The returned Romelu Lukaku, who also played at Inter from 2019 to 2021, gave the team of coach Simone Inzaghi the lead in the second minute. The Belgian headed in from close range on his first opportunity after good preparatory work by Matteo Darmian. The Gambian Assan Ceesay, who came over from FC Zurich, equalized for Lecce shortly after the break.
In the second half, Inter, who also brought in Edin Dzeko, insisted. Despite a predominance and almost 70 percent possession, it didn’t seem to come to 1-2, but in the last few seconds Dumfries released his teammates and Inzaghi. Stefan de Vrij played the entire match at Inter.
AC Milan also starts with victory
AC Milan also started the Serie A with a win. The reigning national champion was 4-2 too strong for Udinese at home. For the first time this century, six goals were scored in the opening game of the Italian season.
The visitors – where Bram Nuytinck played the entire game – took the lead in the second minute via Rodrigo, but after fifteen minutes AC Milan took the lead thanks to goals from Theo Hernandez (penalty) and Ante Rebic. In the second half, Brahim Diaz and Rebic again scored. Rebic was replaced in the 72nd minute by Olivier Giroud. The start of the season came too early for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was recovering from a serious knee injury. The Belgian Charles De Ketelaere, as a substitute, made his debut for the Milanese. The midfielder came over from Club Brugge this summer, where he scored fourteen times in 39 matches last season.
Bram Nuytinck keeps a close eye on Ante Rebic’s performances.
Atalanta also recorded a victory in the first round. The team of Orange internationals Hans Hateboer, Marten de Roon and Teun Koopmeiners – who all played the entire game – won 2-0 at Sampdoria. Rafael Toloi and substitute Ademola Lookman scored in Genoa.
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FRANCE: Paris Saint-Germain win again
Paris Saint-Germain continues to win in the French league for the time being. Against Montpellier there was the second consecutive victory for the formation of coach Christophe Galtier. In the Parc des Princes it became 5-2.
In the 24th minute, Kylian Mbappe missed a penalty for the home team. In the 39th minute, Paris SG took the lead somewhat fortunately, when Falaye Sacko worked the ball behind his own goalkeeper after a cross from Mbappé. Just before half time, the defending champion was again awarded a penalty and this time Neymar went behind the ball. The Brazilian did hit.
After the resumption, the Parisians ran further with another goal from Neymar. After almost an hour, Wahbi Khazri scored for Montpellier. Then Mbappé took care of number 4 for PSG and Renato Sanches made the 5-1. Enzo Tchato did something in return for the visitors. Last weekend, Paris Saint-Germain won the opening game of the league against Clermont Foot: 0-5.
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TURKEY: Galatasaray loses at home in Mertens’ debut
Galatasaray suffered a defeat in the home game against Giresunspor on Dries Mertens’ debut. It was 0-1 in Istanbul. The 35-year-old Mertens came into the team for Yunus Akgün fifteen minutes before the end, shortly after Borja Sainz had given the visitors the lead. On Monday, Mertens signed a contract for one season with Patrick van Aanholt’s club. The former attacker of AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV played for Napoli for the past nine years.