Correa nets 2 as Inter beats Udinese to keep pressure on top

MILAN (AP) — Joaquín Correa scored twice as Inter Milan beat Udinese 2-0 on Sunday to keep up the pressure on the top two in Serie A.

Both Correa’s goals came in the second half, in an eight-minute span, as Inter moved to within four points of Milan and Napoli.

Both were playing later, against very different opponents. Napoli visits relegation-threatened Salernitana, just before Milan’s match at title rival Roma.

Inter dominated from the start at San Siro with Nicolò Barella producing seven attempts in the first half as the Nerazzurri midfielder seemed determined to score.

However, it was Correa who gave Inter the lead on the hour mark. An Ivan Perišić dummy allowed Correa to get on the end of a pass from Alessandro Bastoni and he raced down most of the half before cutting past a defender and firing into the bottom left corner.

Inter almost doubled its lead seven minutes later but Udinese goalkeeper Marco Silvestri managed to deny Edin Džeko at point-blank range with Walace managing to block the follow-up attempt from Denzel Dumfries.

The Nerazzurri did get their second moments later and again it was Correa, this time with a shot into the top left corner after Dumfries had cut the ball back to him on the edge of the area.

Udinese had a late goal by Gerard Deulofeu ruled out for offside in the buildup. It remained four points off the relegation zone.

HAT-TRICK HERO

Wantaway forward Dušan Vlahović may have endeared himself to fans again after scoring a hat trick to help Fiorentina beat Spezia 3-0.

Vlahović converted a penalty on the stroke of halftime after a handball from Spezia forward Emanuel Gyasi and added two after the break to take his tally to nine in Serie A this season.

The 21-year-old recently turned down a new contract, much to the ire of Fiorentina fans who have insulted him after recent matches. His current deal expires in 2023 but the club have not ruled out him leaving in January.

Fiorentina moved to within one point of fourth-placed Roma. Spezia slipped into the relegation zone after Genoa moved above it on goal difference thanks to a 0-0 draw at home to fellow struggler Venezia. Head-to-head is the first tiebreaker in Italy if teams are level on points at the end of the season.

Elsewhere, two late goals saw Empoli come from behind to win 2-1 at Sassuolo.

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