Final score

25 September 2005 20:30

7' Martins
Referee: Stefano Farina / Linesmen: Stagnoli, Cuttica / Fourth official: Ayroldi
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45' Toni plays a one-two with Bojinov in the Inter box then shoots. Julio Cesar tips it over the bar and Fiorentina win a corner. Materazzi clears the corner.
45' Half time. Inter lead Fiorentina 1-0 thanks to Martins' 7th-minute goal.
44' Donadel's cross from the left is blocked and cleared by Cambiasso on the edge of the box.
42' Cordoba blocks Fiore's low shot and Cambiasso tackles Jorgensen to deny the Dane a follow-up shot.
41' Inter come straight back at Prandelli's men. Martins wins a duel with Gamberini then pokes a low shot wide of the right post.
41' It's end-to-end as Fiorentina attack Inter and win a free kick in a central position 40 yards out for a Materazzi foul on Toni.
40' Jorgensen intercepts a Cambiasso pass and the Viola storm forward on the break with Bojinov, Toni and Fiore. The move ends as Jorgensen's far-post header is caught by Julio Cesar.
38' Great intervention by Materazzi, who beats Bojinov to the ball then smashes clear for a Fiorentina throw-in.
37' Oba Martins meets a Figo pass then turns Gamberini but loses control and Di Loreto clears.
35' Valeri Bojinov delivers the cross. Marco Materazzi makes a headed clearance and Donadel's slices his follow-up shot well off target.
34' Another good chance for Inter. Figo serves Veron whose first-time shot spins off an opponent, presenting Cambiasso with a chance. Cuchu's attempt is blocked and Martins' follow-up backheel is off target.
34' Free kick to the Tuscans over 40 yards out as Martins fouls Brocchi.
32' Fiorentina attack back and Julio Cesar makes an equally good save from Bojinov.
31' Samuel beats Toni to an Ujfalusi pass then plays a long ball forward for Adriano. The Brazilian creates space for a low, right-foot shot which forces another good save out of Frey.
30' Cambiasso does the same with Ujfalusi's ball to Fiore.
29' Ujfalusi intercepts Favalli's pass for Figo and Fiorentina break down the right.
28' Free kick to Fiorentina 40 yards out on the right. Bojinov plays wide to Ujfalusi and the Viola captain crosses in for Toni to head wide. Inter win a free kick for a foul by the Serie A top scorer.
27' Frey comes off his line to collect an intelligent long-range pass by Veron and deny Adriano a scoring chance.
26' Brocchi is booed by the San Siro for a long-range shot that finishes well off target.
25' At the other end Toni heads into the six-yard box but there's no Viola player on hand and Cambiasso covers as Julio Cesar collects.
24' The Emperor powers past Gamberini then unleashes one of those left-foot missiles from 30 yards. It's wide of the left post.
23' Another defence-splitting move by the Nerazzurri. Adriano picks out Martins on the left and the Nigerian crosses in for Stankovic, whose close-range effort spins up into the air.
21' Jorgensen is booked for a foul on Martins.
20' Free kick to us midway inside the Fiorentina half as Adriano is fouled by Gamberini as he tries to control a long ball forward by Cambiasso.
19' What a save by Frey from Stankovic, whose bullet header from Favalli's superb cross is on target.
19' Di Loreto blocks Adriano's effort from inside the Viola box as the Nerazzurri push for a second goal.
17' Juan Veron is booked for a foul on Christian Brocchi in the Fiorentina half.
16' Viola captain Ujfalusi beats Stankovic to another Figo cross and we win our first corner of the match. Figo takes, Materazzi's far-post header is cleared.
15' Di Loreto anticpates Martins to Figo's cross as Inter break down the right.
14' Fiorentina win a goal kick as Adriano and Stankovic fail to make contact with Martins' far-post cross from the right channel.
13' Free kick to Inter for a Toni foul on Materazzi during an aerial duel between the two Italian internationals.
12' Adriano races on to a Veron through ball then blasts over from the edge of the box but the flag goes up for offside.
10' Figo looks for a way past Pancaro on the right but the ex-Milan and Lazio defender shows all his experience and denies the Inter number 7 space for a cross.
7' Superb goal by the Nerazzurri!!!!!!!!!!! Martins plays to Adriano who spots Figo in space on the right and plays wide to the Portuguese winger who slots across the face of the six-yard box for Oba to slot home.
7' That was Inter's 10th league goal of the season.
6' Favalli receives from Cambiasso and has a go from 30 yards. Brocchi blocks.
4' Brujita crosses to Stankovic on the far side and the Serb plays to Martins, whose header from 11 yards is spectacularly parried by ex-Inter keeper Frey.
3' Figo is fouled on the right wing as he receives from Veron.
2' Corner to the Viola after Materazzi blocks Jorgensen's diagonal effort from inside the Inter box.
1' Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza for what promises to be a thrilling Serie A Week 5 encounter between the two highest scoring teams in the Serie A so far this season.
1' Inter team news: Recoba & Cruz are on the bench as Mancini starts with Adriano and Martins up front. The back four remains unchanged from Wednesday's win in Verona, while in midfield Veron and Cambiasso are flanked by Figo and Stankovic.
1' We're off as the Viola, playing in their white away strip tonight, kick off against the Nerazzurri. FORZA INTER!!!!
1' Stankovic looks for a one-two with Adriano on the left flank but the Brazilian's return pass is too long and Fiorentina win a defensive throw-in.
Minute Text commentary
49' Free kick to Inter 40 yards out for a Gamberini foul on Cruz.
49' Adriano's effort is blocked by Gamberini.
49' Full time. Inter beat Fiorentina 1-0.
47' Cruz is pushed to the ground on the edge of the Viola box. Free kick.
47' Figo's effort is over the bar.
45' 4 minutes of added time.
44' Mancini brings on Cruz for goalscorer Martins.
43' Julio Cesar saves a Pazzini header.
41' Corner to Inter. Figo crosses, Frey collects.
39' Frey pulls off another fantastic save, this time from a Stankovic header.
38' Ooohhhhhhhh! Figo dribbles the entire Fiorentina defence, plays a one-two with Martins then shoots. Frey saves with his feet.
37' Jorgensen hooks clear at the far post as no Nerazzurri player manages to get a touch to Figo's dangerous cross.
36' Donadel fouls Cambiasso again and is lucky to stay on the pitch.
36' Corner to Inter as Pasqual tackles Figo on the by-line.
35' Adriano controls Martins' cross to the far post but Pasqual intercepts and the Viola break.
34' Fiorentina win a free kick out on the right channel. Montolivo's deep cross into the box is caught by Julio Cesar.
32' Free kick to Inter 40 yards out on the left for a two-footed entrance by Montolivo on Cambiasso.
30' Cuchu is back on the pitch and Donadel now needs treatment.
29' Inter are momentarily down to ten men as Cambiasso walks to the touchline for treatment.
28' Donadel is booked for a terrible foul on Cambiasso in midfield.
27' From the edge of the Viola box Adriano drags a right-foot shot wide of the left post.
26' Dejan Stankovic's cross from the right-wing by-line is blocked by Pasqual.
25' Adriano turns Pasqual on the right then crosses into the box. Ujfalusi makes a headed clearance.
24' Veron's right-foot effort is high and wide.
24' Prandelli makes his third switch. On comes highly-rated young midfielder Montolivo for Fiore.
23' Free kick to Inter 40 yards out.
22' Julio Cesar collects Fiore's crossed free kick from 35 yards.
22' The San Siro roars penalty as Gamberini gets back to tackle Martins in the Viola box.
20' Frey comes off his line to beat Martins to Samuel's long ball into the Fiorentina box.
19' Materazzi is the fourth player of the evening to pick up a booking for a foul on Viola sub Pazzini.
18' Walter Samuel heads back to Julio Cesar to deny the onrushing Toni and is applauded by the Meazza.
16' Frey pulls off another great save, this time from Stankovic and Inter win a corner.
16' Materazzi's header from Figo's corner is saved off the line by Brocchi and it's another Nerazzurri corner.
15' Stankovic whips in a cross from the right. At the far post Adriano heads back for Figo, who misses the ball but Veron is there to shoot. Fiorentina block.
15' Fiorentina bring on Pazzini for the ineffective Bojinov.
13' Ujfalusi beats Adriano to Figo's outswinging cross from the right and Inter win a corner.
13' Figo takes but Farina blows for a foul by Cordoba.
8' Free kick to Inter for a Bojinov foul on Materazzi during an aerial duel.
7' Fiorentina break and the move ends as Julio Cesar steals the ball off Toni to deny the Viola striker.
7' Inter come straight back at the Tuscans and Obafemi Martins fires a low shot wide of the right post.
6' Stankovic intercepts in the Inter half and plays first-time to Adriano. The Serb makes a fifty-yard run but is beaten to the return pass by Di Loreto.
5' Toni turns Figo and enters the Nerazzurri box. But there's no way past Materazzi, who makes the tackle and sets up a counter attack.
4' Figo crosses to Stankovic, who plays back to Veron and the Argentine's first-time shot is over.
3' Gamberini is yellow-carded for a foul on Martins. The free kick is 20 yards out of the right wing.
2' Free kick to Fiorentina for an Adriano foul on Di Loreto after the Brazilian latched on to Stankovic's through ball.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Prandelli has brought on Pasqual for Pancaro.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.7
7 shots on target 2
7 shots off target 1
28 fouls committed 23
7 corners 3
3 offsides 3
25:50 ball possession 17:28
Mancini v Prandelli

