Final score

20 March 2005 15:00

Inter
20' (2nd half) Cordoba
8' (2nd half) Veron
27' Cambiasso
Fiorentina
42' (2nd half) Cordoba o.g.
41' Pazzini
referee Paolo Bertini / linesmen Copelli, Contini / 4th man Romeo
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MinutesText commentary
48'Chiellini almost turns Mihajlovic's free kick into his own net. Inter corner.
48'Half time. Inter 1 Fiorentina 1.
47'Obodo is yellow-carded for simulation.
45'Referee Paolo Bertini has injured his. back but will be able to 'play on'.
45'Three minutes of added time.
43'Obafemi Martins comes on for the injured Adriano.
43'Mihajlovic hooks clear as Fiorentina fail to take a good chance from Miccoli's right-wing free kick.
42'Cejas comes off his line to beat Cruz to a through ball.
41'Adriano cannot continue after receiving that knock to the knee and Martins wil replace him.
40'Toldo makes a superb save from Maresca's header and it's another Viola corner.
40'Fiorentina equalise through Pazzini, whose acrobatic shot from inside the Inter box finds the bottom right-hand corner.
39'Cordoba cuts out a Miccoli cross from the left and Fiorentina win a corner.
38'Veron intercepts the ball then races forward. He plays wide to Javier Zanetti, whose cross into the six-yard box is caught by Cejas.
38'In the meantime Adriano requires medical attention after a collision with Maresca when Veron intercepted.
37'Viola captain clears Kily's excellent ball into the six-yard box.
34'Pazzini remains on the ground after a foul by Mihajlovic.
33'In the Fiorentina box Julio Cruz chests down Favalli's cross from the left but is surrounded by two opponents and the Viola win possession.
32'Kily Gonzalez receives from Cambiasso, advances several yards then has a 25-yard shot blocked.
32'Dino Zoff brings on Maresca for Donadel.
31'Mihajlovic's inswinger is headed clear by Ujfalusi at the near post.
30'Adriano's header from Kily's pin-point cross in from the left is off target.
30'Adriano wins Inter a left-wing corner after his pass comes off Ujfalusi.
27'GOOOAALLLL!!!!!! Esteban Cambiasso plays forward to Cruz. Ujfalusi beats the striker to the ball and half-clears with a header, and Cambiasso volleys home.
24'From the edge of the Inter box Dainelli fires just wide of the right post after Cordoba half-clears a Miccoli cross from the by-line.
23'Mihajlovic sends his corner kick to the far post. Adriano outjumps the Fiorentina defence and glances his header wide.
23'At the other end Nakata's cross is blocked by Mihajlovic and the Viola win a corner.
22'Corner to Inter as Chiellini heads Kily's left-wing cross out of play at the far post.
20'Cambiasso's ball to Veron on the right side of the Viola box is misguided. Chiellini wins the ball then plays out of defence.
19'Another good chance for the Nerazzurri. Cambiasso receives from Veron then plays a looping pass over the Viola defence. At full stretch, van der Meyde only just fails to connect and Cejas collects.
18'Ujfalusi brings down Kily on the left wing and Inter win a free kick. Miha whips the ball into the Viola box... Cambiasso makes contact but his shot is wide.
15'Sinisa's free kick is on target, but too central and Serie A debutant Cejas makes an easy catch.
14'Cordoba beats Miccoli to Nakata's flicked pass to the right wing. Good defending by the Colombian, who is back in action for Inter today after missing the midweek Champions League victory through suspension.
14'Dainelli brings down Cruz in a central position 35 yards out. Free kick.
12'Kily is tripped by Donadel 40 yards out and Inter win a free kick.
12'Mihajlovic plays his free kick to the far post. Veron tries to cross across the face of the box but doesn't make clean contact and Fiorentina win a goal kick.
11'Adriano receives in the Fiorentina box but is promptly intercepted by Ujfalusi.
10'Nothing comes of the corner. The ball falls to Veron, who shoots well wide of the far post.
9'Kily floats a ball into the Viola box. Dainelli heads as far as van der Meyde, whose headed effort is deflected out for an Inter corner.
7'Miccoli curls his free kick to the near post. Toldo collects.
7'Viola captain Viali's long pass for Miccoli on the left wing is wayward and the Nerazzurri win a throw-in.
6'The Viola win a free kick 35 yards out on the left flank for a Cordoba foul on Pazzini.
4'From the left side of the Fiorentina box Kily crosses into the middle. Chiellini heads clear.
4'Julio Cruz's first-time shot from Kily's dangerous ball into the Viola area is just wide of the post.
3'A great run by van der Meyde down the right. The Dutchman squares for Cruz, whose cut-back for Veron is intercepted.
2'Sinisa Mihajlovic blasts clear after a Nakata attack down the right flank.
1'Good afternoon from the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan's San Siro district. The teams are on the pitch for the pre-match warm-up as the stadium continues to fill.
