Final score

8 May 2011 15:00

Inter
32' (2nd half) Coutinho
28' Cambiasso
25' Pazzini
3 - 1
Fiorentina
29' (2nd half) Gilardino
referee Luca Banti / linesmen De Luca, Manganelli / 4th man Ciampi
Minutes Text commentary
46' After one minute of stoppage time, the first half of Inter v Fiorentina ends with the score at 2-0 to Inter
45' The referee allows one minute of added time
45' Cambiasso wriggles through the defence and picks out Maicon who shoots right-footed; Boruc manages to save with his feet
43' Gilardino gets away to pick up a ball in the box, but the whistle goes for offside. he tries to shoot all the same but Julio Cesar gets his body behind the ball to save
42' Eto'o crosses from the left for Coutinho but he slips just as he is about to shoot
39' Cerci runs on to a cross from the left by D'Agostino, breaking into the area but his shot narrowly misses Julio Cesar's right post
39' Free-kick to Fiorentina taken by D'Agostino but the ball crashes against the wall
31' Pazzini takes a pass from the left but De Silvestri makes a sliding tackle to block his run
30' Kharja tries to reach a ball on the edge of the box but he's beaten to it by Gamberini
28' GOAL Inter: This time Cambiasso heads home a free-kick taken on the left by Eto'o
27' YELLOW CARD for De Silvestri
25' GOAL Inter: Pazzini is the scorer. He is found by Eto'o from the left wing . Pazzini picks up the ball in front of goal and shakes off Natali and turns to slot the ball home right-footed. We would like to dedicate this goal to Inter fan Yang Xiaodong from Inner Mongolia
19' Cerci with his left foot this time but Julio Cesar is there to palm the ball away
17' Materazzi gets his head to another corner and the ball flies narrowly wide of Boruc's left post
14' Pasqual slips up and Pazzini capitalises; he strikes low but straight at Boruc
13' Boruc punches the ball away from Ranocchia's head and the corner swings in from the left
12' Pazzini's turn to hit the bar now, again from a through ball by Coutinho but Boruc manages to get a hand to it and turns it against the bar
10' Gilardino hits the bar after receiving from Cerci; D'Agostino started the move
7' The first real chance of the match falls to Inter: Coutinho sees Pazzini in front of him and slides the ball through but he hits it quickly and fires high over the bar
5' Vargas on the attack tries to find Cerci with a cross, Chivu intercepts
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza where everything is ready for Inter v Fiorentina in Week 38 Serie A 2010/11
1' Inter kick off
1' Before the whistle at the Stadio Meazza a moving clip lasting a minute and a half was shown on the big screen; it was an extract from a documentary made by MaGa Production, entitled 'Diario di Bordo del Capitano' (Captain's Log), dedicated to Picchi
1' Captain Zanetti will wear a particular armband today in honour of Picchi, who passed away on 27 May, 40 years ago. The symbol of the Club has been embroidered between he faces of Picchi and Zanetti on the yellow background of the armband
1' To take on Fiorentina, Leonardo has chosen Ranocchia and Materazzi in the centre of defence in front of Julio Cesar, with Maicon and Chivu playing wide of them. He has fielded the midfield trio of Zanetti, Cambiasso and Kharja with Coutinho playing behind Pazzini and Eto'o. Nagatomo has been ruled out by flu
Minutes Text commentary
50' After five minutes of added time, the whistle blows with the final score at Inter 3-1 Fiorentina. The Nerazzurri are now on 72 points
49' Pazzini capitalises on a poor clearance by Boruc but De Silvestri manages to get back to send the ball wide
45' The referee allows five minutes of added time
43' Mutu heading for goal passes across the face of the goalmouth for Gilardino but Julio Cesar is there once again to save at his feet
40' Obi tries a cross-cum-shot but it finishes up in Boruc's arms
39' Santana crosses from the right in the direction of Mutu, but Julio Cesar dives to get there first
36' Gilardino traps the ball setting up Mutu but his shot is blocked by Julio Cesar
36' SUBSTITUTION Fiorentina: Pasqual is off and Comotto gets a game
35' Obi tries left-footed from a distance but Boruc picks the ball up easily
34' Vargas tries to hit a free kick with his left foot but just manages to hit it into the wall
32' GOAL Inter: Coutinho's marvellous right-footed free-kick is curled over the wall and slips inside the left post
32' SUBSTITUTION Inter: Lucio on his 33rd birthday comes on to replace Materazzi
29' GOAL Fiorentina: Gilardino receives the ball from Santana, traps it on his right thigh and shoots left footed past the advancing Julio Cesar
27' Mutu spins to shoot but sees his shot fly over the bar
27' SUBSTITUTION Inter: Chivu comes off and it's Obi's turn to join in the match
22' De Silvestri takes the ball off Coutinho as he tries to pass outside him on the left wing
21' Ranocchia stops Vargas as he races down the left wing
18' Maicon tries a one-two with Kharja but Montolivo cuts out the final pass
16' Zanetti crosses from the right and Chivu's right-footed volley hits the side-netting
15' Julio Cesar saves twice in quick succession from Mutu
15' Pandev is caught offside
13' SUBSTITUTION Inter: Eto'o comes off to an ovation as Pandev takes over in attack
12' Cerci winds up his left foot to shoot but Julio Cesar claims the ball
11' SUBSTITUTION Fiorentina; Mutu comes on to replace D'Agostino
8' Montolivo passes to Gilardino who spins around to shoot with the outside of his right foot, but his shot is just wide
4' Gilardino's pass finds Montolivo in the area but Materazzi is there to tackle
3' Cambiasso tries from well ouside the box but the ball is wide
2' Cerci's back-heel finds D'Agostino unmarked but Julio Cesar gets down to block his left-foot shot
1' Fiorentina get the second half underway, no changes having been made to either team during the interval
Zanetti
7.36
7.36
Materazzi
6.27
6.27
Cambiasso
8.14
8.14
Julio Cesar
8.35
8.35
Maicon
7.31
7.31
Chivu
6.53
6.53
Obi
6.94
6.94
Lucio
6.34
6.34
Eto'o
8.13
8.13
Pandev
6.09
6.09
Coutinho
7.83
7.83
Ranocchia
6.65
6.65
Pazzini
8.55
8.55
Kharja
6.46
6.46
Average rating 7.21
7 shots on target 9
5 shots off target 5
11 fouls committed 11
6 corners 3
2 offsides 3
27:29 ball possession 22:25
Leonardo v Mihajlovic: Leo unbeaten as coach

