Inter stroll past Atalanta to take another step towards Serie A glory

Inter looked unstoppable once again as they put four past an in-form Atalanta team and got even closer to the Serie A title.

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STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA (Milan) – Even an in-form Atalanta side couldn’t help but surrender to Inter, who easily beat La Dea 4-0 in this postponed Matchday 21 Serie A clash.

Yet another win puts a 12-point gap between Inter and second-placed Juventus that looks to be more than enough to secure the title.

It was yet another excellent night for Simone Inzaghi‘s men that saw four different scorers, with Matteo Darmian, Lautaro Martinez, Federico Dimarco and Davide Frattesi all finding the net, putting an end to Atalanta‘s eight-game unbeaten streak in Serie A.

Inter’s Lautaro Martinez celebrates. (@Inter)

Darmian’s opportunism and Lautaro’s brilliance give Inter the lead

A slow start that had both teams cautiously studying each other suddenly ended when Benjamin Pavard‘s pass to Alessandro Bastoni went astray and was intercepted by Mario Pasalic, whose shot was initially parried by Yann Sommer before Charles De Ketelaere turned the rebound home.

The former AC Milan man’s celebration was rapidly turned into frustration as a VAR check highlighted Aleksei Miranchuk‘s handball moments before the Belgian’s strike, leading the referee to rule out the opener.

Miranchuk himself blazed over the bar from a good position before the linesman ruled out another goal, this time from Nicolo Barella, who was offside when Bastoni played one of his trademark long passes to put him through on goal.

Darmian simply found himself in the right place at the right time when Marco Carnesecchi was forced to quickly rush out of his goal to take the ball off Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s feet, only to release he was out of the box, allowing the Italian full-back to poke the loose ball home with a shot that rolled into the empty net.

Inter’s Federico Dimarco celebrates. (@Inter)

Lautaro Martinez‘s strike against the crossbar added to an action-packed final stretch of the first half in which, as much as the Nerazzurri kept taking shots, Atalanta never stopped posing a threat every time they came forward.

Yet, there wasn’t much the visitors could do to stop Lautaro from extending his wonderful form at the end of the half. The Argentinian picked up Pavard‘s pass from the right and, after expertly feinting a first attempt, found the space to hit a perfect left-footed stunner from the edge of the box.

Dimarco and Frattesi complete hammering of Atalanta

Denzel Dumfries replaced the booked Darmian during the break and the Dutchman immediately caused trouble to La Dea’s rearguard as he was at the other end of Dimarco‘s cross. His attempt to score met Hans Hateboer‘s hand, resulting in a penalty following a lengthy VAR consultation.

While Lautaro saw his attempt from the spot saved by Carnesecchi, Dimarco was quick to score the rebound with a first-time shot that made it 3-0 to the hosts.

Inter’s Davide Frattesi celebrates. (@Inter)

Although Gian Piero Gasperini tried to shake up his side by making four changes, the likes of Ademola Lookman and Michel Adopo struggled to make their presence felt, unlike Davide Frattesi who once again came in to make an almost instant impact on the game as he headed home Alexis Sanchez‘s cross for Inter‘s fourth of the night, before leaving the pitch with a muscular injury.

The closing minutes were little more than a precession that allowed the home players to receive love from their fans who, maybe for the first time in the season, are now realising that the 20th Scudetto could be heading to Milan for real.

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