Federico Dimarco and Romelu Lukaku struck as Inter Milan beat AS Roma 2-0 to restore their spot in Serie A’s top four.
Inter came out of a scrappy first half a goal to the good thanks to an instinctive Dimarco strike. Dimarco was in the right place at the right time to tap home Denzel Dumfries’ cross from close range to give Inter a first-half lead.
Roma had a strong appeal for a penalty in the second half denied when Dimarco slid in for a challenge and made contact with the ball before it popped up and struck his arm.
After a quick VAR check, the referee’s decision not to give a penalty remained.
Roma started to throw everything at Inter in search of an equaliser, but that’s when Inter capitalised and took the opportunity to stretch their advantage.
Martinez slotted the ball to Lukaku who was through on goal, and without thinking about it, guided a low shot with force beyond Patricio with the inside of his left foot.
The win for Simone Inzaghi’s side lifts them back above AC Milan and into the Champions League spots.