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Inter 2 - 0 Spal
Icardi pen 27 (I), Perisic 87 (I)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Inter notched up a third consecutive victory, beating Spal thanks to a Mauro Icardi penalty and stunning Ivan Perisic volley.

The Nerazzurri gave Dalbert his first Serie A start, missing only Joao Cancelo and Davide Santon. Spal had to do without Alex Meret, Marios Oikonomou, Luca Rizzo and Sergio Floccari, but fielded two ex-Milan strikers.

Mauro Icardi had two braces in the opening two games, something no Inter forward had achieved since Benito Lorenzi in 1950-51, and wanted to become the first to get three in a row.

Spal have never won away to Inter, managing two draws and 15 defeats here.

Roberto Gagliardini got the nod in midfield and drilled just wide within five minutes, but Alberto Paloschi’s turn was deflected inches past the post moments later.

There was controversy when Vicari was booked for tripping Joao Mario right on the line and the referee originally gave a free kick, but VAR was used to see if it was inside or outside the box. After several minutes, the decision came and Icardi rolled in the penalty, sending Alfred Gomis the wrong way.

It was almost 2-0 moments later, Icardi’s angled drive denied by Gomis’ legs at the base of the near post, then Candreva’s ferocious strike was brilliantly fingertipped away by the Spal goalkeeper.

It should’ve been 1-1 in first half stoppages, as Alberto Paloschi sprung the offside trap only to blast wide under pressure from Joao Miranda.

Moments later, Pasquale Schiattarella complained that he was pushed by Dalbert, but the referee waved play on.

Milan Skriniar anticipated Marco Borriello before he could tap in from six yards, then needed another brave header on Borriello from a corner, getting kicked by teammate Danilo D’Ambrosio for his trouble.

Bartosz Salamon’s diving header whistled just wide, but the offside flag was up anyway, and Marcelo Brozovic fired over under pressure.

On 73 minutes, Skriniar tried to make his mark at the other end too when spotting Gomis off his line and unleashed a scorcher from distance that cracked against the crossbar.

Inter did double their lead and put the points under lock and key thanks to a moment of magic from Ivan Perisic. He celebrated signing a contract extension this week with an unstoppable left-foot volley into the near top corner from just inside the box.

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Inter: Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda, Dalbert; Gagliardini, Borja Valero (Vecino 77); Candreva (Eder 88), Joao Mario (Brozovic 65), Perisic; Icardi
Spal: Gomis; Salamon, Vicari, Vaisanen; Lazzari, Schiattarella, Viviani (Bonazzoli 85), Mora (Grassi 77), Costa; Borriello, Paloschi (Antenucci 65)
Ref: Gavillucci