1'Inter team news: It's Argentine duo Veron and Cambiasso in the centre of midfield, with van der Meyde and Kily on the wings. Cruz and Adriano continue up front after the midweek victory over Porto, while Cordoba and Favalli return in defence.
1'Fiorentina team news: Japanese playmaker Nakata retains his place in the team after a good performance against Roma in the Italian Cup. Miccoli starts after recovering from a groin problem, and Argentine keeper Cejas makes his Serie A debut in goal.
1'Inter kick off against the Viola, who are playing in their white away strip this afternoon.
1'A good chance for Inter in the opening seconds. Cruz feeds the ball through to Kily, who collides with Maggio in the Fiorentina box.
MinutesText commentary
50'Full time. Inter beat Fiorentina 3-2 thanks to goals from Cambiasso, Veron and Cordoba.
49'Maresca's effort hits the Nerazzurri wall and Fiorentina win a right-wing corner.
49'Nakata blasts over from 20 yards.
48'Back at the other end Fiorentina win a free kick on the edge of the Inter box for a Mihajlovic foul on Chiellini.
47'At the other end Nakata wins Fiorentina a free kick on the left flank.
47'From inside the Inter box, the Japanese midfielder volleys on target. Toldo saves.
47'Inter attack back and Cruz's through ball for Veron is intercepted.
46'Cruz receives from Martins, creates space for a shot then sees his low effort easily saved by Cejas.
45'Four minutes of overtime to play.
44'Ujfalusi beats Oba Martins to C.Zanetti's long pass and heads clear.
42'Fiorentina reduce the deficit as Cordoba turns Nakata's ball across the six-yard box into his own net.
41'Martins loses the ball after a sweeping move involving Argentines Cambiasso and Cruz.
39'Free kick to Inter on the left wing for an Ujfalusi foul on Cruz.
38'Andy van der Meyde's diagonal shot from the left comes off Maggio and Inter win a right-wing corner.
38'The Dutch winger is replaced by Emre.
36'Applause for Nerazzurri captain Javier Zanetti, who receives from Cordoba then shields the ball from Pazzini and Nakata before bringing it out of defence.
35'Fiorentina bring on veteran winger Angelo Di Livio for Viali.
33'Mihajlovic's low effort is blocked.
32'Cambiasso is brought down by Viali. The Viola captain is booked. The free kick is 20 yards out on the left.
31'The Serb-Montenegrin defender is back on.
29'Mihajlovic requires medical attention after a collision with Fantini.
26'Cruz tries a shot from 25 yards after a chested pass from Obafemi Martins. It's wide of the left post. In the meantime, Cambiasso has come back on after receiving treatment.
25'Esteban Cambiasso remains on the ground clutching his right leg.
23'Inter bring on Cristiano Zanetti for Cristian Kily Gonzalez.
23'The Argentine winger comes off to an ovation from the crowd.
20'GOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Ivan Cordoba steals in at the near post and heads home Mihajlovic's corner. 3-1.
19'Veron close to a second. From the left side of the Viola box the Argentine's shot rises and forces Cejas into a tremendous save. Right-wing corner to Inter.
17'Cruz combines with Martins but can't find a way past Dainelli and Fiorentina move out of defence.
15'Kily Gonzalez's diagonal shot from the left comes off Maggio. Inter win a corner.
13'In acres of space outside the Nerazzurri box Pazzini shoots. Mihajlovic blocks and clears with a header.
12'Fiorentina win a right-wing corner. Nakata's cross to the near post is blocked and cleared by Favalli.
11'Cambiasso tries a one-two with Favalli. Ujfalusi cuts out the return pass and the Viola come forward.
11'Cejas comes off his line to beat Martins to Veron's long ball forward.
9'Veron and Cambiasso both scored against Roma at the Olimpico earlier in the season.
9'Fiorentina close to an immediate reply. Chiellini's shot from Fantini's cut-back finds the side-netting.
8'GOOOOAAALLLLL!!!!!!!! Mihajlovic crosses into the box... Cordoba touches back for Veron to half-volley into the top right-hand corner.
7'Inter build up an attack on the left wing. Cambiasso tries to poke the ball through to Cruz in the area but Ujfalusi cuts out the pass.
7'Dainelli fouls Oba on the right-wing touchline. Free kick.
6'Mihajlovic plays into space on the left wing but Cruz hasn't read the move and the Viola win a goal kick.
5'Mihajlovic's effort is cleared.
4'Martins is intercepted by Dainelli as he receives a through ball from van der Meyde.
4'Oba is pulled off the ball and Inter win a free kick in a central position 25 yards out.
1'The visitors kick off the second half.
1'Fiorentina have brought on Fantini for Miccoli.
Zanetti
6.53
6.53
Zanetti
7.37
7.37
Cordoba
7.82
7.82
Emre
6.68
6.68
Toldo
6.42
6.42
Adriano
6.66
6.66
Martins
6.62
6.62
Van Der Meyde
6.55
6.55
Kily Gonzalez
6.49
6.49
Cruz
6.37
6.37
Favalli
6.13
6.13
Veron
8.37
8.37
Cambiasso
8.53
8.53
Mihajlovic
6.48
6.48
Average rating6.93
6shots on target3
6shots off target4
18fouls committed19
8corners5
0offsides1
32:53ball possession23:21
Disciplinary situation

