Inter move to within 1 point of Serie A leader with 1-0 win

AP , Saturday 9 Apr 2022

Defending Serie A champion Inter Milan moved to within one point of league leader and city rival AC Milan with a 2-0 win against Hellas Verona on Saturday.

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Inter Milan s Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko celebrates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A football match between Inter Milan and Hellas Verona on April 9, 2022 at the San Siro stadium in Milan (AFP)

Ivan Perisic set up both first-half goals for Nicolo Barella and Edin Dzeko.

Milan visits Torino on Sunday. Both Milan teams have played the same number of games as Inter still has to play a postponed match against Bologna. Napoli, which hosts Fiorentina on Sunday, is level on points with Inter.

Fourth-place Juventus played at relegation-threatened Cagliari later Saturday.

Inter was buoyed by a 1-0 win at Juventus last weekend but without its top scorer against Verona as Lautaro Martinez was suspended.

Perisic almost scored in the 18th minute but Verona goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo pulled off a fantastic save to deny the Inter forward.

However, the Croatia international set up the opener four minutes later as he raced down the left flank from the halfway line and crossed for Barella to fire into the roof of the net.

Inter doubled its lead in the 30th minute when Perisic headed on a corner for Dzeko to drive into the bottom left corner.

It was the 36-year-old Dzeko's 17th goal of the season in all competitions.

Verona had chances to get back into the match but was prevented from doing so by a mix of wayward finishing and fine saves from Samir Handanovic.

Inter almost scored a third in the 73rd minute but Montipo pushed Danilo D'Ambrosio's effort onto the post.

Relegation fight

Empoli and Spezia moved further away from the bottom three with a 0-0 draw.

Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario and his Spezia counterpart, Ivan Provedel, pulled off a number of good saves to keep the scoreline goalless.

Spezia was 11 points ahead of the relegation zone, and one point below Empoli.

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