Inter were far from their best against Hellas Verona, but an early goal by Lautaro Martinez was enough for the win, which means the Nerazzurri profit from Milan and Juventus dropping points.
Inter got off to a flying start in their own Meazza. After only three minutes of football, World Champion Lautaro Martinez found the net. The ball fell to the Argentinian after the Verona defence blocked a Gagliardini shot. Martinez placed it in the bottom left corner and beat Lorenzo Montipo.
As the first half continued, Inter fell a bit flat. Verona enjoyed large portions of possesion, but failed to do anything with it and trouble Onana. After the break the match didn’t gain in excitement. It looked like Lautaro Martinez doubled Inter’s lead just after the hour mark with a beautiful chip, but he fouled Dawidowicz in the process in the opinion of the referee.
Hellas Verona created some small opportunities here and there, but Inter, unlike last week against Monza, got the three points over the line.
Inter (3-5-2): Onana (6); Skriniar (6.5), Acerbi (6.5), Bastoni (6.5); Darmian (6), Gagliardini (6), Calhanoglu (6.5), Mkhitaryan (6), Dimarco (6.5); Dzeko (5.5) Lautaro (7.5).
Substitutes: Correa (6), Asllani (6.5), Barella (6), Gosens (6).
Hellas Verona (3-4-2-1): Montipo (5.5); Dawidowicz (6), Hien (7), Ceccherini (6); Depaoli (6), Ilic (6), Tamèze (6), Doig (6.5); Kallon (5), Lazovic (5.5); Djuric (5.5).
Substitutes: Sulemana (6.5), Lasagna (5.5), Veloso (6), Magnani (6), Piccoli (5.5).
Jurre van Wanrooij | GIFN