International ended NaplesAn unbeaten start to the Serie A season after coming from behind to claim a thrilling 3-2 victory at San Siro on Sunday, closing the gap to the leaders to four points.
The game was played at a fierce pace, with Napoli quickly gaining the advantage thanks to a powerful strike from Piotr Zielinski in the 17th minute.
However, Inter did not drop their heads, equalizing on a Hakan Calhanoglu penalty eight minutes later, before Ivan Perisic completed the turnaround just before half-time.
Inter took control just after the hour mark, with Lautaro Martínez putting the finishing touches on a quick counterattack. Dries Mertens put Napoli back in the game with 12 minutes left, coming back to 25 meters, but that was not enough to prevent Luciano Spalletti’s leaders from suffering a first defeat in 13 Serie A games, as Inter , third, scored a goal in the title race.
“Today we had to show what we are capable of,” Martínez told DAZN. “We do it right, but sometimes the result doesn’t work in our favor. We had an intense game and with character we got the points we need. “
Napoli received a heavy blow early in the second half when their top scorer Victor Osimhen was sent off with a nasty head injury. Mario Rui almost equalized dramatically in stoppage time.
Ghanaian substitute Felix Afena-Gyan’s first senior goals earned José Mourinho Rome a 2-0 win at Genoa. Henrikh Mkhitaryan believed he gave Roma the lead in the first half with a thunderous strike, only for the eagle-eyed referee to nullify the goal after spotting a hand from Tammy Abraham.
The visitors looked like they had to settle for a frustrating draw in Andriy Shevchenko’s first game as Genoa coach. However, 18-year-old Afena-Gyan scored in the 82nd minute, running to celebrate with a jubilant Mourinho, before closing a second in stoppage time. The victory, only Roma’s second in eight matches in all competitions, propelled Mourinho’s men to fifth place.
In Spain real Madrid sailed to a 4-1 victory at Grenade Sunday as Toni Kroos gave a masterclass with two assists to send them provisionally to the top of La Liga.
Marco Asensio, Nacho Fernández, Vinícius Jr and Ferland Mendy were aiming for Madrid, who are two points ahead of second-placed Sevilla, and third-placed Real Sociedad, who face Valencia later on Sunday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side got off to a good start and led 2-0 after 25 minutes thanks to goals from Asensio and Nacho, both thanks to assists from Kroos. But Madrid were scared minutes later, when a shot from Luis Suárez deflected Nacho and deceived goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who dived to the left as the ball slowly crossed the goal line to his right.
Granada’s hopes of a return were short-lived, however, as Madrid regained the upper hand after the break and Vinícius increased their lead, finishing a fine team move that also involved Karim Benzema and Casemiro.
After Granada’s Monchu was sent off for an ugly tackle slipped on Vinícius, Mendy closed the scoring.
“It’s difficult to get back on track after an international break, but we are happy with our performance,” said Asensio. “We played a great game. We have a busy schedule until Christmas [eight games in 30 days] and we need more focus.