In­ter Mi­lan leaves it late to beat Cro­tone and stay per­fect

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In­ter Mi­lan stayed per­fect in Serie A with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Cro­tone, which re­mained yes­ter­day the only team yet to score a goal in the league. In­ter won its pre­vi­ous three matches com­fort­ably but found it harder than ex­pected at Cro­tone un­til eight min­utes from time when de­fender Mi­lan Skriniar broke the dead­lock.

Ivan Perisic sealed the re­sult in stop­page time. Op­por­tu­ni­ties were few and far be­tween at Sta­dio Scida and it was Cro­tone which had the best chances, with In­ter goal­keeper Samir Han­danovic pulling off two fine sec­ond-half saves to deny Alek­san­dar Tonev and Mar­cus Ro­hden.

How­ever, In­ter took the lead when a free kick ric­o­cheted around the area be­fore Skriniar bun­dled in the ball with his third at­tempt for his first Serie A goal. Perisic was left un­marked to gather Joao Mario’s pass, cut in­side, and fire into the bot­tom right cor­ner. Later, Roma wel­comes newly pro­moted Hel­las Verona.


Fed­erico Chiesa scored a goal his fa­ther would have been proud of to set Fiorentina on its way to beat­ing Bologna 2-1. Lit­tle of note hap­pened be­fore Chiesa - the son of pro­lific for­mer goalscorer En­rico - cut in­side the left of the area, beat a de­fender, and curled a fan­tas­tic strike into the far side of the net in the 51st minute.

How­ever, Bologna was back level a minute later when Ro­drigo Pala­cio fin­ished off a rapid coun­ter­at­tack with a half-vol­ley. Ger­man Pezzella scored what was to prove the win­ner in the 69th with a loop­ing header from a cor­ner. Pala­cio al­most equal­ized but his header came off the left post. It was Fiorentina’s sec­ond suc­ces­sive vic­tory af­ter los­ing its first two matches. —AP

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