Final score

27 August 2021 20:45

Hellas Verona
15' Ilic
1 - 3
Inter
48' (2nd half) Correa
38' (2nd half) Correa
2' (2nd half) Martínez
Referee: Gianluca Manganiello / Linesmen: Alassio, Mondin / Fourth official: Giua / Assistants: Irrati, Rapuano
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46' The first half at the Bentegodi comes to a close with the hosts in the lead thanks to Ilic's goal
45' One minute stoppage time to be added to the end of the first half
45' Brozovic clips a ball to Lautaro on the edge of the box, who takes it on his chest and tries a volley but his shot is wild and sails over
44' Perisic plays a great cross in towards the near post which Lautaro tries to flick towards goal, but Gunter clears it
42' Verona have a chance on the counter after they pounce on another misplaced ball, but Cancellieri sends his shot over from a dangerous position
39' It looks like Inter have found the equaliser but it's been ruled out. Dzeko's cross to Perisic is headed back across but the referee has called for a foul from Lautaro on the goalkeeper.
34' Dzeko swings a cross in towards the back post for Perisic, but Faraoni sees the ball out for a goal kick to Verona
28' Magnani picks up the first yellow card of the match after another foul on Dzeko
23' Calhanoglu's cross finds the head of Barella and his attempt isn't too far away from Montipò's goal
21' After struggling for the opening fifteen minutes, Verona have found some confidence following the goal. Faraoni has a go from distance but blasts it over
15' Hellas Verona take the lead following a mistake by Handanovic and Ilic beats the Nerazzurri goalkeeper with a delicate chip
13' Great save by Montipò who turns Lautaro Martinez's strike round the post. Martinez was very quick to pounce on a loose ball and get his shot away. Corner for Inter!
11' Calhanoglu has a shot from distance, but it can't get past the Hellas defence
10' Stefan de Vrij tries to find Matteo Darmian with a through ball but Lazovic gets there first
5' Barella is taken down and Hakan Calhanoglu is standing over the free-kick ready to swing it into the box
2' The Nerazzurri keep pressing, first with a cross from Perisic then one from Niccolo Barella which wins Inter their first corner of the match!
1' Inter start strongly with Perisic's cross from the left-hand side which is punched away by Giangiacomo Magnani
1' Gianluca Manganiello blows the whistle to get the game underway, with the Nerazzurri taking kick-off. FORZA INTER!
1' Inzaghi has selected ten of the eleven players that beat Genoa last Saturday, with the only change being the return of Lautaro Martinez in place of Stefano Sensi to partner Edin Dzeko up front
1' After the opening day success against Genoa, Simone Inzaghi's Nerazzurri take to the pitch to face Di Francesco's Hellas Verona at the Bentegodi in their first away match of Serie A this season.
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49' And there's the final whistle! Two from two to start the season for Inter, who came back to beat Verona in this year's first away game thanks to a goal from Lautaro and two from Correa. It finishes 3-1!
48' GOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Correa! It's another debut goal for "il Tucu" whose inch-perfect finish finds the bottom corner to make it 3-1!
45' Four minutes of added time have been shown. Just 240 more seconds for Inter to hold out
43' Barella makes a charging run down the middle but he's taken down by Tameze who is shown a yellow card
42' Double change for Inter: Vecino on for Calhanoglu, and Sensi on for Dzeko
38' GOOOOAAAAALLLLL! GOAL GOAL GOAL! Joaquin "El Tucu" Correa with a brilliant header on his debut from Darmian's cross to make it 2-1!!!
35' Dimarco puts the corner into the box but Edin Dzeko's header goes over the bar
32' Correa plays a brilliant through ball to Barella but he loses his footing just as he's about to shoot
30' A triple change for Verona. Tameze, Sutalo and Dawidowicz come on in place of Faraoni, Magnani and Hongla
28' Correa comes on in place of Lautaro to make his Inter debut
26' Dimarco spreads it to Calhanoglu but his left-footed shot is saved by Montipò
24' Another good chance for Inter! Calhanoglu's long ball finds Darmian who takes a touch but has his shot blocked.
22' Vidal's header from Calhanoglu's cross is saved by Montipò
22' A great move finds Bastoni but his powerful shot is well-saved by Montipò who stretches to tip it around the post for a corner
21' Inzaghi makes a double change for Inter, with Dimarco for Perisic on the left and Vidal for Brozovic in the middle
19' Brozovic picks up a yellow card after a late challenge on Casale
17' Another change for Hellas, Lasagna comes on for Cancellieri
15' Lautaro goes down under Hongla's challenge in the box, but the referee shakes his head despite the Inter protests
12' Lautaro picks up a yellow card after a challenge on Ilic
10' A great chance for Inter to make it 2-1. The same routine as the first goal, with Dzeko flicking it on to Lautaro whose half-volley misses by a whisker.
8' Verona make the first change of the game, with Ceccherini replaced by Casale
6' Gunter gets on the end of Faraoni's corner, but a deflection takes it out for another Hellas corner
2' GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! Lautaro! "Il Toro" gets Inter back on level terms straight after the interval. He gets on the end of Dzeko's flick on and nods home from close-range to make it 1-1!
1' We're back underway with no changes at half time for either side. Come on boys, FORZA INTER!

