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Inter 4: 0 Genoa: Masters win confidently at the season opener

Arturo Vidal scored one goal and made another after being substituted on in the second half

Inter opened their Serie A title defense confidently by beating Genoa at the San Siro.

Milan Skriniar calmed the nerves with a sixth-minute header to give new coach Simone Inzaghi an ideal start.

Summer newcomer Hakan Calhanoglu came home a breathtaking second minute later after Edin Dzeko’s clever break.

Arturo Vidal and Dzeko then scored goals in the second half for the champions who were irresistible and will challenge again this season.

It was a difficult summer for Inter, the joy of a first Scudetto in 11 years was followed by the high-profile departures of coach Antonio Conte and star striker Romelu Lukaku.

Conte’s champions were based on a robust defense and clinical finish on the counterattack, but early signs suggest Inzaghi will take a different approach.

Based on this evidence, his Inter will try to dominate possession and make space with electrical movement – something they have consistently achieved impressively.

Turkish playmaker Calhanoglu is a steal after joining controversial free transfer from city rivals Milan and leading the game, an offside flag that denied him a second goal on his debut.

His newcomer Dzeko hit the bar in his 200th Serie A game before scoring a striking late header goal while Ivan Perisic had also ruled out an offside goal.

There were intermittent gaps in Inter defense and Genoa’s striker Yayah Kallon should have done better than missing two decent chances.

Even so, with striker Lautaro Martinez still having to return to the side after being suspended, the defending champions appear to have the guns to compete on multiple fronts this year.

Constellations

Inter Milan

formation 3-5-1-1

1Handanovic

37cabinet6ththe freedom95Sticks

36Darmian23stretcher77Brozovic20thCalhanoglu14thPerisian

12thSenses

9Dzeko

  • 1Handanovic
  • 37cabinet
  • 6ththe freedom
  • 95SticksReplaced byDumfriesat 84 ‘protocol
  • 36Darmian
  • 23stretcherReplaced byNeighborat 77 ‘protocolBooked at 78 minutes
  • 77Brozovic
  • 20thCalhanogluReplaced bySatrianoat 77 ‘protocol
  • 14thPerisianReplaced byDimarcoat 69 ‘protocol
  • 12thSensesReplaced byVidalat 69 ‘protocol
  • 9Dzeko

substitute

  • 2Dumfries
  • 8thNeighbor
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13thfrog
  • 18thAgoumé
  • 21Cordaz
  • 22ndVidal
  • 32Dimarco
  • 33D’Ambrosio
  • 48Satriano
  • 97Radu
  • 99Pinamonti

Genoa

formation 3-4-1-2

57Sirigu

14thBirashi3Vanheusden4thCriscito

27Sturaro65Rovella47Badelja50Cambiaso

33Azevedo Junior

91Cranial19thPandev

  • 57Sirigu
  • 14thBirashiReplaced bylineat 45 ‘protocol
  • 3Vanheusden
  • 4thCriscitoBooked at 1min
  • 27SturaroBooked at 66 minutesReplaced byMelegoniat 71 ‘protocol
  • 65Rovella
  • 47Badelja
  • 50CambiasoReplaced bySabelliat 45 ‘protocol
  • 33Azevedo JuniorReplaced byBianchiat 45 ‘protocol
  • 91CranialReplaced byFaviliat 54 ‘protocol
  • 19thPandev

substitute

  • 2Sabelli
  • 5Masiello
  • 9Favili
  • 10Melegoni
  • 20thEkuban
  • 22ndMarchetti
  • 24Bianchi
  • 44trousers
  • 66line
  • 80Agudelo
  • 89Eboa Ebongue
  • 90Portanova

Live text

  1. End of the game, Inter Milan 4, Genoa 0.

  2. Second half ends, Inter Milan 4, Genoa 0.

  3. Foul by Matteo Darmian (Inter Milan).

  4. Flavio Junior Bianchi (Genoa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Foul by Matías Vecino (Inter Milan).

  6. Andrea Favilli (Genoa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Aside, Genoa. Salvatore Sirigu tries a through ball, but Andrea Favilli is caught offside.

  8. Target! Inter Milan 4: Genoa 0. Edin Dzeko (Inter Milan) tries with a header from the center of the box up into the center of the goal. Supported by Arturo Vidal.

  9. Attempt failed. Zinho Vanheusden (Genoa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Supported by Milan Badelj.

  10. Substitution, Inter Milan. Denzel Dumfries replaces Alessandro Bastoni.

  11. Attempt saved. Flavio Junior Bianchi (Genoa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Supported by Goran Pandev.

  12. Attempt blocked. Zinho Vanheusden (Genoa) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Filippo Melegoni with a cross.

  13. Matías Vecino (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Foul by Matías Vecino (Inter Milan).

  15. Filippo Melegoni (Genoa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Foul by Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan).

  17. Stefano Sabelli (Genoa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution, Inter Milan. Matías Vecino replaces Nicolò Barella.

  19. Substitution, Inter Milan. Martin Satriano replaces Hakan Calhanoglu.

  20. Attempt saved. Federico Dimarco (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Supported by Hakan Calhanoglu.

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