Final score

10 April 2010 20:45

37' (2nd half) Kroldrup
11' Keirrison
36' (2nd half) Eto'o
30' (2nd half) Milito
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi / Linesmen: Ayroldi, Calcagno / Fourth official: De Marco
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46' Half time down in Tuscany. Fiorentina lead Inter one-nil.
45' One minute of injury time.
45' Jovetic's shot takes a deflection on its way out for a corner.
44' It's three versus three as Inter come forward on the counter. Pandev mis-times his pass for Milito.
44' Chivu and Samuel make two vital clearances in quick succession as Fiorentina change gear.
42' Kroldrup is booked for tripping Milito.
42' Lucio makes an acrobatic clearance to deny Keirrison a chance from Montolivo's cross.
40' Eto'o gets into a shooting position and sends a left-footed curling shot over the bar.
39' Fiorentina dangerous from a free kick. Pasqual's inswinger from the right is blocked by Maicon at the far post.
38' Cambiasso floats a cross into the path of Eto'o. Frey gets there first.
38' Cristian Chivu is booked for a shoulder barge.
35' Samu has had his lip medicated and he is back on the pitch.
33' Play interrupted as Eto'o receives medical attention after a collision on the touchline.
32' Maicon blocks Jovetic's header from a corner but loses possession and Natali hits a shot on target from the edge of the box. Julio Cesar saves.
30' Chivu creates space for a long-range shot. It goes high over the crossbar.
29' The corner is cleared as far as Cambiasso, who balloons his follow-up way over the bar.
28' Inter break and win a corner after Sneijder's bullet shot takes a deflection.
28' Gobbi swings a cross over to Santana, who is flagged offside as he heads at Julio Cesar.
26' Chance for Inter. Eto'o curls into the Viola box but Pandev, at full stretch, can't get the final touch.
26' Pasqual runs on to a pass from Jovetic down the left and whips in a fast cross. Julio Cesar beats the Montenegrin to the return pass.
25' Inter counter-attack. Milito picks out Maicon in space on the right. He volleys wide.
24' Comotto races down the right and delivers a weak cross. Easy clearance for Cambiasso.
24' Frey saves Milito's header from Pandev's lofted pass.
23' Comotto heads away a left-wing cross from Sneijder.
21' Sneijder creates space for a 25-yard shot and sees his effort fly wide.
20' Another blistering right-wing cross from Maicon. Pasqual makes a headed clearance.
19' Cambiasso steers wide to Maicon, whose thunderous cross-shot from the right is cleared by the Fiorentina defence.
18' Pasqual is yellow-carded for kicking out at Goran Pandev.
16' Corner to Fiorentina. Natali climbs high in the box and powers his header high over the bar.
14' Samuel makes a brilliant block to deny Jovetic a second goal for the Viola after a one-two with Keirrison.
11' That was Fiorentina's first goal against Inter under Mourinho.
11' GOAL. We're on the back foot in Florence. Montolivo threads through to Comotto who plays first time to Keirrison and the Brazilian striker slots home from close range. FIORENTINA 1-0 INTER.
10' Eto'o serves Pandev on the right and the Macedonian sprints towards the area before unleashing a shot which comes off Eto'o and goes behind for a goal kick.
9' Sneijder's low right-footed free kick is way wide of Frey's right-hand post.
9' Free kick to Inter in a central position about 35 metres from goal after a foul by Bolatti on Eto'o.
6' Maicon sweeps the ball wide to Eto'o on the left edge of the Viola box. The Cameroon forward's fierce drive is punched clear by Frey.
4' Fiorentina attack back and Jovetic's looping header finishes on the roof of the net.
3' Inter close from the resulting corner as Diego Milito steals in at the far post to head Sneijder's corner onto the post.
3' Sneijder picks up a loose ball just outside the Viola box and rifles a left-footed shot on target, forcing Frey into a tipped save.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence for tonight's Serie A Week 33 clash between table-toppers Inter and eighth-placed Fiorentina. Our main rivals for the title, Roma and AC Milan, are at home to Atalanta and Catania tomorrow afternoon. That means a win tonight will give us a four-point lead over the Giallorossi and a six-point advantage over the Rossoneri.
1' We're under way in Florence as Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
1' Updated team news: Cristian Chivu will replace Dejan Stankovic, who suffered a muscular problem during the warm-up. Mariga takes the Romanian's place on the bench.<br> Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev, 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o, 22 Milito. Subs: 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 11 Muntari, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi, 45 Balotelli.
