STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA (Milan)Inter‘s 20th Scudetto party continued without too much complication as they defeated 10-man Torino 2-0 in the first match in front of their fans after sealing the Serie A title against AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina earlier in the week.

Following a balanced and slow opening 45 minutes, it all got easier for the Italian champions after Adrien Tameze‘s red card at the beginning of the second half. Hakan Calhanoglu then scored twice in a five-minute spell to settle things.

Inter‘s victory takes them to 89 points after 34 games and their hopes of surpassing 100 points this season remains. Ivan Juric‘s Toro stay stuck in 10th place and are on an unwanted four-match winless run.

The game at the Meazza will also go down in the history books as a memorable one as Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi, Francesca Di Monte and Tiziana Trasciatti became the first all-female team of officials to take charge of a men’s Serie A match.

Champions start slow and Toro show early fight

Having been welcomed onto the pitch by a guard of honour formed by Torino players, Inter started the game with a real desire to give their celebrating supporters even more to be happy about. But it was Toro who created the first threat of the game through a Duvan Zapata strike that forced a save from Yann Sommer.

Although the Nerazzurri boasted more of the possession, patiently moving the ball around to open up gaps, the Granata were able to find answers and frustrated their hosts.

Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram‘s difficulties finding spaces inside the penalty box resulted in a dull and goalless first half, with Torino also unable to pose any further threat after a promising start.

Inter midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu celebrates. (@Inter)

Calhanoglu takes centre stage with Toro down to 10

The turning point of the match came soon after things resumed for the second half. With Henrikh Mkhitaryan through on goal, Adrian Tameze brought him down. While referee Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi initially opted for a yellow card, an ensuing VAR review and check of her pitch-side monitor allowed her to change her mind and send Tameze off, which was her first Serie A dismissal.

Inter finding the opener then looked inevitable as the Nerazzurri started to pack Torino‘s third and it eventually came through Calhanoglu, who found his 12th Serie A goal on the end of a fine team move.

Calhanoglu added to his tally again when Ferrieri Caputi pointed to the penalty spot after Matteo Lovato had fouled Thuram, making it 2-0 and putting the result beyond any doubt.

From there, the game played out more as a formality than anything resembling a contest, and Simone Inzaghi introduced several players from the bench as the party atmosphere in the stands continued.