Inter
Disqualified: Materazzi
Cautioned: Cordoba, Emre, Mihajlovic
Former players/coaches:
Adriano (15 appearances, 6 goals in competitive matches from January to June 2002)
Coach Mancini (11 wins, 9 draws and 21 defeats in 41 competitive matches from March 2001 to January 2002)
Toldo (335 appearances, 0 goals in competitive matches from 1993/94 to 2000/01)
C.Zanetti (5 appearances, 0 goals in competitive matches from 1993/94 to 1995/96)

Fiorentina
Disqualified: Ariatti
Cautioned: Dainelli, Obodo, Viali
Former players: -

Mancini v Zoff

The only previous meeting between the two coaches was in 2000/01 when Mancini's Fiorentina beat Zoff's Lazio.

Details:
2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Lazio ---- 0-3

Mancini v Fiorentina

Mancini and Fiorentina meet for the second time in a competitive match. The first meeting was last November's draw in Florence.

Details:

2004/05 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina ---- 1-1

Zoff v Inter

Dino Zoff has recorded 4 victories, 6 draws and 5 defeats in 15 matches against Inter. The current Fiorentina coach has let in a least one goal in each of the seven matches in Milan (total 10 goals).

Details:
1988/89 Serie A Juventus-Inter 1-1 1-1
1989/90 Serie A Juventus-Inter 1-0 1-2
1990/91 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-0 0-2
1991/92 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-1 0-1
1992/93 Serie A Lazio-Inter 3-1 0-2
1993/94 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-0 2-1
1996/97 Serie A Lazio-Inter 2-2 ----
2000/01 Serie A Lazio-Inter 2-0 1-1

Inter equal two records

Last weekend's draw with Lazio was Inter's 17th of the 2004/05 Serie A campaign. The 1-1 stalemate at the Olimpico sees the Nerazzurri equal the club's record of draws in one season (set in 1991/92), and also equals Bologna's record of draws in one 20/21-team Serie A season (set in 1948/49).

Inter on course for positive record

The 1-0 loss at home to AC Milan in February is Inter's only defeat of the domestic championship so far. If the Nerazzurri manage to finish the season without losing another game, they will beat their record of just two defeats in 1964/65 and 1988/89. In both cases, Inter won the Scudetto.

Inter's sprint finishes to matches

The Nerazzurri have scored more in the final fifteen-minute periods (including added time) of matches than any other team playing the 2004/05 Serie A championship, with 17 goals from 76' to 90'. The scorers: Vieri (5), Adriano, Martins (4 each), Recoba (2), Cordoba, Mihajlovic (1 each).

