Final score

21 January 2007 15:00

Inter
25' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
24' Adriano
20' Stankovic
Fiorentina
5' Toni
referee Emidio Morganti / linesmen Copelli, Stagnoli / 4th man Brighi
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Minutes Text commentary
48' Stankovic floats the ball to Ibra who turns and shoots. It takes a deflection. Jorgensen clears the resulting corner.
48' Half time. Inter 2-1 Fiorentina.
47' Pasqual crosses back into the area. Free kick to Inter for a foul by Gamberini on Toldo.
46' Free kick to Fiorentina 30 yards out on the left for a Burdisso foul on Toni.
46' Vieira heads clear Pasqual's cross.
45' Adriano's whipped left-wing cross for Ibrahimovic is cleared by the Fiorentina defence.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
42' Toni tries to dance past Materazzi during a run into the box from the right. The Italian striker slips but wins his team a corner.
42' The corner is cleared by Ibra. Pasqual pounces on the loose ball and fires wide from 25 yards.
40' Good Viola move in the Inter area involving Blasi, Pazzini and Jorgensen. Toni fails to finish it off.
38' At the far Adriano controls Maicon's high cross from the right but slips before he can shoot.
37' Free kick to Inter out on the right wing. Maicon's cross is cleared by Pasqual.
35' Stankovic combines with Maxwell on the left. From the return pass the Serbian floats the ball over to the far post where Materazzi fails to connect.
34' Toni and Materazzi remain on the ground following a confrontation on the right edge of the Inter box. In the meantime the Nerazzurri break with Adriano who gets to the left-wing by-line before winning a corner.
32' Jorgensen's floated cross for Toni is headed clear by Cambiasso.
31' Ibrahimovic delights the crowd with a touch of magic on the left-wing by-line.
30' Free kick to Fiorentina 25 yards out for a Vieira foul on Gobbi.
30' Fiorentina replace Liverani with Pazzini (tactical switch). Fiorentina are now playing with two strikers.
28' Free kick to Fiorentina 25 yards out for a foul by Adriano. Liverani's floated cross is caught by Toldo.
28' Burdisso beats Toni to a high ball into the Inter area and heads clear. Seconds later the Fiorentina striker connects with another cross and heads on target. Toldo saves.
27' Ibra jumps high into the sky at the far post to head a Maxwell cross into the middle of the area. Liverani wins the ball and plays to safety.
27' Marco Materazzi makes two clearances from crosses by Gobbi to deny Toni.
26' Jorgensen fires inches over Toldo's crossbar as Fiorentina look to claw their way back into the game.
26' Potenza booked for protests.
24' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Stankovic plays the free kick short to Adriano who beats Frey with a low drive from 25 yards. Inter 2-1 Fiorentina.
24' Adriano has now scored in his last four games for the Nerazzurri.
23' Free kick to Inter on the edge of the Viola box for a foul by Liverani on Vieira.
22' Ibra chests down a Maxwell cross from the left and plays into the path of Stankovic who takes one touch of the ball before seeing his shot blocked.
21' Donadel is lucky to esacpe without caution for an ugly challenge on Stankovic just inside the Viola half.
19' We're level!!!!!!! Dejan Stankovic finishes off a splendid move by Inter, placing his shot from 12 yards into the top left corner after collecting an Adriano pass. Inter 1-1 Fiorentina.
19' That was Dejan's fifth league goal of the season.
18' Dainelli intercepts an Ibra pass for Maicon as Inter attack back down the right.
17' Good tackle by Materazzi on his Azzurri team-mate Toni in the Inter area. Fiorentina remain in attack and win a left-wing corner.
17' Vieira's headed clearance from the corner falls to Donadel who whacks it wide to Liverani, whose shot from a tight angle forces a brilliant save from Francesco Toldo.
16' Stankovic receives on the left from Ibra and plays a fast ball into the area. It's over the heads of Adriano and the Viola defenders.
15' Jorgensen intercepts a Maicon cross from the right as Inter push for an equaliser.
14' The lively Maxwell takes on an opponent on the left and crosses. Potenza blocks with his arm. Free kick for Inter on the left edge of the area.
14' Vieira is back on the pitch.
12' The corner kick is cleared as far as Maxwell who floats the ball into box. Frey beats Vieira to the ball and makes a punched clearance. Play momentarily interrupted as the France captain requires medical attention after the clash with his compatriot.
11' Adriano has a shot blocked, and we win our second corner of the game.
10' Viola scorer Toni makes a headed clearance from Stankovic's corner.
10' Free kick to us on the left for a foul on Maxwell.
10' The Brazilian full-back plays it short to Stankovic who creates space for a shot from 20 yards. The opposing defence blocks.
