Final score

29 November 2009 15:00

40' (2nd half) Milito (P)
Referee: Antonio Damato / Linesmen: Grilli, Rosi / Fourth official: Russo
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46' Frey says no to Milito, who sidefooted on target after receiving in space from Eto'o.
46' It's 0-0 at the break after a fast and furious first half.
45' Quaresma buries the ball in the back of the net but the whistle had already gone for a foul by the Inter number seven.
45' One minute of stoppage time.
44' Dainelli's header from a Fiorentina corner causes few problems for Julio Cesar.
43' Damato cautions Kroldrup for a foul on Eto'o before Fiorentina's counter-attack.
42' Jorgensen blasts into the Curva Sud as Fiorentina hit Inter on the break.
40' Quaresma ghosts past four opponents and plays through to Eto'o who is flagged offside as he shoots at Frey. What a move by the Portuguese winger.
38' Vargas takes the free kick and Julio Cesar makes another save from the Peruvian.
37' Muntari brings down Jorgensen on the right channel. Match ref Damato makes a gesture that means 'it's a booking next time son'.
36' Chivu's curling shot from the resulting free kick is high and wide.
35' Gobbi gets a booking for hand ball.
34' Chivu commits a foul on Montolivo on the right, conceding another free kick and getting a yellow card.
34' Julio Cesar saves Vargas' curling free kick.
33' Free kick to Fiorentina on the right wing. Vargas' inswinger is punched clear by Julio Cesar.
31' Eto'o turns Dainelli on the edge of the box, creating space for a shot, but the Fiorentina captain blocks and concedes a corner.
29' Quaresma's angled shot is inches wide of Frey's left-hand post.
29' Dainelli intercepts Muntari's cross from the right but fails to clear. Quaresma pounces and his angled shot is inches wide of Frey's left-hand post.
28' Samuel Eto'o beats the offside trap but Stankovic's through ball is too long for the Cameroonian. Frey gathers.
28' Frey gets down and saves a low deflected shot from Dejan Stankovic.
27' Muntari cannons a loose ball over the bar after a corner from Stankovic is half cleared.
25' Vargas swings in a high corner from the right. Punched clearance by Julio Cesar.
24' Julio Cesar saves Gilardino's flicked header from Vargas' right-wing free kick.
22' Quaresma goes down again during a run down the right. Cristiano Zanetti escapes without caution.
22' The resulting free kick, taken by Quaresma, is cleared by the Viola defence.
20' Jorgensen sends a 25-yard drive wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
19' Muntari's inwsinging right-wing free kick is parried by Frey. Corner to Inter.
18' Quaresma goes down after a challenge from Gobbi. Free kick to Inter on the right wing.
18' Fiorentina make an early change. Jorgensen comes on for the injured Marchionni.
17' Frey makes a punched save from an Inter corner. Quaresma's follow-up from the edge of the box is blocked.
16' Julio Cesar blocks a long-range shot from Vargas.
16' End-to-end stuff as Milito goes through on goal, only to be denied by Frey.
14' Vargas' lofted cross from the left is over the head of Santana and into the arms of Julio Cesar.
14' Inter break and Muntari drives an angled low shot wide of the post after latching on to Quaresma's through ball.
12' Cambiasso's cross into the area is headed to safety by Kroldrup. Inter get the ball back into the box, Dainelli tackling Eto'o to neutralise the threat.
11' Viola captain Dainelli charges into Milito and it's a free kick to Inter about 35 metres from goal.
9' The lively Ricardo Quaresma darts down the right and plays into the path of Eto'o, but the Cameroonian and his strike partner Milito are flagged offside.
7' Walter Samuel makes a timely interception to deny Gilardino a shooting chance under the Curva Sud.
7' Back at the other end Muntari receives on the edge of the box, before dragging his low shot wide of Frey's left-hand post. Fast start by both teams.
6' Frey spills a right-wing cross from Quaresma but Gobbi helps out his goalkeeper with a swift clearance.
5' Per Kroldrup, playing his 100th match for the Florentine outfit today, sends wide his header from the corner.
4' Fiorentina work the ball down the left and Vargas whips in a cross. Cambiasso makes a headed clearance at the near post, conceding a corner.
1' It's a rainy day in Milan as Inter and Fiorentina prepare to do battle in Serie A Week 14 at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
