Sept 28 (Reuters) - Alexis Sanchez scored and was sent off in his first start for Inter Milan as the Serie A leaders maintained their perfect record with a 3-1 win away to Sampdoria on Saturday.
Stefano Sensi’s deflected strike put Inter in front after 20 minutes before on-loan Manchester United forward Sanchez finished from close range to double their lead two minutes later.
The match turned on its head a minute into the second half when Sanchez was shown a second yellow card for simulation and Jakub Jankto pulled back a goal for Sampdoria with 35 minutes still to play.
But Roberto Gagliardini pounced to seal the three points for Inter, who have won their first six league games of a season for the first time since 1966/67 and only the second time in their history.
The victory restored Inter’s two-point lead over Juventus at the top of the table ahead of a meeting between the two sides at San Siro next Sunday, while Sampdoria are rooted to the bottom of the table after taking just three points from the opening six rounds. (Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; editing by Clare Fallon)