Inter Milan beat Verona 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Mateo Darmian to inch closer to a first Serie A title since 2010.
Inter Milan beat Verona 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Matteo Darmian to inch closer to a first Serie A title since 2010. The runaway league leaders seemed destined for a third straight draw on the trot. However, Darmian came off the bench and scored in the 76th minute to ensure Inter got all three points. Interestingly, this was the second late winner he scored this month. He had scored a similar goal against Cagliari on April 11. The result saw Inter extend their lead over second-place rivals AC Milan by 13 points. The Antonio Conte-coached side now need another two wins to secure the title.
The scoreline suggests a slog but it was only that way due to Inter’s profligacy in front of goal. Lautaro Martinez couldn’t convert a one-on-one and wing-back Achraf Hakimi was lively too.
He twice threated to score but was thwarted by the goalkeeper on one attempt and slammed another off target.
“We knew today would be tough against a difficult team to face, who play good football,” Darmian told DAZN after the match.
“But the result is all that counts and we have earned three points that take us closer to our goal”.
Meanwhile defending champions Juventus continued their trudge towards a Champions League spot with a 1-1 draw over Fiorentina.
Alvaro Morata equalised for Juve in the 46th minute after Dusan Vlahovic put Fiorentina in front in the 29th minute through a penalty.
The result lifts Juventus into third place with 66 points. However, Atalanta (64 points) and Napoli (63 points) are hot on their heels at fourth and fifth, respectively.
However, the result is an excellent one for Fiorentina. They took a valuable point from this game to remain in 14th and comfortably away from the relegation zone.