Lecce proved no match for Inter in Serie A on Sunday as Simone Inzaghi’s side responded to a disappointing defeat against Bologna.
Inter moved back to second place in Serie A after Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lautaro Martinez were on target in a 2-0 victory over Lecce on Sunday.
Simone Inzaghi’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat at Bologna last weekend but put in a much better performance to return to winning ways at the San Siro.
Mkhitaryan’s first-half opener set Inter on their way before top scorer Martinez’s 14th league goal of the season sealed the three points in the second half.
The win saw Inzaghi’s men leapfrog Lazio and reduce Napoli’s considerable lead at the summit to 15 points after the Partenopei lost to Maurizio Sarri on Friday.
Hakan Calhanoglu stung the palms of Wladimir Falcone while Andre Onana held Assan Ceesay’s low drive in the opening stages with no clear-cut chances.
Edin Dzeko headed just wide from Calhanoglu’s corner soon after, before Mkhitaryan produced the first moment of quality for his opening goal in the 29th minute.
The midfielder curled a right-footed shot from Nicola Barello’s offload into the top-right corner after the Italy international evaded two challenges inside the area.
Martinez finished similarly clinically after 53 minutes, curling Denzel Dumfries’ low right-wing cross past Falcone to double Inter’s lead.
Dzeko fired another representative chance straight at Falcone and Alessandro Bastoni stretched wide as a lackluster Lecce never threatened a late response.
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