This is the third time the two coaches have faced each other, with Mihajlovic yet to record a win: there has been 1 win for Leonardo and 1 draw. The two met as opponents on the pitch 7 times, in which Leonardo always wore the red and black of AC Milan while Mihajlovic turned out for Sampdoria and Lazio. The Brazilian never lost as a player either: 4 wins and 3 draws. In those ties Leonardo got his name on the score sheet twice, while the Serbian scored 1 for his side and 1 own goal.

Leonardo against Fiorentina: ok as a coach, never victorious as a player

This is the fourth time Leonardo has taken on the Viola as a coach and he has won all 3 of the previous meetings. Conversely, as an AC Milan player Leonardo faced Fiorentina 6 times but never ended on the winning side: 1 draw and 5 defeats, with one goal for the Brazilian.

No draws against Inter for Mihajlovic, who returns to San Siro as an ex for the first time

Mihajlovic has never drawn against Inter during his coaching career: the current Fiorentina coach has won 1 and lost 2 of the 3 previous head-to-heads. These 3 matches - in which both sides always scored (4 for Mihajlovic's teams and 5 for the Nerazzurri) - have all been played at Mihajlovic's home ground, which means he is now returning to San Siro for the first time since his 4-year stint here: he worked as Roberto Mancini's assistant in the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons after playing for Inter in 2004/05 and 2005/06, racking up 43 appearances and 6 goals in the process.

