Inter beats Chievo 2-0 to move closer to Champions League
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi (left) challenges for the ball with Chievo's Mattia Bani during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Chievo, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy on Monday.
AP, Milan :
Inter Milan took a crucial step towards securing Champions League football by beating 10-man Chievo Verona 2-0 in Serie A on Monday.
Inter moved back into third spot in Serie A, a point above Atalanta, which occupies the final Champions League qualifying berth. Crucially, Inter was four points above AC Milan and Roma with two matches remaining. "Once we broke the deadlock, it all became easier. Now, it will all be in our hand for the next two games," Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan said. "Now, getting points to qualify for the Champions League is all that matters."
Matteo Politano opened the scoring shortly before halftime and Ivan Perisic, who earlier hit the post, sealed the result after Chievo midfielder Nicola Rigoni was sent off for a second booking. Last-placed Chievo had already been relegated. Bologna all but achieved Serie A safety with a 4-1 win over 10-man Parma, which is in danger of getting sucked back into the relegation dogfight.
Bologna was helped by two own goals, including from Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe, who kept his side in the match early on with three sensational saves.