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Alexis Sanchez 'starting to find his feet' after starring for Inter Milan against Brescia

Chilean forward, who extended his loan deal earlier in the day, among the six goalscorers at San Siro

Inter Milan's decision to extend Alexis Sanchez's loan deal to cover the delayed Serie A season reaped immediate rewards after the Chilean forward starred in the 6-0 win over Brescia on Wednesday.

Sanchez, on loan from Manchester United, scored from the penalty spot and assisted another two goals as Inter kept alive their slim Serie A title hopes.

Sanchez teed up Ashley Young to volley Inter ahead at San Siro after just five minutes and the Chile forward dispatched a spot-kick to double the lead following a foul on Victor Moses.

Danilo D'Ambrosio powered in a third just before half-time from a looping cross by Young, with Roberto Gagliardini rising to head home a Sanchez free-kick as Inter grabbed a fourth on 53 minutes.

Christian Eriksen bagged his first Serie A goal since his January move from Tottenham Hotspur, forcing in from point-blank range after an excellent Jesse Joronen save denied Romelu Lukaku.

Antonio Candreva completed the romp two minutes from time with a crisp low drive into the corner as Inter clawed back to within eight points of leaders Juventus with nine games still to play.

"We kept our foot on the gas and the fact that we didn't concede is a big positive," Inter manager Antonio Conte told broadcaster DAZN.

Sanchez, who made just his fourth league start this term, only had his loan deal from United extended earlier in the day until the end of the Italian season.

"We brought him here for his qualities. Unfortunately we lost him as an option for a long time," said Conte.

"He's now starting to find his feet, even if he's still not the Sanchez I was such a big fan of in England. What I can say however, is that he's on the right track, he put in a great performance today."

Brescia, who were again without Mario Balotelli due to an ongoing contract dispute, dropped to the foot of the table. They remain eight points from safety and are winless in 14 games.

Ibrahimovic returns for Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench for AC Milan. Getty Images
Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench for AC Milan. Getty Images

SPAL surrendered a two-goal lead and squandered two precious points in their fight against relegation as a 94th-minute own goal by Francesco Vicari gifted AC Milan a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

First-half goals from Mattia Valoti and Sergio Floccari, the second a magnificent dipping 30-yard strike, put SPAL on top but the home side lost Marco D'Alessandro to a red card before half-time for a poor challenge on Theo Hernandez.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to action for the first time since Italian football's restart following a calf injury, replacing the in-form Ante Rebic on the hour, but it was another substitute Rafael Leao who gave Milan hope with a calm finish on 79 minutes.

SPAL manager Luigi Di Biagio was sent to the stands after two yellow cards in quick succession and could only watch in despair as a lunging Vicari diverted a cross into his own net right at the death.

"It was a step backwards in terms of result because we wanted to continue the winning run," Milan coach Stefano Pioli told Sky Sport Italia.

"We weren't sharp enough in front of goal, we were too hurried and hasty in the final third."

Milan stayed seventh despite the late fightback and are two points behind Napoli, who visit fourth-placed Atalanta on Thursday, in the battle for the final Europa League berth.

Updated: July 2, 2020 11:32 AM

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