9' Vieira collects a long ball forward by Materazzi and flicks it over the Fiorentina defence for Adriano, who is tackled. Corner for Inter.
8' Adriano goes down in the Viola box following contact with Gamberini after meeting a Maicon right-wing cross. Inter's penalty claims are turned down by ref Morganti.
5' Fiorentina take the lead through Luca Toni, who nods in Liverani's cross from the free kick. Inter 0-1 Fiorentina.
4' Fiorentina win a free kick on the left edge of the Inter area for a Burdisso foul on Toni.
3' Maxwell takes on an opponent before passing square to Stankovic. The Serbian pokes it wide to Vieira who crosses from the right. The Viola clear.
3' Maicon receives wide on the right and crashes a cross-shot wide of Frey's goal.
2' Stankovic lets a Vieira pass roll through for Adriano but the Fiorentina defence intercepts.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Fiorentina. It's a mild afternoon in Milan as the warm Italian winter continues.
1' Francesco Toldo will keep goal for the second game running, with Julio Cesar ruled out due to a back problem. Mancini has called up Fabian Carini in place of the Brazilian custodian.
1' Inter: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano.
1' Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 6 Potenza, 3 Dainelli, 5 Gamberini, 23 Pasqual; 11 Liverani, 4 Donadel, 17 Blasi, 19 Gobbi; 20 Jorgensen, 30 Toni.
1' The Viola, playing in their red away strip this afternoon, kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
1' Maxwell crosses from the left wing. Gamerbini blocks and clears.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Fiorentina to collect their 13th consecutive Serie A victory and extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points, with Roma held at Livorno.
45' Ibra heads over Cambiasso's left-wing corner kick.
45' 3 minutes of overtime.
44' Dacourt forces a diving save from Frey with a blistering strike from distance. Corner for Inter.
41' Hernan Crespo replaces Adriano. Standing ovation for the Brazilian.
40' Pasqual blasts into the Curva Nord from 25 yards.
37' Dacourt replaces Dejan Stankovic, who is given a standing ovation.
34' Frey parries Stankovic's dangerous cross from the left-wing corner flag.
33' Play interrupted as Stankovic is struck by an object thrown on to the pitch by the Fiorentina fans.
33' Stankovic booked.
32' Gamberini tackles Stankovic to end an Inter counter-attack. Corner for Inter.
31' Montolivo booked for a foul on Stankovic.
30' Fiorentina bring on Montolivo for Gobbi.
29' Jorgensen goes through on goal but Materazzi prevents him from shooting.
26' GOOOOAALLLLLLL!!!!!! IBRACADABRA! Frey pulls off a great one-handed save from Ibra's close-range header from Stankovic's outswinging free kick, but he can't stop the Swedish forward's follow-up shot from crossing the line.
25' Free kick to Inter on the right edge of the Viola area for a Dainelli foul on Adriano.
24' Inter bring on Ivan Cordoba for Maxwell.
21' Gamberini heads wide Pasqual's left-wing free kick.
20' Burdisso booked for a foul on Toni. Free kick to Fiorentina 35 yards out on the left wing.
19' Maicon combines with Vieira but mis-coordinates his shot from inside the Viola area.
17' Fiorentina hit us on the break after Maicon loses the ball. Toni fails to capitalise, misguiding his pass for Pazzini.
17' Cesare Prandelli replaces Manuele Blasi with Reginaldo.
16' Pazzini combines with Gobbi before sending a low shot on target from 25 yards. It's too central, easy save for Toldo.
13' Adriano's cross from the left is blocked by Gamberini. Corner for Inter.
13' Free kick to Fiorentina for a Materazzi foul on Pasqual as both players rise to meet Stankovic's inswinging cross from the left-wing corner flag.
12' Pazzini's header from Pasqual's left-wing cross is well wide of the left post.
10' Ibra's headed flick from Cambiasso's ball into the Viola area is swept clear by Inter academy product Alessandro Potenza.
10' Toni fails to control Blasi's low cross from the right. Toldo gathers.
8' Toldo comes off his line to beat Toni to Pazzini's well-timed through ball.
5' Donadel's fierce right-foot curler is blocked by Javier Zanetti.
4' Toni controls a left-wing cross into the Inter area. He is promptly intercepted by Nicolas Burdisso.
4' Fiorentina win a fre kick 30 yards out for a foul on Toni by Burdisso.
3' Ibra is inches offside as he runs to collect a Cambiasso through ball.
2' Adriano blasts high over the bar from 25 yards,
1' Inter kick off the second half. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!!!
Zanetti
7.8
7.8
Cordoba
7.07
7.07
Materazzi
7.91
7.91
Toldo
7.11
7.11
Adriano
8.78
8.78
Crespo
7.14
7.14
Stankovic
8.69
8.69
Cambiasso
7.94
7.94
Burdisso
6.92
6.92
Maicon
7.22
7.22
Maxwell
7.28
7.28
Dacourt
7.15
7.15
Vieira
7.34
7.34
Ibrahimovic
8.66
8.66
Average rating 7.64
5 shots on target 4
4 shots off target 5
20 fouls committed 18
7 corners 3
3 offsides 1
30:34 ball possession 23:39
Mancini v Prandelli

