Martinez's first goal of the game, his ninth league goal of the year, came after just three minutes. He picked up the ball inside the box and fired it into the far left corner.In a Serie A match with limited chances on Saturday, fourth-placed Inter Milan defeated struggling Hellas Verona 1-0 at home thanks to an early goal from striker Lautaro Martinez.
Martinez's first goal of the game, his ninth league goal of the year, came after just three minutes. He picked up the ball inside the box and fired it into the far left corner.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi said to Sky Sport Italia, "We struck early and then, despite a little tension in the closing moments, we remained steady and focused without suffering anything against a Verona side that could cause us difficulties.When Martinez chipped the ball over goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo in the 63rd minute, the goal was disallowed for a foul on Pawel Dawidowicz in the build-up.
In the dying moments, Inter's substitute Kristjan Asllani came close to adding a second goal, but his shot from outside the box curled just outside the post.
In the latter moments of the game, Verona attempted to exert some pressure on Inter as they frantically sought an equalizer, but they were unable to produce any clear chances.
After 18 games, the outcome left Inter 10 points behind leader Napoli and tied on 37 points with third-place Juventus. Verona sits sixth from the safety zone and in last place with nine points.
On Friday, Napoli destroyed Juventus 5-1, while on Saturday, AC Milan rallied from two goals down to tie 2-2 with Lecce.
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