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Inter win on road at Cagliari, stay perfect in Serie A

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Inter Milan seem just fine without strikers Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko.

Off-season signing Marcus Thuram was involved in both goals as Inter won 2-0 at Claudio Ranieri's Cagliari on Monday to join defending champions Napoli, AC Milan and Hellas Verona as the only Serie A clubs to win their opening two matches.

There was concern among Inter supporters after Lukaku's latest loan spell from Chelsea ended and Dzeko departed to leave the Nerazzurri without a centre forward.

But Thuram's qualities seem to fit perfectly with coach Simone Inzaghi's style of attacking down the wings.

The France forward — the son of former Parma and Juventus defender Lilian Thuram — threaded in a precise through ball to set up Denzel Dumfries' 21st-minute opener and then was also involved in the buildup to a goal from Lautaro Martinez on the half-hour mark.

Martinez, who hit the post earlier, was set up by Thuram and Federico Dimarco on the left wing and calmly controlled before hitting the target amid three defenders.

Thuram joined Inter on a free transfer last month after deciding not to renew his contract with German Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach, where he spent the last four seasons.

Lukaku, meanwhile, appears set to join Italian rivals Roma on loan.

Elsewhere, Salernitana and Udinese drew 1-1 with Boulaye Dia equalising midway through the second half for the hosts after Lazar Samardzic's opener for Udinese. Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made seven saves to keep Salernitana in the match.