CHIEVO 0-2 INTER: ADRIANO, CRESPO

VERONA - There were no signs of an Inter let-up as the Serie A championship resumed following the violence which brought Italian football to a standstill.

Adriano and Crespo, partnered up front in a starting lineup for the third time this season, scored in each half in Verona to keep the league leaders 11 points clear of Roma.

The 2-0 victory sees Inter equal the European record of 15 consecutive top-flight victories set by Real Madrid in 1960/61 and Bayern Munich between 2004/05 and 2005/06.

Sunday's clash at the Bentegodi - played behind closed doors - kicked off after a minute's silence to remember policeman Filippo Raciti and Sammartinese official Ermanno Licursi, who lost their lives in the tragic events of recent weeks.

Adriano gave the Nerazzurri a dream start in the opening minute with his fifth goal in six games. The Brazilian forward collected a Stankovic pass, beat Moro with a burst of pace and thundered a diagonal left-foot effort in off the far post.

Chievo rallied as Inter sat on their lead but failed to find a way through, with Julio Cesar keeping out efforts from Obinna and Italiano.

Gialloblu keeper Sicignano denied Inter a second goal before the break, making a vital one-handed save from Crespo who connected first-time with Vieira's through ball.

It was second time lucky for the Argentine forward, who doubled Inter's advantage in the 51st with his 11th of the season, a low right-footer under Sicignano after taking Adriano's headed assist past Mantovani.

Crespo then converted an Adriano through ball only to see his effort ruled out for offside.

Chievo were denied a late reply when Gialloblu sub Pellissier had a goal disallowed for a foul on Ivan Cordoba.

CHIEVO 0-2 INTER (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Adriano 1, Crespo 51.

Chievo: 1 Sicignano, 27 Moro, 29 Mandelli, 4 Mantovani, 23 Lanna; 21 Sammarco, 11 Italiano, 33 Brighi (55 Kosowski 54); 7 Semioli, 81 Bogdani (10 Cozzolino 76), 15 Obinna (31 Pellissier 62).
Subs not used: 18 Squizzi, 19 Malagò, 20 Marcolini, 22 Rickler.
Coach: Luigi Del Neri.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell (15 Dacourt 70); 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic (7 Figo 76); 10 Adriano, 18 Crespo (9 Cruz 89).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 11 Grosso, 25 Samuel, 21 Solari.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Domenico Messina (Bergamo).

Booked: Mandelli 28, Materazzi 65, Lanna 88.


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