Final score

2 December 2007 15:00

45' Cruz
10' Jimenez
Referee: Stefano Farina / Linesmen: Ayroldi, Lanciano / Fourth official: Dondarini
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47' Half time. Inter lead Fiorentina by two goals to nil.
46' Donadel tests Julio Cesar with a shot from distance.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
45' GOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!!! Cruz runs on to Ibra's magnificent through ball and sidefoots past Frey. Fiorentina 0-2 Inter.
44' Esteban Cambiasso is booked for protesting.
44' Maicon dribbles three opponents during a run into the Fiorentina box, but can't get past Liverani.
42' Ibrahimovic gets a cross in after some good individual work on the right flank. The Viola defence clears.
41' Chivu's inswinging cross from the corner flag is punched clear by Frey.
41' Maicon's cross from the right takes a slight deflection, and it's a corner for the Nerazzurri.
39' Potenza's terrific right-foot shot from 30 yards whizzes high and wide.
34' Headed clearance by Maxwell from Liverani's left-wing free kick.
33' Frey saves with his feet Maxwell's thunderbolt shot from a tight angle on the left.
32' Pasqual's curling free kick is easily saved by Julio Cesar.
32' Chivu is booked for a foul on Semioli.
31' Pasqual clears after Cruz' ball from the left. Inter stay in attack and Potenza makes a headed clearance from Maicon's right-wing cross.
28' Inter close to a second. Ibrahimovic collects a Jimenez pass and unleashes a low right-foot shot from the edge of the area. Frey tips round for a corner.
24' Julio Cesar makes a tipped save from Pazzini's low left-foot shot, conceding a corner.
22' Inter are forced to make an early switch. Maxwell replaces Olivier Dacourt.
22' Mutu feeds Pazzini, whose flicked header is hooked clear by Chivu at the back post.
21' Dacourt is unable to continue after suffering an ankle injury.
20' Jimenez overhits his pass into the area for Maicon. Goal kick for the Viola.
15' Semioli's header from Liverani's left-wing cross is saved by Julio Cesar.
13' Mutu has two shots blocked by the Inter defence as Fiorentina try to muster a reaction.
10' GOOOOAAAALLL!!!!!! He scored against Fenerbahce in midweek, and he's done it again today. Ibrahimovic serves Luis Jimenez who hits an angled shot past Frey for his second goal in an Inter shirt.
8' Mutu flicks wide Donadel's cross-shot from 20 yards.
7' Cristian Chivu has a go from distance. The Romanian's effort is over the bar.
5' Maicon makes a headed clearance from Liverani's dangerous inswinging right-wing free kick.
4' Kuzmanovic's looping header from a right-wing cross is over Julio Cesar's bar.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence for Fiorentina v Inter.
1' We're under way at the Franchi. Fiorentina kick off.
1' Today's match will kick off after a minute's silence in memory of Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli's wife, who died last week.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt, 19 Cambiasso; 11 Jimenez; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 21 Ujfalusi, 5 Gamberini, 6 Potenza, 23 Pasqual; 22 Kuzmanovic, 11 Liverani, 4 Donadel; 7 Semioli, 29 Pazzini, 10 Mutu.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Goals from Jimenez and Cruz seal a 2-0 win in Florence.
46' Julio Cesar saves Semioli's close-range header with his foot to deny Fiorentina a lifeline.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
41' Julio Cesar makes an easy save from Donadel's long-range shot.
39' Maicon wins the ball off Vieri in the Inter box.
37' It's Materazzi time. Marco comes on for Luis Jimenez to make his 200th competitive outing for the Nerazzurri.
36' Frey blocks a Suazo cross from the left, denying Jimenez a tap-in.
33' Vieri powers wide his header from Mutu's right-wing cross.
32' Suazo is flagged offside as he runs to meet Ibra's through pass.
30' What a move by the Nerazzurri. Suazo powers foward after a delightful combination in midfield between Cambiasso and Zanetti. The Honduran plays wide to Maicon who crosses for Ibra, but the Swedish forward just fails to make contact.
29' Straight into the action, Suazo overhits his through ball for Ibrahimovic. Frey is quick off his line to gather.
28' Inter replace Julio Cruz with counter-attack specialist David Suazo.
25' Potenza is booked for a foul on Ibrahimovic.
23' Cruz' shot from Jimenez' shot pass into the area is blocked by a Fiorentina defender. Ibra's hooked shot from Chivu's corner kick is over the bar.
19' Maicon is yellow carded for a foul on Semioli.
14' Fiorentina bring on Santana for Liverani.
14' Another chance for Ibra. The Swede's volley from Maicon's headed pass is well saved by Frey.
12' At the other end Pasqual gets to the left by-line and delivers a cross. Samuel blocks and clears.
11' A bit of pinball in the Viola area. Ibrahimovic strikes the post with a fierce right-footer from inside the area. The Swedish striker's follow-up shot is blocked by Frey. Ibra's third effort flies over the bar.
10' Maicon and Cambiasso make clearances from crosses by Semioli.
9' Good chance for Fiorentina. Liverani picks out Vieri with an inch-perfect ball over the Nerazzurri defence, and the ex-Inter striker hits wide his angled shot with just Julio Cesar to beat.
7' Cordoba thwarts a Fiorentina attack as the Viola look to get back into the game.
5' Headed clearance by Cambiasso from Semioli's right-wing centre.
2' Chivu whips in a cross from the left. Fiorentina clear.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Fiorentina have brought on Jorgensen for Kuzmanovic and Vieri for Pazzini.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.78
5 shots on target 7
9 shots off target 5
20 fouls committed 19
4 corners 7
1 offsides 5
00 ball possession 00
wins(23) draws(35) defeats(29)

