In­ter Mi­lan leaves it late to beat Cro­tone and stay per­fect

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

In­ter Mi­lan stayed per­fect in Serie A with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Cro­tone, which re­mained on Saturday 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.

“Cro­tone made it dif­fi­cult for us ... we’ll see how many teams man­age to win here,” In­ter coach Lu­ciano Spal­letti said. “We faced two sit­u­a­tions where (In­ter goal­keeper Samir) Han­danovic did well but they shouldn’t have hap­pened ... we’re not a great team yet, but we played with char­ac­ter which is im­por­tant.”

Op­por­tu­ni­ties were few and far be­tween at Sta­dio Scida and it was Cro­tone which had the best chances, with 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.

LIKE FA­THER, LIKE SON

Fed­erico Chiesa scored a goal his fa­ther would have been proud of to set Fiorentina on its

Serie A

Yes­ter­day Cro­tone-In­ter.................................0-2 Fiorentina-Bologna ........................2-1 way to beat­ing Bologna 2-1.

“He’s a good lad who should not lis­ten much to what is be­ing said around him and in­stead cen­ter him­self a lot on his work: He can still im­prove, to­gether with the team,” Fiorentina coach Ste­fano Pi­oli said. “I never doubted he would stay here: He is only at the start of his jour­ney.”

Lit­tle of note hap­pened be­fore Chiesa — the son of pro­lific for­mer goalscorer En­rico — cut in­side the left of the area, beat a

Serie B

Yes­ter­day 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

Lega Pro A

Yes­ter­day

Fiorentina’s Fed­erico Chiesa cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing dur­ing a Serie A match be­tween Fiorentina and Bologna, at the Artemio Franchi Sta­dium in Florence yes­ter­day

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