Inter: no home goals conceded against Fiorentina in 445 mins

The last goal scored by Fiorentina away to Inter in competitive fixtures was on 21 January 2007, when the Nerazzurri won 3-1: Toni netted for the Tuscan side in the 5th minute. Since then, in the remaining 85 minutes of that match plus 4 further meetings at the San Siro (3 in Serie A and 1 in the Coppa Italia), Inter have kept the Viola at bay for 445 minutes.

Inter at home in Serie A: one defeat in last 58 games

Inter have lost just one of their last 58 Serie A matches played at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza: the game against AC Milan on 14 November 2010 (0-1). The Nerazzurri's record in the other 57 games in that period is 44 wins (including all 11 of the last 11) and 13 draws.

Milito closing in on 100 Italian goals. And in May...

Diego Alberto Milito needs three more goals to make it 100 in his appearances for Italian teams. The first of his 97 strikes – 51 in Serie A, 33 in Serie B, 5 in the Coppa Italia, 7 in European competition and 1 in the Club World Cup, while playing for Genoa and Inter – came on 1 February 2004, in the 39th minute of Genoa 1-1 Ascoli (Serie B). May is the month in which the Argentinian has hit the net most often: 18 of his 84 goals scored in Serie A and Serie B.

Fiorentina - Cambiasso's favourite target

Esteban Cambiasso has scored more goals in competitive fixtures against Fiorentina than against any other team since he arrived in Italy: 4 of the midfielder's 37 total goals have come against the Viola.

Fiorentina: one defeat in last 10 league matches; none on the road since January

Fiorentina have lost only once in their last 10 Serie A matches: on 10 April they were beaten at home by AC Milan (1-2). In the other 9 games they have won 4 and drawn 5. Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last six away fixtures, during which they have achieved 3 wins (2-4 in Palermo, 0-1 against ChievoVerona and 1-2 in Cagliari) and 3 draws (1-1 against Parma and Bari, 2-2 in Cesena). Their last defeat on the road came on 29 January: 0-2 against Lazio. If Fiorentina were to avoid defeat in Milan against Inter, it would be their longest unbeaten run away from home since April-November 2007, when they put together a sequence of 12 positive results (4 wins and 8 draws).

Mutu: 300 games in Italy if he plays

Should he feature today, Adrian Mutu will celebrate his 300th appearance in competitive fixtures while playing for Italian clubs. His 299 appearances to date - wearing the colours of Inter, Verona, Parma, Juventus and Fiorentina - are divided as follows: 240 in Serie A, 20 in Coppa Italia, 37 in European competitions and 2 in other tournaments. Mutu made his competitive debut in Italy on 6 January 2000, in Inter 5-0 Perugia (Serie A).

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wins(48) draws(18) defeats(15)
MILAN – The result ended at 3-1 between Inter and Fiorentina in the Week 36 Serie A match of the 2010/11 season.

A crossbar and a great performance from Julio Cesar prevented Mihajlovic's men from pulling in front in the first half. Inter took advantage through Pazzini who, after three chances, opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Three minutes later Cambiasso doubled the lead and the Nerazzurri ended the half up by two goals to nil. After the restart Gilardino cut Inter's lead in half (74), but shortly afterwards (77) Coutinho curled in a free kick – his first goal in Serie A – to add the third goal.

FIRST HALF – Leonardo chose to make some changes to Inter's starting line-up in order to face Fiorentina, placing Materazzi together with Ranocchia in central defence, along with Maicon and Chivu as the full-backs (Nagatomo was out with the flu). Snejider was not in the squad today, and Coutinho was chosen to play behind Pazzini and Eto'o. Meanwhile, Milito was on the bench together with Samuel, recently returning from injury. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the passing of Armando Picchi, a video tracing his life was shown on the giant screen of the Meazza before the match, and Javier Zanetti, in his 999th professional match, wore a special armband in Picchi's memory, bearing the words: "May 1971 – May 2011: 40 years past, but always in our hearts."

