Inter Milan defeats Genoa 2-1, extending their lead at the top to 15 points

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After defeating Genoa 2-1 at San Siro, Inter Milan increased their advantage atop Serie A to 15 points.

Following a sluggish start, the home team quickly picked up steam and took a two-goal lead with goals from Alexis Sanchez’s penalty kick and Kristjan Asllani’s goal by the 38th minute.

Nine minutes after the break, Johan Vasquez gave the away team a goal back, forcing Inter to rally from what appeared to be a comfortable lead to a dominant victory.

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Vitinha then believed he had tied the score for Genoa, but the offside call kept Inter alive, allowing them to extend their winning streak in Serie A to nine games.

The first quarter saw Inter frustrated, with the hosts going closest when Nicolo Barella attempted to score from a long pass by Henrikh Mkhitaryan but missed the crossbar.

Mateo Retegui strongly headed Stefano Sabelli’s cross towards goal, bringing Genoa dangerously close to breaking the deadlock, but Yann Sommer made the save. Albert Gudmundsson was in the path of the rebound, but he veered wide.

Halfway through the half, Asllani was found by Sanchez with a through pass, and he crashed hard into the roof of the net to give Inter the lead.

When Lautaro Martinez fouled Barella inside the area, it was decided that Morten Frendrup had fouled him, giving the home team an opportunity to double their lead.

As Sanchez took the penalty, he drove the ball into the right side of the net, fooling the goalie.

Mkhitaryan raced through on goal and let go, but Johan Vasquez blocked his goalbound attempt, leaving Inter with a three-point lead.

Nine minutes after the half, Stefan de Vrij’s defensive header rebounded right into the path of Vasquez, who volleyed a shot into the bottom right corner, giving Genoa a chance to tie the score.

With 20 minutes remaining, Vitinha cut inside and scored from the bottom corner, giving the visitors hope for an equaliser. However, the assistant referee’s offside flag ended the celebrations.

Genoa got near again, but Djed Spence, a Tottenham loanee, missed the mark with his cross, and Inter held firm to move one step closer to winning the Serie A championship.

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