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Serie A

  • April 11, 2015
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 20645

Verona 0-3 Inter: Mancini's men end winless run

Mauro Icardi and Rodrigo Palacio found the net as Inter claimed a 3-0 Serie A victory over Verona on Saturday.

Inter halted a run of seven matches without a win in all competitions by claiming a 3-0 Serie A victory at Verona.

Coach Roberto Mancini had warned in the week that "simply being Inter" was not enough to ensure success and that his side would need to put in more effort than its opponent to reap the rewards.

And the former Manchester City boss could have few complaints on Saturday, as a bright start in each half yielded two unanswered goals.

Inter's first came courtesy of Mauro Icardi – returning from suspension – although Verona felt play should have been halted for an injury to Panagiotis Tachtsidis on the edge of the box.

Verona pushed for a leveler but lacked quality in the final third, and Rodrigo Palacio finished from close range three minutes into the second half to give Mancini's side breathing space.

Luca Toni saw a late penalty saved by Samir Handanovic – who has kept out six of the last seven spot kicks he has faced in Serie A – and Verona's evening went from bad to worse when Vangelis Moras scored an own goal in stoppage time.

Victory for Inter moved it above Milan and Genoa into eighth, although its city rival is yet to play this weekend.

Inter's 11th-minute opener came in controversial circumstances. A Tachtsidis slip in the build-up had left the midfielder stricken on the edge of the box, but Inter played on and Palacio's cross deflected off Eros Pisano into the path of Icardi, who applied a simple finish.

Verona was enraged but despite growing into the game as the half progressed, it failed to really test Inter goalkeeper Handanovic.

It did not take long for Mancini's men double their lead after the interval, as an incisive counterattack ended with Palacio poking home from an Icardi cross.

With time running out, Verona saw penalty appeals for an alleged Nemanja Vidic handball turned down, before Palacio missed a chance to put the result beyond doubt when he struck a post at the other end.

That squandered opportunity looked set to be punished when Verona was awarded a penalty with 14 minutes left to play. Vidic was somewhat harshly penalized for a coming together with Javier Saviola.

However, Toni saw his effort expertly saved by spot-kick specialist Handanovic and Verona’s misery was compounded by a late own goal from Moras, who turned in a Danilo D’Ambrosio cross.