Inter struggle but hold off bottom feeders Hellas Verona #15

Score: Inter Milan 2 Verona 1 FT

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Marcantonio Bentegodi, Verona

 

              Last week after holding off Sampdoria Inter would travel to take on 18th place Hellas Verona. Inter would look to continue their winning ways and continue their success. Has Hellas Verona would look to get some sort of momentum going as they currently sit in the relegation zone and are relegation favorites. In the first half Inter would dominate has they would score late in the first half has Valero would put them up 1-0. In the second half Verona would pick up steam has they would get a goal of their own when Pazzini would get them a much needed equalizer. But Inter would not go down so easy has Persic would score and secure the victory for the Nerrrazuris. They would go on to win 2-1 and get their 9th win of this campaign.

 
               This week Inter would stick with the usual 4-2-3-1 formation and stick with the same players from the previous week. In goal would be starting keeper Handanovic who would have 5 clean sheets this season. On defense would be the usual cast of characters left back Nagatomo who would make his 6th start of the season. Left center back Miranda. Right center back Milan Skriner who would score his second goal of the season. On right back top defender D’Ambrosio. Up on the defensive midfield would be Gagliardini who would have his 7th start of the season and Vecino. Up on the attacking midfield would be left wing Ivan Persic who would have 4 goals total this season. On center mid would be Valero who would score his first goal of the season and capping them off Candreva. Up top would be the Inter scoring beast Mauro Icardi who has a total of 11 goals this season. This looks lineup for Inter but Hellas Verona would be out for blood has they look to get momentum going so they’re not to be taken lightly.
 

             After the players took their positions this match on a Monday night in the heart of Verona would get underway. Inter would look to strike first near the five minute mark has Persic would take a left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right and goes over the crossbar. A minute later Candreva would try and put Inter on the board with a right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked which is assisted by Vecino. Near the 10 minute mark Vecino takes a right footed shot from outside the box gets kicked to hard has the ball would go just to high assisted by D’Ambrosio. Now it would be Verona’s shot to break the deadlock has Inter have dominated this half so far when Fares takes a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked which is assisted by Kean with a cross. After the 15th minute Icardi would try and give Inter the lead with a right footed shot from outside the box misses slightly to the left assisted by Candereva. A few minutes later Vecino takes a right footed shot from the left of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. In the 36th minute Inter would break the stalemate when Valero takes a stunning right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner assisted by Candreva with a cross and would put Inter up 1-0 with a little under 10 minutes to go in this half. A minute left in this half Inter would try and add to their lead when Milan Skriner takes a header from the center of the box is blocked assisted by Candreva with a cross. This half would end with Inter leading 1-0. If Inter can continue opening goal opportunities and maintaining well on defense this match for them is in the bag.

 
               After the intermission this match would resume to action. Inter would go into the second half with the lead. In the 47th minute Inter would look to add to their lead when Persic takes a right footed shot from outside the box goes to high assisted by Vecino with a cross. A minute later Icardi would look to add to their lead with a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked which would be assisted by Persic. Near the 55 minute mark Persic takes a right footed shot from the right of the box is saved in the lower left corner. In the same minute Verona would try and even things up when Cerci takes a left footed shot from outside the box goes just to high. In the 59th minute Verona would get an equalizer has Pazzini converts a penalty with a right footed shot to the lower left corner which makes it 1-1. After the 60 minute mark Inter would try and gain the lead again with Vecino takes a header from a close range from the right hits the goal post which was assisted by Candreva with a cross following a corner. In the 67th minute Inter would regain their lead when Persic takes a right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner following a corner. At the 70 minute mark Inter would continue to look to add to their lead when Valero takes a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Two minutes later Verona would look to even things up as Circi takes a header from the center of the box is blocked. In the 74th minute Inter make their first substitution of the match has Brozovic would replace Candreva. In the same minute Verona’s Bruno takes a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. In the 79th minute Inter make their second substitution when Cancelo comes on to replace Valero. In the 81st minute Lee of Verona takes a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked assisted by Verde. In the 86th minute Inter make their final substitution of the match has Eder replaces Icardi. In the 89th minute Inter would have one last chance to score when Skriner takes a header from the center of the box misses high and to the left assisted by Brozovic with a cross following a set piece. Before the half would end Verona would try and get the equalizer has Verde does a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked has Inter would hold on and get the 3 points.

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                This was another much deserved 3 points for Inter even though they did struggle. They still have a few things they need to work on like tightening this up on defense and following through with goal opportunities. But they’re heading in the right direction. Next week Inter travel back home has they face mid table team Torino. The man of the match is Ivan Persic who’s leadership qualities have helped gel the team together and help them move forward from where they were this time last year. Next week Inter travel back home to face mid table team Torino. From past experience Torino are no pushovers they will give Inter a run for their money but if they focus anything is possible. This will be a exciting match none the less. As always FORZA INTER.

Man Of the Match: Ivan Persic 

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By the numbers
Inter Milan
Possession 54%
Shots 15
Fouls 11
Assist 1
Pass Accuracy 85%
Verona
Possession 45%
Shots 12
Fouls 12
Assist 0
Pass Accuracy 77%

Top of the table
Napoli 10-1-0 31pts
Inter Milan 9-2-0 29pts
Juventus 9-1-1 28pts
Lazio 9-1-1 28pts
Roma 8-0-2 24pts (One game in hand)

Bottom of the table
Spal 2-2-7 8pts
Sassuolo 2-2-7 8pts
Genoa 1-3-7 6pts
Verona 1-3-7 6pts
Benevento 0-0-11 0pts

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