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Inter Milan Primavera defeat Hellas Verona, 3-1

Nerazzurri tied for 1st in Campionato Nazionale with win.

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FC Internazionale Milano primavera coach Stefano Vecchi issues instructions to his players during a recent match.
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Goals by Jens Odgaard, Davide Bettella and Mateo Rover were enough to push Inter Milan’s primavera to a 3-1 win at Hellas Verona Friday.

”We played an average game without hitting great levels in our play,” said Inter manager Stefano Vecchi, on the team’s website. “We were able to stay compact and bring home the three important points. If we want to obtain significant results however we will need to learn to do better.”

Inter opened its tally in the 12th minute when Odgaard placed a pass from Marco Sala into the bottom corner of the net out of reach of Verona goalkeeper Nicola Borghetto.

”Jens has signifcant quality, technical quality but that’s not all,” Vecchi said. “He must improve and he’s working hard to do so.”

Twenty minutes later, Bettella heading in a free kick from Marco Pompetti.

The Nerazzurri had a few more chances to extend its lead before halftime but shots from Odgaard, Nicolo Zaniolo and Davide Merola were pushed aside by Borghetto.

Hellas Verona climbed back into the match in the 58th minute when right-back Davide Galazzini drilled a corner kick offering past Marco Pissardo. A few minutes later, Romulo nearly equalized, but Pissardo was able to keep the ball out of the net.

But, in the 80th minute, Rover ended all chances of a Verona comeback when he put home a pass from Zaniolo to put Inter up 3-1. Zaniolo nearly added a goal of his own in stoppage time from 30 feet out, but he was just off the target.

The win moves Inter into a tie with Atalanta atop the league standings. Roma is three points back with a game in hand.

Inter will take a break from league play to take part in the 70th Viareggio Cup. They open cup play on March 12 against A.P.I.A. Leichhardt. They will play Parma on March 18 and close the first round against Ghanaian side Nania on March 18. If they move out of the group stage, the round of 16 begins on March 22.

The Nerazzurri return to league play on March 31 when they take on Roma.

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