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Inter’s Inzaghi went to a wheel as a pair of debutants score in the Genoa beating


Inter's post-Lukaku era fades with a pair of rookies on target to match Ibrahimovic's benchmark

The first competitive outing of the post-Romelu Lukaku era couldn’t have been much better for the Italian giants Inter Milan, who did short work for Genoa at San Siro tonight.

Inzaghi’s men rampant

News headlines about the blue half of Milan this summer, of course, have surrounded the key exits of the club’s setup.

The first to head to the starting gate was coach Antonio Conte, before financial problems facing the Nerazzurri forced them to sell both explosive winger Achraf Hakimi and, more recently, star forward Romelu Lukaku.

As such, it’s safe to say that an air of concern had long engulfed Inter, amid concerns of a potentially serious fall, on the back of the club’s first Scudetto title in a decade in 2020/21.

Inter's post-Lukaku era fades with a pair of rookies on target to match Ibrahimovic's benchmark

MILAN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 22: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Romelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale scores his team’s third goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Torino FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 22, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Sportinfoto / DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Yet when all was said and done in the first outing of the Simone Inzaghi era club on Saturday night, those fears, for the moment at least, were firmly laid to bed.

An absolutely dominant performance at San Siro finally saw Inter put a lousy side of Genoa to the sword by 4 goals to nil.

Not only that, but two of the club’s summer additions played a central role.

Hakan Calhanoglu stole the show, pocketing a goal and assists in his first 15 minutes in the colors of the Nerazzurri, after a controversial change from the city’s rival, AC Milan:

After Arturo Vidal added a third fifteen minutes from the end, there was time for a second rookie, in the form of Edin Dzeko, to add his name to the scoreboard, nodding his head with a characteristic header from a Vidal cross:

Ibra leveled

Meanwhile, in the back of the action coming to a close in Milan, it’s no wonder it’s the name of the aforementioned Calhanoglu, who has since taken center stage amid post-match talk.

And deservedly.

As revealed by statisticians OptaJoe, the Turkish international tonight became the first player since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2006 to score a goal and assist in his Serie A debut with Inter:

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