Inter vs Sampdoria: Sanchez figures in starting eleven, scores and picks red

Alex Sanchez celebrating after scoing goal
Alex Sanchez celebrating after scoing goal
Inter vs Sampdoria: Sanchez figures in starting eleven, scores and picks red European Leagues Serie A
Alex Sanchez celebrating after scoing goal

Inter: Stefano Sensi (20″), Alexis Sanchez (22″), Roberto Gagliardini (61″)

Sampdoria: Jakub Jankto (55″)

Inter continued their perfect start in 2019-20 season of Serie A, to stay top of the league-table by beating Sampdoria 3-1 at the Ferraris.

Alexis Sanchez was the standout, marking his first Nerazzurri start with a goal and had also contributed to Stefano Sensi’s opener. He was later sent off later on, following two consecutive yellow cards – making for an eventful afternoon. Jakub Jankto pulled one back for Sampdoria but Roberto Gagliardini sealed the deal for table-topper.

Sanchez, already booked with a yellow, just two minutes from half-time, was booked once again after three minutes after the breather, for allegedly ‘diving’ inside the Sampdoria box.

Antonio Conte’s men have won their opening six league games for just the second time in their history, repeating the efforts of 1966/67 and – with 18 points in six games – they stay at Serie A’s summit and two points clear of Juventus ahead of next week’s Derby d’Italia.

The Blucerchiati, on the other hand, lost their fifth game out of six, and are bottom of the table, having conceded the most in Serie A this season – 14.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s men started the game with a positive attitude, but their ambition was soon destroyed as the Nerazzurri scored two in the space of two minutes between the 20th and 22nd minute. Both goals had their slices of luck. Sanchez first deflected a Stefano Sensi shot with his backside – though the goal was officially given to the midfielder – and then tapped in a Sensi mis-hit to make it two.


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Inter vs Sampdoria: Sanchez figures in starting eleven, scores and picks red European Leagues Serie A


After Match

Antonio Conte was proud of Inter’s achievement of winning their opening six Serie A games, but criticised Alexis Sanchez for getting himself sent off. Sanchez was the standout of the game, scoring on his full debut, but also seeing red in the opening minutes of the second half after being booked a second time for simulation, thus leaving the Nerazzurri down to ten men for almost the entirety of the second half.

“I warned Sanchez and [Alessandro] Bastoni to be careful, as they had been booked once and I couldn’t substitute both of them,” Conte told the press after the game. “Sanchez scored, but then also left the team down to ten men, and then they scored.

“I am happy with the victory, but when you create so much you must put the game to bed. We should have scored more than twice in the first half.

Conte was ruthless in his transfer demands, and froze out star striker ​Mauro Icardi, Belgian warrior Radja Nainggolan and winger Ivan Perisic. The ex-Juve boss recruited a mixture of youth and experience to add a touch of hunger and plenty of know-how to his side. Inter invested in serial winner Diego Godin, a man-mountain who knows what it takes to guide an underdog to domestic success over their superior heavyweights. Stefano Sensi was signed from Sassuolo