12 different Viola players on target

Maggio's goal against Lecce means that 12 different Fiorentina players have now scored in the championship this season. The Tuscans are second only to Lazio, who have scored with 15 different players. In alphabetical order, the 12 Viola players who have scored Serie A goals this terms are Ariatti, Bojinov, Chiellini, Dainelli, Jorgensen, Maggio, Maresca, Miccoli, Obodo, Pazzini, Portillo and Riganò.

Fiorentina's poor away form

The Tuscans have collected just 3 points from the their last 9 away matches, with 1-1 draws at Messina and Brescia, and a 2-2 draw at Lecce. And the Viola have let in at least one goal in each of their last 11 trips (total 20 goals conceded). The last time Fiorentina kept a clean sheet on the road was the 0-0 draw with Parma last 3 October.

Jorgensen and goals against Toldo

Martin Jorgensen, who was back to scoring for the Viola in last Saturday's match against Lecce, has scored three goals against Inter keeper Francesco Toldo (1 in Fiorentina 1-1 Udinese, 1999/00 Serie A 1999/00; 1 in Udinese 1-3 Fiorentina, 2000/01 Serie A; and 1 in Inter 1-2 Udinese, 2002/03 Serie A). The Danish striker also counts Pagliuca and Sicignano among his favourite targets, with three goals against both keepers.

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(47)draws(18)defeats(15)
MILAN - Goals from South American trio Cambiasso, Veron and Cordoba saw Inter follow up Tuesday's Champions League victory over Porto with a 3-2 win at home to Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon which consolidates third spot in the Serie A standings.

The Nerazzurri were rarely troubled by a technically inferior Fiorentina side in the opening forty-five and Esteban Cambiasso opened the scoring shortly before the half-hour with a sweet volley past Serie A debutant Cejas after Ujfalusi intercepted Cruz and half-cleared.

Five minutes before the break the Viola equalised with Inter momentarily down to ten men after an injury to Adriano, Pazzini finding the bottom right-hand corner with a shot on the turn from inside the area.

Juan Sebastian Veron restored Inter's lead early in the second half with a half-volley into the top right-hand corner after an Ivan Cordoba touch-back, then was denied a second when Cejas pulled off a tremendous save from his powerful 20-yard shot.

Cordoba gave Mancini's men a seemingly unassailable lead on 65 minutes, stealing in at the near post to guide home a header from Mihajlovic's right-wing corner. But the Colombian gave the visitors a lifeline five minutes from time, turning a Nakata cross-shot into his own net from close range to set up a nervous finale from a Nerazzurri point of view which saw Nakata and Cruz have shots saved by Toldo and Cejas.

INTER 3-2 FIORENTINA (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Cambiasso 27, Pazzini 40, Veron 53, Cordoba 65, (og) 86

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 7 Van der Meyde (5 Emre 83), 9 Cruz, 10 Adriano (30 Martins 43), 11 Mihajlovic, 14 Veron, 16 Favalli, 18 Kily Gonzalez (C.Zanetti 68), 19 Cambiasso
Subs not used: 15 Carini, 13 Zè Maria, 24 Gamarra, 32 Vieri
Coach: Roberto Mancini

FIORENTINA: 1 Cejas, 3 Dainelli, 4 Chiellini, 5 Obodo, 10 Nakata, 11 Miccoli (76 Fantini 46), 16 Donadel (14 Maresca 32), 20 Pazzini, 21 Ujfalusi, 25 Maggio, 55 Viali (7 Di Livio 80)
Subs not used: 22 Lupatelli, Riganò, 19 Savini, 44 Piangerelli
Coach: Dino Zoff

Referee: Paolo Bertini

Bookings: Obodo 45+2, Viali 77

starting lineups

Toldo 1Cejas
Cordoba 2Dainelli
Zanetti 4Chiellini
Van Der Meyde 7Obodo
Cruz 9Nakata
Adriano 10Miccoli
Mihajlovic 11Donadel
Veron 14Pazzini
Favalli 16Ujfalusi
Kily Gonzalez 18Maggio
Cambiasso 19Viali

substitutes

Carini 15Lupatelli
Emre 5Di Livio
Zanetti 6Riganò
Ze Maria 13Maresca
Gamarra 24Savini
Martins 30Piangerelli
Vieri 32Fantini