Inter Milan 2-1 Venezia: Serie A leaders secure dramatic late win

Inter Milan 2-1 Venezia: Serie A leaders come from behind to secure dramatic victory over strugglers… as Edin Dzeko scores 90th-minute winner to move them five points clear of AC Milan

  • Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella cancelled out Thomas Henry’s opener in the first half
  • The game looked all set to finish level before Edin Dzeko headed home late on 
  • Inter move five points clear at the top of the Serie A table, Venezia remain in 17th 

A last-gasp header from Edin Dzeko earned Serie A leaders Inter Milan a dramatic 2-1 win over Venezia on Saturday, as Simone Inzaghi’s side moved five points clear at the top of the standings.

The hosts were poor in the opening stages, with Venezia, who were without numerous first-team players after a COVID-19 outbreak in the squad this week, racing into a shock lead through French forward Thomas Henry in the 19th minute.

Inter rallied and got themselves level through Nicolo Barella five minutes before the break, before creating several openings after the interval to complete the turnaround.

Thomas Henry gave Venezia a surprise lead with a header off the crossbar in the 19th minute

A winner looked set to elude the champions as the match entered the dying stages, only for veteran Dzeko to climb highest to snatch all three points for Inter in the 90th minute.

The victory took Inter onto 53 points from 22 matches played, with second-placed AC Milan taking on Juventus at San Siro on Sunday, while Venezia stayed 17th, two points above the relegation zone.

‘The team believed until the end,’ Inzaghi told DAZN. ‘The biggest problem is the San Siro pitch, it is becoming unplayable for both us and Milan.

Nicolo Barella equalised for Inter Milan from close range five minutes before half-time

Edin Dzeko provided a dramatic end to the game as he headed in the winner in the 90th minute

‘It is true we could have played better on this field, but objectively you can’t play the football we want to on that surface. Something needs to be done, it has never been like this and now we need to fix it.’

It appeared unclear this week whether the rising COVID-19 cases in the Venezia squad would lead to Saturday’s clash being postponed, but the newly-promoted side managed to put a team together for the trip to Milan.

Their efforts appeared justified as the visitors looked untroubled early on before Henry powered a header into the net to peg Inter back.

Dzeko’s late winner was his 12th goal of the season in all competitions, but his first in 8 games

Inter are now five points clear at the top of the Serie A table, with AC Milan playing on Sunday 

Other than a Lautaro Martinez overhead kick midway through the first half that just missed the target, Inter offered little threat until Barella was on hand to score his second league goal of the season, reacting quickest after Ivan Perisic’s effort had been saved.

Dzeko should have put Inter in front early in the second half, but somehow scooped over from only a few metres out.

For all their possession, Inter continued to create little. It was substitute Denzel Dumfries who made the difference, picking out a perfect cross for Dzeko to head home, as the 35-year-old took his Serie A tally into double figures this season in timely fashion. 

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