FULL TIME: Frosinone 0 – 1 Inter

Inter flattened Frosinone 5-0 including Lautaro Martinez ending his drought and Tajon Buchanan’s historic first ever Canadian Serie A goal.

The Nerazzurri were coming off their Scudetto parade hangover defeat to Sassuolo, but again rotated the squad for some new faces. The hosts had Enzo Barrenechea suspended, plus Stefano Turati, Simone Romagnoli, Mateus Lusuardi, Anthony Oyono and Sergio Kalaj injured.

Yann Sommer got down to fingertip a Luca Mazzitelli strike round the base of the near post, while he also then fumbled a Matias Soule snapshot.

However, Inter took the lead in chaotic fashion, as Frosinone lost the ball in midfield, Federico Dimarco sent Marcus Thuram down the left, his pull-back was deflected and Frattesi bundled it over the line with a combination of his knee and chest.

Sommer had to make a sensational save to prevent Marco Brescianini equalising five minutes later, as the curler was heading into the far top corner, while Stefan de Vrij crucially stopped Walid Cheddira getting the shot away when sent through by Soule.

Frosinone lost Mazzitelli to a right thigh issue, but they were also unlucky not to draw level when a Cheddira scorcher thumped the crossbar from just inside the box.

Cheddira went close again, stinging Sommer’s gloves, and Emanuele Valeri drilled just wide after robbing Juan Cuadrado, but Frattesi had to clear off the line when Sommer at full stretch only slowed down the Nadir Zortea strike on the counter-attack.

Inter then threatened too as the game opened up, Michele Cerofolini fingertipping a deflected cross off the feet of Thuram at the back post and on the resulting corner a Yann Bisseck header thumping the bar.

The Nerazzurri did double their lead moments later, as Nicolò Barella’s smart disguised pass sent Frattesi down the right, rolling across for Arnautovic to sweep home from six yards.

Moments later, Inter added a third on the counter-attack, as Stefano Sensi sent Tajon Buchanan down the left and the strike bounced right in front of Cerofolini, where the goalkeeper really should’ve done better. It was still an historic goal, as no Canadian had ever scored in Serie A before.

Lautaro Martinez also broke his goal drought and consolidated his Capocannoniere status when gathering a poor clearance with his back to goal, spinning round and drilling low into the near bottom corner from 14 yards.

It wasn’t over, as Thuram then started the run from inside his own half on the counter-attack and beat Cerofolini with a delicate lob.

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