May 9, 2021

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Five defining games in Inter Milan’s title-winning season

It’s been a while since we could say this, but Inter Milan are Serie A champions.

After nine consecutive years in which Juventus lifted the trophy, they have finally been overthrown by former boss Antonio Conte.

It has been a sensational league campaign for Inter, who have grabbed their first silverware since 2011. Romelu Lukaku shone in front while the defense was rock solid.

Here are five key games in their Serie A victory.

Benevento 2-5 Inter Milan

Luke’s hoop was a sign of things to come

On the back of a dramatic 4-3 victory on the opening day against Fiorentina, the Nerazzurri continued with another hateful goal.

The visitors quickly ran into a 3-0 lead in the opening half-hour, with Lukaku scoring a brace on both sides of a Roberto Gagliardini strike. Gianluca Caprari pulled one back, but this was quickly canceled out by Achraf Hakimi’s goal within half an hour.

The second half was tamer, but Lautaro Martinez managed to get off the bench to add to the result line. Caprari got a second to the hosts and the game ended 5-2.

Two games into the season, and Conte’s side had recorded six points and scored nine goals. This was an indicator that the next few months could be exciting and that Inter were a team that could watch live every week.

Juventus 0-3 Fiorentina

Juventus’ humble defeat against Fiorentina showed that they may not be as strong as before

To win the title in Italy, you must overcome one of the most dominant forces in European football.

Juventus have won the Scudetto for nine seasons in a row – no other Italian side has ever won more than five league titles in a row.

However, they did not start a solid start to the campaign. From their initial 12 excursions, they were undefeated but had drawn half of those games.

Their first defeat was inflicted in game week 13 and it was harmful. Fiorentina came to the Allianz Stadium and steamrolled the old lady.

Dusan Vlahovic gave the away team an early lead before Juan Cuadrado received his marching orders. As the game draws to a close, Fiorentina added two more. Alex Sandro put in his own net and former Juventus man Martin Caceres hit a third.

This was the game that convinced many that Juventus’ period of terror was coming to an end.

Inter Milan 2-0 Juventus

Vidal scores to punish his former club

If there was one criticism that could be directed at Inter’s first half of the season, it was their record in big games. They had lost to AC Milan, drawn against Atalanta, Roma and Lazio, and only beaten a ten-man Napoli by one goal.

They managed to drive out this demon on January 17 with a convincing victory over Juventus. Veteran midfielder Arturo Vidal opened the scoring in the first half and Nicolo Barella added a second after the break.

This left Conte’s side seven points free of their opponents and only three points from the top of the table.

AC Milan 0-3 Inter Milan

Lukaku and Martinez combined to destroy AC Milan

For much of the season, AC Milan topped the table. In fact, they sat at the summit from October to February.

Inter managed to overtake Rossoneri after suffering a 2-0 defeat against Spezia, but Stefano Pioli’s side had the opportunity to regain the top spot in their next match.

But it was the black and blue side of Milan who won the victory and extended their lead at the top with an emphatic 3-0 victory.

It is no surprise to see who spearheaded the victory. Lukaku assisted Martinez to an early opening and the Argentine got his second in the 57th minute. Not surprisingly, Lukaku was the goal scorer for the third after a fine solo run.

Inter Milan 1-0 Atalanta

Skriniar scored the only goal as Inter Milan beat Atalanta

After this result, AC Milan hit a bad form and fell away from the title race. This left Atalanta as the most likely candidates for the throne.

La Dea has gained a reputation over the last few seasons for being lethal going forward. In fact, only Bayern Munich and Barcelona have scored more goals than those in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

But they were still unable to break Inter’s backline. The match ends 1-0, with Milan Skriniar scoring the only goal.