Inter score first Serie A goal this year, beat Parma

Inter score first Serie A goal this year, beat Parma
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MILAN (Reuters) - Substitute Lautaro Martinez scored Inter Milan's first Serie A goal this year to give them a much-needed 1-0 win at Parma on Saturday.

Martinez replaced Joao Mario in the 77th minute and made his mark within two minutes.

Inter won possession in midfield and Radja Nainggolan slipped the ball to the Argentine who held off his marker and fired his shot into the roof of the net.

Luciano Spalletti's side remained third in Serie A, and on course for the Champions League next season, with 43 points while Parma are 12th with 29.

The visitors, whose previous three league games produced a 0-0 draw with Sassuolo and 1-0 defeats to Torino and lowly Bologna, had a letoff before halftime when former Liverpool and Roma forward Gervinho crashed a shot against the Inter bar.

Danilo D'Ambrosio thought he had broken Inter's duck when he turned the ball in from a corner in the 54th minute but it was chalked off after a VAR review showed that the ball struck his arm.

Inter gained in confidence after the goal and Matias Vecino saw a shot cleared off the line while Marcelo Brozovic hit the upright with a low shot.

(Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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