Inter started defending the title with great results, beating Genoa 4: 0, then Verona away 3: 1, but in the third round, the champion was stopped at Marassi. For the second time in a row, Sampdoria was fatal for Nerazzurri at their stadium, but this time the guests took at least one point - 2: 2.
Inter managed to go on halftime with an advantage (2: 1), however, already in the 47th minute, Tommaso Augello brought a new equalizer to his team after a beautiful action and a volley. Despite the attacks of the blue and blacks that followed, the result did not change again, so the team of Simone Inzaghi, with shaken self-confidence, will welcome Real Madrid next Wednesday in the Champions League.
The guests took the lead with a phenomenal free-kick by Federico Dimarco in the 18th minute, making him the first Italian since Marco Balotelli in February 2009 (against Bologna) to score for Inter directly from a free-kick.
The corner was fatal for Sampdoria since there was an equalizing goal from the 33rd minute. After the corner, the scorer was Maya Yoshida, but with the great help of Edin Dzeko, who was hit by the ball after the Japanese shot, he changed direction and confused Samir Handanović.
A new beautiful goal for Inter followed a minute before the end of the first half, when Lautaro Martinez scored after Nicolo Barella's cross with a skillful reaction in the jump, with his foot. The midfielder of the Milan team acted as a fast train in relation to the players of Sampdoria, and then he brilliantly saw the Argentine in front of the goal of Sampdoria.
That goal did not disturb the will of the home players either, so it was already 2: 2 on the scoreboard in the 47th minute. A similar and even better goal than Inter's second was scored by Tommaso Augello from the volley after he received a ball from Bartosz Bereszynski, who had previously created a position for sending a good ball.
Then, the guests rushed to the rival's goal, but Perišić, Džeko, Calhanoglu, and then Correa, did not manage to find another hole in the defense of Sampdoria, and the goalkeeper Audero also made their job more difficult.
As time passed, Nerazzurri ran out of strength, so around the 70th minute, the rhythm of the game completely dropped. Even in the 75th minute, the guests were lucky that Danilo D'Ambrosio was sufficiently concentrated and agile in the 75th minute and managed to stop the ball in front of the goal line after a shot by Damsgaard.