1' José Mourinho has made several changes to the team that faced Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Zanetti switches to right-back in place of the suspended Maicon, Muntari comes in for Thiago Motta in midfield, and Quaresma will play up front with Eto'o and Milito.
1' Cesare Prandelli has named a 4-2-3-1 lineup, with Alberto Gilardino as the lone striker behind Marchionni, Santana and Vargas.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 J.Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari; 7 Quaresma, 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.<br>&#8232;Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 8 Thiago Motta, 14 Vieira, 15 Krhin, 23 Materazzi, 30 Mancini.
1' Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 25 Comotto, 2 Kroldrup, 3 Dainelli, 19 Gobbi; 18 Montolivo, 15 C.Zanetti; 32 Marchionni, 24 Santana, 6 Vargas; 11 Gilardino.&#8232;<br>Subs: 35 Avramov, 8 Jovetic, 9 Castillo, 20 Jorgensen, 21 Babacar, 23 Pasqual, 29 De Silvestri.
1' Inter kick off. Game on!
1' Cambiasso has a weak shot saved by Frey after Quaresma takes a the ball past three Viola players.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Fiorentina 1-0 and move eight points clear at the top.
46' Comotto intercepts Mancini's cross for Eto'o. Corner for Inter.
45' The Meazza roars as the big screen displays the latest score from Sardinia: Cagliari 2-0 Juventus.
45' Three minutes of injury time.
43' Samuel Eto'o wins a duel on the halfway line and sprints on goal. Frey moves off his line and blocks the Cameroonian's shot.
42' And Inter replace Milito with Vieira.
41' Fiorentina bring on Castillo for Santana.
40' GOAL!!!! Diego Milito sends Frey the wrong way and we're in front at the Meazza. INTER 1-0 FIORENTINA.
39' PENALTY! Damato points to the spot as Milito is brought down by Comotto after meeting Thiago Motta's ball into the area.
39' Comotto is yellow-carded.
35' Alberto Gilardino fires against the post after outwitting Lucio and Samuel with a brilliant touch of the ball.
34' Walter Samuel is booked for a two-footed challenge on Gilardino.
32' Prandelli replaces his captain Dainelli with De Silvestri.
29' Diego Milito crashes wide a 25-yard shot after receiving a short pass from Thiago Motta.
28' Mourinho makes a double substitution. Thiago Motta replaces Muntari and Mancini comes on for Quaresma.
25' Eto'o superbly controls Quaresma's intelligent ball over the Viola rearguard, but can't get a shot in.
25' Lucio's back-post header from the resulting corner is wide.
24' Milito's dummy sees Muntari through on goal but the Ghanaian hits his low effort wide.
22' Cristiano Zanetti is yellow-carded for a clattering challenge on Quaresma.
21' Great chance for Diego Milito. The Argentine controls Stankovic's defence-splitting through pass and has just Frey to beat, but he shoots wide.
20' Free kick to the Nerazzurri about 35 yards out after a foul by Vargas on Quaresma. Stankovic's cross is cleared by the Viola, but Inter work the ball back into the box and Eto'o fires a diagonal shot wide.
13' Quaresma's chip shot from an almost impossible position is just over the bar.
12' Lucio's fiercely struck free kick is through the wall and goal bound. Frey takes the sting out of it and smothers.
11' A clever pass from Quaresma finds Milito in the box and Il Principe forces a one-handed parry from Frey with a shot on the turn. Muntari slips as he pounces on the loose ball.
9' Montolivo crashes a low shot on target from 25 yards after receiving square from Cristiano Zanetti, forcing Julio Cesar into a save.
6' Julio Cesar blocks a header from Gilardino but can't stop the ball from crossing the byline. Dainelli's header from the corner is wide.
5' Muntari takes Eto'o's through ball into the box but Comotto gets back in time to intecept the Ghana midfielder.
5' Walter Samuel heads home the cross from the resulting corner kick but Damato rules out the goal, presumably for a foul on Dainelli.
4' The visitors win another corner, Cristiano Zanetti sending his header high over the bar.
3' On the opposite flank Chivu intercepts a cross, conceding a corner.
2' Lucio blocks a deflected cross from Vargas as Fiorentina look for openings down the left.
1' Fiorentina get the second half under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.69
7 shots on target 6
10 shots off target 9
15 fouls committed 23
8 corners 8
3 offsides 2
54% ball possession 46%
Mourinho v Prandelli / Fiorentina

