#NerazzurriClassics – When Jurgen Klinsmann’s Hat-Trick Led Inter To Victory Against Hellas Verona

#NerazzurriClassics – When Jurgen Klinsmann’s Hat-Trick Led Inter To Victory Against Hellas Verona
August 27, 2021 10:30
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During the 1989-90 Serie A campaign, as the reigning champions, the Nerazzurri were in the middle of a tight title race against Milan and Napoli.

After convincingly beating their rivals by 9 points to secure the first title in over a decade, Inter started a new campaign under the guidance of Giovanni Trapattoni.

One significant change was replacing Ramon Diaz with Jurgen Klinsmann which disrupted the team’s chemistry a bit since Diaz and Aldo Serena had formed a fantastic partnership that proved to be decisive in the 1988-89 season.

Hellas Verona on the other hand, had a successful Serie A season in the 88-89 campaign as well, comfortably finishing in eleventh place, well outside the relegation zone.

Coming into round eleven match against the reigning Scudetto champions would ultimately prove to be too much for the Gialloblu.

The previous five matches between the two sides have been dead-even despite the big discrepancy in the squads, with teams drawing four matches and Inter winning narrowly with a one-goal margin in the second half of the 88-89 season.

Starting for the Nerazzurri were Walter Zenga in goal with a defense of Riccardo Ferri, Giuseppe Bergomi, Andreas Brehme.

A midfield consisting of Gianfranco Matteoli, Enrico Cucchi, Alessandro Bianchi, Andrea Mandrolini and Nicola Berti. Attacking duo of Jurgen Klinsmann and Aldo Serena.

For the home side, Hellas Verona the starting eleven was Angelo Peruzzi, Vittorio Pusceddu, Luiciano Favero, Nelson Gutierrez, Ernesto Calisti, Domenico Giacomarro, Gianluca Gaudenzi, Marino Magrin, Antonio Acerbis, Robert Prytz and Tullio Gritti.

Nerazzurri started the match on the front foot, pressing higher up the pitch and causing turnovers, and enjoying the majority of the possession.

Bringing in wingers into the attack and supplying a healthy dose of crosses towards the center of the box for Klinsmann and Aldo Serena.

Serena latched onto one of those opportunities earlier on and scored but the goal was waved off due to the off-side call.

Inter-tested Peruzzi from both long and short-range from a variety of angles but the Verona goal-keeper kept a clean slate earlier on.

Around thirty-three minute mark, a cross to the center of the box was headed down towards Klinsmann by Serena. Klinsmann latched on to the pass and tucked it away in the far right corner for Inter’s first goal of the match.

Verona tried to slow the tempo of the game by retaining possession and trying to get back into the match, however lack of quality up front and connection with the midfield caused Verona to unsuccessfully get the ball past Walter Zenga.

As the half-time approached, the pace of the game had slowed down and remained in balance for the most part until a disastrous clearance from Verona, a backward pass to the goal-keeper from the halfway line, was intercepted by Klinsmann who comfortably scored his and Inter’s second goal of the game uncontested.

Through much of the second half, Verona made a few changes to their line-up to switch things up but the home side was not able to beat Nerazzurri’s high press in the opposition’s half and was unable to score any goals.

Before the end of the game, Klinsmann completed his hattrick in the eighty-eighth-minute mark, as he flicked the ball between the defenders and went through on goal and tapped the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs to complete a comprehensive 3-0 win away at Hellas Verona.

By Bilal Mirza

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