MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan dropped its first points of the fledgling Serie A when it lost at Lazio 3-1 on Friday.
Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri’s substitutions made the difference as Pedro and Luis Alberto came off the bench to score two goals in the final 15 minutes after Inter forward Lautaro Martínez cancelled out Felipe Anderson’s opener.
The result moved Lazio a point above Inter after two wins and a draw for the capital side in its opening three matches.
Inter was one of only three teams in Serie A with maximum points from its first two matches, along with Roma and Napoli, but knew it faced its sternest test yet at coach Simone Inzaghi's former club.
It was end to end in Rome and played at a high tempo. Lazio had the better of the chances with Ciro Immobile firing narrowly past the post early on and drawing a fine save from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanović.
Lazio broke the deadlock five minutes before halftime when Sergej Milinković-Savić lifted a ball over the top and Felipe Anderson got in front of Inter defenders Federico Dimarco and Alessandro Bastoni to head into the bottom left corner.
Inter leveled six minutes after the break, however. Lazio failed to clear a free kick and Denzel Dumfries nodded it back to Martínez, who just got in front of teammate Romelu Lukaku to fire in from close range.
Dumfries almost gave Inter the lead moments later but his header at point-blank range was fantastically palmed away by Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel.
Sarri made his changes shortly after, sending on Pedro and Luis Alberto for Mattia Zaccagni and Matías Vecino.
They proved the difference as Milinković-Savić whipped in a cross from the right and Pedro cut it back for Luis Alberto to power into the top right corner from 20 yards.
Pedro got on the scoresheet when he leapt onto a loose ball, following contact in the area between Immobile and Inter defender Matteo Darmian, and curled it into the top right corner to seal the match with four minutes remaining.
Udinese earned its first victory by coming from behind to win at Monza 2-1 and leave Silvio Berlusconi’s club still seeking its first points in Serie A.
Monza was bought by former Italian premier and ex-AC Milan owner Berlusconi in 2017 and reached the top-flight for the first time in its 110-year history by winning the Serie B playoff last season.
However, it has lost its first three Serie A matches.
Monza took the lead in the 32nd minute when a good team move was capped by Andrea Colpani firing in off the right post.
Udinese levelled just four minutes later when Beto drilled home a cross from Rodrigo Becão.
The turnaround was complete 13 minutes from time with a move started and finished by Destiny Udogie. Isaac Success collected Udogie’s throw-in and passed back to the on-loan Tottenham forward, who played a swift one-two with Ilija Nestorovski before firing in what was to prove the winner.
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Daniella Matar, The Associated Press