Serie A | Inter 4-Zero Cagliari: Nerazzurri new leaders in model

Inter are the new Serie A leaders after beating Walter Mazzarris Cagliari 4-0 with a brace from Lautaro Martinez, a sensational volley from Alexis Sanchez and Hakan Calhanoglu despite a saved penalty.

Check out the highlights here.

Serie A highlights: Inter 4-0 Cagliari

The Nerazzurri knew that a win would bring them to the top of the table on their own after a draw from Milan and a loss to Napoli. Stefan de Vrij returned after an injury break, Alexis Sanchez gave Edin Dzeko a break, but Andrea Ranocchia, Mattia Darmian and Joaquin Correa were out of action. The Sardinians came from four straight draws, but Kevin Strootman, Nahitan Nandez, Luca Ceppitelli, Sebastian Walukiewicz and Marko Rog were on the treatment table. It was a special game for the ex-Inter characters Walter Mazzarri, Keita Balde Diao, Diego Godin and Henrique Dalbert.

Milan Skriniar stabbed Alessio Cragno’s gloves while Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez had scaled back their efforts.

The lead was interrupted in the 29th minute when Hakan Calhanoglu hit a Lautaro Martinez header off the near post from a corner.

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Alessandro Deiola tried to test Samir Handanovic from a distance, while Joao Pedro flashed a ball over the six-yard box, but Alberto Grassi only got a light touch.

Cragno stormed off his line to fend off Alexis Sanchez at close range while Lautaro Martinez failed to score with an assist from Denzel Dumfries in front of goal.

Dalbert didn’t quite intercept a through pass from Alexis Sanchez, so that Cragno Dumfries had to defeat one on one. However, the goalkeeper made up for it by parrying Lautaro Martinez’s penalty.

Marcelo Brozovic’s volley went a little too perfect right on Cragno in half-time.

Inter doubled their lead with a moment of real quality as Barella juggled on the sideline and shot the cross back over his head, finding Alexis Sanchez for a perfect volley from 12 yards.

Dumfries was acquitted by a wonderfully weighted through pass, but Cragno rushed out again to save Cagliari, then Marcelo Brozovic could not make optimal use of a Barella heel assist.

Hakan Calhanoglu kept things simple with a violent right-footed shot into the far top corner from just outside the box.

Moments later, Barella let a ball float over the top, which Lautaro Martinez controlled with his shoulder to score with a delicate dink while volleying past Cragno.

Without the goalkeeper it would have been a record defeat as Cragno sensationally parried against Barella’s Screamer and a Skriniar shot from close range to the resulting corner.

When he was beaten by another hit from Alexis Sanchez, Cragno was saved from the crossbar.

Inter 4-0 Cagliari

Lautaro Martinez 29, 68 (I), Alexis Sanchez 51 (I), Calhanoglu 66 (I)

Penalty saved: Lautaro Martinez 44 (I)