Roberto Mancini has collected 5 victories, 2 draws and 3 defeats from his 10 competitive meetings with Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli.

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2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Venezia 3-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Parma 0-0 1-2
2003/04 Coppa Italia Lazio-Parma 2-0 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Parma 2-3 3-0
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina 1-0 1-2
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina ---- 3-2

Mancini v Fiorentina

Roberto Mancini has won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 of his five competitive meetings with Fiorentina, the club he coached from March 2001 to January 2002. Inter have scored in all 5 matches, netting a total of 9 goals.

Details:

2004/05 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina 3-2 1-1
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina 1-0 1-2
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina ---- 3-2

Prandelli v Inter

Cesare Prandelli has won 4, drawn 1 and lost 8 of his 13 competitive matches against Inter. The current Fiorentina boss hasn't won away to the Nerazzurri since Inter 1-2 Atalanta on 2 January 1994. Since then he has collected a draw and four defeats from five away matches. Prandelli's teams have conceded in all 6 trips to Inter, letting in a total of 9 goals.

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1993/94 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 2-1 2-1
1997/98 Serie A Lecce-Inter 1-5 ----
1999/00 Serie A Verona-Inter 1-2 0-3
2001/02 Serie A Venezia-Inter ---- 1-2
2002/03 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-2 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-0 0-1
2005/06 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-1 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-3 ----

Inter unbeaten in 23 games

Inter are unbeaten in 23 competitive matches, with 20 victories (including 11 wins in a row - 7 wins in Serie A, 2 in Coppa Italia & 2 in Champions League from 25 October 2006 to 2 December 2006 - a club record under the administration of Moratti) and 3 draws since their last defeat, a 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27 September 2006.

Inter on target in 19 consecutive matches

Roberto Mancini's team have hit the target in each of their last 19 games, scoring a total of 41 goals. Inter's last match without scoring was the goalless Serie A draw at Udinese on 22 October 2006.

No Inter home draw in 13 games

Inter's last draw at the Meazza was a 1-1 Serie A stalemate with Sampdoria on 16 September 2006. Since that date, the Nerazzurri have won 12 home matches (including 11 consecutive victories) and lost one.

