Serie A Week 6 - 2 Nov 2020 (19.45 UK)
Verona 3 - 1 Benevento
Barak 17 (V), Lapadula 56 (B), Barak 63 (V), Lazovic 77 (V)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Verona take all the three points against Benevento to reach Inter, Roma and Napoli in the Serie A table with 11 points.

Benevento played bravely in the first half and scored the equalizer with Gianluca Lapadula but they had Gianluca Caprari sent off for verbally abusing the referee after a penalty kick not awarded to the visitors.

Antonin Barak started for the first time in a Serie A game after he had recovered from COVID last week. The former Udinese midfielder steered into the net a Mattia Zaccagni assist from the left.

Benevento fought back to score the equalizer but Marco Silvestri denied Roberto Insigne with a great one-to-one save from point-blank range.

The Verona goalkeeper showed cat-like reflexes to palm a Gianluca Caprai shot wide while Bryan Dabo header on the subsequent corner couldn’t find the net.

Verona tried to double their lead but Lorenzo Montipò deflected a cross-shot by Mattia Zaccagni who would have turned into a goal without the goalkeeper’s intervention.

Artur Ionita had another great chance before the half time whistle but his header on a Gaetano Letizia’s cross finished wide.

Gianluca Lapadula scored the equalizer in the second half making the most of a great assist of Gianluca Caprari who sent him clear inside the box.

Barak scored the brace through a marvellous “trivela” goal, assisted by Federico Dimarco.

Verona appealed for a penalty kick for a potential Adrien Tameze foul on Gianluca Lapadula. Caprari went too far and got a straight red card after which Benevento's game ended.

Darko Lazovic made it three at the end of a well-worked passing move, heading in another cross of Dimarco. Montipò touched the ball but somehow it was not quite enough to deny the Verona midfielder.

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Verona: Verona (3-4-2-1): Silvestri; Ceccherini (Gunter 90), Lovato (Magnani 46), Empereur (Dawidowicz 46); Lazovic, Tameze, Ilic, Dimarco; Barak (Colley 90), Zaccagni; Kalinic (Di Carmine 87).
Benevento: Benevento (4-3-2-1): Montipò; Letizia, Glik, Caldirola (Tuia 46), Foulon; Ionita, Schiattarella (Tello 75), Dabo; R. Insigne (Improta 71), Caprari; Lapadula (Moncini 75).
Ref: Juan Luca Sacchi