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Lautaro’s hat-trick in Inter friendly

epa08166388 Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Cagliari at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 26 January 2020. EPA-EFE/MATTEO BAZZI

Inter thrashed Serie C side Pisa 7-0 in this evening’s pre-season friendly, with a Lautaro Martinez hat-trick and Christian Eriksen brace.

Antonio Conte will not begin his Serie A campaign until next weekend, as the 2019-20 campaign only finished in late August with the Europa League Final.

Eriksen was used in a trequartista role behind Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, with Achraf Hakimi on the right-wing and Ivan Perisic on the left.

It took five minutes to break the deadlock with Lukaku, left unmarked to tap in a Perisic cross at the back post.

Roberto Gagliardini finished off another good move, in which Lautaro Martinez had surged forward to set up Lukaku, laying it off for the midfielder.

Gagliardini returned the favour with his cross for Lautaro Martinez’s header, then Eriksen drilled in a daisy-cutter.

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Lautaro Martinez then completed his hat-trick with two goals in three minutes, the first by running from midfield, shrugging off a defender and beating the goalkeeper at the near post, then he was at the far stick to meet a Hakimi cross.

The second half was considerably quieter and had only one goal, Eriksen completing his brace with a rare header on Danilo D’Ambrosio’s assist.

Inter (3-4-1-2): Handanovic (Radu 46); D’Ambrosio, Bastoni (Pirola 65), Kolarov; Hakimi (Dalbert 65), Barella (Agoumé 65), Gagliardini, Perisic; Eriksen; R Lukaku (Salcedo 65), Lautaro Martinez (Alexis Sanchez 65)

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