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Lautaro Martinez makes Serie A history with unbeatable feat in Inter's win
- Lautaro Martinez came off the bench to score four goals for Inter Milan
- The Argentine set a unique record in the Serie A thanks to his feat
- Inter won 4-0 against Salernitana to return to the top of the Serie A standings
Lautaro Martinez set a unique and possibly unbeaten record in the Serie A thanks to his heroics for Inter against Salernitana on Saturday, September 30.
The Argentine started on the bench as the Nerazzuri sought to reclaim top spot in the Serie A against a Salernitana side that has been struggling in the league so far.
After a goalless first half, Martinez was introduced after the interval, and he made his presence felt almost immediately.
The hosts kept Inter at bay for nearly an hour, but the deadlock was broken in the 61st minute as Martinez’s dinked finish opened the floodgates.
In the 71st minute, it was 2-0 as Martinez once again found space in the box to come up with a first time finish from Nicolo Barella’s cross.
He then sealed his hat trick from the penalty spot moments later, and added a fourth through a tap in from Carlos Augusto’s cutback.
Lautaro Martinez made history
In hindsight, his Martinez’s four goals were crucial for Inter’s league campaigh, but also had personal significance to the striker as he etched his name in the history books.
According to GOAL.com, Martinez is the first substitute to net four goals in Serie A history.
After the game, the forward played down his achievements; maintaining the three points was more important.
“It was crucial for us. We lost a game at San Siro that I don’t think we deserved, but we conceded two goals from our errors, so we had to win today,” Lautaro Martinez told Sky Sport Italia, as cited on Football Italia.
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Inter will now shift their focus to the Champions League, where they come up against Benfica on Tuesday, October 3.
Ten Hag sets unwanted record
The Eagles found what proved to be the game's only goal through Joachim Andersen, who came up with a superb strike in the 25th minute after a free kick.
The 1-0 defeat at home only compounded on the misery of the United faithful, whose hopes of a title surge quickly fade away.
For Ten Hag, it was another landmark for the gaffer, which he will not welcome as, according to @Utddistrict, the defeat to the Eagles means United have lost four of their opening seven league games, something that has never happened in the club’s history.