Alexis Sanchez scored one, had one goal taken away before being sent off after a dive, in an eventful first start for Inter Milan.
On Saturday, Sanchez had one of the more bizarre full debuts in recent history, making the starting lineup for Inter Milan for the first time since his loan move.
Initially, it appeared Sanchez had opened the scoring in the 20th minute when the ball bounced off his back and into the net.
In a case I don’t think I’ve ever seen before in football, the goal was taken away from him and awarded to the original striker of the ball. Presumably, this was because Sanchez’s touch was completely unintentional and the shot was already on target.
Sanchez then opened his account with the second goal of the game, with the ball falling to him a few yards out for a simple tap-in. He then picked up a yellow card for a trip just before the half-time whistle.
After that mostly positive first half, things all went wrong in the second. In the first minute, Sanchez ran into the box and dived over a Sampdoria defender in hope of a penalty.
The referee instead showed the forward a second yellow for simulation, bringing his day to an early end. Sampdoria quickly pulled one back, but Inter managed to grind out the win with the help of a third goal from Gagliardini.
Sanchez will now miss the visit of second-placed Juventus through suspension, all thanks to a dive for a penalty his team didn’t need.