Final score

29 October 2008 20:30

Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Lanciano, Ayroldi / Fourth official: Girardi
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46' Half time. Fiorentina 0-0 Inter.
45' One minute of added time to play.
45' Maicon runs on to Ibrahimovic's low pass and sends his 25-yard rising drive high over the bar.
43' Brilliant save by Julio Cesar from Pasqual's blistering left-foot free kick.
42' Free kick to Fiorentina just outside the edge of our box after Cordoba brings down Osvaldo from behind.
39' Osvaldo blazes over the bar after a flowing Fiorentina attack.
38' Another corner for Inter. Stankovic's header from Chivu's cross is way off the mark.
37' Obinna gets a cross in from the right. Ibra is lurking at the far post but Comotto spots the danger and makes a headed clearance.
35' Corner for Inter under the Curva Fiesole. Chivu's cross is headed to safety.
34' Osvaldo gets on the end of Kroldrup's long-range free kick but his header goes skyward.
32' Maxwell neutralises a Viola attack and plays an inch-perfect long-range pass to Mancini, whose has his shot blocked after a run on goal.
30' Mancini's corner kick is punched clear by Sebastien Frey.
29' End-to-end in Florence as Maicon's deflected cross results in a right-wing corner.
29' Fiorentina come back at the Nerazzurri. Kuzmanovic delivers a strong curling cross from the right and Osvaldo powers his header over the bar after outjumping Maicon.
27' Another chance for Inter. Mancini lifts the ball over the Fiorentina defence and Ibrahimovic hooks wide from a tight angle.
25' Ibra creates a chance for Obinna but the Nigerian heads wide the Swede's headed pass.
24' Inter attack back and Fiorentina have Gamberini to thank for a sliding challenge on Mancini, denying the winger a scoring chance from Obinna's through ball.
23' At the other end Obinna looks for Ibra with a right-wing cross. Gamberini reads the move and makes a headed clearance. The Viola hit us on the break but Osvaldo fails to capitalise after a cross from Kuzmanovic.
23' Yet another cross from that right wing. And once again, Pazzini fails to connect.
21' Pazzini fails to make aerial contact with Pasqual's curling free kick.
20' Stand-in midfielder Cristian Chivu brings down Kuzmanovic just inside the Inter third. Free kick.
20' Obinna sprints down the right and tries a one-two with Stankovic but Kroldrup is alert to the danger and he makes the interception.
16' Stankovic shoots straight at Frey as the Nerazzurri soak up a period of Fiorentina pressure.
14' Dangerous right-wing cross from Kuzmanovic. Pazzini dives at the far post but fails to make contact.
13' Comotto gets a cross in from the right. Osvaldo heads wide of the target.
10' Montolivo overhits his floated pass for Pazzini but Burdisso has things covered.
8' A chance for Fiorentina as Pazzini's flicked header from Santana's right-wing cross forces a save from Julio Cesar.
5' Inter launch a counter-attack. Ibra plays to Mancini who strikes the bar with a fierce drive from a tight angle on the right.
5' Comotto plays in Santana on the right and the Argentine whips in a cross. Julio Cesar saves at his near post.
2' Mancini's outswinging cross from the left corner flag is headed clear by the Fiorentina defence.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Franchi in Florence for our midweek Serie A clash against the Viola.
1' Inter make a strong start at the Franchi and Ibra wins us a corner after a build-up down the left involving Mancini.
1' Away we go in Tuscany as the Nerazzurri, playing in their all-white away strip, kick off against the Viola.
1' Lineups: <br>Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Cordoba, Burdisso, Maxwell; Zanetti, Stankovic, Chivu; Obinna, Ibrahimovic, Mancini.<br> Fiorentina: Frey; Comotto, Gamberini, Kroldrup, Pasqual; Kuzmanovic, Felipe Melo, Montolivo; Santana; Pazzini, Osvaldo.