1' Cesare Prandelli, who tonight celebrates 500th matches as a coach, has left out Alberto Gilardino, who will make his 400th appearance as a professional if he comes off the bench. He is replaced by Brazilian youngster Keirrison.<br> Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 25 Comotto, 14 Natali, 2 Kroldrup, 23 Pasqual; 28 Bolatti, 24 Santana, 18 Montolivo, 19 Gobbi; 8 Jovetic, 39 Keirrison.<br> Subs: 90 Seculini, 4 Donadel, 11 Gilardino, 15 C.Zanetti, 16 Felipe, 29 De Silvestri, 32 Marchionni.
1' José Mourinho has named an unchanged side from Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final victory over CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital.<br> Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 J.Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev, 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o, 22 Milito.<br> Subs: 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 11 Muntari, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu, 45 Balotelli.
Minute Text commentary
48' Mauro Bergonzi blows for full time. Fiorentina 2-2 Inter. That's it for now, but we'll be back at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Tuesday evening for the return leg of our Coppa Italia semi-final. See you then.
48' Sulley Muntari is yellow-carded for a tactical foul on Jovetic.
46' Frey makes a punched clearance from Sneijder's long-range free kick from the left channel.
45' Three minutes of stoppage time.
44' Gobbi is booked for a foul on Maicon.
42' Inter replace Cambiasso with Quaresma.
40' Balotelli is flagged offside as he controls Muntari's high ball over to the left wing.
37' GOAL. Unbelievable. Fiorentina equalise through Kroldrup, who scythes home at the far post after Inter fail to clear Jovetic's corner. FIORENTINA 2-2 INTER.
36' GOAL!!!!!! We're in front in Florence! The move is almost the same as the one which led to Milito's goal. Sneijder plays wide to Balotelli who crosses into the middle and Eto'o is on hand to fire past Frey. FIORENTINA 1-2 INTER.
35' Bolatti darts into the box and sees his shot come off Lucio. Corner.
33' Wesley Sneijder's rising drive from the free kick soars inches over the bar. What a goal that would have been.
32' Bolatti is booked for a foul on Eto'o and the free kick is right in Wesley Sneijder territory.
32' Incredible miss by Milito. The Argentine chests down Sneijder's intuitive pass and crashes wide of the near post with the goal gaping.
30' That was the Prince's 19th goal in Serie A this season.
30' GOAL!!!!!! We're back in the game! Sneijder steers wide to Maicon and the Brazilian whips in a low cross for Milito to stab home from close range. FIORENTINA 1-1 INTER.
28' Sneijder's speculative effort on the turn swerves wide of Frey's left-hand post.
27' Felipe cuts out Sneijder's floated pass for Eto'o at the back post.
26' Mourinho withdraws Pandev. On comes Muntari. 4-2-4 becomes 4-3-3.
24' Balotelli's cross for Milito at the near post is intercepted by the Viola defence.
21' It's three against one as Fiorentina race forward on the counter. Gilardino crosses over to Jovetic who completely mis-times his shot. Julio Cesar races off his line to gather the loose ball. He then loses it but thankfully Montolivo fails to capitalise.
20' Sneijder's whipped cross from the left is headed clear by Felipe.
20' Prandelli brings on De Silvestri for Santana.
19' At the other end Milito gets up in the area and heads over the bar.
18' Double scare for Inter. Santana's mis-fire becomes an assist for Gilardino. Julio Cesar saves from the Azzurri striker. Moments later Comotto has a low shot saved by JC.
17' Balotelli is closed down by Felipe on the by-line. Corner to Inter. Sneijder's cross from the flag is headed away by Montolivo. Inter work the ball back into the box and Milito heads wide.
15' Gilardino replaces Keirrison as Fiorentina make their second change.
13' Natali cuts out Sneijder's floated pass for Milito and makes a headed clearance.
12' Eto'o plays a low ball through to Milito but the Argentine is flagged offside.
8' Natali is booked for a foul on Milito.
7' Maicon gets on the end of Balotelli's driven cross from the right but the flag goes up for offside.
5' Prandelli brings on Felipe for Pasqual.
5' Inter close as Balotelli's flicked header from Sneijder's right-wing free kick goes over Frey's crossbar.
4' Great chance for the hosts. Viola captain Montolivo plays in Jovetic but luckily for us the angle is acute and the Macedonian flashes his low shot just wide of Julio Cesar's far post.
3' Natali beats Milito to Sneijder's long-range pass to the edge of the box and heads down to Bolatti who makes the clearance.
2' Milito fails to connect with Sneijder's outswinging free kick.
1' José Mourinho has brought on Mario Balotelli for Cristian Chivu and Inter go from 4-2-3-1 to 4-2-4.
1' Fiorentina get the second half going.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.21
6 shots on target 5
3 shots off target 12
20 fouls committed 10
8 corners 4
2 offsides 6
40% ball possession 60%
Mourinho v Fiorentina / Prandelli

José Mourinho is unbeaten in four meetings with Fiorentina and their coach Cesare Prandelli, with 3 home wins and an away draw. Mourinho's Inter have never conceded goals in games against the Viola.

