Martinez sends Inter in top of Serie A after the revolt against Empoli

ROME: The striker Lautaro Martinez scored a brace to help Inter win 4-2 in home against Empoli on Friday, keeping the team of coach Simone Inzaghi for his hopes of winning the Scudetto and temporarily leading the competition. With this victory, Inter, champion in charged up, overtakes Milan by one point, the second who manages to regain the top by beating Verona on Sunday ninth in their race to win their first Scudetto since 2011. Empoli remains in 14th place with 37 points. Inter struggled in the first half against Empoli, who had won only once in the last 20 games in all competitions, only to find themselves 2-0 down.? The visiting team surprised Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic with a goal in the fifth minute after striker Andrea Pinamonti used a low cross to score his 13th goal of the season. The 22-year-old, who recently scored against Milan, Rome and Naples, didn’t celebrate his goal today because in loan from Inter. Empoli doubled in the 28th minute after defender Riccardo Viamotsi sent a long ball in area penalty to put Christian Aslani behind goalkeeper Handanovic. But Inter, who were denied two penalties by the referee after referring to the referee video assistant, narrowed the difference in the 40th minute after Empoli defender Simone Romagnoli scored an error in net. Martinez equalized the result before half-time, scoring his 18th goal in championship in this season, and added his second and third personal goals for his team in the 64th minute, after bouncing in network to bring the hosts in advantage, before Alexis Sanchez completed the quartet in injury time. And while Inter will wait to know their fate in the fight for the title, on Wednesday they will have the chance to win the Scudetto when they meet Juventus in the Italian Cup final. (Anatolia)