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AC Milan 0-3 Inter: Lukaku and Martinez ensure Nerazzurri extends their lead at the top to four points

Inter cruised to a 3-0 derby win over Milan. Martinez opened the scoring just five minutes in when he nodded in Lukaku’s cross.

Milan started the second half brightly and Handanovic made three brilliant saves to deny Ibrahimovic twice and Tonali to keep it at 1-0.

Martinez then doubled the lead with a tap-in before a quick break saw Lukaku curl an effort around Donnarumma at the near post after a great run to round it off.

Sunday’s San Siro clashed lacked the bite last month’s Coppa Italia had with Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s spat followed by Christian Eriksen’s shock winner – but this is the biggest indication that the Serie A title could end up somewhere other than Juventus for once.

That win takes Inter four points clear at the top of the table and they’re now unbeaten in their last six matches in Serie A. Next up for them is Genoa.

As for Milan, they stay second after suffering back-to-back defeats in the league. They’ll be hoping to bounce back in midweek when they face Red Star Belgrade in the second leg of their Europa League tie.

Inter refused to sit on their one-point lead at the top at the start of the match and it showed in the line-up.

The more attacking Ivan Perisic was preferred to Ashley Young at left wing-back and Conte’s side started on the front foot.

A portion of Inter’s rise to the top of the table has been the Lautaro-Lukaku partnership and it took just five minutes for the striker duo to combine in the biggest match of the season.

Milan would have seen how Belgian forward Lukaku tormented Lazio last weekend and the 27-year-old burst down the right unchallenged and – at the second time of asking – whipped a lovely ball for strike partner Martinez to head home an easy finish.

Another plus point for Conte in a recent week is the return to the form of Christian Eriksen. The ex-Tottenham man looked set for a January exit but a recent resurgence as seen him as a dangerous outlet once again.

His link-up play was clear to see as Inter threatened for a second. A clever one-two allowed Martinez to burst down the right, his cross tried to find Perisic at the back post but Davide Calabria cleared from a corner.

From the resulting set-piece, the Danish midfielder forced Gianluigi Donnarumma into a smart save.

Yet there were first-half fears that Inter, as they did last year under Conte and earlier this season in January, would let early promise fade into a disaster.

The result was put beyond doubt and both sides protected what they had. Milan took off Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 75 minutes and Martinez came off five minutes later despite being on a hat-trick.

There was good reason for that – Inter suffered injury concerns through Niccolo Barella and Achraf Hakimi late on.

But it’s Inter’s title to lose, time will tell if they can hold onto the top spot.

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