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Internazionale v Hellas Verona Live Commentary, 25/04/2021

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M. Darmian (76)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza


That concludes our commentary of the Serie A fixture between Inter and Hellas Verona! We hope you enjoyed it!
Inter travel to southern Italy to face Crotone on May 1 next time out, while Hellas Verona go back home to host Spezia.
A tight and cagey affair goes Inter’s way in the end, finishing 1-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza thanks to Darmian’s cool finish 14 minutes from time. Verona certainly played their part in this fixture, keeping a tight and rigid defence that provided Lukaku and Martinez precious little time and space. The Inter midfield was kept unusually quiet as well, but as the match ticked on, the league leaders let their quality shine through. It’s not a convincing victory, but Conte won’t care as the Nerazzurri inch ever closer to the title, needing just two more wins. The loss for Hellas Verona is their seventh in eight games but keeps them in 10th position in the table.
90' + 2' Conte hasn’t taken a seat for the entire second half, gesticulating and shouting wildly from the touchline. Even in the 92nd minute he’s still furiously barking instructions, as he knows there’s no reason to give up the three points at this stage.
90' The fourth official indicates three minutes will be added to the end for stoppages. 
88'  Lukaku (14) could become the fourth different Inter player to score 15+ home goals in a single Serie A campaign in the last 45 years, after Christian Vieri (19 in 2002/03), Diego Milito (17 in 2011/12) and Mauro Icardi (16 in 2016/17 and in 2017/18).
86' It’s Lazovic who takes the set-piece, but Lukaku is back to do the defensive dirty work, nodding the cross out of the penalty area at the first time of asking.
85' Far from giving up, Faraoni drags his side down the pitch and wins a corner off of the defending Darmian. Can Verona get themselves back level late?
83' Hellas Verona have the ball in the back of the net but it won’t count, after Lazovic’s cross was popped up towards the goalkeeper by Skriniar, only for Faraoni to nip in and knock the ball out of Handanovic’s hands and into the net. It didn’t appear as though there was a ton of contact, but it won’t count.
81' Inter’s Hakimi (six goals, six assists) and Verona’s Dimarco (four goals, three assists) are the two youngest defenders to have been directly involved in more than five goals in Serie A this season.
R. Gagliardini
M. Brozović
79' A swap to bolster the midfield sees Gagliardini sent on for Brozovic. 
D. D'Ambrosio
A. Hakimi
79' D'Ambrosio replaces Hakimi as Inter have just 11 minutes left to hold on for the win. 
E. Colley
Daniel Bessa
Hellas Verona
77' Verona make a change immediately after conceding, replacing Bessa with Colley.
A. Hakimi
76' Hakimi's slick, line-breaking pass allowed Darmian all the time and space necessary to finish with aplomb for the opener! 
M. Darmian
76' DARMIAN BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! 1-0 TO INTER! The substitute wing-back makes his presence felt with an all-important goal, receiving a Hakimi pass before sprinting down the flank, cutting inside and slotting a shot into the far corner with ease!
74' Verona could equal their club record for most away wins in a single Serie A campaign (currently five – D5 L6); only in 1984/85 and 2013/14 (both six) have they had more.
I. Udogie
F. Dimarco
Hellas Verona
72' Again when one coach makes a move, the other must reply. In this case, Verona answer Inter's alteration with a switch in defence, as Udogie replaces Dimarco. 
A. Sánchez
Lautaro Martínez
72' Conte makes a change in attack with less than 20 minutes to go in the match, with Martinez replaced by Sanchez.
69' OFF THE POST AND OUT! Hakimi takes the free-kick and sends the effort square against the woodwork before going behind for a goal-kick. Lucky for Silvestri - who was rooted to the spot.
A. Barák
Yellow Card
Hellas Verona
68' Barak is shown a yellow card for pulling Martinez back as the striker was charging towards the penalty area.
67' An attacking change from Hellas Verona is met with two more defensive alterations by Inter. The match has been a tactical one thus far, with both coaches looking to cancel each other out from the touchline. A win isn’t mandatory for the Nerazzurri here, though with tougher opponents to come it may be worth their while to bank all the points they can.
S. Sensi
C. Eriksen
65' Eriksen's afternoon is over as he's withdrawn with 25 minutes to go. Sensi is on in his place. 
M. Darmian
I. Perišić
65' Conte opts to shuffle his pack at this juncture, with Perisic coming off for Darmian. 
E. Salcedo
A. Tameze
Hellas Verona
65' A third change from Hellas Verona sees Tameze replaced by Salcedo - in a surprisingly attacking move from the visitors. 
