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Inter Milan trudge to 2-1 win at Hellas Verona

Ivan Perisic strike preserves 3 points.    

Hellas Verona FC v FC Internazionale - Serie A Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images

For the first time in recent memory, Inter Milan has compiled 29 points in its first 11 matches of the season following a 2-1 road win at the Stadio Bentegodi Monday night.

The win moved Internazionale back into second in the league table, one point clear of Juventus and Lazio and only two points back of Napoli.

Ivan Perisic ended his scoring drought of six matches to give the Nerazzurri a winner in the 67th minute to offset a penalty given up by Samir Handanovic in the 59th that allowed Verona to edge back into the game.

It was Borja Valero who tallied his first goal as a Nerazzuri to put Inter up 1-0 in the 36th minute as Inter’s defense stole the show in the first half.

“Every game is difficult, but tonight, we showed again that we’re a solid team,” Valero said to the team’s website. “We train a lot on possession, we’re continuing to improve game after game.”

Verona showed no signs of being intimidated by Inter’s pressing attack as offensively, they pressed the issue in the midfield.

Although Handanovic was hardly contested in the first half, Verona could fend off Inter’s press and even mount some counter-attack.

In the latter stages of the half, Antonio Candreva steered a cross right into Valero’s path and the former Fiorentina midfielder put the ball away past Nicolas Andrade.

Just 14 minutes into the second half, Handanovic came out of the box to challenge Alessi Cerci. After a VAR review, Verona was given a penalty which was successfully taken by substitute Giampaolo Pazzini in the 59th minute.

In the 67th minute, it was Candreva again who mounted an attack and found Perisic streaking with a cross the Croatian put in the back of the net with his right foot.

“My teammates and the coach have asked me to also shoot with my right foot. It was a good shot and a great goal,” Perisic told Inter TV. “I enjoyed a joke with the backroom staff afterwards.”

Coming up for Inter Milan is a matchup with Torino at 6:30 a.m. (ET), Nov. 5 at the San Siro.




Serie A

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Inter Milan 2, Hellas Verona 1

Inter Milan 1 1 — 2

Hellas Verona 0 1 — 1

First half: Borja Valero (36’) INT; Second half: Giampaolo Pazzini (59’ Pen.) HELLAS, Ivan Perisic (67’) INT.

Cautions: Fares (HELLAS), Gagliardini (INT), Pazzini (HELLAS), Brozovic (INT), Heurtaux (HELLAS), Lee (HELLAS)

HELLAS VERONA: 1 Nicolas; 2 Romulo, 75 Heurtaux, 12 Caracciolo, 69 Souprayen; 7 Verde, 8 Fossati, 24 Bessa (64' 5 Zuculini), 93 Fares; 10 Cerci (79' 21 Lee), 9 Kean (58' 11 Pazzini)

Substitutes: 17 Silvestri, 40 Coppola, 4 Laner, 20 Zaccagni, 27 Valotti, 37 Bearzotti, 77 Buchel, 97 Felicioli

Coach: Fabio Pecchia

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 25 Miranda, 55 Nagatomo; 11 Vecino, 5 Gagliardini; 87 Candreva (73' 77 Brozovic), 20 B. Valero (78' 7 Cancelo), 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi (86' 23 Eder)

Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 10 Joao Mario, 13 Ranocchia, 17 Karamoh, 21 Santon, 29 Dalbert, 99 Pinamonti

Coach: Luciano Spalletti

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