Inter's second-half form

Inter have improved their results in the second halves of Serie A matches this season to collect a total of 13 points, more than any other team.

Crespo most decisive player in Serie A

Hernan Crespo is the most decisive player in the 2006/07 Serie A after 19 rounds of matches. The Argentine striker's goals have earned his team 15 points.

Donadel poised for 100th Serie A appearance

Marco Donadel is set to play his 100th top-flight match in Sunday's fixture against Inter. The Fiorentina midfielder, who made his debut in AC Milan 2-2 Parma on 4 March 2001, has seen Serie A action at AC Milan, Parma, Sampdoria and Fiorentina.

Fiorentina's nine-match unbeaten run

Since their 3-1 defeat at Roma on 5 November 2006, Cesare Prandelli's side have collected 5 victories and 4 draws (a record run under the Brescia-born coach). Another positive result will see the Viola move closer to an 11-match unbeaten run between May and September 2005 (8 wins and 3 defeats from league and cup matches).

No goal against Fiorentina for 270 minutes

Gilardino's last-minute goal in Fiorentina 2-2 AC Milan on 16 December 2006 was the last goal let in by Prandelli's side. Since that date the Viola have won two games and drawn one (Cagliari 0-2 Fiorentina, Fiorentina 4-0 Messina, and Fiorentina 0-0 Sampdoria).

Prandelli's black January

According to the statistics, January (along with September) is the worst month of the year for teams coached by Cesare Prandelli, with a points per match average of just 1.25 (10 wins, 14 draws and 11 defeats from 35 games).

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(48) draws(18) defeats(15)
MILAN - Inter came back from behind to defeat Fiorentina 3-1 at the Giuseppe Meazza.

Dejan Stankovic and Adriano replied to Luca Toni's early header, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic adding a second-half goal to extend Inter's lead at the top of the table to 11 points as Roma were held at Livorno.

The Viola edged in front after five minutes when Azzurri striker Toni nodded in a Liverani left-wing free kick.

Inter levelled on 19 minutes when Stankovic finished off a flowing Nerazzurri move, placing his first-time shot from Adriano's assist into the top left corner.

The Brazilian gave Inter the lead five minutes later with a low 25-yard drive from an indirect free kick.

Ibrahimovic sealed Inter's thirteenth consecutive Serie A win 26 minutes after the restart. The Swedish forward forced a one-handed save from Frey with a bullet header from Stankovic's outswinging free kick, but the French keeper failed to prevent Ibra's follow-up shot from crossing the line.

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

Scorers: Toni 5, Stankovic 19, Adriano 24, Ibrahimovic 71.

Inter: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell (2 Cordoba 69); 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic (15 Dacourt 82); 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (18 Crespo 86).
Subs not used: 79 Carini, 11 Grosso, 7 Figo, 21 Solari.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 6 Potenza, 3 Dainelli, 5 Gamberini, 23 Pasqual; 11 Liverani (29 Pazzini 30), 4 Donadel, 17 Blasi (83 Reginaldo 62), 19 Gobbi (18 Montolivo 75); 20 Jorgensen, 30 Toni.
Subs not used: 28 Lupatelli, 2 Kroldrup, 8 Pazienza, 32 Brivio.
Coach: Cesare Prandelli.

Referee: Emidio Morganti (Ascoli).

Booked: Burdisso 65, Potenza 71, Montolivo 76, Stankovic 78.

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Frey
Maicon 13 Potenza
Materazzi 23 Dainelli
Burdisso 16 Gamberini
Maxwell 6 Pasqual
Zanetti 4 Liverani
Cambiasso 19 Donadel
Vieira 14 Blasi
Stankovic 5 Gobbi
Ibrahimovic 8 Jorgensen
Adriano 10 Toni

substitutes

Carini 79 Lupatelli
Cordoba 2 Kroldrup
Figo 7 Montolivo
Crespo 18 Pazienza
Dacourt 15 Pazzini
Solari 21 Brivio
Grosso 11 Reginaldo