65' GREAT SAVE FROM SILVESTRI! Martinez uses his quick feet to dribble around the edge of the penalty area, losing four defenders in the process and hammering a low shot at goal, which is stopped cleanly by the legs of the diving Hellas Verona goalkeeper!
63' With less than 30 minutes remaining in the contest, Verona are still putting considerable pressure on their opponents. For a team that’s only won one of their last seven fixtures (losing six), Juric’s side are posing questions to the league leaders in both attack and defence.
61' What a chance! A Dimarco corner falls perfectly to Faraoni, who has the time to juggle the ball before firing a volley through the mass of bodies - taking a touch and going behind for a second set-piece.
59' Verona’s last Serie A win against Inter was back in February 1992, a 1-0 victory thanks to Ezio Rossi’s strike – there have been 15 wins for the Nerazzurri and four draws since then.
57' Play is stopped for Dimarco, who is down in considerable pain after a coming-together with Brozovic in midfield during a chase for the loose ball. The Inter-owned full-back appears to be able to continue, though he’ll need a moment to shake it off.   
55' Eriksen takes a corner short to Brozovic before receiving it back and firing in a quick cross, but the dangerous, bouncing ball inside the penalty area is finally whacked away by a desperate Hellas Verona defender.
53' Bessa does quite a job at the back defending, getting himself between Barella and the loose ball, shielding possession from the rampaging Inter midfielder and seeing it out for a valuable goal-kick. 
51' There’s quite a large former-Inter contingent in this Hellas Verona squad, with both captain Faraoni and Bessa having spent time at the Giuseppe Meazza, as well as Dimarco and Favilli, who are currently on-loan from Conte’s team.
49' Faraoni is first to get to a Hellas Verona corner taken from the right, but he sends his glancing effort at the near post wide of the target.
48' Juric is evidently worried about the threat Lukaku poses, as the coach wastes no time bringing off the two centre-backs closest to an expulsion. The two substitutes are in for a mentally and physically difficult 45 minutes, especially as time goes on and Inter’s desperation increases.
46' Hellas Verona get the second half underway from the kick-off!
P. Dawidowicz
F. Ceccherini
Hellas Verona
46' Dawidowicz replaces Ceccherini as Hellas Verona change both booked centre-backs.
K. Günter
G. Magnani
Hellas Verona
46' Juric makes two changes at the half, both of which are defensive in nature. The first sees the booked Mangani replaced by Gunter.
Juric will need to do something to protect his defence if he wishes to keep 11 men on the pitch for the second half, as Lukaku’s ability to back in and use his strength has put the opposition in all kinds of awkward situations. Both Gunter and Dawidowicz started last match, and should be ready to step in to relieve either Magnani or Ceccherini. In attack, the pace of Salcedo could cause real damage to an Inter back line that will need to step up increasingly to try and push for a goal. Inter have a host of options on the bench, but only really Sanchez has the ability from a forward area to get the Nerazzurri the necessary goal.
An entertaining and even first half comes to a close with both sides level at 0-0. Despite a number of shots, there has been a dearth of clear goal-scoring opportunities, with Dimarco’s shot sent across the goal line after 26 minutes the closest a team has come to breaking the deadlock. Lukaku has kept Hellas Verona’s defenders on their toes, with two of the three centre-backs shown a yellow card, which could come into play later in the match. It’s been a tactical affair at the Giuseppe Meazza, one that’s all still to play for.
G. Magnani
Yellow Card
Hellas Verona
42' Two of Verona’s three centre-backs have now been booked as Magnani is shown a yellow card for wrestling Lukaku to the ground on the near touchline.
40' With five minutes to go before half-time, it doesn’t look as though either side will be able to get their necks in front. It’s been an enjoyable match for the neutral, as neither side has really taken the upper hand.
38' Dimarco swings a corner into the near post for Faraoni, who can’t do much more than awkwardly get out of the way - allowing Inter’s defence to clear without issue.
36' A sloppy bit of play from Hakimi breaks down a positive Inter move, as his flick over the top for Lukaku didn’t allow the striker a chance to come back onside.
34' Lazovic gets free on the left and uses his right boot to curl a cross into the penalty area, which is flicked up and over the crossbar by the head of a fading Lasagna.
32' The earlier yellow card card shown to Ceccherini means he’ll miss Hellas Verona’s next match when they host Spezia.
30' Eriksen sends the free-kick up and over the wall, but unfortunately his delivery also goes up and over the crossbar. It’s a goal-kick for Silvestri.
F. Ceccherini
Yellow Card
Hellas Verona
28' A dangerous tackle is punished with a yellow card after Ceccherini’s raised boot caught the knee of a driving Martinez. Inter have a free-kick in great range for a strike at goal.
