Edin Dzeko brought up a century of goals in Serie A as his double helped Inter to a narrow 2-1 victory over Sassuolo at the MAPEI Stadium.
Edin Dzeko took his tally of Serie A goals past 100 as Inter edged out Sassuolo 2-1 at the MAPEI Stadium on Saturday.
The 36-year-old became the third-oldest player to reach a century in Italy’s top flight when he broke the deadlock in the 44th minute with just his second strike of the season.
Davide Frattesi’s volley equalized for the home side in the 60th minute, but Dzeko grabbed the winner and his 101st in the division when he headed home Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross 15 minutes from time.
Simone Inzaghi’s side are back to winning ways in Serie A after back-to-back defeats while also ending a three-game losing streak on the road.
Sassuolo came close to opening the scoring in the fourth minute when Frattesi was denied from a tight angle, while Armand Lauriente was blocked in the face by Nicolo Barella, who was subsequently disallowed to continue.
Lautaro Martinez, the scorer in two of the last three meetings between them, wasted a golden opportunity to break the deadlock 10 minutes later. Denzel Dumfries took advantage of some sloppy possession by the hosts before getting to the sliding Argentina international, who somehow dodged from six yards.
Inter broke through just before half-time when Dumfries swung in a corner and Džeko volleyed home from close range.
The home team equalized on the hour when Rogerio’s deep cross met Frattesi’s volley in the box.
However, the guests returned to the lead after a quarter of an hour of play. Moments after Andrea Consigli produced stunning reflexes to keep out Martinez, the keeper was helpless as Dzeko headed home Mkhitaryan to grab all three points.