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Inter fights back to beat Verona 2-1 and move top of Serie A

Matias Vecino of FC Internazionale celebrate after scoring a

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILANO, ITALY - 2019/11/09: Matias Vecino of FC Internazionale celebrate after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Hellas Verona Fc. Fc Internazionale wins 2-1 over Hellas Verona Fc. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MILAN (AP) Nicolo Barella scored his first league goal for Inter Milan to help the Nerazzurri come from behind to beat Hellas Verona 2-1 and move top of Serie A on Saturday.

Barella struck a stunning winner seven minutes from time after Matias Vecino had cancelled out Valerio Verre’s penalty for Verona.

Inter moved two points above eight-time defending champion Juventus, which hosts AC Milan on Sunday.

Verona remained ninth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

Inter was in need of a boost after letting slip a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.

But it went behind in the 19th minute when goalkeeper Samir Handanovic tripped Mattia Zaccagni and Verre drilled the resulting spot kick powerfully down the middle.

Along with Juventus, Verona had the best defensive record heading into the weekend and Inter struggled to break the visitors down.

But it laid siege to the Verona goal and it eventually paid off in the 63rd minute when Vecino headed in Valentino Lazaro’s cross.

And Inter snatched all three points when Barella cut inside from the left and curled an unstoppable strike into the top corner.


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