With a great goal to decree the victory for Inter. This is how Lautaro Martinez celebrated the first anniversary of his decisive penalty goal against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar. Just in the week in which he had confessed that he was "locking himself in the room to cry" because of the injury he was carrying in the World Cup, El Toro smiled in Inter's 4-0 thrashing of Udinese at the Giuseppe Meazza. Simone Inzaghi's side have now topped the tournament, two points ahead of Juventus, who beat Napoli 1-0 on Friday.
A YEAR AFTER THE BATTLE OF LUSAIL, A GREAT GOAL BY LAUTARO MARTÍNEZ!! El Toro scored Inter's FOURTH vs. Udinese in the #SerieAxESPN. pic.twitter.com/2ZBkA5YwIB
— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) December 9, 2023
Lautaro wanted to score. Inter won 3-0 with celebrations from Dimarco, Calhanoglu and Thuram. That's why the attacker born in Bahía Blanca was anxious. It's clear: El Toro lives off goals. Then, he ran to the middle of the pitch to retrieve a ball, drove long yards and from outside nailed it down, out of Marco Silvestri's reach. It was 39 minutes into the second half.
With the goal, Martinez remains at the top of the scoring charts with 14 goals in 15 games, followed by Milan's Oliver Giroud with 8.
With the defeat, Udinese, who had Nehuén Pérez, Martín Payero and Roberto Pereyra from the start, was only one point away from the relegation places.
"I would lock myself in, I would cry. I had a hard time in the room, I made my family, my daughter, come a lot to be close because I needed that touch of happiness and affection that they could give me. Those bad moments, which I spent in the room, I tried to spend them with the family," Martinez had confessed on Star Plus about his injury during the World Cup. Then, this Saturday he took a small revenge, just a year after his stellar participation in the remembered "Battle of Lusail" against the Netherlands.