The orthopedic device of Lautaro Martínez shoots Inter Milan to the top of Serie A
Inter de Milan moved up Juventus to the top of the A series table with a 2-1 victory at home for SPAL on sunday thanks to a Lautaro Martinez double.
The Argentine international hit with a low end in the corner and headed for his second goal before halftime to bring his account of the season to 13 in all competitions.
SPAL pulled one back in the second half through a moment of individual brilliance from Mattia Valoti, but Inter hung on to take advantage of Juventus dropping points by drawing 2-2 against Sassuolo earlier in the day.
It was Inter's twelfth victory in his first 14 games of the season, setting a club record as the best start of his campaign.
Antonio Conte's side are now one point ahead of Juve on 37, while SPAL remain second from bottom and without a win in their past seven matches.
We've been working since day one to cause an impact and annoy the other teams, Conte told Sky Italia.
Being at the top of the table again after 14 rounds makes us proud because we know the trip we have traveled to get here.
At the same time, it should give us a positive enthusiasm, push us to do even better and control the game without suffering until the end as we did today, because in those circumstances a cross or deviant shot can change everything.
Martinez was the hero for Inter last Wednesday when I scored twice in a crucial 3-1 Champions League win at Slavia Prague, and the striker needed just 16 minutes to make his mark against SPAL.
Inter won the ball in the center of the field and Martinez led a quick counterattack before throwing a low shot towards the bottom corner from outside the area.
He added his second goal of the game shortly before the break, rising to lead Antonio Candreva's crossing beyond goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and giving his team a comfortable advantage.
The visitors reduced the deficit five minutes in the second half when Valoti dribbled three defenders and showed his composure to find the corner with his shot.
Inter had a glorious opportunity to restore their two-goal advantage when Martinez was sent clean on goal, but Berisha made a timely challenge to the striker while trying to surround the goalkeeper and score a hat-trick.