Handanovic
3.9
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Dimarco
6.3
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Brozovic
5.25
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Perisic
6.04
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Skriniar
6.62
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Vecino
5.78
5.78
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Martínez
7.14
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de Vrij
6.86
6.86
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Sensi
6.07
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Barella
6.51
6.51
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Bastoni
6.87
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Vidal
7.17
7.17
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Darmian
7.53
7.53
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Calhanoglu
5.27
5.27
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Dzeko
6.09
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Correa
9.06
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1 shots on target 7
5 shots off target 5
13 fouls committed 12
6 corners 4
1 offsides 0
43% ball possession 57%

Verona haven’t won any of their last 20 Serie A matches against Inter (D4 L16), their longest run without a victory against a specific opponent in the top-flight - the last side against which Inter had a longer unbeaten run against was Cesena (22 matches in 2015).

Among sides against which Inter are unbeaten in the three points for a win era in Serie A (since 1994/95), Verona are the one that the Nerazzurri have faced the most (20: W16 D4).

Each of Verona's four wins against Inter in Serie A have come on home soil, with their last victory against them coming back in February 1992; since then seven away Inter’s wins and three draws.

Verona haven’t won any of their last nine home matches in Serie A (D4 L5), it is their longest such streak at home in the competition since January 2016; Verona have lost five home league matches in 2021, as many as in the entirety of 2020.

Verona lost on MD1: since 2000, they have never lost both their first two games in a single top-flight season (the last time was in 1996/97 under Luigi Cagni).

Inter have won 19 of their 25 matches in Serie A in 2021 (D4 L2), with only Manchester City winning more matches during this period across the top five European leagues (21/26).

Two of Inter’s four goals on MD1 came in the opening 15 minutes – In 2020-21 it took them nine games to score two goals in the opening 15 minutes of Serie A matches.

 Both Edin Dzeko and Hakan Calhanoglu scored on their Serie A debut with Inter; in the three points for a win era only four players have netted in each of their first two matches with the Nerazzurri in the top-flight: Roberto Carlos (in 1995), Giampaolo Pazzini (in 2011), Stevan Jovetic (in 2015) and Romelu Lukaku (in 2019).

Should he feature, Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic will make his 200th Serie A appearance in this game: he could become the first Croatian player to reach this milestone in the competition in the three points for a win era.

wins(21) draws(11) defeats(6)

VERONA - This isn’t the first time it’s happened. Think back to Alvaro Recoba against Brescia, Christian Vieri against Verona, Giampaolo Pazzini against Palermo. Players making their debut for the Nerazzurri and not just scoring one goal. But two. And taking all three points home with them in the process.

This is just how Joaquin 'El Tucu' Correa’s story with Inter has started. In the most incredible way possible. He came on for his debut in the 74th minute, scored his first in the 83rd, then put a cherry on the cake by scoring his second in the 94th. It was a twenty minute period that turned the game around, having needed to come back from one goal down after Ivan Ilic opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half. Lautaro Martinez equalised for Inter straight after half-time, and then it was Two-cu time. It’s impressive for a player who only signed for Inter on Thursday to have already become the star of the show.

But it wasn’t just Correa that won the game. Arturo Vidal was instrumental in creating the second goal after coming off the bench, and then Matteo Darmian’s cross to find Correa in the box was sensational. It was a whole team performance from a side that has already secured six points, scored seven goals and conceded only one as we head into the international break.

The starting eleven for Inter’s second game of the season was the same as it was last week at the San Siro, apart from the inclusion of Martinez in place of Stefano Sensi who joined Edin Dzeko up front. Correa started on the bench, having only arrived at the club 24 hours previously. Verona, who on the opening weekend lost to Sassuolo, lined up in a 3-4-2-1 formation with the young Matteo Cancellieri featuring in attack. 

Inter knew that Verona are a team that likes to press and play at a high tempo, so the Nerazzurri started the match on the front foot. The first quarter of an hour showed the talent Simone Inzaghi's side has to offer. Ivan Perisic was lively on the left, there were flashes of pace up front, and they had a lot of possession in the opposition half. Lautaro's first chance of the game came in the 12th minute, but Montipò saved well at his near post to deny him.

This bright start quickly came to an end, however, when in the 15th minute Samir Handanovic played a loose pass which Ilic took advantage of and delicately chipped over the Nerazzurri's goalkeeper with his left foot to open the scoring.

