Esposito breaks 60-year record as Inter go top with four-goal stroll
Milan (AFP) –
Sebastiano Esposito became Inter Milan's youngest scorer in more than 60 years on Saturday when he hit the target in a 4-0 romp against Genoa, helping his side return to the top of Serie A.
The 17-year-old put away a second-half penalty which made him the youngest Inter scorer since Mario Corso in 1958.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice with Roberto Gagliardini adding another as Inter moved level with champions Juventus at the top on 42 points.
Juve had taken top spot on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria before heading to Saudi Arabia where they face Lazio in the Italian Super Cup on Sunday.
However, Inter are now in pole position courtesy of goal difference.
"I just saw my mum in the stands and the goal is for her," a tearful Esposito, who is 17 years and 172 days old, told Sky Sport Italia.
"I didn't sleep at all last night (after he was told he would start the game). I spent the whole night thinking about what would happen today."
The teenager also hailed Lukaku who gave him the ball to take the penalty even though he could have finished the game with a hat-trick.
"Romelu is a fantastic person as well as being an extraordinary player. He told me, just go out there, make a decision and hit the ball."
The defeat left Genoa second from bottom in Serie A, four points from safety after a 10th defeat this season.
Cagliari suffered their first away defeat of the season, losing 2-1 at Udinese as their Champions League hopes suffered a blow.
Rolando Maran's side have now won just once in their last five games, claiming only a single point in their three most recent outings.
Argentine Rodrigo de Paul gave Udinese a first-half lead before Joao Pedro levelled for Cagliari in the 84th minute.
However, Ivory Coast international Seko Fofana restored Udinese's advantage just a minute later to wrap up the three points.
Earlier on Saturday, Fiorentina fired coach Vincenzo Montella with the club struggling in 15th in Serie A.
Montella, a 45-year-old former Italy winger, managed Fiorentina from 2012-15 leading the club to two fourth-place finishes in Serie A before he was fired.
After spells in charge at Sampdoria, AC Milan and Sevilla, he returned to Florence in April.
However, Fiorentina lost 4-1 at home to Roma on Friday and have taken just two points from their last seven games.
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