Brozovic bags brace as Inter down Genoa

A brace from Marcelo Brozovic handed Internazionale a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Genoa at the San Siro on Sunday.

Stefano Pioli's unbeaten start to life with the Nerazzurri came to an abrupt end with a 3-0 defeat to Napoli last time out, but his side bounced back this weekend as goals in either half from Marcelo Brozovic took Inter into the top-half of the table.

The hosts survived an early onslaught in thick fog as Samir Handanovic kept out efforts from Miguel Veloso and Lucas Ocampos, while Danilo D'Ambrosio came to his keeper's rescue with a goalline clearance to deny Darko Lazovic.

Inter then took the lead against the run of play in the 38th minute when Brozovic got on the end of Joao Mario's corner to power his shot into the bottom-right corner of the net from the edge of the box.

The Milan giants managed to take their one-goal advantage into the half-time break, but they were almost pegged back soon after the restart as Lazovic forced Handanovic into a fine save with his shot from inside the area on the right on 53 minutes.

However, Brozovic gave them some breathing space with a second goal on 69 minutes. It was the same combination again as Joao Mario picked out the Croatian midfielder inside the box to slot past visiting keeper Mattia Perin.

It took the wind out of the Rossoblu's sails as the home team came closest to adding to the scoreline in the closing stages, but Perin produced an outstanding save to keep out Miranda's header.