1' Pasqual, Kroldrup and Pasqual, also on the bench in Sunday's Sicily clash, make Fiorentina's starting lineup tonight.
1' With Gilardino and Mutu, (Fiorentina's scorers against Palermo at the weekend) ruled out of tonight's match, Prandelli brings in strikers Pazzini and Osvaldo.
1' Mourinho has named his lineup and it's Obinna, Ibra and Mancini in attack. Chivu will play in midfield with Zanetti and Stankovic, and Maxwell returns in defence alongside Maicon, Cordoba and Burdisso.
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50' Full time at the Franchi. Inter are held to their second consecutive goalless draw.
45' Five minutes of added time in Florence.
43' Ibrahimovic takes matters into his own hands but is dispossessed after trying to get past three purple players.
42' Jovetic fires narrowly over as Fiorentina launch an all-out assault for a late winner.
42' Prandelli replaces Pasqual with Zauri.
41' Another chance for Fiorentina. Pasqual races down the right and half-volleys into the area where Pazzini powers over his header.
39' Inter win a right-wing corner but nothing comes of it as Pazzini makes a headed clearance.
37' Inter bring on Quaresma for Dejan Stankovic.
37' Almiron's high cross from the right is caught by Julio Cesar.
36' Gamberini is back on the pitch but the Viola coach has his remaining subs warming up.
34' Prandelli may be forced to make his third and final switch, with Gamberini struggling after hurting his knee.
33' Gamberini climbs highest in the area and heads wide Santana's right-wing corner. What a chance for the home team.
30' Back in our half, Pasqual's left-wing inswinger is caught by Julio Cesar.
29' Fiorentina make their second change, with Jovetic replacing Osvaldo.
28' Chivu curls way over the bar after sidestepping an opponent.
28' Cordoba fails to control a loose ball in the box after an Inter corner. It could have been a good chance.
27' Maicon crosses, Ibrahimovic heads to Hernan Crespo and Valdanito heads wide as Inter look to have stepped up a gear.
24' Prandelli brings off Kuzmanovic and brings on Almiron.
22' Burdisso intercepts Osvaldo's cross for Pazzini and boots out for an attacking throw. Osvaldo then shoots into the sidenetting.
20' Crespo has an immediate impact, forcing Frey into a save with a right-foot shot. Seconds later Ibra is flagged offside as he fires wide.
19' Viola striker Osvaldo dances his way past Cordoba in the box but Maicon makes a strong challenge on the Argentine.
17' José makes a double change. Hernan Crespo and Patrick Vieira replace Victor Obinna and Mancini.
16' Pasqual's cross from the resulting free kick is comfortably saved by Julio Cesar.
15' Maicon gets a yellow card after tripping Santana on the left wing.
13' Mancini wastes a chance, blazing over the bar after Frey's palmed clearance from Maicon's cross.
12' Osvaldo controls well a pass out to the left but his cross-shot is straight into the arms of Julio Cesar.
11' Kuzmanovic volleys wide from 25 yards.
9' Chivu's left-foot curling free kick is high over the crossbar.
8' Roberto Rosetti produces the first yellow of the game. It goes to Per Kroldrup for a foul on Mancini.
6' From defence to attack. Felipe swings in a cross from the left. Nicolas Burdisso makes a headed clearance.
3' Felipe blocks Obinna's shot from the edge of the box after Maxwell's left-wing centre is cleared. Promising start to the half by Inter.
2' Three purple shirts surround Obinna as the pacy Nigerian tries to launch a counter-attack down the right.
1' Fiorentina kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.49
3 shots on target 2
11 shots off target 7
15 fouls committed 16
1 corners 7
0 offsides 3
00 ball possession 00
Prandelli v Mourinho

