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Inter Milan continued their impressive start to their Serie A title defence with a 6-1 thumping of Bologna at the San Siro

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Inter Milan continued their impressive start to their Serie A title defence with a 6-1 thumping of Bologna at the San Siro.

Edin Džeko’s brace and a goal each from Lautaro Martínez, Milan Škriniar, Nicolò Barella, Matías Vecino secured an 18th consecutive home league win to propel them back to the top of the table.

The reigning champions took just six minutes to break the deadlock when Martínez fired home a close-range finish from Denzel Dumfries’ brilliant cross to the far post – his third goal in as many Serie A matches this season. Simone Inzaghi was forced to freshen up his frontline with Joaquín Correa withdrawn through injury and was replaced by summer signing Džeko midway through the first half.

But it did not halt Inter’s progress, as Škriniar doubled their advantage with a bullet header from a corner on the half-hour mark. Dumfries was the architect for Inter’s third just four minutes later, when his cross from the right was deflected into the path of Barella, who showed brilliant anticipation to guide the ball home.

Dumfries was causing mayhem in the Bologna defence and teed up another chance for Martinez, who came within inches of getting his second and Inter’s fourth when the Argentine’s shot cannoned off the bar. It was mostly one-way traffic in the hosts’ favour, as Łukasz Skorupski was forced into another fine save to keep out Barella’s shot that was destined for the far corner.

Vecino scored the inevitable fourth goal when Federico Dimarco’s cross fell to him at the far post, and he had the simplest of tasks to tap the ball in with 55 minutes played. Bologna’s misery was then compounded by Džeko’s toe-poked finish eight minutes later to give Inter a fifth goal. The Bosnian added a sixth with a brilliant angled finish to add to the rout in the 68th minute. But Bologna did have the last word when Arthur Theate headed in at the far post to restore some pride for ‘I Rossoblù.’

The result means ‘I Nerazzurri’ have now scored at least two goals in their last nine Serie A matches. Inzaghi’s men will aim to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they travel to Fiorentina on Tuesday, while Bologna host Genoa on the same day.

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