A solitary goal was all that the Nerazzurri needed as Inter put their defensive woes behind them to record three points to lift them away from the bottom three
Inter got their Serie A season back on track with a 1-0 victory at San Siro over Chievo thanks to a single goal from Thiago Motta.
The midfielder’s header midway through the first half was enough to separate the two sides in what was largely a scrappy affair, though further goals could have been added by either team in a rather open second half.
Claudio Ranieri’s men were eager to win after successive losses against Napoli and Catania, but Inter shifted from gear to gear over the course of the first half to kep the Verona side at arm's length.
A plethora of half-chances finally cumulated in a goal in the 34th minute when Thiago Motta headed in from Wesley Sniejder's superb corner delivery. Goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino was left hopeless as the Brazilian-born Italian towered over Michael Bradley to knock the ball into the back of the net.
The only blights on an initially controlling display for Inter were bookings, as the goalscorer received the first yellow of the match when he took down Sergio Pellissier on a Chievo counter midway through the half, and Maicon joined him shortly before half-time. Bojan Jokic was also cautioned for a poor challenge on Javier Zanetti in the midfield as the Flying Donkeys tried to contain the home side as they gained the ascendancy.
The visitors had a few chances of their own as they attacked whenever possible, exemplified by Perparim Hetemaj’s low strike that Julio Cesar collected with ease, but the first half was mostly one-way traffic.
The away side did their best to fight back and looked equal to the home team during the scrappy opening of the second half. Kamil Vacek was booked in the 55th for a poor tackle on Cristian Chivu, minutes before Maicon rifled a long range shot wide of the top right corner of Sorrentino’s net.
Striker Cyril Thereau came on for midfielder Hetemaj and Davide Moscardelli for Alberto Paloschi as Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo looked to snatch something from the game, but Inter had regained composure by this point and looked menacing on nearly every attack.
A thunderous Maicon shot smashed off the crossbar after the full-back given an enormous amount of space on the right, but still Inter couldn't add to their lead. Giampaolo Pazzini came off immediately after for Luc Castaignos as Ranieri looked to maintain his side’s advantage. Both teams had decent chances to score as the match drew to a close, but Inter held on for the win.
The win puts Inter in 16th place in the table on seven points, whereas Chievo fall to 13th with nine points heading into the midweek round of action.