The two coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Prandelli v Inter

Viola boss Cesare Prandelli has won 4, drawn 1 and lost 11 of his 16 encounters with the Nerazzurri. In 8 home matches against Inter, Prandelli's teams have won 3 and lost 5.

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 1-3
2007/08 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-2 0-2

Mourinho v Fiorentina

Wednesday's Serie A clash at the Artemio Franchi is José Mourinho's first competitive meeting with Fiorentina.

Prandelli & points in October

Cesare Prandelli's best month of the footballing calendar is October. The Fiorentina coach has collected 21 victories, 9 draws and 6 defeats from 36 league fixtures in the tenth calendar month, for a points per game average of 2.

Viola looking for fifth consecutive victory

Fiorentina have won their last four Serie A matches, winning 1-0 at home to Genoa, 2-0 away to Chievo, 3-0 at home to Reggina and 3-1 away to Palermo. If they win again on Wednesday, the Viola will complete a run of five straight wins for the first time since 2005 when they beat Parma 4-1 at home, Siena 2-0 away, Cagliari 2-1 at home, Ascoli 2-0 away and AC Milan 3-1 at home between October and November.

Fiorentina 411 minutes without conceding

In home games, the Viola haven't let in a goal since Pavel Nedved's 39th-minute goal in Fiorentina 1-1 Juventus on the opening day of the season. Fiorentina's home invincibility stands at 411 competitive minutes (the remaining 51 of that Juve draw plus the 1-0 Serie A wins over Bologna and Genoa, the 0-0 draw with Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League, and the 3-0 league victory over Reggina).

Viola unbeaten at home in 18 games

Fiorentina's last home defeat was a 1-0 Serie A loss to AC Milan on 3 February 2008. Prandelli's side have since played 18 competitive fixtures in Florence, winning 13 and drawing 5.

Fiorentina, Inter yet to concede in opening 30 minutes of matches

Fiorentina and Inter are two of the three teams taking part in the 2008/09 Serie A championship yet to concede a goal in the first half-hour periods of matches. The other team is Udinese.

Inter 304 minutes without conceding

The Nerazzurri haven't conceded a goal since Moras' 56th-minute goal in Inter 2-1 Bologna on 4 October 2008. A total of 304 minutes have elapsed since then (remaining 34 minutes of Inter-Bologna plus Roma 0-4, Inter 1-0 Anorthosis, and Inter 0-0 Genoa).

wins(23) draws(35) defeats(29)

FLORENCE - Fiorentina stretched their unbeaten home run to nineteen matches and Inter lost the top spot as Wednesday's Serie A clash at the Artemio Franchi ended goalless.

Mourinho's Nerazzurri made a strong start and were unlucky not to take a 5th-minute lead when Mancini's angled drive crashed on to Frey's crossbar after a cheeky through ball from Ibrahimovic.

Spurred on by a full house in Florence, the Viola attacked back and Pazzini forced Julio Cesar into a save with a flicked header from Santana's cross.

Ibrahimovic looked good for his sixth of the Serie A season on 27 minutes but the Swede hooked wide from a tight angle after collecting Mancini's lofted pass.

Osvaldo had heaps of chances as Fiorentina found acres of space on the right flank, his best chance coming just before the half hour when he powered over a header from Kuzmanovic's strong cross.

Julio Cesar was called into action again before the break with a great save from Pasqual's scorching free kick.

Mourinho made changes 17 minutes after the restart, replacing Obinna and Mancini with Crespo and Vieira. The Argentine forward almost made an immediate impact minutes after coming on when he had a shot parried by Frey.

Prandelli's reply was to introduce Almiron for Kuzmanovic and replace the tiring Osvaldo with Jovetic.

Fiorentina created three good chances for a late winner. Gamberini climbed highest to head over a Montolivo corner. Pazzini then powered over his header after Pasqual's half-volleyed cross from the left.

And Jovetic fired narrowly over as the Viola maintained their search for a fifth consecutive victory until the final whistle.

Fiorentina 0-0 Inter

Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 21 Comotto, 5 Gamberini, 2 Kroldrup, 23 Pasqual (14 Zauri 87); 22 Kuzmanovic (30 Almiron 69), 88 Felipe Melo, 18 Montolivo; 24 Santana; 29 Pazzini, 9 Osvaldo (8 Jovetic 74).
Subs not used: 13 Storari, 4 Donadel, 7 Semioli, 54 Da Costa.
Coach: Cesare Prandelli.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 16 Burdisso, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic (77 Quaresma 82), 26 Chivu; 21 Obinna (18 Crespo 62), 8 Ibrahimovic, 33 Mancini (14 Vieira 62).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 15 Dacourt, 23 Materazzi, 45 Balotelli.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin).

Booked: Kroldrup 53, Maicon 60.

starting lineups

Frey 12 Julio Cesar
Pasqual 13 Maicon
Gamberini 2 Cordoba
Kroldrup 16 Burdisso
Comotto 6 Maxwell
Kuzmanovic 4 Zanetti
Felipe Melo 5 Stankovic
Santana 26 Chivu
Pazzini 21 Obinna
Montolivo 8 Ibrahimovic
Osvaldo 33 Mancini


Storari 1 Toldo
Donadel 14 Vieira
Semioli 15 Dacourt
Jovetic 18 Crespo
Zauri 23 Materazzi
Almiron 45 Balotelli
Da Costa 77 Quaresma