2022-23 Italian Serie A
  • Stefan de Vrij (20')
  • Nicolò Barella (44')
  • Joaquín Correa (73')

Inter Milan cruise to home win against Sampdoria

Inter Milan players celebrate after scoring a goal against Sampdoria in Serie A. Getty Images

Internazionale eased to a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Sampdoria side at the San Siro on Saturday, extending their winning Serie A streak to four games.

Goals from Stefan de Vrij, Nicolo Barella and Joaquin Correa sent Simone Inzaghi's side up to fifth place on 24 points, level with Atalanta and Lazio who play Empoli and Salernitana, respectively, on Sunday.

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"We are well, [we're] confident, we get convincing results -- but we have to continue," Inzaghi said after the match. "Nobody slows down in this league but this October has been practically perfect. I have so much fun watching this team play.

"Clearly the calendar has to be looked at, between now and the break we have tough matches but right now the standings should be looked at [only] relatively. We have to look at the performances."

Defender De Vrij put the hosts in front in the 21st minute when he leaped to meet a corner kick from Hakan Calhanoglu and sent the ball past Sampdoria keeper Emil Audero.

Ten minutes later, Inter could have had a two-goal advantage but defender Federico Dimarco could only find the side-netting with his close-range shot.

Barella doubled their advantage 13 minutes later when he latched on to a long pass by Alessandro Bastoni and fired home from the edge of the box, leaving Audero no chance to stop his shot.

The 25-year-old Italy midfielder scored in his third consecutive Serie A clash, with his fifth goal of the season.

Inter did not stop pushing for another goal, with Milan Skriniar coming close to making it 3-0 just after the hour mark when his header went just wide of the right post.

A minute later, striker Lautaro Martinez tried to challenge Audero with a low shot towards the bottom left corner but the Sampdoria keeper did well to keep it out.

Forward Correa finished the scoring in the 73rd minute after a long solo run ended with a fine shot into the left top corner.

Sampdoria had a good chance to grab a consolation goal in the 88th minute when winger Ignacio Pussetto struck from the edge of the box but Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana pulled off a superb save to deny his first-time effort.

Inter next travel to Juventus on Nov. 6, after they visit Bayern Munich in their final Champions League group clash on Tuesday, with both teams already guaranteed spots in the knockout round.

Sampdoria, who remain 18th on six points from 12 games, will host Fiorentina next Sunday.