SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, March 12, 2012
Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona came up short against Inter as they allowed two late goals at home on Friday night.
Bradley started in midfield for head coach Mimmo di Carlo's Flying Donkeys against the heretofore disappointing Nerazzurri.
Chievo was not just content to defend in front of their home fans making decent headway against the Inter defense, but could not produce any clear-cut scoring chances.
In the 13th minute, Chievo defender Francesco Acerbi was called for a handball in the box, but Stefano Sorrentino saved Diego Milito's poorly taken penalty to keep the deadlock intact.
Wesley Sneijder came close to opening the scoring just five minutes later, but his rapidly sinking shot from 25 yards out was kept out by the crossbar.
Chievo's best chance at a goal came in the 43rd minute, but Sergio Pellisier was muscled off the ball in the box by Brazilian Lucio just before he got off his shot.
Inter finally broke the tie late in the game off of a corner as Walter Samuel wound up getting enough on Sneijder's cross to eek it past Sorrentino with his head in the 86th minute.
Just three minutes later, Milito atoned for his earlier mistake, as he skied up over his marker to nod home Javier Zanetti's cross from the right.
With the loss Chievo drop to 11th place, stuck on 34 points. Up next for Bradley and company is a trip to Bologna.