Henrikh Mkhitaryan double leads Internazionale’s rout of Milan | Serie A

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice to help Internazionale crush Milan 5-1 in Serie A on Saturday and continue their perfect start to the season.

Inter, who won their first three matches without conceding a goal, moved two points clear at the top of the table on 12 points from four games.

They are two points above second-placed Juventus, who beat Lazio 3-1 on Saturday, and three clear of Milan in third before they travel to Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Mkhitaryan, Marcus Thuram, Hakan Calhanoglu and Davide Frattesi were all on target for Inter, securing their fifth consecutive win in the Milan derby across all competitions for the first time in history.

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“Last year, four derby wins brought us a [Coppa Italia] trophy and allowed us to play in a very important [Champions League] final,” coach Simone Inzaghi said. “[Today’s victory] gives us first place, but the championship is still very long.”

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Barcelona put on a scintillating performance to crush visitors Real Betis 5-0 on Saturday and move top of the La Liga standings.

Xavi Hernandez’s side moved up to 13 points from five games, one point ahead of Real Madrid who host Real Sociedad on Sunday. Loan signing João Félix put Barcelona ahead after 25 minutes with a shot from a tight angle before Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead. 

Ferran Torres scored his third goal of the season with a low free-kick into the bottom right corner in the 62nd minute before substitute Raphinha made it 4-0. João Cancelo scored his first goal since joining Barca on loan from Manchester City to complete the rout nine minutes from time.

Second-half goals by Giacomo Raspadori and Matteo Politano helped champions Napoli come from behind to rescue a 2-2 draw at promoted Genoa in Serie A. Mattia Bani gave Genoa the lead in the 40th minute before Mateo Retegui added the second.

Raspadori gave Napoli hope of a comeback when he narrowed the deficit and Politano levelled six minutes from time. Napoli moved up to fifth in the standings with seven points from four games while Genoa, on four points, are 12th.

Juventus briefly went top with a 3-1 home win over Lazio thanks to a brace from Dusan Vlahovic. Juve took the lead through Vlahovic in the 10th minute before Federico Chiesa made it 2-0. Lazio halved the deficit through Luis Alberto. But any optimism of a comeback evaporated two minutes later as Vlahovic restored the two-goal cushion.

The Borussia Dortmund central defender Mats Hummels scored twice, including an 87th minute goal, to guide last season’s Bundesliga runners-up to a nervous 4-2 win at Freiburg on Saturday.

Dortmund took an 11th-minute lead through the 34-year-old. Hummels has now scored at least once for 16 consecutive Bundesliga seasons, one of only six players to have achieved that. They paid the price in first-half stoppage time with Freiburg scoring twice through Lucas Höeler and Nicolas Hoefler.

The visitors levelled on the hour, with Donyell Malen slotting in. With Freiburg down to 10 men following the dismissal of Hoefler, Dortmund poured forward. Hummels slid in to put them back in front and substitute Marco Reus drilled in their fourth in stoppage time.

Dortmund are on eight points. RB Leipzig moved into third place on nine with a 3-0 win over Augsburg,

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Mkhitaryan struck from close range to put Inter in front in the fifth minute and new signing Thuram doubled the advantage before the break with a fine shot into the top corner for his first Serie A goal.

Milan pulled one back just before the hour mark through Rafael Leão, who latched on to a pass and shot past Yann Sommer as a sudden downpour of rain struck San Siro.

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Inter allowed Stefano Pioli’s side control of possession but were far more ruthless and Mkhitaryan made it 3-1 in the 69th minute before midfielder Calhanoglu added the fourth from a penalty awarded for Théo Hernandez’s foul on Lautaro Martínez.

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Substitute Frattesi completed the rout in stoppage time when he was fed by Mkhitaryan and the 23-year-old outwitted the goalkeeper to find the back of the net.

“A derby lost like this weighs a lot. I’m really sorry, especially for the fans,” Milan defender Simon Kjaer told DAZN. “Tonight they were smarter than us, we (only) played until 3-1.”

Inter have beaten Milan a record 69 times in Serie A and scored a record 256 goals against their city rivals in the competition.

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