Edin Dzeko scored one goal and played a part in another as Inter eased to a 3-0 victory over Milan in Wednesday’s Supercoppa Italiana.
Inter retained their Supercoppa Italiana crown with a convincing 3-0 victory over fierce rivals Milan at King Fahd International Stadium on Wednesday.
Simone Inzaghi’s side have been in much better form than Milan since the World Cup break, and that showed in Riyadh when they raced into a two-goal lead inside 21 minutes.
Federico Dimarco completed a fluid team move and Edin Dzeko, who played a key role in that opening, added a second to put Inter in command.
Last year’s Coppa Italia winners Inter added a third in the 77th minute through Lautaro Martinez to seal their seventh Supercoppa triumph, leveling Milan.
Džeko played a wonderful first-time pass into the boots of Nicola Barella, who in turn matched Milan-born Dimarco to finish with a simple finish for Inter’s opening goal in the 10th minute.
This goal was disallowed after a VAR review, with the semi-automatic offside technology being used for the first time in Italian football before its introduction to Serie A.
Inter added a second through Dzeko’s well-taken goal after the striker collected the ball from the left, skipped past Sandro Tonali and slotted home Cipriano Tatarusana’s shot.
Not since Roma struck twice in the opening 25 minutes of a Supercoppa Italiana match against Inter in 2006 did Milan find a way back into the game.
After spending most of the second half quiet, Inter added some gloss to the score when Fikayo Tomori failed to clear a long ball and Martinez finished with the outside of the boot.