SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 12 - 9 Nov 2019 (17.00 UK)
Inter 2 - 1 Verona
Verre pen 19 (V), Vecino 65 (I), Barella 83 (I)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Verona had been in front at San Siro with a Valerio Verre penalty, but Inter turned it around thanks to Matias Vecino and a Nicolò Barella stunner.

The Nerazzurri were smarting after a 3-2 Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund, where they also lost Matteo Politano to injury, joining Alexis Sanchez, Kwadwo Asamoah, Roberto Gagliardini and Stefano Sensi, while Danilo D’Ambrosio was only fit for the bench. Verona were in ninth place with the joint best defensive record in Serie A, alongside Juventus, but Marash Kumbulla, Salvatore Bocchetti, Miguel Veloso and Daniel Bessa missed out, so Inter-owned Eddie Salcedo started upfront.

Cristiano Biraghi’s free kick was fingertipped out from under the bar, while Samir Handanovic smothered a Salcedo effort.

Verona went on the counter-attack with three men, the through ball sending Mattia Zaccagni through and his ankle was caught by on-rushing Handanovic for a penalty. Valerio Verre converted with a fairly central but powerful attempt to give Verona the lead.

Lautaro Martinez’s effort was deflected over by Rrahmani, while Romelu Lukaku first tested Marco Silvestri from close range, then his angled drive skimmed the far post and Marcelo Brozovic’s looping shot clipped the crossbar.

Stefan de Vrij’s powerful strike from distance was punched away, but Inter thought they’d equalised on 44 minutes. It was a well-worked team move, eventually the ball rolled across for Matias Vecino at the back post and Silvestri somehow managed to push it off the line from point-blank range. Only goal-line technology confirmed it had not gone over entirely.

Valentino Lazaro went on a couple of dangerous mazy runs down the right, but both times his pass was just over-hit for Lautaro Martinez, then he went over far too easily under the slightest of Darko Lazovic pressure.

Inter had several attempts charged down in the same move, then Lukaku drilled wide from distance, as it turned into a siege on the Verona box.

It finally paid off when Lazaro whipped in a cross from the right and Matias Vecino out-jumped everyone with a huge leap to nod in from eight yards.

The pressure if anything intensified even more, pinning Hellas back into their own half. Alessandro Bastoni went forward too, his strike palmed out of the near top corner, then a cross-shot flashing past Lukaku at the back post.

Inter really should’ve taken the lead on 79 minutes when Sofiane Amrabat’s misplaced long back-pass put Silvestri in trouble, but just as it bounced, Lukaku’s header was incredibly weak and straight into the goalkeeper’s arms.

It needed a moment of magic to turn this around and it was provided in spades by Barella. The young midfielder cut inside from the left and placed a perfect right-foot curler into the far top corner from the edge of the box. It was simply unstoppable.

The game still wasn’t over, as in stoppages Darko Lazovic pulled back from the by-line for Mariusz Stepinski to fire over from six yards.

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Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Virj, Bastoni; Lazaro (D’Ambrosio 85), Vecino, Brozovic, Barella, Biraghi (Candreva 63); R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez (Esposito 81)
Verona: Silvestri; Rrahmani, Gunter, Empereur; Faraoni, Amrabat, Pessina, Lazovic; Zaccagni (Tutino 50), Verre (Henderson 63); Salcedo (Stepinski 84)
Ref: Valeri