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Empoli 0-2 Inter: D´Ambrosio and Dimarco strike as Nerazzurri return to form

SoccerNews in Serie A 27 Oct 2021

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Danilo D’Ambrosio and Federico Dimarco were on target as Inter returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Empoli on Wednesday.

Simone Inzaghi’s side had stuttered in Serie A in recent weeks, losing to Lazio and drawing with Juventus before this trip to Empoli.

However, D’Ambrosio broke the deadlock in the first half, scoring in a seventh consecutive top-flight campaign, and Samuele Ricci’s dismissal for a reckless challenge after the break eased Inter’s task.

Dimarco capitalised to make sure of the points and consolidate the Nerazzurri’s third-place position.

Petar Stojanovic’s speculative long-range effort had brought the first save of the contest from Samir Handanovic, before Dimarco tried his luck from a similar distance and was denied by Guglielmo Vicario.

The Empoli goalkeeper was powerless 11 minutes before the break, when D’Ambrosio headed into the bottom-left corner following Alexis Sanchez’s dinked pass.

Nicolo Barella almost doubled Inter’s lead on the stroke of half-time but blasted against the woodwork, before Ricci received a straight red card for a dangerous sliding challenge on the Nerazzurri midfielder after the interval.

Roberto Gagliardini then headed onto the left-hand post and Martinez was denied by a wonderful Vicario stop, either side of Sanchez’s close-range finish being chalked off for offside.

Dimarco eventually added a second in the 66th minute, tapping in Martinez’s low cross at the back post, although the visitors could have won by more, with two more goals ruled out. Gagliardini was penalised for handball and Stefano Sensi was flagged in the closing stages.

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