26' CLOSE TO THE OPENER! Dimarco is able to connect with Bessa inside the penalty area, but the midfielder’s shot is saved well by an alert Handanovic. The rebound comes back to Dimarco, who puts a low shot to the far post, which misses both the inside corner and the outstretched foot of a sliding Barak - who was looking to turn it in.
24' Dimarco looks to play Bessa through into the penalty area with a nifty little slipped pass, but Skriniar reads it the whole way and clears his lines.
22' Eriksen takes the outswinging corner to Perisic, who sends a weak headed effort wide of the goal.
20' Eriksen takes a corner looking for one of five Inter players in the box, but it takes a touch off of Magnani and rolls out for a second set-piece, this time on the other side.
18' Magnani appears to dive into a challenge on Lukaku to win the ball near his penalty area, but the Hellas Verona defender has come off slightly worse, grimacing as he gets up. The referee, instead of awarding a free-kick, gives Inter a drop-ball which Brozovic stands over.
16' A lovely Inter move that starts with Barella playing out of his own penalty area ends in a wayward Hakimi cross, as once again a Hellas Verona defender rises highest to nod away the danger coming into Lukaku.
14' Dimarco looks to put some pressure on the Inter defence, but his early cross from a central position for Lasagna is easily dealt with by De Vrij.
13' Eriksen sends the free-kick into the penalty area, but it’s poorly taken as Magnani is able to repel it at the first attempt - though possession is given right back to Inter.
11' Lukaku wins a free-kick after he’s bowled over from behind by Magnani - giving Inter a set-piece in a great position for a cross.
9' A corner is swung into Ceccherini from the right, but he’s unable to steer the effort on-target, allowing Lukaku to blast it away.
7' Hakimi burts down the right wing and cuts inside towards the penalty area after receiving a pass from Martinez, but his eventual shot is put considerably off-target in search of the far post.
5' Just three wins separate Inter from their long-desired Scudetto. It’s not an easy schedule upcoming for the Nerazzurri though, with matches against Roma and Juventus still to come.
3' Martinez puts it over! The Argentina international gets through on-goal after a Lukaku flick-on in midfield, but he chips his close-range effort over the crossbar! It won’t count after all as the referee spotted a handball in the build-up, but the striker really should have done better with the chance.
1' Inter get the match underway from the kick-off! 
Hellas Verona make just two changes from their 2-1 loss against Fiorentina on Tuesday. Both swaps are in defence, as Dawidowicz and Gunter are dropped for Ceccherini and Magnani. 
Inter maintain the same formation and personnel as their last match, a 1-1 draw with Spezia on Wednesday. Captain Handanovic is protected by a three-man defence featuring De Vrij centrally, with Bastoni and Skriniar flanking him on the left and right respectively. A trio of midfielders sees Eriksen, Brozovic and Barella start, with wing-backs Perisic and Hakimi on either flank. The strikers provide no surprises, as Lukaku pairs up yet again with Martinez.
HELLAS SUBS: Nikola Kalinic, Yildirim Mert Cetin, Ebrima Colley, Mattia Zaccagni, Iyenoma Destiny Udogie, Andrea Favilli, Ivor Pandur, Koray Gunter, Kevin Ruegg, Eddie Salcedo, Alessandro Berardi, Pawel Dawidowicz.
HELLAS VERONA XI (3-4-2-1): Marco Silvestri; Federico Ceccherini, Giangiacomo Magnani, Federico Dimarco; Marco Faraoni, Adrien Tameze, Ivan Ilic, Darko Lazovic, Antonin Barak, Daniel Bessa; Kevin Lasagna. 
INTER SUBS: Roberto Gagliardini, Ionut Radu, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Andrea Ranocchia, Matteo Darmian, Alexis Sanchez, Stefano Sensi, Daniele Padelli, Andrea Pinamonti, Ashley Young, Matias Vecino.
INTER XI (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Alessandro Bastoni, Stefan De Vrij, Milan Skriniar; Ivan Perisic, Christian Eriksen, Marcelo Brozovic, Nicolo Barella, Achraf Hakimi; Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at the team news - starting with the hosts!
Losers in seven of their last eight fixtures, there probably won’t be too much movement up or down the table for Hellas Verona, who find themselves in a comfortable 10th place, 13 points away from relegation but 17 points away from any possibility of Europe. Ivan Juric has received praise this year for some of his side’s performances - though they’ll have to step it up to another level today if they wish to beat the champions-elect.
With 10 points separating league-leaders Inter from city rivals Milan in second place and just six matches remaining on the calendar, it appears as though Antonio Conte has done enough to win the Nerazzurri their first Scudetto since 2009/10. The job isn’t mathematically finished, however, as the Rossoneri, Atalanta, and Juventus are still not technically out of the running. 
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