Final score

14 January 2017 20:45

48' (2nd half) Eder
41' (2nd half) Perisic
25' (2nd half) Icardi
3 - 1
34' Pellissier
referee Piero Giacomelli / linesmen Claudio La Rocca, Gianmattia Tasso / 4th man Giorgio Schenone / assistants Maurizio Mariani, Luigi Nasca
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46' Sorrentino produces another terrific save to keep out Icardi's header. 1-0 to the visitors at the break
45' One minute to be added
44' Perisic works half a yard and drills a shot into the side-netting
43' Perisic's cross flashes agonisingly across the six-yard line
41' The Chievo wall stands firm against yet another Inter raid
38' Sorrentino produces a fabulous save to deny Gagliardini
36' The corner is cut back for Candreva who shoots over from the edge of the box
34' Chievo take the lead with their first effort on goal. Birsa's curling corner is headed into the back of the net by Pellissier
32' Birsa cycnically halts Joao Mario from leading a counter. Yellow card for the Chievo number 10
30' Perisic can't quite find the finish from close range after Gagliardini heads it back into the mixer
29' Candreva yet again. He nails a shot from range and Sorrentino saves acrobatically
29' Candreva looks to catch out Sorrentino from distance. A whisker off target
27' Candreva strikes a volley after the ball breaks to him. Sorrentino deals with it
26' D'Ambrosio slides it into Icardi. Nice run from the skipper who can't however steer his effort on target
23' Handanovic deals comfortably with Castro's cross from the right
22' Ansaldi bombs on down the left but can't find the right end product
21' Two big chances for Inter. Sorrentino clears Candreva's cross as far as D'Ambrosio whose shot goes just wide
18' Gagliardini lets fly with a vicious drive and Sorrentino turns the ball behind for a corner
17' Dainelli gets in the way of Joao Mario's shot from distance
14' Sorrentino punches Candreva's cross to safety
12' Ansaldi picks out Icardi from the by-line and the Argentine's header skips narrowly wide of Sorrentino's right-hand post
8' Joao Mario looks to slip the ball through to Icardi in the box. Well read by the Chievo defence
6' Gobbi gets in front of Icardi to head Perisic's cross clear
2' Dainelli cuts out D'Ambrosio's through ball for Icardi
1' Stefano Pioli's side get the match underway #ForzaInter
1' First home game of 2017 at the Stadio Meazza. Inter v ChievoVerona in Week 20 of Serie A 2016/17 kicks off shortly
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49' It's all over. Inter claim a fifth straight win courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Chievo with goals from Icardi, Perisic and Eder
48' GOAL FOR INTER! Palacio makes the most of Gobbi's mistake and cuts it back for Eder to finish. It's 3-1!
44' Three minutes to be added
41' GOAL FOR INTER! Icardi wins it back and feeds Perisic who waltzes into the box and drills it under Sorrentino! 2-1
39' Sorrentino gobbles up Eder's low shot from the corner of the box
37' Last throw of the dice for Pioli. Palacio replaces Candreva
36' Spolli is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Eder
35' Icardi a whisker away from a second. Just wide
34' Gagliardini's low cross is dealt with by the visiting defence
33' The ball out to Candreva is overhit. Goal kick
29' Perisic's curling right-footed effort brushes past the post. Inter close to taking the lead
28' Final change for Maran. De Guzman relieves Castro
27' Icardi's shot from inside the box is straight at Sorrentino
25' Inter are level! Candreva's cross from the right is brilliantly finished by Icardi
22' Sorrentino saves Eder's effort from distance
21' Gamberini blocks Eder's cross behind for a corner but the referee awards a goal kick
19' Sorrentino gets down sharply to push away Eder's free-kick
18' Eder's free-kick is blocked by Radovanovic's arm. The Chievo man is booked
15' Ansaldi makes way for Eder, while Spolli is sent on in place of Frey
12' The game is getting stretched. Chievo break after Inter push forward in search of an equaliser. Regulation stuff for Handanovic
8' What a save from Sorrentino! D'Ambrosio picks out Perisic whose header is kept out by a fine reflex stop
5' Sorrentino claims Joao Mario's cross
3' Joao Mario rolls it into the path of Perisic but Frey wins the 50-50
1' The second half begins at San Siro
1' Izco is sent on in place of Birsa for ChievoVerona at the start of the second period

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15 shots on target 4
11 shots off target 0
10 fouls committed 16
12 corners 2
0 offsides 2
67% ball possession 33%
16 points from a possible 21

Inter have secured 16 points from a possible 21 under Stefano Pioli. The Nerazzurri have the second-highest points tally in the league from their last seven games.

Close up on Icardi

Mauro Icardi and Co. have found the net in their last 18 games at San Siro.

Inter are third in Serie A for shots and first in terms of crosses from open play and corners.
Icardi has had a hand in 20 Inter goals this season, at least four more than any other player.

Handanovic, Andreolli and Ranocchia

Chievo are the only side against which Andrea Ranocchia has scored more than one Serie A goal in his career.

