A Marcelo Brozovic first half brace proved just about enough for Inter, but Benevento were only denied an equaliser by the upright.
The Nerazzurri fully expected to extend Benevento’s disastrous start to the season by inflicting a seventh defeat out of seven, as Luciano Spalletti was only missing Joao Cancelo. Le Streghe had to do without Amato Ciciretti, Luca Antei and suspended captain Fabio Lucioni, who failed a doping test. However, they had ex-Inter men George Puscas, Andrew Gravillon and Vid Belec in the squad.
Joao Miranda’s back-heel flick from a corner hit the side-netting and Milan Skriniar’s solo effort was smothered, but Ledian Memushaj nodded a free kick just past the near post for the hosts.
Belec had his gloves stung by a ferocious Antonio Candreva strike, but could do little when Candreva chipped up a cross – with his weaker left foot – for Marcelo Brozovic’s free header.
Epic Brozo was on target again soon after, this time directly from a free kick into the far top corner.
Benevento thought they were back into the game, as Memushaj’s powerful effort bounced off the bar and Pietro Iemmello turned in the rebound, but only after he’d been flagged offside.
Marco D’Alessandro then sprinted the entire length of the pitch on the counter and his angled drive was fingertipped inches wide by Samir Handanovic.
Brozovic sent Mauro Icardi through the middle, but Gaetano Letizia got a decisive block. Maurito had another similar chance and got the ball in the net, but only after the offside flag went up.
Instead, Benevento got one back, as D’Alessandro sprung the offside trap again on a Iemmello through ball and his finish went in off the woodwork from a tight angle. It was Le Streghe’s first goal since the opening weekend.
Moments later, Borja Valero’s scorcher shaved a coat of paint off the upright.
After the restart, Candreva went off with an injured hand and Benevento very nearly equalised, a Cristiano Lombardi cross from the right finding D’Alessandro for a free header at the back post, but he turned it on to the base of the upright.
Matias Vecino was booked for hauling down D’Alessandro on another counter, while Icardi ballooned over the bar from an Ivan Perisic assist.
Perisic also tested Belec from the edge of the area in a wide open finale.