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Monday 21 October 2019

Alexis Sanchez scores and is sent-off on Inter Milan debut

Inter Milan's Alexis Sanchez gestures during the Serie A win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy. Photo: Reuters/Jennifer Lorenzini
Inter Milan's Alexis Sanchez gestures during the Serie A win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy. Photo: Reuters/Jennifer Lorenzini

Alasdair Mackenzie

Alexis Sanchez scored and was sent off in his first start for Inter Milan as the Serie A leaders maintained their perfect record with a 3-1 win away to Sampdoria.

Stefano Sensi's deflected strike put Inter in front after 20 minutes before on-loan Manchester United forward Sanchez finished from close range to double their lead two minutes later.

The match turned on its head a minute into the second half when Sanchez was shown a second yellow card for simulation and Jakub Jankto pulled back a goal for Sampdoria with 35 minutes still to play.

But Roberto Gagliardini pounced to seal the three points for Inter, who have won their first six league games of a season for the first time since 1966/67 and only the second time in their history.

The victory restored Inter's two-point lead over Juventus at the top of the table ahead of a meeting between the two sides at San Siro next Sunday, while Sampdoria are rooted to the bottom of the table after taking just three points from the opening six rounds.

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