SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 30 - 31 Mar 2018 (14.00 UK)
Inter 3 - 0 Verona
Icardi 1, 49 (I), Perisic 13 (I)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Mauro Icardi scored after 38 seconds and it was pretty much plain sailing from there, as Inter disposed of Hellas Verona 3-0.

The Nerazzurri were fresh from a 5-0 hammering of Sampdoria, in which Mauro Icardi broke his drought with four goals, that put them in the top four. Momentum was needed ahead of next Wednesday’s rescheduled Milan Derby and Luciano Spalletti had practically a full squad to choose from. Verona had boosted their chances of survival with back-to-back wins over Torino and Chievo, but their confidence was undone by a 5-0 home thrashing by Atalanta, a result a Paddy Power promo code would help soothe. Moise Kean was still out injured, with Matos Ryder suffering from flu, Alessio Cerci and Thomas Heurtaux not fully fit either.

Hellas had never beaten Inter at San Siro, managing just 11 draws and 16 defeats here, during which they scored nine goals.

It took all of 38 seconds to break the deadlock, as Verona were somehow caught out by an Ivan Perisic throw-in and Mauro Icardi drilled home relatively undisturbed. This took his tally to five goals in two games.

Perisic added a goal to his assist, chesting down a Marcelo Brozovic ball over the top and firing in off the inside of the near post.

Danilo D’Ambrosio nodded over and Mohamed Fares was booked for taking down Rafinha from behind.

Inter added a third after the restart, because Rafinha caught Hellas in possession and Perisic’s ball flashed all the way across the face of goal to meet Icardi sliding in at the back post.

Verona tried to fight back and Mohamed Fares was unlucky to see his angled drive bounce off the inside of the far upright.

Nicolas parried a Perisic effort into the path of Joao Cancelo, who incredibly blasted over, while Roberto Gagliardini saw his header whistle wide from a Cancelo free kick.

Antonio Candreva’s strike cannoned off the upright and Nicolas saved the follow-up from Eder. However, Nicolas saw red in stoppages for rushing outside his box to clatter into Eder. Hellas had already completed their substitutions, so Romulo had to go in goal.

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Inter: Handanovic; Cancelo, Skriniar, Miranda, D’Ambrosio (Santon 59); Gagliardini, Brozovic; Candreva, Rafinha (Borja Valero 75), Perisic; Icardi (Eder 65)
Verona: Nicolas; Ferrari (Bianchetti 57), Caracciolo, Vukovic, Souprayen; Romulo, Calvano, Buchel, Fares; Aarons (Verde 65); Petkovic (Cerci 79)
Ref: Rocchi

Sent off: Nicolas 91 (V)