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