Sampdoria 2-2 Inter Milan: Inter drop points for the first time this season | Serie A 2021-22

Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan against Sampdria
Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan against Sampdria

Inter have been held to a draw in their Serie A away fixture by Sampdoria.

Inter Milan dropped points for the first time in Serie A this season after being held to a 2-2 draw by Sampdoria.

The Nerazzurri were on the front foot when Di Marco gave an early lead however it was cancelled out by Yoshida.

Lautaro Martinez broke the deadlock once again before the break but the home side responded with an equaliser minutes into the second half.

Here are the three talking points from the draw.

Martinez continues his scoring run

Lautaro Martinez is turning out to be the new leader in Inter’s attack this season to replace Romelu Lukaku. Martinez has managed to find the score sheet twice in Serie A this season including today’s strike. While Edin Dzeko was tasked for hold-up play, the Argentine constantly made impeccable runs behind the last line of defence, causing many problems to Sampdoria. Furthermore, he finished off Nicolo Barella’s pass with a brilliant left-footed volley.

Inter wasted too many opportunities.

There were moments Inter must have acted better to reestablish the lead but they didn’t in the end. Ivan Perisic had plenty of space and time to pick out a teammate but he ended up blasting his shot wide. Hakan Calhanoglu received the ball freely between the lines and was allowed to turn and run at the goal. However, his end product was the same as Perisic’s. 

D’Ambrosio with a goal-line clearance.

Sampdoria’s first goal was a pure fortune and also due to the careless defending of Inter. The second goal was an absolute peach and they looked on course to find the winner. Mikel Damsgaard directed his shot to the left-hand side of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who was completely beaten. However, Danilo D’Ambrosio made a vital goal-line clearance to keep the visitors in the game.