Inter boss José Mourinho is unbeaten in matches against Cesare Prandelli and the Viola, with a win and a draw from last season's league fixtures in Milan and Florence.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina 2-0 0-0

Prandelli v Inter

Current Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli has won 4, drawn 2 and lost 12 of his 18 previous meetings with Inter. At the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza he has won 1, drawn 1 and lost 7. That sole away win came on 2 January 1994 in his first season in Serie A, when the Atalanta side he co-coached with Valdinoci won 2-1. Prandelli's teams have conceded in all 9 away games against Inter, letting in a total of 16 goals.

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
2008/09 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-0 0-2

Inter unbeaten in 26 home games

Inter haven't lost a home match since 26 November 2008 when they lost 1-0 to Panathinaikos in the Champions League. They have since played 26 home games, winning 17 and drawing 9.

No home league defeat since March 2008

Inter's last league defeat at home was a 2-1 loss to Juventus on 22 March 2008. They have since won 21 and drawn 8. The Nerazzurri have failed to score in only one of their last 83 Serie A home games (a 0-0 draw with Genoa on 26 October 2008), netting 183 goals in the other 82 matches.

Eleven different players on target

Eleven Inter players have scored in the first 13 rounds of the 2009/10 Serie A championship. In alphabetical order, they are: Balotelli, Cambiasso, Eto’o, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Motta, Muntari, Sneijder, Stankovic, Vieira. Juventus are the only other team that has scored with as many different players.

Milito targets scorers title

Diego Alberto Milito is on course to win the Serie A top scorers title for 2009. The Argentine forward has scored 20 goals since January, 12 for Genoa and 8 for Inter. Sampdoria striker Pazzini is one behind Il Principe with 19 goals.

Milito targets scorers' title

Diego Alberto Milito is on course to win the Serie A top scorers title for 2009. The Argentine forward has scored 20 goals since January, 12 for Genoa and 8 for Inter. Sampdoria striker Pazzini is one behind Il Principe with 19 goals.

Viola on target in 10 successive away games

Fiorentina have scored in each of their last 10 Serie A away matches, scoring a total of 12 goals. Their last league match without scoring was a 2-0 defeat at Inter on 15 March 2009.

Comotto set for milestone apperance

If he features against Inter, Gianluca Comotto will make his 300th appearance as a professional. The Fiorentina defender, who has also played for Torino, Vicenza, Reggina and Ascoli, made his professional debut in Toro's 0-0 away draw against Treviso in Serie B on 26 April 1998. He has played 215 times in Serie A and 84 times in Serie B.

Ton up for Kroldrup

Per Kroldrup will complete a century of appearances for Fiorentina by appearing against the Nerazzurri. The Danish defender, who made his Viola debut in a 2-0 Serie A home win over Messina on 22 January 2006, has represented Fiorentina 79 times in Serie A, 5 in Coppa Italia and 15 in European competitions.

wins(50) draws(20) defeats(15)

MILAN - Diego Milito converted a late penalty to reach double figures as Inter edged Fiorentina in the pouring rain at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

With time running out, Il Principe sent Frey the wrong way to net his tenth of the season and seal a deserved 1-0 win that sees José Mourinho's defending champions move eight points clear of the chasing pack.

The Inter coach fielded 4-3-3 against the Viola with Zanetti coming in for the suspended Maicon at right-back, Muntari in place of Thiago Motta in midfield and Quaresma up front with Eto'o behind Milito.

Viola boss Cesare Prandelli made one change to the team that beat Lyon in midweek, bringing in Comotto for De Silvestri at right-back.

After an evenly-balanced first half in which Quaresma shone for the Nerazzurri, Inter were far more dangerous than their purple-shirted opponents.

Walter Samuel thought he had put Inter in front on 50 minutes when he headed home a corner but Damato disallowed the goal for a foul by the Argentine defender on Dainelli. 

Frey made saves from Lucio and Milito, who miscued along with his strike partner Eto'o as the Nerazzurri were left rueing a series of missed chances.

Fiorentina's Alberto Gilardino almost gave his team the lead against the run of play on 80 minutes, outwitting Lucio and Samuel before firing on to the post.

Inter's reward came five minutes from time, Milito rifling home from the penalty spot after being brought down by Comotto.

Eto'o missed a glorious chance to double Inter's lead in the closing stages, being denied by Frey after racing unchallenged on goal from the halfway line. 

Inter 1-0 Fiorentina (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Milito (pen) 85.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 J.Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari (8 Thiago Motta 73); 7 Quaresma (30 Mancini 73), 22 Milito (14 Vieira 87), 9 Eto'o.

Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 15 Krhin, 23 Materazzi. 

: José Mourinho.

Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 25 Comotto, 2 Kroldrup, 3 Dainelli (29 De Silvestri 77), 19 Gobbi; 18 Montolivo, 15 C.Zanetti; 32 Marchionni (20 Jorgensen 18), 24 Santana (9 Castillo 86), 6 Vargas; 11 Gilardino.
Subs not used: 35 Avramov, 8 Jovetic, 21 Babacar, 23 Pasqual.

: Cesare Prandelli.

Referee: Antonio Damato (Barletta).

Booked: Chivu 34, Gobbi 35, Kroldrup 43, C.Zanetti 67, Samuel 79, Comotto 84.

Att.: 59,471.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Frey
Zanetti 4 Comotto
Lucio 6 Kroldrup
Samuel 25 Dainelli
Chivu 26 Gobbi
Stankovic 5 Montolivo
Cambiasso 19 Zanetti C.
Muntari 11 Marchionni
Quaresma 7 Santana
Milito 22 Vargas
Eto'o 9 Gilardino


Toldo 1 Avramov
Cordoba 2 Jovetic
Motta 8 Castillo
Vieira 14 Jorgensen
Krhin 15 Babacar
Mancini 30 Pasqual
Materazzi 23 De Silvestri