Sas­suolo ’chute adds to In­ter’s 4-3 thriller

The National - News - - SPORT FOOTBALL - THE NA­TIONAL A parachutis­t dis­trupted pro­ceed­ings yes­ter­day

A parachutis­t landed on the pitch dur­ing a seven-goal Se­rie A thriller be­tween Sas­suolo and In­ter Mi­lan yes­ter­day.

The game was briefly sus­pended at the Mapei Sta­dium in north­ern Italy two min­utes be­fore the break. Romelu Lukaku was just about to take a penalty when the in­ci­dent oc­curred with the In­ter Mi­lan striker go­ing on to con­vert for a 3-1 lead for the vis­i­tors.

Broad­caster DAZN did not show im­ages dur­ing the live broad­cast of the match but the pho­tos soon went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia. The parachutis­t was quickly es­corted off the pitch by se­cu­rity agents.

Lukaku and Lau­taro Martinez scored two goals each as In­ter sur­vived a late fight­back to earn a 4-3 win.

“We did ev­ery­thing right in the first half and should have scored more in the sec­ond,” Lukaku told DAZN.

“Once it goes to 3-1 and 4-1, it ought to be over. The pos­i­tive we take is that we got the three points, but we need to de­fend bet­ter than that.

“I’m feel­ing good but need to work even harder to help out the team for the en­tirety of matches. I’m happy to­day because the vic­tory was im­por­tant for the group. Now, I’ll only think about im­prov­ing still fur­ther.”

Domenico Beradi, Filip Djuri­cic and Jeremie Boga scored for the home side who are 16th in the table af­ter their fifth loss of the sea­son.

The re­sult leaves In­ter in sec­ond place on 21 points, one be­hind cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus, who beat Bologna 2-1 on Satur­day. Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scored the 701st goal of his ca­reer and Mi­ralem Pjanic grabbbed the win­ner af­ter Danilo Larangeira’s equaliser.

Ron­aldo was pre­sented with a spe­cial shirt be­fore kick-off to mark his 700th ca­reer goal.

Se­rie A’s lead­ing scorer Ciro Im­mo­bile’s two late penal­ties helped Lazio wipe out a three­goal deficit in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Ata­lanta.

Ata­lanta led 3-0 with 21 min­utes to go at the Sta­dio Olimpico, but Im­mo­bile scored from the spot on 69 min­utes, set up Joaquin Cor­rea less than 60 sec­onds later for the sec­ond, be­fore cap­ping the come­back two min­utes into in­jury time with his ninth goal in eight league games.

Roma’s in­jury cri­sis grew worse as they lost both Bryan Cris­tante and Nikola Kalinic early as they set­tled for a fourth draw in eight games against Clau­dio Ranieri’s base­ment club Sam­p­do­ria.

The Ro­mans, who fall to sixth in the table, also played the fi­nal five min­utes a man down af­ter Justin Kluiv­ert was sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card.

Stefano Okaka’s header was enough to give strug­gling Udi­nese their sec­ond win of the sea­son as Torino slipped to ninth.

Reuters

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