Final score

23 September 2015 20:45

Inter
11' (2nd half) Melo
1 - 0
Hellas Verona
referee Carmine Russo / linesmen Dobosz, Paganessi / 4th man Crispo / assistants Guida, Pezzuto
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MinutesText commentary
47'No goals after 45 minutes. The first half ends Inter 0-0 Hellas Verona
46'Following a corner, Melo tees up Medel but the Chilean thumps it into the first Gialloblu shirt
45'Two minutes of stoppage time to be played
41'Felipe Melo darts towards the near post to meet Telles' corner, it hits Albertazzi on the back
37'Kondogbia fouls Juanito Gomez collecting a yellow card for his trouble
34'Great chance for Kondogbia! The ball drops kindly for him in the box and he attempts an acrobatic scissor kick that fizzes just over
30'Santon puts a decent ball onto Icardi's head in the box, the striker directs it goalwards but watches as it flies just wide
28'Greco collects the ball outside the box and goes for goal but fails to hit the target
25'Ljajic looks to go it alone, cutting inside from the left before lifting his effort over the bar
22'Guarin's effort is blocked by Moras, it falls to Perisic but he hits it centrally and Rafael saves
20'Pazzini hasn't been able to shake off the knock and he's forced to leave the action. Siligardi comes on in his place
17'The game is halted for a minute as Pazzini is struggling
16'Santon hooks in cross but Verona clear it
13'Sala sends in a cross from the right, Miranda beats Gomez to it sets Inter on their way again
11'Ljajic and Guarin link up on the edge of the box but the Colombian's return ball is intercepted by Albertazzi
8'Albertazzi is also cautioned for fouling Felipe Melo
3'Guarin receives the first caution of the game for a foul on Greco
1'Russo blows to get the game started. Inter v Verona is now off and running. FORZA INTER!
1'The teams are out on the pitch. Inter and Hellas will be getting this Serie A Week 5 match under way in just a few moments!
MinutesText commentary
48'IT'S ALL OVER! Inter have beaten Verona thanks to Felipe Melo's 2nd-half header. That's five wins on the bounce now! Forza Inter!
48'Biabiany is cautioned for a stopping a Gialloblu break
46'Melo is shown a yellow card for fouling Pisano
37'Helander comes in late on Icardi and earns himself a yellow card
30'Last change for the Gialloblu as Sala makes way for Zaccagni
25'Verona substitution: Souprayen enters in place of Albertazzi
19'A nasty foul on Icardi by Greco is punished with a yellow card
18'Stunning lay-off by Jovetic for Perisic, who strikes it first time but is denied by Rafael!
17'Biabiany comes on to make his first appearance of the season, Kondogbia the man to make way
16'Sala is cautioned
15'Perisic has a go from the edge of the box. Wide
12'Mancini makes his first change: Ljajic makes way for Jovetic
11'GOAL FOR INTER! Felipe Melo connects with Telles' corner and steers a bullet header inside the near post. Nerazzurri 1-0 up!
9'Verona counter and Sala shoots from the edge of the box: it comes back off the bar!
5'Ljajic pulls back a cross looking for a team-mate in the centre of the box but there's no one there to receive it
1'The second half begins with no changes made at the break
Biabiany
6.12
6.12
Santon
6.65
6.65
Ranocchia
6.01
6.01
Guarin
4.85
4.85
Handanovic
6.51
6.51
Icardi
5.81
5.81
Medel
7.47
7.47
Kondogbia
5.73
5.73
Miranda
6.61
6.61
Jovetic
5.94
5.94
Perisic
6.19
6.19
Ljajic
5.47
5.47
Melo
7.85
7.85
Telles
6.88
6.88
Average rating6.29
4shots on target1
13shots off target6
12fouls committed8
11corners2
0offsides4
62%ball possession38%
wins(22)draws(12)defeats(0)

MILAN - Felipe Melo's first goal for Inter was enough to see off Verona at the Meazza and maintain the Nerazzurri's 100% start to the season.