Pazzini had the first attempt of the match with a right-footed shot from the edge of the box that sailed over the crossbar in the 7th minute. Just three minutes later Fiorentina responded with a lovely sequence between D'Agostino, Cerci and Gilardino, with Maicon deflecting the forward's shot onto the crossbar. Then in the 12th minute Inter came right back and hit the crossbar at the opposite end of the pitch through Pazzini on Coutinho's pass. Inter's next chance (14) again fell to "Pazzo" who, capitalising on Chivu's cross and Pasqual's uncertainty, tried to slip one past a sliding Boruc, only to see his attempt blocked by the 'keeper. In the 19th minute Cerci, the most active of the Viola, unleashed a shot that a diving Julio Cesar managed to keep out.

Then in the 25th minute Pazzini put Inter in the driver's seat with a great goal: after some build-up by a stubborn Eto'o, "Pazzo" quickly turned to face the goal and clinically slipped the ball past a puzzled Boruc. There wasn't much time to celebrate because Inter doubled their lead just two minutes later when Cambiasso headed in Eto'o's free-kick to bring the score to 2-0. The visitors gave Inter a scare in the 40th minute when D'Agostino crossed for Cerci, whose shot grazed Julio Cesar's right post. Then, just before the whistle to end the half, Maicon forced a magnificent save out of Boruc, who used his feet to clear the danger.

SECOND HALF – The same 22 players were on the pitch to start the second half, and in the 53rd minute Gilardino nearly put his team on the scoresheet on a pass from Montolivo, but his right-footed touch finished wide. Mutu entered the match in the 56th minute, while Leonardo chose to save Eto'o for the Coppa Italia final against Roma, and therefore sent on Pandev in the 58th minute. A shot from the Romanian striker shaved a coat of paint off the crossbar in the 72nd minute, but it was Gilardino to halve Inter's lead in the 74th minute when he controlled Santana's pass with his right thigh before firing the ball into the net with his left foot.

In the 77th minute Leonardo was proven right in his choices: Cambiasso won a free-kick, and then Coutinho stepped up to curl the ball over the wall – his first goal in Serie A – and make the score 3-1. Inter were then given a scare (88) when Mutu, on a counterattack, lost his marker and crossed to Gilardino in the box, only for Julio Cesar to come off his line and rescue his team-mates. After 5 minutes of injury time the match ended, giving Leonardo his eleventh victory in eleven home matches and rooting Inter to second place in the standings with 72 points.


Inter 3-1 Fiorentina (HT: 2-0)
Scorers: Pazzini 25, Cambiasso 28, Gilardino 74, Coutinho 77.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 15 Ranocchia, 23 Materazzi (32 Lucio, 51), 26 Chivu (20 Obi, 72); 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 14 Kharja; 29 Coutinho, 7 Pazzini, 9 Eto'o (27 Pandev, 58).
Unused Subs: 12 Castellazzi, 22 Milito, 25 Samuel, 37 Faraoni.
Coach: Leonardo.

Fiorentina: 84 Boruc; 29 De Silvestri, 5 Gamberini, 14 Natali, 23 Pasqual (25 Comotto, 81); 85 Behrami, 21 D'Agostino (10 Mutu, 56), 18 Montolivo; 24 Cerci, 11 Gilardino, 6 Vargas.
Unused subs: 1 Frey, 2 Kroldrup, 7 Santana, 22 Ljajic, 32 Marchionni.
Coach: Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Referee: Luca Banti (Livorno).

Booked: De Silvestri 27.
Added time: 1+5 minutes.
Attendance: 55,879.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Boruc
Maicon 13 De Silvestri
Ranocchia 15 Gamberini
Materazzi 23 Natali
Chivu 26 Pasqual
Zanetti 4 Behrami
Cambiasso 19 D'Agostino
Kharja 14 Montolivo
Coutinho 29 Cerci
Pazzini 7 Gilardino
Eto'o 9 Vargas

substitutes

Castellazzi 12 Frey
Lucio 6 Kroldrup
Obi 20 Santana
Milito 22 Mutu
Samuel 25 Ljajic
Pandev 27 Comotto
Faraoni 37 Marchionni