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Inter 4-0 Genoa: No Lukaku, no problem as Serie A champs begin title defence with rout

Inter Milan 4-0 Genoa: Reigning Serie A champions begin their title defence with an emphatic win as Milan Skriniar, Edin Dzeko, Hakan Calhanoglu and Arturo Vidal all score to send a packed San Siro wild and prove there is life after Romelu Lukaku

Debutant striker Edin Dzeko was on target as Inter Milan got their Serie A title defence off to a flying start, thrashing Genoa 4-0 in their opening match of the season in front of fans in the San Siro on Saturday. 

Hakan Calhanoglu, who crossed the divide to sign for Inter from city rivals AC Milan in the summer, took centre stage from the off, setting up Milan Skriniar for his side’s sixth-minute opener, before drilling home a second eight minutes later. 

The visitors had a great chance to get back in the contest just before the interval, but Yayah Kallon dragged his effort wide from a good position. 

Inter Milan made a dream start with Milan Skriniar opening the scoring in the sixth minute

New signing Hakan Calhanoglu drilled home the second goal in the 14th minute on Saturday

New signing Hakan Calhanoglu drilled home the second goal in the 14th minute on Saturday

That miss proved costly as Inter, who had two strikes ruled out for offside, the second of which was another fine finish from Calhanoglu, added a third in the 74th minute through substitute Arturo Vidal to make sure of the three points. 

To complete the perfect afternoon for Inter, on his 200th Serie A appearance, veteran forward Dzeko, who joined from AS Roma this summer, headed home a late fourth.

The home side added a third in the 74th minute through substitute Arturo Vida

Debutant striker Edin Dzeko sealed an emphatic victory with the fourth goal in the 87th minute

Debutant striker Edin Dzeko sealed an emphatic victory with the fourth goal in the 87th minute

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