Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez created Serie A history following a spectacular performance in their 4-0 win at Salernitana.
The 26-year-old Argentine international netted all of Inter’s goals after being subbed on in the 55th minute. His subsequent ‘poker’ was achieved in the span of 27 minutes.
Furthermore, Il Toro became the first player to score four goals as a substitute in Serie A during the three-points-for-a-win era (since 1994/95).
Even though he grabbed every single headline, the World Cup winner remained grounded, with this result coming days after suffering a 2-1 loss at home to Sassuolo.
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“It was crucial for us. We lost a game at San Siro that I don’t think we deserved, but we conceded two goals from our errors, so we had to win today,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“We created chances in the first half and didn’t finish them off. We came on with the right determination after the break, the one Inter should always have. I scored four goals, but the important thing is that Inter won the game.”
Martinez’s effort moved him onto nine goals for the campaign; only Serhou Guirassy of Stuttgart (with ten Bundesliga goals) has been more prolific than him so far in 2023/24.
From a historical context, he joins Antonio Valentín Angelillo (14) in 1958/59 and Roberto Boninsegna (9) in 1973/74 as the only Inter players to score at least nine goals in the first seven games of a Serie A season.