24th November 2020



European roundup: Lukaku shines as Inter come from 2-0 down to beat Torino | Football

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Internazionale completed a thrilling second-half comeback from two goals down to beat Torino 4-2 in Serie A on Sunday, ending a four-match winless run in all competitions.

Simone Zaza struck late in the first half to give the visitors a deserved lead, and Cristian Ansaldi doubled their advantage from the penalty spot after the interval. A hitherto limp Inter performance was sparked to life by that goal, with Alexis Sánchez and Lukaku scoring within five minutes of the spot-kick to draw the hosts level.

The Belgian striker then netted a penalty with six minutes remaining, before setting up the substitute Lautaro Martínez for a last-minute fourth. Inter, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, move up to fifth place on 15 points, while Torino stay in relegation trouble.

“Honestly, we aren’t a great team yet because we get ourselves into trouble like this,” Lukaku told DAZN. “For the first hour we played badly, we didn’t have enough fight and desire. Then we woke up and we won, which is the most important thing.”

Surprise package Sassuolo climbed to the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Verona, with goals from Jérémie Boga and Domenico Berardi continuing their unbeaten start. Roma rose to third as Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice in a 3-0 home win over Parma. Milan are second but can return to the top with victory at Napoli later on Sunday.

Domenico Berardi (No 25) scores Sassuolo’s second goal at Verona.

Domenico Berardi (No 25) scores Sassuolo’s second goal at Verona. Photograph: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters

Cesare Prandelli’s second stint as Fiorentina coach got off to a poor start as they lost 1-0 at home to promoted Benevento, Riccardo Improta getting the only goal with a low finish from the edge of the area. Bologna won 2-1 at Sampdoria thanks to Riccardo Orsolini’s second-half winner.

In La Liga, Real Sociedad moved three points clear at the top after Alexander Isak’s header sealed victory at Cádiz. The Basque side have played two more games than second-placed Atléŧico Madrid. In Germany, Mainz climbed off the bottom with their first league win, Jean-Philippe Mateta’s hat-trick earning a 3-1 win over Freiburg.

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