10.04.10 / 22:59
FLORENCE - Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o scored in the last fifteen minutes to cancel out Keirrison's early opener but Per Kroldrup popped up with an equaliser as Fiorentina and Inter shared the points in Serie A Week 33 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
José Mourinho had named an unchanged team from the one that knocked CSKA Moscow out of the Champions League but was forced into a quick rethink when Stankovic sustained a muscular injury during the warm-up. Chivu slotted in at left-back with Zanetti switching to midfield alongside Cambiasso.
It was a good start in Florence with Sebastien Frey forced into difficult saves from Sneijder and Eto'o in the first six minutes. In between, Milito got in at the far post to crash his diving header on to the post.
After ten minutes of Inter the Viola edged in front when Montolivo played in Comotto who crossed low across the face of the six-yard box for Keirrison to slot past Julio Cesar. It was Fiorentina's first goal in five games against Mourinho's Inter.
Fiorentina could have added an immediate second but Samuel timed his interception to perfection, denying Jovetic a close-range shot after a defence-splitting one-two with Keirrison.
Vital clearances from Chivu and Samuel on the stroke of half time kept the score at 1-0.
Mourinho brought on Balotelli for Chivu at the break and Inter went from 4-2-3-1 to 4-2-4.
But it was still the hosts who went closest and Jovetic narrowly missed with a low shot from a tight angle on the right after meeting Montolivo's through ball.
Inter then survived a double scare when Julio Cesar made close-range saves from Gilardino and Comotto.
Another change was needed and Mourinho introduced Muntari in place of Pandev. The change brought a goal and it came in the 75th minute when Milito banged in his 19th in Serie A this term.
Sneijder played wide to Maicon and the Brazilian swung in a fast low cross for the Prince to stab home from close range.
Milito should have scored a second two minutes later but he chose the near post instead of the far one after being put through by Sneijder. The Dutchman then missed by a whisker when his rising drive from a free kick flew inches over.
In what was a carbon copy of Inter's first goal, Sneijder and Balotelli combined to set up Eto'o for his 11th of the Serie A campaign on 81 minutes.
Eto'o's goal looked for victory but Fiorentina had other ideas and were level a minute later when Kropdrup slotted home at the far post after Inter failed to clear Jovetic's corner.
The draw leaves Inter with a two-point lead at the top of the table ahead of Sunday's games.
Fiorentina 2-2 Inter (HT: 1-0)
Scorers: Keirrison 11, Milito 75, Eto'o 81, Kroldrup 82.
Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 25 Comotto, 14 Natali, 2 Kroldrup, 23 Pasqual (16 Felipe 50); 28 Bolatti, 24 Santana (29 De Silvestri 65), 18 Montolivo, 19 Gobbi; 8 Jovetic, 39 Keirrison (11 Gilardino 60).
Subs not used: 90 Seculini, 4 Donadel, 15 C.Zanetti, 32 Marchionni.
Coach: Cesare Prandelli.
Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu (45 Balotelli 46); 4 J.Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso (7 Quaresma 87); 27 Pandev (11 Muntari 71), 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o, 22 Milito.
Subs not used: 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi.
Coach: José Mourinho.
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).
Booked: Pasqual 18, Chivu 38, Kroldrup 42, Natali 53, Bolatti 77, Gobbi 89, Muntari 90+3.