Martinez strikes twice as Inter beat Fiorentina in stoppage-time thriller

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(Reuters) -Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez set up the opening goal and scored two of his own as his side beat Fiorentina 4-3 in a thrilling Serie A game on Saturday. 

Inter opened the scoring after two minutes when Argentine Martinez’s perfectly-timed through ball sent Nicolo Barella clear on goal and the midfielder had no problem putting the ball into the lower left corner.

Inter players celebrate the victory at the end of the Italian Serie A soccer match between ACF Fiorentina vs FC Internazionale Milano, in Florence, Italy, 22 October 2022. EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI

Fiorentina recovered after the shock start and started to build up momentum, with Jonathan Ikone’s curled shot after 10 minutes going just wide.

Martinez doubled the lead after 15 minutes with a superb solo effort when he ran into the box, dribbled past defender Lucas Martinez Quarta and calmly sent the ball into the bottom corner. 

Fiorentina reduced the deficit in the 33rd minute when Arthur Cabral converted a penalty before Ikone equalised for the home side with a beautifully curled shot into the top corner on the hour mark.

Martinez put Inter back into the lead from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute before Luka Jovic again levelled the scores in the 90th minute.

Five minutes into stoppage time, Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured the win for the visitors when he scored from a failed clearance by defender Lorenzo Venuti.

Inter, seventh on 21 points, are now five points behind league leaders Napoli with one game more played. Fiorentina are 13th with 10 points.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; editing by Clare Fallon)

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