Serie A: Inter wins seventh game in a row

Inter Milan registered its seventh successive Serie A victory with a 3-0 defeat of Pescara on Sunday night.

Eder celebrates after scoring his goal against Pescara.   -  AP

Inter Milan continued its stunning revival under coach Stefano Pioli as it beat basement club Pescara 3-0 to record its seventh successive Serie A victory which lifted it above Lazio into fourth place on Saturday. Danilo D'Ambrosio set it on its way by steering the ball in midway through the first half, while Portugal international Joao Mario doubled its advantage two minutes before halftime by sliding in Ivan Perisic's cutback.

Substitute Eder rounded off the win in the 73rd minute, just moments after coming on, by turning in a simple pass from captain Mauro Icardi, who had also played a vital role in creating Joao Mario's goal. Inter had survived a scary moment before the opening goal when Valerio Verre turned in a shot that goalkeeper Samir Handanovic could only parry, but the effort was ruled offside.

Pioli succeeded Frank De Boer as Inter coach on November 8 after the Dutchman was sacked and the veteran Serie A coach has had a remarkable impact at the fallen giant of Italian football, earning 25 points from 10 league outings. Inter's revival has kickstarted a push for a top-three finish which would see the three-times European Cup winner return to the Champions League for the first time since 2011.

Inter is fourth in the standings on 42 points, six off leaders Juventus although the champion has two games in hand. Third-placed Napoli, which hosts Palermo on Sunday, has 44 points.

Chievo Verona registers win

Lazio dropped to fifth in the standings after a last-gasp Roberto Inglese goal allowed Chievo Verona to snatch a surprise 1-0 win over Simone Inzaghi's side. The result snapped a four-match losing streak for Chievo. After surviving a first-half onslaught from the host, Inglese scrappily converted Massimo Gobbi's layoff in a rare counter-attack which gave Chievo all three points and moved it three places up the table.

Chievo is now 10th with 28 points, 12 adrift of Lazio. Lazio had gone into the game following a disheartening 2-0 defeat at Juventus last weekend and without suspended top scorer Ciro Immobile. Filip Djordjevic took his place up front. Felipe Anderson was the host's liveliest player in an intense first half display which the visitor somehow withstood without conceding. Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino repelled three shots, including an effort from Anderson after the Brazilian had danced his way past three defenders into the area.

The second half lacked the same intensity and Chievo managed to stem Lazio's tide of attacks, although both sides came agonisingly close to scoring in the space of 60 frantic seconds. Chievo right back Fabrizio Cacciatore curled a shot inches beyond the far post with 10 minutes remaining and after surviving this scare Lazio went down the other end and the ball dropped to Anderson, who sent it fizzing wide.

Anderson squandered his third clear opportunity as the home side desperately chased an equaliser, but Chievo hung on to become only the third team to win at Lazio this season along with Juventus and Roma, which top the standings.

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