Lukaku stars on return home, Inter Milan beats Spezia 3-0

August 20, 2022 GMT
Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez celebrates with his teammate Romelu Lukaku, left, after scoring against Spezia during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Aug.20, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez celebrates with his teammate Romelu Lukaku, left, after scoring against Spezia during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Aug.20, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez celebrates with his teammate Romelu Lukaku, left, after scoring against Spezia during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Aug.20, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez celebrates with his teammate Romelu Lukaku, left, after scoring against Spezia during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Aug.20, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez celebrates with his teammate Romelu Lukaku, left, after scoring against Spezia during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Aug.20, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

MILAN (AP) — Romelu Lukaku starred in his first home game for Inter Milan since returning from Chelsea, helping his team beat Spezia 3-0 on Saturday for two wins from two games in Serie A.

The Belgium forward was involved in two goals – scored in each half by Lautaro Martínez and Hakan Çalhanoğlu – and home fans applauded him enthusiastically when he made way for Edin Dzeko in the 68th minute.

Dzeko set up fellow substitute Joaquin Correa for the third goal in the 82nd.

Lukaku crashed a header off the crossbar before the break as he almost added to his goal from Inter’s opening win over newly promoted Lecce last weekend.

Inter dominated from the start but home fans had to wait till the 35th minute for Martínez to fire in the opener. Nicolo Barella sent in a cross that Lukaku headed back for the Argentine to unleash his shot inside the left post.

Lukaku was involved again in the 52nd when he skipped past one defender and was faced by five more players when he passed to Milan Skriniar. Skriniar’s attempted return pass was blocked but fell kindly for Çalhanoğlu to score.

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Also Saturday, Domenico Berardi’s brilliant first-half goal was enough for Sassuolo to defeat Lecce 1-0.

Udinese had Nehuen Perez sent off before the break but goalkeeper Marco Silvestri denied visiting Salernitana in a scoreless draw.

Lazio drew at Torino 0-0

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