Verona score early at the San Siro but can't hold on for a famous result at the San Siro.
66,000 at the San Siro witnessed a captivating game between two sides determined to take something from the encounter. For Verona, Günter returned in defense for the injured Kumbulla. In midfield, Pessina came in for Portuguese captain and playmaker Veloso, while up front Verre and Zaccagni supported Salcedo, the exciting young striker on loan from Inter. Still no place for out of favour strikers Pazzini or Di Carmine.
It was Hellas who had the best of the openinge exchanges, with an early opportunity falling to Eddie Salcedo. His tame effort, though, didn’t trouble Handanovic.
With less than 20 minutes on the clock, Zaccagni went down inside the box. Contact with the Inter goalkeeper seemed minimal, but the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty to Hellas. Verre stepped up to convert, the midfielder’s first goal in Serie A. For Verona, a surprising early lead that few would have predicted.
Scoring so early against Conte’s team was always going to present a real test for Verona’s resolve at the back. Although they’ve got one of the best defensive records in Europe, keeping Inter out at the San Siro for 70 minutes was going to be a real test for Juric’s men.
Inter created plenty of chances in the first half, including an effort scrambled off the line by a matter of centimetres. Perhaps this was going to be Verona’s lucky day after all.
By half-time Inter had made 17 attempts on goal, but Verona's defence stood firm.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Liam Henderson was given the chance he’d been waiting for, as Verre made way. It wasn’t the entrance the young Scot had been hoping for though. Within seconds, Inter had equalised, a powerful header by Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino.
With 10 minutes remaining on the clock, a rare error by Amrabat nearly let Lukaku in for the winner, but the Belgian's mis-timed header was gratefully gathered by Silvestri.
The winner came just a few minutes later. A moment of individual brilliance by ex-Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella. Amrabat gave the Sardinian half a yard and the youngster bent an exquisite effort into the far corner. His exuberant celebration earned him a yellow card that he won't be losing much sleep over.
A final roll of the dice for Juric, as he sent Stepinski on for Salcedo. Deep into injury time a half-chance fell to the Polish striker, but he couldn’t keep his effort on target.
It ended two-one for the home side. For Hellas, yet another impressive performance against a powerfully resilient Inter.
After the international break, Hellas host Fiorentina at the Bentegodi.