Novara stuns Inter for first Serie A in 55 years
Novara, Italy – Novara stunned Inter Milan, 3-1, on Tuesday time Italian champions since 1940.
Marco Rigoni scored twice after the 85th minute, and Riccardo Meggiorni scored in the first half, as Novara - which earned promotion to Serie A for the first time since 1955 - posted its first win three matches into the season.
Inter Milan is winless in Serie A after its second league loss, and is winless with four losses and a draw in five matches this season in all competitions.
Novara, which was in Italy's third division two years ago, scored the first at Stadio Silvio Piola in the 38th when Meggiorni settled Andrea Mazzarani's pass and fired into the bottom-right corner.
The scoreline held until the final minutes when Rigoni converted from the spot after Andrea Ranocchia pulled down Takayuki Morimoto in the area. Rigoni drove his shot down the middle to score past Julio Cesar.
Esteban Cambiasso pulled a goal back for Inter in the 89th after a mistake in the box by Novara's defense, but Morimoto created another goal with his hustle in the corner.
Morimoto dug the ball out of the corner, then led an attack into the area that ended with Rigoni driving a rebound off Cesar into the net with a side volley, sealing his side's first win over Inter in 71 years.
Novara has a win and a draw after three matches, and sits just two points off the top with the rest of the league yet to play midweek.
Inter manager Gian Piero Gasperini, in his first season with the club, will be under fire after the latest loss, and could be coaching for his job at Bologna on Saturday.