Despite Verona taking the lead, the Nerazzurri were slow to launch their comeback. Inter couldn't find a way around Eusebio Di Francesco's side's pressing, and the only time they did manage to break through was a counter attack which ended with Niccolo Barella heading wide. Verona only came close to doubling their advantage in the final stages of the first half, when Mattia Zaccagni picked up another loose ball, but Cancellieri's finish was wild and his shot sailed over the bar.

The sides were unchanged going into the second half, and Inter started with the same intent as they had the first. And this time they got their result. It was ‘El Toro’ Martinez who took the game by the horns and inspired Inzaghi’s Nerazzurri. The equaliser came immediately after half time with a routine that troubled Verona for the whole second half. A long throw from Perisic, flicked on by Dzeko towards Lautaro, who headed it past Lorenzo Montipò from close range. Eight minutes later the same routine almost ended in Martinez’s second but this time he shot wide.

Verona trembled, but did not collapse. Inter were looking more dangerous but they weren’t quite in full flow just yet. Lautaro thought he’d won his side a penalty for a foul by Martin Hongla, but Gianluca Manganiello shook his head. And VAR seemed to agree. Inter's best chance came in the 67th minute when Alessandro Bastoni's left-footed strike from outside the box was tipped round the post by the Hellas goalkeeper.

Inzaghi's changes, however, gave Inter renewed energy. Vidal stepped up the pace in midfield and he was instrumental in the move that gave the Nerazzurri the lead. He sent the ball down the line to Darmian who did incredibly well to not only keep the ball in, but to dig a cross out. And a good one at that. His ball arced towards the centre of the area, and there, ready and waiting was... Tucu Correa! 

The Argentine striker had only been on the pitch for nine minutes, and he made it a debut to remember by rising high and sending a beautiful header into the net to give Inter the lead. It was an exceptional goal, and it was also his first headed goal since he’s been playing in Italy. You have to go back to his time with Sevilla to find his last one.

That goal seemed to crush any hopes Verona had of winning the game, and in truth they had become rather static in the second half. As they pushed to find a last-gasp equaliser and Inter defended resolutely, it was time for Tucu again. In the 94th minute, the dying embers of the game, he controlled a ball perfectly on the edge of the box and sent his finish arrowing into the bottom corner. That made it 3-1 and that was it, game over. 

Tucu was embraced by the whole team including coach Inzaghi as he celebrated what can only be described as a dream debut.

HELLAS VERONA 1-3 INTER (HT 1-0)

Scorers: 15' Ilic (HV), 47' Lautaro (I), 83' Correa (I), 94' Correa (I)

HELLAS VERONA (3-4-2-1): 96 Montipò; 23 Magnani (27 Dawidowicz 75'), 21 Gunter, 17 Ceccherini (16 Casale 53'); 5 Faraoni (31 Sutalo 75'), 78 Hongla (61 Tameze 75'), 14 Ilic, 8 Lazovic; 7 Barak, 10 Zaccagni; 18 Cancellieri (11 Lasagna 62').

Subs not used: 1 Pandur, 22 Berardi, 9 Kalinic, 24 Bessa, 30 Frabotta, 32 Ragusa, 99 Simeone.

Coach: Eusebio Di Francesco.

INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic; 37 Skriniar, 6 de Vrij, 95 Bastoni; 36 Darmian, 23 Barella, 77 Brozovic (22 Vidal 66'), 20 Calhanoglu (8 Vecino 87'), 14 Perisic (32 Dimarco 66'); 9 Dzeko (12 Sensi 87'), 10 Lautaro (19 Correa 74’).

Subs not used: 21 Cordaz, 97 Radu, 2 Dumfries, 11 Kolarov, 13 Ranocchia,  33 D'Ambrosio, 48 Satriano.

Coach: Simone Inzaghi.

Bookings: Magnani (HV), Lautaro (I), Brozovic (I), Tameze (HV)

Added time: 1' - 4'.

Referee: Manganiello.

Assistants: Alassio, Mondin.

Fourth official: Giua.

VAR: Irrati.

VAR assistant: Rapuano.

starting lineups

Montipò 96 1 Handanovic
Magnani 23 37 Skriniar
Gunter 21 6 de Vrij
Ceccherini 17 95 Bastoni
Faraoni 5 36 Darmian
Hongla 78 23 Barella
Ilic 14 77 Brozovic
Lazovic 8 20 Calhanoglu
Barak 7 14 Perisic
Zaccagni 10 9 Dzeko
Cancellieri 18 10 Martínez

substitutes

Pandur 1 21 Cordaz
Berardi 22 97 Radu
Kalinic 9 2 Dumfries
Lasagna 11 8 Vecino
Casale 16 11 Kolarov
Bessa 24 12 Sensi
Dawidowicz 27 13 Ranocchia
Frabotta 30 19 Correa
Sutalo 31 22 Vidal
Ragusa 32 32 Dimarco
Tameze 61 33 D'Ambrosio
Simeone 99 48 Satriano

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