Inter Milan ended their three-game winless run by beating Verona AC 4-2 and leapfrogging Verona into fourth place in Serie A.
Promoted Verona have set tongues wagging with their start in the Italian top flight and found themselves above Inter in the standings before kick-off following three consecutive victories. However, any Inter nerves were settled early on when Vangelis Moras inadventently redirected Jonathan’s volley into his own goal. Rodrigo Palacio, with his sixth goal of the season, and Raphael Martinho traded goals before Esteban Cambiasso’s tap-in restored Inter’s two-goal cushion at half-time.
Rolando bundled a corner over the line as the Milan club took control early in the second half and although Rômulo’s drilled effort chipped away at Inter’s lead, the thrilling match was beyond Verona. The entertaining encounter was marred by straight red cards for Moras and Ishak Belfodil at the final whistle.
Earlier, Sampdoria recorded only their second victory of the season at home against ten-man Atalanta. On a three-game winning streak, the visitors hit the bar from a Cristian Raimondi header and had further reason to curse their luck ten minutes after the break when Shkodran Mustafi headed Sampdoria into the lead. Atalanta substitute Constantin Nica then marked only his second appearance for the Bergamo club with a first red card, for a foul on Éder.