FLORENCE - Serie A leaders and defending champions Inter beat Fiorentina 2-0 at the Franchi to maintain intact their three-point lead over Roma.

Luis Jimenez and Julio Cruz scored in the first half of a match that was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli's wife Manuela, who died last week.

Jimenez, who scored his first competitive goal for the Nerazzurri against Fenerbahçe in midweek, opened the scoring in the tenth minute. Fed by Ibrahimovic, the Chilean midfielder hit an angled shot past Sebastian Frey.

The Viola produced a strong reaction and could have equalised through Pazzini whose flicked header from Mutu's cross was hooked clear by Chivu. Julio Cesar then made a tipped save from Pazzini as Fiorentina kept up the pressure.

Inter went close to a second just before the half-hour mark when Ibrahimovic collected a Jimenez pass and unleashed a low right-foot shot from the edge of the area, forcing Frey into a tipped save. Minutes later the French keeper blocked Maxwell's thunderbolt shot from a tight angle.

Cruz increased the Nerazzurri's lead on the stroke of half time, running on to Ibrahimovic's magnificent through ball before sidefooting his seventh league goal of the season past Frey.

Fiorentina produced the first clear chance of the second half on 54 minutes, ex-Inter striker Vieri hitting wide with just Julio Cesar to beat after collecting Liverani's ball over the defence.

At the other end Ibrahimovic had three chances in quick succession, crashing against the post before seeing his follow-up shot blocked by Frey and blazing his third effort over the bar. 

Ibrahimovic went close again in the 59th, testing Frey with a cracking volley from Maicon's headed pass.

Marco Materazzi came on for Jimenez in the closing stages to make his 200th competitive outing for the Nerazzurri.

In added time Julio Cesar saved Semioli's close-range header with his foot to deny Fiorentina a lifeline.

Fiorentina 0-2 Inter (HT: 0-2)

Scorers: Jimenez 10, Cruz 45.

Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 21 Ujfalusi, 5 Gamberini, 6 Potenza, 23 Pasqual; 22 Kuzmanovic (20 Jorgensen 46), 11 Liverani (24 Santana 59), 4 Donadel; 7 Semioli, 29 Pazzini (32 Vieri 46), 10 Mutu.
Subs not used: 12 Lupatelli, 3 Dainelli, 9 Osvaldo, 19 Gobbi.
Coach: Cesare Prandelli.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt (6 Maxwell 22), 19 Cambiasso; 11 Jimenez (23 Materazzi 82); 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz (29 Suazo 73).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 16 Burdisso, 30 Pelé, 18 Crespo.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Stefano Farina (Novi Ligure).

Booked: Chivu 32, Cambiasso 44, Maicon 64, Potenza 70.

starting lineups

Frey 12 Julio Cesar
Ujfalusi 2 Cordoba
Gamberini 25 Samuel
Potenza 13 Maicon
Pasqual 26 Chivu
Kuzmanovic 4 Zanetti
Liverani 15 Dacourt
Donadel 19 Cambiasso
Semioli 11 Jimenez
Pazzini 9 Cruz
Mutu 8 Ibrahimovic


Lupatelli 22 Orlandoni
Dainelli 6 Maxwell
Gobbi 16 Burdisso
Jorgensen 23 Materazzi
Osvaldo 30 Pelé
Santana 18 Crespo
Vieri 29 Suazo