Matteo Darmian was Inter Milan’s unlikely saviour as soon as once more because the defender got here off the bench to attain in a 1-Zero win over Hellas Verona on Sunday that moved Antonio Conte’s facet a step nearer to the Serie A title.
The runaway league chief was heading for a 3rd consecutive draw till the wing-back fired residence within the 76th minute, his second profitable aim of the month after placing in opposition to Cagliari on April 11.
“We knew in the present day could be powerful in opposition to a troublesome staff to face, who play good soccer,” Darmian instructed DAZN.
“However the result’s all that counts and we have now earned three factors that take us nearer to our aim”.
— Inter (@Inter_en) April 25, 2021
Inter moved on to 79 factors, 13 away from second-placed AC Milan with 5 video games remaining, because it closes in on its first league title since 2010.
The Nerazzurri has received 13 consecutive residence video games for the second time in its historical past, beforehand reaching the feat in 2011, and inflicted a fourth consecutive defeat on Verona, who’re 10th with 41 factors.
Lautaro Martinez went one on one with the goalkeeper however lifted his end over the bar, earlier than Achraf Hakimi twice threatened with a shot off course and one other saved by Marco Silvestri.
Verona midfielder Daniel Bessa’s shot was blocked by Samir Handanovic earlier than Federico Dimarco dragged the rebound huge, however Inter went shut once more after the break when Martinez pressured an excellent cease from Silvestri.
Hakimi was inches away from a unprecedented aim when a wonderfully struck bending free kick cannoned off the highest of the submit.
However the host finally broke by when Darmian was left unmarked on the wing and he composed himself earlier than tucking a end previous the goalkeeper to spark wild celebrations.