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Inter keeps Serie A title hopes alive with victory over Verona

Inter keeps Serie A title hopes alive with victory over Verona

Inter keeps Serie A title hopes alive with victory over Verona

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Inter Milan kept their Serie A championship defence alive and healthy with a 2-0 victory against Verona on Saturday, bringing them to within a point of leaders AC Milan.

In front of approximately 60,000 spectators at a sun-dappled San Siro, goals from Nicolo Barella and Edin Dzeko in the first half ensured that the champions capitalized on their morale-boosting triumph over Juventus last weekend by moving into the second position.

Inter are tied on 66 points with Napoli, who visit Fiorentina on Sunday, but have a better head-to-head record than Luciano Spalletti’s side in the table.

Milan, meanwhile are in Torino in a late encounter on Sunday, with their two main championship challengers breathing down their necks and seven rounds of matches remaining in a thrilling fight for the Scudetto.

“This win has given us some continuity after Turin and although there is still some way to go I saw some good signs out there,” said Inter coach Simone Inzaghi to DAZN.

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“We told ourselves that we needed to win otherwise Turin would have been worth nothing and we did it against a team who are very difficult to play against… They’ve made it difficult for a lot of teams.”

The main concern for Inzaghi was Stefan de Vrij’s thigh ailment, which took the Netherlands defender off at halftime on his comeback from a month out with a calf injury, though the coach claimed it wasn’t serious.

Verona has never won at the San Siro against Inter or Milan and were suffocated in a first half that reminded Inter fans why their squad was strong favourites for the title until early February, when they were four points ahead of their rivals despite having played one game fewer.

They still have that game against Bologna later this month, and will be buoyed by their performance against one of the league’s most difficult opponents.

 

Juve in form again

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Barella, an Italy midfielder, gave the hosts a merited lead in the 22nd minute, sneaking in at the back post to tuck home Ivan Perisic’s brilliantly clipped cross.

Perisic set up Dzeko’s 13th Serie A goal for Inter eight minutes later, flicking Federico Dimarco’s corner for the Bosnian to tap home from almost on the goal line.

Inter went into the interval two goals up as goalkeeper Samir Handanovic charged out to prevent Giovanni Simeone from scoring his 17th league goal of the season.

The home side then shut up shop, leaving the stage open for Napoli and Milan to have their say in another exciting weekend.

Juve, who are four points behind Inter in fourth place, came from behind to beat relegation-threatened Cagliari 2-1 thanks to goals from Matthijs de Ligt and Dusan Vlahovic.

After Joao Pedro gave the hosts a surprising 10th minute lead with what turned out to be their lone effort on goal, and a previous Juve equalizer was called out for a bizarre handball, Dutchman De Ligt leveled the scores on the stroke of half-time in Sardinia.

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The goal was disallowed after Luca Pellegrini’s 23rd-minute shot hit Adrien Rabiot’s left elbow as the Frenchman’s back was turned and soared past Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno.

Just after the break, Giorgio Chiellini’s close-range finish was correctly called out for offside, before Vlahovic overcame Cragno with 15 minutes remaining.

The Serbian striker scored his 22nd league goal of the season, moving him to the top of the Serie A scoring statistics and condemning Cagliari to their fifth consecutive defeat.

“Going into the dressing room after scoring in the last minute of the first half gives you a great feeling, and the from the first minute of the second half we pressured them, we created some chances and finally Dusan scored a good goal,” said De Ligt.

Juve are now eight points ahead of fifth-placed Roma and nicely placed to take advantage of a any slips from Milan or Napoli.

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