Joaquín Correa scores 2 on dreamy Inter Milan debut

Joaquín Correa made his dream debut for Inter Milan on Friday, coming in late as a substitute and scoring twice for the defending champion to beat Hellas Verona 3-1 in the Italian league.

It was 1-1 in Verona when visiting coach Simone Inzaghi brought Correa for fellow Argentina Lautaro Martínez with 15 minutes of regulation time remaining.

Correa, who joined Lazio on Thursday, scored in the 83rd when he led a cross from Matteo Darmian, then sealed the win in added time with a nice clean shot through the right post with his left boot.

Inter were forced to continue the game, despite a good start, due to a mistake by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic in the 15th. Handanovic’s pass to Marcelo Brozovic saw Ivan Ilic of Verona intercept and then lift the ball over the goalkeeper for the opening goal.

Inter had a goal ruled out before the break due to a Martínez foul on the Verona goalkeeper, but the Argentinian redeemed the equalizer in the 47th by entering from close range.

Inter continue to enjoy a winning start. The Nerazzurri started their Serie A title defense with a 4-0 win over Genoa last weekend.

Earlier on Friday, Argentina defender Nahuel Molina led Udinese to a 3-0 victory over newly promoted Venezia.

Molina crossed for his compatriot Ignacio Pussetto to open the scoring in the 29th and he sealed the result with a nice finish under the crossbar in added time. Gérard Deulofeu scored the second goal for the home team in the 70th.

Venezia has now lost both games upon returning to Serie A.

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