Inter top Verona as the hunt for a final Champions League spot continues #32

 

Score:Verona 0 Inter 3

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San Siro
Milan Italy

After the international break football action resume as Inter welcome visitors Hellas Verona. The last time they faced each other Inter would go on to win 2-1. Inter have won four of their last six meetings against Verona while two of the other results were a draw. Inter currently sit in fourth in the table and are still in the hunt for a Champions League spot or at least a spot in Europe. While Verona sit 19th in the table and who are still hoping to avoid relegation but based on their recent performance it’ll be a difficult challenge for them.There aren’t many strengths to Verona but they do have weaknesses that Inter can continue to exploit. The only strength they have worth mentioning is that they are good at stealing the ball away from their opponents which can be a problem for Inter if it’s not contained early on in the matchup. But the weaknesses they can continue to exploit is they have a hard time maintaing possession of the ball so Inter will need to keep the ball away from them at all times or has much as possible. Also they need to keep taking chances as they are weak at stopping opponents from creating them. They will also need to draw fouls as they have a hard time avoiding fouls in dangerous areas like inside the box. Last of all they need to draw individual errors as some of their players struggle with maintaining errors. Verona’s style is aggressive style and they will do their best to keep the ball. They play with the whole pitch especially the width. They take long shots and attempt crosses often throughout the match. Also they play very defensively in their own half to help prevent the opposition from trying to score. If Inter can keep the pressure on Verona they can very much win this match. In the first half Inter would dominate early on with two goals one from the captain Icardi and one coming from Persic. The first half would end with Inter up 2-0 on their opponents Verona. In the second half Verona would look to get on the board but would struggle to do so as Inter would hold them to a stand still and Icardi would score one more goal as Inter win the match 3-0 and it keeps them in the hunt for a Champions League spot and giving them the much needed three points.

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Inter would stick with the all to familiar 4-2-3-1 formation but would stick with the same players but just one position switch. On defense on left back is key starting defender D’Ambrosio. In the middle the dynamic duo of Miranda and Skriniar who have work cohesively throughout the season and they gel together so well. On right back is another anchor to the defense Cancelo. On the defensive mid feild swapping sides is none other than Brozovic and Gagliardini who are in their own right very strong and cohesive together. On the attacking side of things is left wing and secondary goal scorer for the club Persic who finally broke his goal dry spell last week against Sampdoria and who is in the hunt to continue getting more goals going forward. On center mid who has been a great addition to the club despite it being a loan Rafinha and capping them off on the right wing Candreva. Up top the Inter scoring machine who also broke his goal spell himself and who also got over his 100th Serie A career goal Icardi. This is a very strong lineup and is capable of destroying Verona. They just need to keep them locked down in their own half and make sure they don’t get many chances to score and to continue to exploit the things that were mentioned earlier. The players they will need to keep an eye on is Fares as he’s good at taking chances and also they’ll need to keep an eye on Calvano as well if Inter can keep these players and things in check they can easily win this match.

 

 

After the players took their positions on the pitch this match would get underway. In the first minute of the match the home side got things started off with a bang as Icardi takes a left footed shot from the left of the box to the lower right corner assisted by Perisic. This puts Inter up 1-0 early on in this match up. A few minutes later Inter look to add to their lead D’Ambrosio takes a header from the center of the box is to high after a assist from Skriniar following a corner. About two minutes later Gagliardini takimg a left footed shot from the center of the box is high as well. Two minutes later in the thirteenth minute Perisic takes a right footed shot from the left side of the box to the lower left corner. This puts up Inter 2-0 and they are currently on fire so far this match as Verona haven’t been able to amount an offense. Minutes later Verona get their first chance of the half with Antonio taking a right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Things would start to heat up for Verona as moments later Simone takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked after a cross from Antonio. This match so far as been dominated by the home side not letting the visitors get an inch. Rafinha a few minutes later takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Minutes later Candreva takes a left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. With twelve minutes later Gagliardini takes a header from the center of the box is to high after a cross from Perisic. In the final minute there would be a string of a few great shots from Inter and one from Verona. Brozovic starts off with a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. That is followed up by Icardi taking a rig ght footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left. Antonio of Verona takes a header from the center of the box misses to the right after a cross from Marcel after a corner. With that the whistle blows signifying the end of a Inter dominating first half. If they can maintain this momentum in the second half and they don’t make any costly mistakes this match would be their’s for the taking.