2008/09 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-0 0-2
2009/10 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter ---- 0-1
2009/10 Coppa Italia Fiorentina-Inter ---- 0-1

Prandelli v Inter

Cesare Prandelli's record against Inter is 4 wins, 2 draws and 14 defeats from 20 games. He hasn't won against the Nerazzurri since Fiorentina 2-1 Inter in Serie A on 8 February 2006. There have been 7 Inter wins and one draw since that game.

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
2009/10 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter ---- 0-1
2009/10 Coppa Italia Fiorentina-Inter ---- 0-1

No Fiorentina goal against Inter in 625 competitive minutes

Fiorentina's last goal against Inter came their 3-1 Serie A defeat in Milan on 21 January 2007. It was scored by Luca Toni 5th minute. A total of 625 competitive minutes have elapsed since that goal - the last 5 minutes of that game plus the successive six meetings between the two teams (5 in Serie A and 1 in Coppa Italia).

Prandelli: 500 matches as coach

Cesare Prandelli will celebrate his 500th as a coach in tonight's game against Inter. His 499 games at the helm of Atalanta, Lecce, Verona, Venezia, Parma and Fiorentina are subdivided as follows: 333 in Serie A, 76 in Serie B, 45 in Coppa Italia, 44 in European competitions and 1 in Italian Super Cup. He has won 216 games, drawn 135 and lost 148. Prandelli made his coaching debut on 7 November 1993, when he co-coached Atalanta to a 0-0 Serie A draw at home to Piacenza following the sacking of Guidolin.

Gilardino set to make 400th appearance as a professional

By appearing against Inter, Alberto Gilardino will make his 400th appearance as a professional. His 399 appearances for Piacenza, Verona, Parma, Milan and Fiorentina are subdivided as follows: 312 in Serie A, 21 in Coppa Italia, 61 in European competitions and 5 in other tournaments. He made his debut in Piacenza's 1-0 home defeat to AC Milan in Serie A on 6 January 2000.

One Viola clean sheet in last 23 games

Fiorentina have kept only one clean sheet in their last 23 games - on 20 March 2010 when they beat Genoa 3-0 at home in Serie A. The Viola have let in a total of 34 goals in the other 22 matches.

Inter: three clean sheets since Roma defeat

With a 3-0 league win over Bologna and two 1-0 UCL victories at home and away to CSKA Moscow, the Nerazzurri have kept three clean sheets since their 2-1 defeat away to Roma on 27 March 2010. Luca Toni was therefore the last player to score against Inter (in the 72nd minute of that match).

Milito, Eto'o most decisive strike partnership

Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o form the most decisive strike partnership in the 2009/10 Serie A after 33 rounds of matches. Their goals have earned Inter 32 points (15 Milito, 17 Eto'o).

Inter's scoring form away from home

Inter have failed to score in only one of their last 12 away games in all competitions (0-0 at Napoli on 14 February), netting a total of 14 goals in the other 11 matches. In Serie A, the Nerazzurri have failed to hit the target in only one of their last 13 away games (that draw in Naples), scoring 22 goals in the other 12 games.

Four likely scorers against Fiorentina

Four Inter players relish a goal or two against Fiorentina and their goalkeeper Sebastien Frey. Esteban Cambiasso has scored 4 of his 29 'Italian' goals against the Viola and 3 against Frey, while 2 of Sulley Muntari's 11 goals for Italian clubs have come against Fiorentina. Dejan Stankovic, who has scored 67 for Italian clubs, has put 3 goals past Frey, while Walter Samuel (21 goals) has netted twice against the Viola keeper.

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

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.

: 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. 

starting lineups

Frey 12 Julio Cesar
Comotto 13 Maicon
Natali 6 Lucio
Kroldrup 25 Samuel
Pasqual 26 Chivu
Bolatti 4 Zanetti
Santana 19 Cambiasso
Montolivo 27 Pandev
Gobbi 10 Sneijder
Jovetic 9 Eto'o
Keirrison 22 Milito


Seculini 21 Orlandoni
Donadel 2 Cordoba
Gilardino 7 Quaresma
C. Zanetti 11 Muntari
Felipe 23 Materazzi
De Silvestri 45 Balotelli
Marchionni 17 Mariga