Inter drops first points in bad-tempered draw at Lazio

Inter Milan dropped its first two points of the season when it was held to a 1-1 draw by Lazio in a bad-tempered Serie A match which saw one player from each side sent off.

Antonio Conte on the sidelines during Inter Milan's match against Lazio.   -  AP Photo

Inter Milan dropped its first two points of the season when it was held to a 1-1 draw by Lazio on Sunday in a bad-tempered Serie A match in which one player from each side was sent off.

Lautaro Martinez gave Inter the lead on the half hour and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic equalised for the hosts 10 minutes after the break before tempers flared.

Lazio had forward Ciro Immobile, topscorer in Serie A last season, sent off after 70 minutes following a clash with Inter midfielder Arturo Vidal although it seemed harsh.

Immobile went down under a challenge from Vidal, who bent down over his opponent and Immobile appeared to prod the Chilean who reacted theatrically.

Inter, which has seven points from three games, also finished with 10 men after Stefano Sensi was dismissed following a clash with Gil Patric, which also made the most of the incident.

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Lazio, fourth last season, got four points from three games.

Inter, runners-up last season, had started the campaign with a 4-3 win over Fiorentina and 5-2 thrashing of Benevento.

Antonio Conte's side went ahead with one of the first chances of the match as Ivan Perisic tried to squeeze between two defenders and the ball ran loose to Martinez, who turned it in from 12 metres.

It got worse for Lazio as it lost Stefano Radu, Adam Marusic and Bastos to injury before halftime.

Romelu Lukaku hit the bar for Inter after the break but it was Lazio which scored next as Milinkovic-Savic met Francesco Acerbi's cross with a towering header.

The match degenerated after that although Marcelo Brozovic nearly snatched a winner for Inter with a shot which was deflected onto the post.

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