Verona midfielder’s sublime goal was dubbed the ‘Zaccagnata’. How long before we see him try it again at a bigger club?

Back came Serie A, and back came the goals: a casual eight of them in the lunchtime kick-off alone. Inter were already the most prolific side in the highest-scoring of Europe’s top five leagues this season, but if anyone had forgotten what their football looks like during a 10-day winter break, then their win over Crotone offered an excellent refresher.

Against opponents who sit bottom of the table, the Nerazzurri conceded a cheap opener, battled back into the lead and then gave up a pointless penalty – all by the 36th minute. After making such hard work of the first half, they bagged four unanswered goals in the second, winning 6-2 and creating a perfect metaphor for a season in which they have seemed determined to make their own lives difficult, yet now have won seven games straight.

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