Date: 20th September 2015 at 2:37pm
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CHIEVO interInter defeated Chievo 1-0 in Serie A at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Sunday afternoon.

Mauro Icardi’s first goal of the season was enough to maintain the Nerazzurri’s 100 percent start to the season and condemned the Gialloblu to their first league defeat.

From the outset, both sides struggled to create any clear goal-scoring opportunities, and only had tame shots from Stevan Jovetic and Lucas Castro to show for their efforts.

Felipe Melo then fired a pile-driver well over the bar before Castro went close for the hosts as he headed over at the near post from a corner.

The Biscone were second best and had Gary Medel to thank as he intercepted a dangerous cross to keep it just out of Alberto Paloschi’s reach. Then, somewhat against the run of play, the away side took the lead just before the interval.

Geoffrey Kondogbia launched a ball into the box that Massimo Gobbi failed to deal with and Icardi showed his composure to take a touch before stabbing the ball home from close range.

Samir Handanovic was quickly called into action at the other end as he parried Valter Birsa’s fierce volley and Castro fired the rebound wide of the mark.

Paloschi nearly took advantage of some sloppy defending after the break as Alex Telles lost possession however his fierce drive flew just over the crossbar.

Inter were happy to sit back and soak up Chievo pressure as the hosts strived to find the equaliser, the tempo of the game dropping noticeably as a result.

Ivan Perisic had a great chance to seal the win after a swift counter-attack, however he dithered on the ball and his effort to find the unmarked Icardi was blocked.

Gialloblu coach Roando Maran was sent to the stands late on after protesting too much, but despite late pressure his players couldn’t find the equaliser.

Chievo will need to pick themselves up quickly as they take on Torino and Inter host the Gialloblu’s city rivals Hellas Verona on Wednesday.