Mart nez nets 3 as Inter beats Salernitana to end drought
Lautaro Mart nez scored a hat trick as Inter Milan ended its goal drought in spectacular style by beating Salernitana 5-0 to move to the top of Serie A.
Edin D eko also scored twice and Inter will remain top of Serie A for 48 hours at least. The defending champion moved a point above Napoli and AC Milan, who meet on Sunday night.
Inter had won only one of its past seven matches in all competitions since the start of February. That run had seen the defending Serie A champion fall off the top spot in the league and lose at home to Liverpool 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League matchup
It also failed to score in four straight matches and for more than 400 minutes.
Mart nez hadn't scored since Dec. 12 and the Italian Super Cup victory over Juventus, but he broke his duck in the 22nd minute when he ran onto a Nicol Barella through ball and fired into the bottom left corner.
Mart nez, who also earlier hit the crossbar, doubled his tally with a very similar goal following another pass from Barella shortly before halftime.
The Argentina forward completed his hat trick in the 56th with a shot into the roof of the net after a D eko assist.
Robin Gosens came off the bench for his second Inter appearance since joining from Atalanta and within two minutes set up Inter's fourth for D eko, who doubled his tally five minutes later.