The current Nerazzurri and Viola coaches meet for the eighth time. Mancini leads Prandelli by 3 wins to 2. There have been 2 draws.


2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Venezia 3-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Parma 0-0 1-2
2003/04 C.Italia Lazio-Parma 2-0 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Parma 2-3 3-0

Mancini v Fiorentina

Inter boss Roberto Mancini has notched a win and a draw against the club he coached from March 2001 to January 2002.


2004/05 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina 3-2 1-1

Prandelli v Inter

Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli has collected 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 defeats from his 10 matches against Inter.

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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

No league goal against Inter at San Siro for 453'

The last time Inter let in a Serie A goal at home was in the 87th minute of the 3-2 win against Fiorentina on 20 March 2005 when Ivan Cordoba turned the ball into his own net. The Nerazzurri have not conceded a goal for the remaining three minutes of that match plus the entire games against Cagliari, Siena, Livorno, Reggina last season and Treviso this term.

Five different players on target

After the first four 2004/05 Serie A matches Inter are one of three teams to have scored with five different players (Adriano, Cruz, Martins, Samuel and Stankovic). The other two are Roma and Sampdoria.

Winning bench

Inter have the second-best Serie A attack after four matches with nine goals scored (two less than Fiorentina). Julio Cruz has come off the bench to score three of those nine goals.

Martins set for milestone appearance

If he plays against Chievo on Wednesday Obafemi Martins will complete a century of appearances since coming to Italy. The Nigerian has played 62 times in the Serie A, twice in the Serie C1, 11 in the Coppa Italia, 23 in European Cup competitions and once in the Italian Super Cup. He has scored 38 goals. Oba has played for Reggiana and Inter in Italy and made his competitive debut in Reggiana's 2-0 defeat at home to Como in the Serie C1 on 14 April 2001.

Fiorentina's record-breaking attack

The two best Serie A attacks after four rounds meet at the Meazza on Sunday. Inter have scored 9 goals, two less than Fiorentina who with 11 goals from the first four matches have made a record scoring start to a Serie A season since the 'three points for a win' era began in 1994/95 (their previous best was 9 in 1997/98). The most prolific Fiorentina side after four Serie A games before 1994/95 was in 1992/93 when the Viola scored 12 goals. Incredibly, they were relegated to the Serie B at the end of that season.

Viola unbeaten since April

Fiorentina's positive run continues. The Viola have collected 8 wins and 3 draws from their last 11 competitive matches, their last defeat the 2-1 reverse t at home to Milan on 30 April 2005. And the Tuscans have scored at least once in each of their last nine matches (total 22 goals). Their last match without scoring was the Serie A goalless draw with Atalanta at the Franchi on 15 May 2005.

wins(50) draws(20) defeats(15)
MILAN - It was billed as the clash of attacking titans Adriano and Toni, but it was Obafemi Martins who decided Sunday evening's Serie A Week 5 clash between Inter and Fiorentina as goalkeepers Julio Cesar and Frey stole the show with saves galore and Luis Figo illuminated the Meazza with his full repertoire of skills.

Inter's winner was the result of a spectacularly worked move on 7 minutes, started and finished by Obafemi Martins. The Nigerian speedster played short to Adriano, who spotted Luis Figo in space on the right. The Portuguese winger played first-time across the face of the six-yard box for Oba to ram home.

Sebastian Frey prevented his former club from increasing their lead with first-rate saves from Stankovic, Martins and Adriano as Inter's approach play proved devastating.

Fiorentina's best chance of the opening forty-five fell to Serie A top scorer Luca Toni, who combined with Bojinov then saw his shot superbly saved by Julio Cesar.

Prandelli's side were less creative in an Inter-dominated second half as Frey twice denied Stankovic and Brocchi made a goal-line clearance from Materazzi's header. Luis Figo went closest to increasing the lead when he dribbled the Viola defence, played a quick one-two with Martins then had his close-range shot saved by Frey's feet.

The win sees Inter close the gap on early-season leaders Juve to three points ahead of next Sunday evening's 'derby d'Italia' at the Delle Alpi. In the meantime the Nerazzurri host Scottish Premier League outfit Rangers in Matchday 2 of the Champions League on Wednesday.


Scorer: Martins 7

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 23 Materazzi, 16 Favalli; 7 Figo, 14 Veron, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 30 Martins (9 Cruz 89)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 8 Pizarro, 13 Ze Maria, 20 Recoba, 21 Solari, 33 Wome
Coach: Roberto Mancini

FIORENTINA: 1 Frey; 21 Ujfalusi, 5 Gamberini, 27 Di Loreto, 26 Pancaro (23 Pasqual 46); 10 Fiore (18 Montolivo 69), 32 Brocchi, 4 Donadel, 20 Jorgensen; 8 Bojinov (29 Pazzini 60), 30 Toni
Subs not used: 12 Cejas, 3 Dainelli, 17 Pazienza, 25 Guigou
Coach: Cesare Prandelli

Referee: Stefano Farina (Novi Ligure)

Bookings: Veron 17, Jorgensen 21, Gamberini 48, Materazzi 64, Donadel 73

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Frey
Cordoba 2 Ujfalusi
Materazzi 23 Gamberini
Samuel 25 Di Loreto
Favalli 16 Pancaro
Figo 7 Brocchi
Cambiasso 19 Fiore
Veron 14 Donadel
Stankovic 5 Jorgensen
Adriano 10 Bojinov
Martins 30 Toni


Toldo 1 Cejas
Pizarro 8 Dainelli
Cruz 9 Pazienza
Ze Maria 13 Montolivo
Recoba 20 Pasqual
Solari 21 Guigou
Wome 33 Pazzini