Marco Andreolli played for Chievo between 2010 and 2013.

Samir Handanovic will make his 350th Serie A appearance if picked against Chievo.

wins(12) draws(4) defeats(1)
MILAN - Inter were back at San Siro for the first time in 2017, as they entertained ChievoVerona in Week 20 of Serie A.

Despite once again conceding the opening goal, the Nerazzurri rallied to complete a 3-1 win, securing a fifth consecutive victory in the process.

The hosts came out firing right from the off as Perisic narrowly failed to latch onto Candreva's deep cross after just five minutes. Two minutes later, the Nerazzurri threatened again after Kondogbia regained possession. He found Joao Mario who looked to link up with Icardi on the edge of the box yet the Argentine's backheeled reverse pass was intercepted. The captain then nearly gave Inter the lead on 11 minutes: Gagliardini worked the ball wide to Ansaldi whose first-time cross found the head of Icardi and whistled by Sorrentino's right-hand upright.

Gagliardini gave the Inter fans a first example of what he can offer on 18 minutes, drawing a sharp stop from Sorrentino at his near post. The home side continued to pour forward and, after Sorrentino somehow got Candreva's cross-shot clear, D'Ambrosio drilled just wide from the rebound. Either side of the half-hour mark Candreva tried his luck from distance yet Sorrentino was alert on both occasions. Suddenly, however, Chievo took the lead against the run of play, as Pellissier headed in Birsa's corner to break the deadlock shortly before the break.

Gagliardini then went close again on 38 minutes, Sorrentino scrambling across his line to claw the ball away from the corner as the midfielder headed goalwards. Perisic, Candreva and Icardi all looked for a leveller before the half was out but to no avail.

Rolando Maran made a tactical switch for the second period, withdrawing the cautioned Birsa with Izco and moving to a 5-3-2. That reshuffle did nothing to stem the tide though, as Inter continued to take the game to their opponents, while the Gialloblu looked to hit them on the counter. Seven minutes after the interval Sorrentino produced a fabulous reflex save to repel Perisic's header from point-blank range. Ten minutes later, Eder tried his luck with a free-kick from the edge of the box. Sorrentino got down sharply and Dainelli was alert to deny Icardi from finishing from the rebound. The captain, however, came up with the leveller 20 minutes from time via an instinctive finish from Candreva's cross.

Inter kept pushing forward, earning corners and chances in the opposition box with Perisic, Gagliardini and Icardi all having opportunities to add a second. On 85 minutes, the Nerazzurri's persistence was rewarded. Icardi won back possession in midfield and released Perisic who strode into the opposition box before drilling a finish under Sorrentino. Eder made sure of the points deep into stoppage time, applying the finish from an intelligent cutback from susbtitute Palacio.

It all ended in a fifth straight victory for the hosts ahead of Tuesday night's Coppa Italia tie.

Inter 3-1 Chievo (HT: 0-1)

: Pellissier 34, Icardi 70, Perisic 86, Eder (90+3)

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 24 Murillo, 25 Miranda, 15 Ansaldi (23 Eder 60); 5 Gagliardini, 7 Kondogbia; 87 Candreva (8 Palacio 82), 6 Joao Mario (19 Banega 69), 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 2 Andreolli, 11 Biabiany, 21 Santon, 27 Gnoukouri, 55 Nagatomo, 95 Miangue, 96 Barbosa.
Coach: Stefano Pioli.

ChievoVerona: 70 Sorrentino; 21 Frey (2 Spolli 60), 3 Dainelli, 5 Gamberini, 18 Gobbi; 19 Castro (1 De Guzman 72), 8 Radovanovic, 28 Bastien; 23 Birsa (13 Izco 46); 69 Meggiorini, 31 Pellissier.
Subs not used: 32 Bressan, 98 Confente, 12 Cesar, 45 Inglese, 80 Kiyine, 83 Floro Flores, 97 Depaoli.
Coach: Rolando Maran.

Booked: Birsa 32, Radovanovic 62, Spolli 81.
Added time
: 1+3 minutes.

Referee: Giacomelli.
Assistants: La Rocca & Tasso.
Fourth official: Schenone.
Additional assistants: Mariani & Nasca.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 70 Sorrentino
D'Ambrosio 33 21 Frey
Murillo 24 3 Dainelli
Miranda 25 5 Gamberini
Ansaldi 15 18 Gobbi
Gagliardini 5 19 Castro
Kondogbia 7 8 Radovanovic
Candreva 87 28 Bastien
Joao Mario 6 23 Birsa
Perisic 44 69 Meggiorini
Icardi 9 31 Pellissier


Carrizo 30 32 Bressan
Berni 46 98 Confente
Andreolli 2 1 De Guzman
Palacio 8 2 Spolli
Biabiany 11 12 Cesar
Banega 19 13 Izco
Santon 21 45 Inglese
Eder 23 80 Kiyine
Gnoukouri 27 83 Floro Flores
Nagatomo 55 97 Depaoli
Miangue 95
Barbosa 96

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