INTER BEAT CHIEVO IN SEVEN-GOAL SPECTACLE

MILAN - Inter beat Chievo 4-3 in a spectacular afternoon of football at the Giuseppe Meazza as the visitors scored three late goals after being totally outplayed by Roberto Mancini's men for 75 minutes.

The Nerazzurri made their intentions clear from the outset, Solari testing Squizzi with a low shot after dribbling an opponent in the area.

The Chievo custodian then made a double save from Adriano and Crespo before the latter latched on to Dacourt's perfect ball over the Gialloblu defence and rifled a low angled shot into the far corner to give Inter an 11th-minute lead.

In an Inter-dominated first half the Flying Donkeys from Verona carved out three good chances but Godeas was denied by Julio Cesar on each occasion.

Adriano showed signs he is returning to top form with a barnstorming run down the right before half time. The Brazilian powered past Sammarco and Scurto, sidestepped Mandelli in the area and rifled on target from a tight angle. Squizzi saved.

Inter doubled their lead 12 minutes after the restart when Walter Samuel headed into an open goal with Squizzi stranded after a half-clearance from Figo's corner.

The Nerazzurri's third was a memorable effort from Dejan Stankovic, who collected the ball 25 yards out and unleashed a right-foot drive that found the top left corner.

Hernan Crespo then made it 4-0 with an almost identical effort to his opener after a delightful through ball from Adriano.

Chievo grabbed what looked like a late consolation when Pellissier converted a spot kick after being brought down in the area by Julio Cesar.

But there was more to come as Chievo sub Tiribocchi reduced the deficit again with an unstoppable strike from distance. Brighi then capitalised on a defence lapse, steering past Julio Cesar from ten yards to give his side a lifeline and set up a tense four minutes of stoppage time.

But Inter held on for victory and move top of the table as Palermo went down 2-0 at Empoli.

INTER 4-3 CHIEVO (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Crespo 11, 70, Samuel 57, Stankovic 64, Pellissier (pen) 77, Tiribocchi 86, Brighi 88

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 5 Stankovic (16 Burdisso 80), 15 Dacourt (6 Maxwell 71), 21 Solari; 7 Figo; 18 Crespo (91 Gonzalez 70), 10 Adriano
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 8 Ibrahimovic, 13 Maicon, 23 Materazzi
Coach: Roberto Mancini

CHIEVO: 18 Squizzi; 27 Moro, 29 Mandelli, 26 Scurto, 23 Lanna; 5 Luciano, 21 Sammarco (8 Giunti 68), 33 Brighi, 55 Kosowski (20 Marcolini 68); 31 Pellissier (90 Tiribocchi 79), 99 Godeas
Subs not used: 1 Sicignano, 4 Mantovani, 9 Bruno, 19 Malagò
Coach: Giuseppe Pillon

Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro (Lecce)

Booked: Solari 54, Stankovic 65


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