MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale scores the second goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

Inter make a great start to their Serie A campaign



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Aug 19th 2023
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A Lautaro brace seals a 2-0 win over Monza at San Siro


Back together at home for the first time in 84 days. Back looking at each other's faces. Back celebrating. Nothing has changed. Love, warmth, passion, energy: Inter's season began with two goals, three points, many new faces, a few old acquaintances, hugs, a brace from the captain and magnificent support from the fans, who once again lit up San Siro. Monza were beaten 2-0, with Lautaro finding the net in each half. A night we'd been waiting for, a night that saw six players make their competitive debuts (Sommer, Thuram, Carlos Augusto, Cuadrado, Frattesi, Bisseck) and Arnautovic play his first Nerazzurri match since Inter vs. Atalanta in 2010, 4,865 days ago. There was a lot of good football on display despite the warm conditions. It was an Inter side we've become used to seeing under Coach Inzaghi, one which attacks with many men, which creates plenty of chances, which entertains. A really good Nerazzurri display, a really good start.

Two new faces were in the starting line-up selected by the Coach: Sommer in goal and Thuram with the number 9 on his back. There were familiar faces in the opposition ranks, too, with D'Ambrosio and Gagliardini warmly embraced by San Siro before kick-off. Not forgetting Valentin Carboni, either, who came on in the latter stages. Inter wanted one thing: three points to kick off their Serie A campaign in the best way possible. There was a minute's silence to remember Carlo Mazzone, who had passed away earlier on in the day, and then the ball started to roll. And it didn't stop, because Inter immediately put their foot on the accelerator. Dumfries was particularly impressive in the first half, with the Dutchman providing the first assist of the season as early as the eighth minute. Barella's touch to find Denzel was perfect, as was Lautaro's run to get on the end of the cross and his finish to give Inter the lead.

Sommer wasn't forced into any notable stops, with the Nerazzurri managing their advantage extremely well. Lautaro was in inspired form, Dimarco's left foot threatened Monza and Di Gregorio on several occasions. The applause kept on coming from the stands as Inter pressed high, won the ball back and caused their opponents all sorts of problems.

In the stifling heat, an energetic display turned into a controlled performance after the restart. Monza tried to get at Inzaghi's men, who were grateful to Calhanoglu for producing a brilliant sliding challenge to prevent Kiriakopoulos from levelling the match. The team needed to remain focused. Inzaghi made his first changes midway through the half, sending on Carlos Augusto and Cuadrado for their competitive debuts and Arnautovic for his first match since his return (he made three appearances in 2009/10). The Austrian made a big impact, too, as he progressed down the left and sent a ball to the far post for Lautaro, who slid in to make it 2-0.

It was the goal that killed off any hopes of a fightback for Monza, who were overwhelmed by the energy that Inter's newest players brought to the pitch. Frattesi and Bisseck entered the fray for the closing stages, as did Carlos Augusto, who had two good opportunities in front of goal. Arnautovic, meanwhile, enthused the home crowd with some brilliant touches. It was all brilliant, in fact, as Inter started the 2023/24 season with an excellent victory.

INTER 2-0 MONZA

Goalscorer: 8' and 76' Lautaro (I)

INTER (3-5-2): 1 Sommer; 36 Darmian (31 Bisseck 84'), 6 De Vrij, 95 Bastoni; 2 Dumfries (7 Cuadrado 62'), 23 Barella, 20 Calhanoglu, 22 Mkhitaryan, 32 Dimarco (30 Carlos Augusto 62'); 9 Thuram (8 Arnautovic 62'), 10 Lautaro (16 Frattesi 80'). Substitutes: 12 Di Gennaro, 77 Audero, 5 Sensi,11 Correa, 21 Asllani, 44 Stabile, 50 A. Stankovic. Coach: Simone Inzaghi.

MONZA (3-4-2-1): 16 Di Gregorio; 33 D'Ambrosio (13 Pedro Pereira 71'), 22 Pablo Mari, 5 Caldirola; 84 Ciurria, 6 Gagliardini (7 Machin 71'), 32 Pessina, 77 Kyriakoupoulos (21 V. Carboni 86'); 28 Colpani (19 Birindelli 61'), 10 Caprari; 24 Maric (47 Mota Carvalho 61'). Substitutes: 23 Sorrentino, 66 Gori, 11 F. Carboni, 37 Petagna, 38 Bondo, 44 A. Carboni, 46 Cittadini, 80 Vignato. Coach: Raffaele Palladino.

Booked: Lautaro (I), Caldirola (M) Added time: 3' - 6'

Referee: Colombo. Assistants: Baccini, Capaldo. Fourth official: Mariani. VAR: Nasca. VAR assistant: Paterna.

MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action, looks on during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale in action, runs with the ball during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale in action, kicks the ball during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Denzel Dumfries of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Henrikh Mkhitaryan of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: General view inside the stadium during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: General view inside the stadium during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale competes for the ball with Patrick Ciurria of AC Monza during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Marcus Thuram of FC Internazionale in action, runs with the ball during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Marcus Thuram of FC Internazionale in action, runs with the ball during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Federico Dimarco of FC Internazionale in action, kicks the ball during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Yann Sommer of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale reacts during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Henrikh Mkhitaryan of FC Internazionale reacts during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Denzel Dumfries of FC Internazionale reacts during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Nicolo Barella of FC Internazionale in action, heads the ball during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Yann Sommer of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale scores the opening goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Players of FC Internazionale line up prior to the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates with team-mates after scoring the second goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Federico Dimarco of FC Internazionale celebrates the win at the end of the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrates the win at the end of the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrates the win at the end of the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Juan Cuadrado of FC Internazionale giving a hi-five to teammate Hakan Calhanoglu during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Marko Arnautovic of FC Internazionale celebrates the win at the end of the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Davide Frattesi of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Marko Arnautovic of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates with team-mates after scoring the second goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with teammates Stefan De Vrij during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale scores the second goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Juan Cuadrado of FC Internazionale in action, gestures during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale competes for the ball with Dany Mota of AC Monza during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Yann Sommer goalkeeper of FC Internazionale in action, gestures during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Yann Sommer goalkeeper of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19:  Head coach of FC Internazionale Simone Inzaghi reacts during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: Yann Sommer goalkeeper of FC Internazionale actduring the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 19: The big screen inside the stadium shows the number of attendances, during the Serie A TIM match between FC Internazionale and AC Monza at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 19, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

SERIE A 2023/24, MATCHDAY ONE

Saturday 19 August Empoli 0-1 Hellas Verona Frosinone 1-3 Napoli Genoa 1-4 Fiorentina INTER 2-0 Monza

Sunday 20 August (all times CEST) 18:30 Roma vs. Salernitana 18:30 Sassuolo vs. Atalanta 20:45 Lecce vs. Lazio 20:45 Udinese vs. Juventus

Monday 21 August (all times CEST) 18:30 Torino vs. Cagliari 20:45 Bologna vs. Milan

SERIE A 2023/2024

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Before kick-off, Vice President Javier Zanetti presented former Inter players Danilo D'Ambrosio and Roberto Gagliardini with shirts bearing the respective number of appearances they made in Nerazzurri colours.


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