There was a minute of silence observed in Squinzi’s memory before kickoff and Domenico Berardi dedicated Sassuolo’s opening goal to the team patron by pointing his hands to the sky.
Lukaku, Inter’s prized offseason signing from Manchester United, now has five goals in eight Italian league matches and four in the Nerazzurri’s four away matches. Before Lukaku, the last Inter player to score four or more in his first four away Serie A games was Diego Milito in November 2009 — the season in which Milito led Inter to the Champions League title.
Filip Djuricic and Jeremie Boga scored late for Sassuolo after Inter had gone ahead 4-1.
“It’s never easy to resume after the break for international duty,” said Inter assistant coach Cristian Stellini, who stood in for a sick Antonio Conte in the post-match news conference. “We simply ran out of energy toward the end and Sassuolo stepped up the tempo.
“We’ve got to learn how to finish off these matches where we’ve dominated,” Stellini added.