After the break this match resumes with Inter trying to keep the pressure on Verona while Verona look to get themselves on the board. Early into the second half Inter yet again would start the half with a bang when four minutes into the half Icardi sends a right footed shot into the lower right corner of the goal with an assist from Perisic. This gives Inter the 3-0 lead over the visitors. Minutes later Verona would try and put themselves on the board as Rolando takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is close but misses slightly to the left. Inter have done a excellent job so far preventing them from amounting an offense keeping their chances limited and not letting them get any breathing room. Which this season Inter has struggled with earlier in the season against relegation sides. Moments later Gagliardini takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. In the fifty nineth minute Inter make their first substitution of the match as Santon replaces D’Ambrosio. Moments after the substitution Candreva looks to add to their lead with a right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. With twenty-five minutes left in play Inter make their second substitution when Eder who was a big help when Icardi was injured replaces Icardi. Verona who are trying to get at least a consolation goal Fares hits the post after a left footed shot from the center of the box. Seconds later Inter look to add to their lead has Brozovic takes a right footed shot from outside the box misses slightly to the right. With fifteen minutes left Valero replaces Rafinha has Inter make their last subbing of the match. A minute later Gagliardini takes a left footed shot from the center of the box misses to the right. Two minutes later Gagliardini yet again steps up with a header from the center of the box is close misses to the left. With seven minutes left Eder takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the lower left corner. A minute later Verona would have one last opportunity to score as Daniele takes a left footed shot from outside the box is saved by Handanovic in the center of the goal. In the final minute Valero takes a left footed shot from a difficult position on the left of the box is saved in the center of the goal. With that the final whistle is blown as Inter win this match 3-0. This result keeps Inter in the hunt for a Champions League spot though they’ll have to catch up and overtake Roma first. But overall these were much needed three points for Inter.

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Well in conclusion this match was a well deserved win for Inter as they continue to to hunt for that final spot in the Champions League but the race for it is very tight and can go either way. Inter are slowly looking like the team from seasons past but they still have a long way to go before they get there and have any hopes of being title contendors and a real threat in European competitions. They did a excellent job today by not letting Verona take many chances and they did do a great job preventing the goal chances they did take. Also they did take a lot of chances on goal and did a awesome job following through on some of those chances and getting three goals which means they’re getting their in ways of following through with goal chances which were a issue in games past. So overall today they did a excellent job. The man of the match goes to Perisic who did a great job with assisting with goals and taking chances when he was given the chance and was very consistent the whole match. Next match is the Deby Della Madonia or otherwise known as the Milan derby as Inter take on their rivals Milan in a makeup match after the original date was postponed to to the sudden passing of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. The last time these two rivals squared off Milan would defeat their rivals 1-0. If Inter can keep their chances limited and make sure they keep them in their own half the best they can hope for is a draw. But either way this will be an exciting match up as derby matches are always fun and exciting to watch. But as usual FORZA INTER.

 

Man Of The Match: Ivan Persic (4)

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By the number

Inter Milan

Possession 68%
Fouls 7
Assist 3
Shots 24
Pass Success 87%

Verona

Possession 32%
Fouls 11
Assist 0
Shots 8
Pass Success 73%

Top Of the Table

Juventus 25-3-2 78Pts
Napoli 23-5-2 74pts
Roma 18-6- 6 60pts
Inter Milan 16-1-13 58pts
Lazio 17-6-7 57pts

Bottom of the table

Sassuolo 7-7-15 28pts
SPAL 5-11-14 26pts
Crotone 6-6-17 24pts
Verona 6-4-19 22pts
Benevento 3-1-25 10pts

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