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Hellas Verona 1-3 Inter: Correa seals comeback win with brace on debut

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A late double from debutant Joaquin Correa saw Inter come from behind to beat Hellas Verona 3-1 in Friday’s Serie A clash.

Correa, signed from Lazio on Thursday, needed just nine minutes after coming on as a substitute to bury a superb header and send the champions on their way to a second win in two games.

He then buried an expert left-foot finish from the edge of the box late in injury time to add gloss to Inter’s victory.

Lautaro Martinez had earlier cancelled out Ivan Ilic’s opener, which came after a poor kick from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Verona are now on a 10-match winless run at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi in the top flight.

Inter started well but gifted the hosts their lead 15 minutes in, Ilic intercepting Handanovic’s pass and lofting the ball over the keeper.

The ball crossed the Verona line six minutes before the break after Lorenzo Montipo fumbled following Hakan Calhanoglu’s header, but the referee penalised Martinez for a foul.

The scores were level barely a minute after the restart, though, Martinez ghosting in unmarked to nod past Montipo from Edin Dzeko’s flick-on.

Martinez had a penalty shout waved away before Alessandro Bastoni brought a save out of Montipo as Inter took the ascendancy.

New signing Correa was given a quarter of an hour off the bench to impress, but it was Dzeko who initially looked likeliest to find a winner, narrowly failing to make good contact from successive deliveries.

That was until the 83rd minute, when Correa rose high to power home a stunning header from Matteo Darmian’s pinpoint cross from the right, before he capped a memorable outing with a low drive that left Montipo with no chance.

What does it mean? Correa makes light of Lukaku absence

Inter have six points from two games and their unbeaten run against Verona now stands at 21.

For much of the contest, Simone Inzaghi was given insight into life without Romelu Lukaku as his side struggled for clear-cut chances. That was until his old Lazio stalwart Correa rose to the occasion.

Joaquin’s Inter Correa has lift-off

What better way to hush doubters over your transfer than with a match-winning brace?

Correa’s two finishes were of different types, but each was of the highest quality. It also meant Inter won an away match after trailing at half-time for the first time since last December at Cagliari.

Unhappy milestone for Brozovic

Marcelo Brozovic made his 200th Serie A appearance for Inter in this contest but it was not one he particularly enjoyed.

It was Handanovic’s loose pass to the midfielder that gave the hosts their opening goal, and a generally frustrating 64 minutes for Brozovic was capped by a booking for a poor challenge on Nicolo Casale. He was taken off two minutes later, perhaps for his own good.

Key Opta Facts

– Martinez scored his 50th goal across all competitions for Inter on Friday. He reached this milestone in 133 appearances, scoring an average of one goal every 174 minutes.

– Correa is the first player to score twice on his Serie A debut with Inter since Giampaolo Pazzini in 2011.

– Since the beginning of the last Serie A season, Handanovic is the player who has made the most errors leading to a goal (four).

– Martinez has been involved in three goals in his past two Serie A games with Inter (two goals, one assist), as many in his previous 13 appearances in the competition.

– Verona’s Eusebio Di Francesco is winless in his past 18 Serie A games, the longest streak in the top-flight since Chievo’s Domenico Di Carlo in December 2018 (the 18th against Inter also at Bentegodi).

What’s next?

Inter return to action after the international break against Sampdoria, provisionally on September 12, while Verona face Bologna.

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