The Brazilian rose to meet Alex Telles' corner in the 56th minute and steer home a bullet header, securing a fifth straight Serie A victory for Roberto Mancini's men.

Inter made two changes to the side that beat Chievo at the Bentegodi on Sunday. The returning Joao Miranda replaced Jeison Murillo alongside Gary Medel at the heart of the defence and Adem Ljajic made his first start for the club in place of Stevan Jovetic.

The first half an hour was low on thrills, save for a couple of yellow cards and an ankle injury to Giampaolo Pazzini which saw him forced off 20 minutes in.

Kondogbia was the third name to go into the book in the 37th minute before the match finally sparked into life four minutes later, with Davide Santon and Felipe Melo both going close.

Then, on the stroke of half time, Melo teed up Medel but the Chilean's blast from a good position was charged down.

Hellas almost took the lead ten minutes into the second period when Jacopo Sala concluded a counter-attack by rattling the bar with an effort from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later, just as Jovetic was preparing to make his entrance, along came the opener. Alex Telles swung a corner onto the head of Felipe Melo and the Brazilian's powerful finish sent the Meazza wild.

The Montenegrin striker replaced Ljajic straight after and wasted little time in dazzling the crowd with a sublime piece of skill, deftly touching a midair volley back into the path of Perisic, who was denied his  first goal in black and blue by Rafael's save.

Jovetic and Perisic had further chances to double Inter's lead as the minutes ran down but there were to be no more goals. Another three points takes the Nerazzurri up to 15 at the Serie A summit and they now look forward to hosting second-placed Fiorentina (12 points) at the Meazza next Sunday.

Inter 1-0 Hellas Verona (HT 0-0)
Scorer: Felipe Melo 56.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 21 Santon, 17 Medel, 25 Miranda, 12 Telles (23 Ranocchia, 88); 13 Guarin, 83 Melo, 7 Kondogbia (11 Biabiany, 62); 44 Perisic, 22 Ljajic (10 Jovetic, 57); 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 98 Radu, 8 Palacio, 14 Montoya, 27 Gnoukouri, 33 D'Ambrosio, 55 Nagatomo, 77 Brozovic, 97 Manaj.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Hellas Verona: 1 Rafael; 22 Bianchetti, 18 Moras, 5 Helander; 6 Albertazzi (69 Souprayen, 70), 26 Sala (20 Zaccagni, 75), 24 Viviani, 19 Greco, 3 Pisano; 11 Pazzini (16 Siligardi, 20), 21 Gomez.
Subs not used: 37 Coppola, 95 Gollini, 13 Wszolek, 27 Matuzalem, 41 Winck, 74 Guglielmelli, 97 Checchin.
Coach: Andrea Mandorlini.

Booked: Guarin 3, Albertazzi 8, Kondogbia 37, Sala 61, Greco 64, Helander 82, Melo 90+1, Biabiany 90+3.
Added time: 2+3 minutes.
Referee: Russo.
Assistants: Dobosz, Paganessi.
Fourth official: Crispo.
Additional assistants: Guida, Pezzuto.

 

starting lineups

Handanovic 11 Rafael
Santon 2122 Bianchetti
Medel 1718 Moras
Miranda 255 Helander
Telles 126 Albertazzi
Guarin 1326 Sala
Melo 8324 Viviani
Kondogbia 719 Greco
Perisic 443 Pisano
Ljajic 2221 Gomez
Icardi 911 Pazzini

substitutes

Carrizo 3037 Coppola
Radu 9895 Gollini
Palacio 813 Wszolek
Jovetic 1016 Siligardi
Biabiany 1120 Zaccagni
Montoya 1427 Matuzalem
Ranocchia 2341 Winck
Gnoukouri 2769 Souprayen
D'Ambrosio 3374 Guglielmelli
Nagatomo 5597 Checchin
Brozovic 77
Manaj 97