Goals from summer signing and Italy international see Nerazzurri leave the Bentegodi with all three points, despite turning in a lacklustre display
Inter made it six points away from the San Siro so far this season, with goals from Alvaro Pereira and Antonio Cassano enough to secure a 2-0 win against Domenico Di Carlo’s spirited Chievo at the Bentegodi.
Chievo started on the front foot and the hosts had the first effort on goal: Perparim Hetemaj’s header forcing a theatrical stop from Inter stopper Samir Handanovic.
The Flying Donkeys continued to deny their illustrious opponents time and space and David Di Michele, in particular, was looking sprightly in attack.
Inter were struggling to impose themselves and it was Chievo who should have taken the lead on 22 minutes. Long-serving striker Sergio Pellissier latched onto a long ball only to panic and stab a poor effort harmlessly wide.
Things seemingly got worse for the visitors soon after, Wesley Snejder limping off to be replaced by Antonio Cassano.
Inter were on the ropes and Gialloblu skipper Pellissier wasted another golden opportunity on the half hour – the frontman skewing wide from 12 yards after suspect defending from Andrea Ranocchia.
The visitors needed a spark and Fredy Guarin very nearly provided it, but whistled a shot just wide of Sorrentino’s far post.
It was against the run of play, however, that Inter took the lead on 43 minutes courtesy of summer signing Alvaro Pereira.
The former Porto man gambled on a cross-shot from Yuto Nagatomo to turn in from close range, leaving Gialloblu boss Domenico Di Carlo to puzzle over how his side were trailing at the break.
The second period started similar to the first, the Gialloblu pressing high up the pitch, but the game lacked fluency, with the two sides were trading blows. Diego Milito fired over for the visitors, while Chievo’s Marco Rigoni forced a sprawling save from Handanovic.
Inter were looking dangerous on the break, but Chievo kept plugging away. Rigoni, it seemed, had declared an all-out assault on Handanovic. Firstly, he stung the Slovenian’s palms with a swerving volley before watching in disbelief as Inter’s No. 1 clawed a free-kick to safety that looked destined for the top corner.
With the Flying Donkeys piling forward, however, Inter showed a glimpse of their class to kill the game off. Sub Cassano burst onto Walter Gargano’s through-ball to confidently slot home on 74 minutes.
Cassano’s goal knocked the stuffing out of Chievo, but the hosts rallied and were very unfortunate to see Paulo Cruzado’s free-kick cannon back off the post on 82 minutes. However, despite their best efforts it was the Nerazzurri who left with the points.
Inter’s victory sees them close the gap on leaders Juventus who drew 0-0 at Fiorentina on Tuesday, while Chievo still only have the three points - from their opening day win against Bologna - to their name.