Inter extended their lead at the top of the table to 12 points after sweeping Atalanta aside 4-0 with Matteo Darmian, Lautaro Martinez, Federico Dimarco and Davide Frattesi goals.

This Week 21 fixture was rescheduled from January due to the Supercoppa Italiana, but the Nerazzurri had won all 10 competitive matches in 2024. Marcus Thuram, Hakan Calhanoglu, Francesco Acerbi, Stefano Sensi and Juan Cuadrado were still out of action, while La Dea were unbeaten in 11 and Giorgio Scalvini was able to start despite a shoulder issue. They needed a win to recapture fourth place from Bologna, but had not beaten Inter since November 2018.

Atalanta had the ball in the net after 10 minutes when Mario Pasalic intercepted a wayward pass and Aleksei Miranchuk collided with Alessandro Bastoni, allowing Charles De Ketelaere to fire in the rebound from 12 yards. However, it was disallowed following a VAR review, as Miranchuk had charged down the ball with his arm.

Inter also had the ball in the net on 19 minutes, but Nicolò Barella was offside when running onto a long ball over the top.

Lautaro Martinez ballooned over, but Inter took the lead when Lautaro Martinez threaded through for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Carnesecchi rushing out managed to push it off his feet, but Matteo Darmian was ready to fire into an empty net.

Darmian very nearly had another moments later, but this time Carnesecchi stood up and parried the finish one-on-one with his legs, while Lautaro Martinez cracked a shot against the crossbar after Federico Dimarco robbed Pasalic.

Inter doubled their lead in first half stoppages, as Carnesecchi rushed out to push it off the foot of Dimarco, Pavard rolled it across for Lautaro Martinez on the edge of the box, whose first touch was poor, but the second made up for it, bending around Hans Hateboer into the far top corner.

Carnesecchi again stuck out a foot to parry from Dimarco at the near post after an inspired Lautaro Martinez cross-field pass.

Inter received a very harsh second penalty, because the assistant had flagged the ball going out of play when Denzel Dumfries saw his cross charged down from point-blank range by Hateboer’s hand. Following a very long VAR review, the officials over-ruled the linesman and claim it did not go out, then called the referee to judge handball.

Lautaro Martinez saw his penalty saved by Carnesecchi, but Dimarco was quickest on the rebound and was not one of the players encroaching.

Gian Piero Gasperini made four substitutions, eager to preserve his players for this weekend’s showdown with fourth-placed Bologna.

There was a fourth goal too, as Alexis Sanchez sent a signal and then floated a free kick to the near post for the Davide Frattesi glancing header. However, the midfielder injured himself during the process and limped off straight away.

Inter have scored at least four goals in each of their last four Serie A games, something the club had only ever achieved in the 1929-30 campaign.

Inter 4-0 Atalanta

Darmian 26 (I), Lautaro Martinez 45 (I), Dimarco 54 (I), Frattesi 71 (I)

Saved penalty: Lautaro Martinez 54 (I)

Player statistic

1st half
Matteo Darmian Yellow card 22'    
Matteo Darmian
(Assist: Henrikh Mkhitaryan)
Goal 26'    
Lautaro Martínez
(Assist: Benjamin Pavard)
Goal 45+1'    
    45' Yellow card Éderson
2nd half
    53' Yellow card Berat Djimsiti
Lautaro Martínez Missed penalty 54'    
Federico Dimarco Goal 54'    
    65' Yellow card Isak Hien
Davide Frattesi
(Assist: Alexis Sánchez)
Goal 71'    
    71' Yellow card Mitchel Bakker
Alessandro Bastoni Yellow card 76'    
    89' Yellow card El Bilal Touré
    90+5' Yellow card Ademola Lookman

Match statistic

59
Possession %
41
15
Total shots
6
7
Shots on target
1
4
Shots off target
4
4
Blocked shots
1
4
Corners
1
2
Offsides
2
10
Fouls
15
Inter
Atalanta

Starting lineups

1
Goalkeeper
95
28
Defender
32
Defender
69'
36
Defender
46'
6
Defender
22
Midfielder
62'
21
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
10
68'
8
Attacker
29
Goalkeeper
19
Defender
77
42
Defender
58'
33
Defender
23
Defender
58'
59
Midfielder
57'
13
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
57'
17
76'

Substitutes

77
Goalkeeper
17
Attacker
50
12
Goalkeeper
31
Defender
2
Defender
46'
70
Attacker
68'
30
Midfielder
69'
16
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
73'
1
Goalkeeper
2
Defender
15
Midfielder
6
90
22
Defender
3
Defender
40
Goalkeeper
11
Attacker
57'
25
Midfielder
57'
20
Defender
58'
4
Defender
58'
10
Attacker
76'

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