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2021-22 Italian Serie A
  • Denzel Dumfries (30')

Denzel Dumfries fires unstoppable Inter Milan to win over Torino

Denzel Dumfries scored his second goal in two games to send Internazionale seven points clear on top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over Torino on Wednesday, stretching the champions' winning league run to seven matches.

Simone Inzaghi's side were already guaranteed to go into the mid-season break as 'winter champions', the name given to the league leaders at the halfway stage of the season, and moved up to 46 points, seven clear of AC Milan and Napoli.

It was Inter's 32nd league win of 2021, a total only eclipsed once before in a calendar year in Serie A, by Juventus in 2016 with 33.

"It was an important win, we knew that Torino are a difficult team to face. We did well with our preparation over the last few days, we knew about their ferocious pressing and that they would try to disrupt our game," Inzaghi told DAZN.

"We played a great match and barely risked anything. We are very satisfied with how we have ended the year."

Netherlands international Dumfries struck after 30 minutes, coolly finishing off a counter-attack that started on the edge of the Inter box.

Torino put up a strong challenge but could not find a way through against an Inter side that kept a sixth consecutive league clean sheet.

The visitors' four-match unbeaten run came to an end, leaving them 11th with 25 points.

Inter hit a formidable run of league form after the November international break, winning all seven of their matches by an aggregate score of 20-2.

They were not at their swashbuckling best against Ivan Juric's well-drilled side, but Dumfries slotted a low finish into the bottom corner to complete a quick counter after half an hour.

The goal made Inter the second team in the last 50 years to score at least 49 goals in their first 19 games of a Serie A season, after Atalanta in 2019-20.

Inter captain Samir Handanovic made a sharp save to stop a Sasa Lukic free kick, but it was substitute Alexis Sanchez who came closest to the second goal with a shot that clipped the outside of the post.