Sport Soccer-Inter on brink of Serie A title with win that relegates Crotone
Crotone’s Nwankwo eclipses records by Yakubu and Martins
Following his brace against the Crusaders, the Nigeria international has beaten two records in the same gameHe also surpassed Obafemi Martins' record to become Nigeria's highest scorer ever in the history of Serie A. Both records fell in the game against Parma on Saturday.
(Reuters) -Inter Milan's Christian Eriksen scored midway through the second half to set the runaway Serie A leaders on the way to a 2-0 win at Crotone on Saturday that moved them within a point of clinching the title and confirmed their hosts' relegation.
Inter are on 82 points, 14 clear of second-placed Atalanta, and need one point to guarantee a first league title since 2010 due to their superior head-to-head record over the Bergamo club.
However, they will be crowned champions on Sunday if Atalanta fail to win at Sassuolo, ending Juventus' nine-year stranglehold on the title.
Simy, the Nigerian scorer enters the story with Crotone / Serie A (J33)
, reaching the 19 goals this season with Crotone, the Nigerian striker Simy entered the story of the Serie A and football of his country. © Provided by Football 365 Crotone_Simy_250421 By succeeding a double, the Nigerian Simeon striker Nwankwo Tochukwu, says Simy, allowed Crotone to win in Parma (4-3) and to win his first success outside From the season of Serie A. Too late to avoid relegation, but in time to allow the forefront of entering history, a double title.
Eriksen’s deflected effort four minutes after coming off the bench found the bottom corner in the 69th minute to make the breakthrough and Achraf Hakimi finished a counter-attack to double Inter's lead in stoppage time.
Asked if he had scored the title-winning goal for Inter, Eriksen told Sky Italia: "Not officially, we have to wait for tomorrow. But we are very close to the title.
"I am very happy for the goal. I haven’t scored a lot but if this is the Scudetto-winning goal, I will be so happy."
Eriksen's strike condemned bottom side Crotone to relegation. Serse Cosmi's side have 18 points, 13 fewer than Cagliari in the safety zone in 17th place with four games remaining.
Inter were twice denied by the woodwork in the first half as Romelu Lukaku glanced a close-range header off the upright before a Lautaro Martinez shot struck the foot of the post.
Inter against title gain: Tedious victory in Crotone
Inter Milan stands after a tedious victory at the bottom of the table FC Crotone close to the profit of the Italian football championship. © Francesco Mazzitello / Lapresse / AP / DPA Trainer Antonio Conte stands with INTER shortly before the title win. If pursuer Atalanta Bergamo does not win at Sassuolo Calcio on Sunday, the Nerazzuri is no longer a total of 19th titles in Serie A.
Conte turned to his bench in the 65th minute to inject some life into his side's attack with a positive triple change, introducing Eriksen, winger Ivan Perisic and striker Alexis Sanchez.
The move immediately paid off as Lukaku laid a pass into the path of Eriksen four minutes later and the Dane’s powerful shot took a deflection on its way into the net.
Lukaku’s involvement made him the first player to score 20 or more goals and provide at least 10 assists in a single Serie A season since OPTA started collecting the data in 2004/05.
Perisic came close to extending the lead with a curling shot and the Croatian then set up Lukaku but the Belgian's effort was disallowed for offside.
Hakimi made sure of the points late on by sliding a neat finish under goalkeeper Alex Cordaz to complete a sweeping counter-attack as Inter moved closer to the title.
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Ken Ferris)
Soccer-Conte, Martinez settle scores with friendly boxing match .
Soccer-Conte, Martinez settle scores with friendly boxing matchPlayers and staff built a makeshift ring using cones and tape, with Conte and Martinez both wearing boxing gloves as they were introduced by Inter striker turned ring announcer Romelu Lukaku.