SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 5 - 23 Sep 2015 (19.45 UK)
Inter 1 - 0 Verona
Felipe Melo 57 (I)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Felipe Melo gave Inter their fifth win out of five, the best start since 1966-67, but Verona hit the woodwork.

The Nerazzurri had a perfect record after four rounds and just one strike conceded, even if all those wins were with one-goal margins. Juan Jesus and Joao Miranda returned from injury, though Jeison Murillo was ruled out. Verona visited in crisis, still without a win and with news Luca Toni would be out for two months with a knee injury. Also not making the trip were Emil Halfredsson, Rafael Marquez, Artur Ionita, Romulo and suspended Bosko Jankovic.

Last season this fixture ended 2-2, reflecting the entertainment factor as in their last 11 competitive encounters home and away there were a total 35 goals.

President Erick Thohir was in the stands to watch his Inter. Verona were already without Toni and lost Giampaolo Pazzini too within 21 minutes after Felipe Melo clattered into the back of him, twisting his ankle.

Geoffrey Kondogbia failed to make the most of a poor Jacopo Sala clearance, blasting off target, while Alex Telles aimed straight at Rafael.

Juanito Gomez Taleb had penalty appeals for a typically boisterous Gary Medel tackle waved away. Medel almost scored on the stroke of half-time, his snapshot from a corner decisively deflected by Luca Siligardi.

Inter have had their fair share of luck this season and they relied on it yet again, as two incidents in 60 seconds turned the game around.

First Verona rattled the frame of the goal, as Sala’s left-foot strike thumped the crossbar with Samir Handanovic beaten on the counter.

Moments later, Felipe Melo rose to nod in a corner and give the Nerazzurri the lead. It was the midfielder’s first goal since arriving on deadline day from Galatasaray, his first in Serie A since Juventus-Lecce in October 2010.

Jonathan Biabiany made his comeback after more than a year out with a heart condition, but Verona lost Sala to a muscular injury as well.

Luca Siligardi’s fierce effort was beaten away by Handanovic, while deep into stoppages Viviani stopped Stevan Jovetic on the counter.

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Inter: Handanovic; Santon, Medel, Miranda, Telles (Ranocchia 89); Guarin, Melo, Kondogbia (Biabiany 63); Perisic, Ljajic (Jovetic 57); Icardi
Verona: Rafael; Bianchetti, Moras, Helander; Albertazzi (Souprayen 71), Sala (Zaccagni 75), Viviani, Greco, Pisano; Pazzini (Siligardi 21), Gomez Taleb
Ref: Russo