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Martinez fires Inter to Italian Super Cup glory

Lautaro Martinez shot Inter Milan to a third straight Italian Super Cup after netting in the final moments of Monday’s 1-0 win over Napoli in Riyadh.

Argentina striker Martinez swept home Benjamin Pavard’s low cross in the first minute of stoppage time at Al-Awwal Park, seeing off Napoli who played the final half-hour with 10 men.

The 26-year-old’s winner was his 21st goal in all competitions this season for Inter, who lost their Serie A lead to Juventus while in Saudi Arabia for the four-team tournament.

It gave Inter coach Simone Inzaghi a record-breaking fifth Super Cup win in his career after winning it for the third successive year.

Inzaghi overtakes Fabio Capello and Marcello Lippi, two icons of Italian coaching, for Super Cup wins.

The 47-year-old also won it twice while managing Lazio, in 2017 and 2019.

Their victory made Inter the second team to complete the hat-trick after local rivals AC Milan’s string of three victories between 1992 and 1994.

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