earned its first win of the season, courtesy of German Pezzella and Federico Chiesa, who scored in the 31st and 57th minute of the game, respectively. 

Gervinho had two goals annulled by the VAR technology, and Roberto Inglese missed the penalty kick, but Parma managed to beat Sassuolo thanks to Mehdi Bourabia, who scored an own-goal five minutes into stoppage time. 

Bologna’s Nicola Sansone failed to convert the penalty in a 0-0 draw at Genoa; while Marco Mancosu scored twice as Lecce won 3-1 at SPAL.