Final score

30 September 2012 20:45

34' Cassano
17' Milito (P)
2 - 1
40' Romulo
Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro / Linesmen: Nicoletti, Grilli / Fourth official: Iannello / Assistants: Calvarese, Merchiori
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46' It's half time, folks. Milito nets his first of the season at the Meazza, Cassano takes his tally to 4, and Inter lead 2-1 at the break
45' Giannoccaro awards one minute of stoppage time
44' Another great chance for Milito! Cassano centres for the Argentine in the middle of the box, the Prince tries to place his shot: just wide
42' Fiorentina close to an equaliser! Jovetic makes a run into space on the left then pulls the ball back for Ljajic: Handanovic denies him
40' FIORENTINA PULL ONE BACK! Pizarro lifts a pinpoint pass into the box, Romulo gets up well and flicks the ball past Handanovic. 2-1
37' Inter break at pace then Coutinho opts to shoot from outside the box but fails to test Viviano
34' 2-0 TO INTER!!! Nagatomo's diagonal ball is dummied by Cambiasso allowing Cassano to collect in space before picking his spot
31' Coutinho nicks the ball off Borja Valero and plays it forward for Cassano, who in turn releases Milito running into the box: the Prince's attempt is too close to Viviano
31' Ranocchia is also booked for a foul on Jovetic
29' Ljajic takes another free kick and this time curls it into the box. Juan Jesus heads clears
28' Samuel is booked for a late challenge on Jovetic
26' Ljajic and Jovetic combine well at close quarters before Samuel blocks the shot
25' Jovetic has a dig from range, Handanovic makes the save
23' Superb defending from Ranocchia to whisk the ball away from a well-placed Rodriguez and concede a corner
20' Fiorentina's response is a wicked free kick from Ljajic: Handanovic does brilliantly to get to it low at full stretch
18' INTER HIT THE WOODWORK! Cassano's vision picks out Milito, who sombreros a defender with his first touch before smashing against the bar
17' GOAL FOR INTER! Milito steps up, Viviano guesses right but can't keep out the Prince's powerful strike. 1-0
16' The Argentine defender is booked for handball
16' Coutinho's delivery into the box is collected on the far side by Zanetti. He sends it back in and Rodriguez blocks with his arm: penalty!
13' Cambiasso so close! Cuchu shows splendid technique to hook his foot around the ball and volley inches wide from outside the box
12' Inter have a corner: Cassano sends it over to the far post but Juan Jesus can't connect. Gargano then crosses and Coutinho fires wide
10' First move of note for Fiorentina: Cuadrado runs on to Romulo's neat flick and zigzags goalwards before attempting an ambitious through ball for Pasqual. A tough ask for the Viola wideman and the ball runs out of play
9' Cambiasso works the ball to Coutinho on the edge of the box, the youngster tries to force his way through but ends up committing a foul on Borja Valero
5' Inter are starting to probe as Coutinho spreads play for Cassano, the striker dinks a cross over to the far post that's dealt with by the Viola rearguard
1' Fiorentina take the kick-off and we're under way. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Ex-Nerazzurri keeper Viviano lines up between the posts for Fiorentina. Ljajic partners Jovetic in attack
1' With Sneijder sidelined, Stramaccioni hands a recall to Coutinho and the Brazilian slots into the hole behind Cassano and Milito. The coach keeps faith with the same three-man defence that kept a clean sheet in Verona: Ranocchia, Samuel and Juan
1' Welcome to the Stadio Meazza where Inter host Fiorentina in Week 6, looking to build on their midweek victory at Chievo with another win
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49' That's a first home win of the season for the Nerazzurri, who move level with Lazio in third place on 12 points
49' Inter have beaten Fiorentina 2-1: Milito's 17th-minute penalty was added to by Cassano (34) before Romulo pulled one back (40)
49' Guarin is booked for a foul on Roncaglia
48' Handanovic leaps high to claim the ball from Roncaglia's header
45' There will be 4 minutes of added time
43' Jovetic is booked for fouling Gargano
40' And here's Inter's last sub: Fredy Guarin. Milito makes way
37' Montella responds by making his final substitution: Migliaccio takes over from Borja Valero
37' Another change for Inter as Mudingayi comes on for Cambiasso
32' A bit of handbags there between Gargano and Toni after Giannoccaro wrongly awards Fiorentina a corner. The ref then realises his mistake
30' NEARLY THREE FOR INTER! Alvarez beats Pizarro and Milito spanks a shot right at Viviano; from the rebound Ranocchia is blocked by Tomovic
27' Another delightful assist by Cassano for Milito, who runs onto the through ball and aims for the far corner from a very tight angle: Viviano claws it away for a corner
26' Stramaccioni makes his first substitution: Alvarez replaces Coutinho
26' Cambiasso picks up a yellow card for a foul on Fernandez
25' Montella makes his second change, bringing on veteran striker Toni in place of Cuadrado
19' Roncaglia is also booked
17' Fiorentina down to 10 men. Nagatomo surges down the left flank and Rodriguez slides in from behind, nowhere near the ball
11' Romulo shows a beguiling bit of skill to beat Cambiasso and go for goal, but his effort is wide
10' Fernandez has taken less than 10 minutes to get his name into the ref's book, for a dangerous challenge on Samuel
5' Cuadrado drives a low ball into the six-yard box, Nagatomo cuts it out
4' Roncaglia tries his luck from a distance but skews it wide
2' Samuel fouls Fernandez. Pasqual takes the free kick but drives it straight into the wall
1' The second half has started
1' Montella has shaken up his forward line, bringing Fernandez on in place of Ljajic
Average rating 7.02
7 shots on target 5
4 shots off target 3
18 fouls committed 15
7 corners 10
4 offsides 0
22:34 ball possession 25:06
Cambiasso's purple patch

Esteban Cambiasso has put more goals past Fiorentina than any other side since he began plying his trade in Italy. Five of Cuchu's 44 goals have come against the Viola.

Inter's 11-game winning run at home against the Viola

Inter have won their last 11 home games against Fiorentina. The Viola's last positive result in San Siro dates back to 7 May 2000, a 0-4 win with Chiesa (2), Batistuta and Bressan among the goals.

Goals on the Nerazzurri subs bench

Inter share the record (with Pescara) for most goals scored through substitutes in the current Serie A campaign. The Nerazzurri have players coming off the bench to thank for three strikes so far: two by Cassano and one from Coutinho.

First meeting of coaches

Andrea Stramaccioni and Vincenzo Montella are facing off as coaches for the first time this evening.

Strama's Viola previous

Andrea Stramaccioni has come up against Fiorentina just once in his career so far: a 0-0 draw played out in Tuscany on 22 April 2012.

Montella evens with Inter as a coach, great scoring record as a player

Vincenzo Montella is pitting his wits against the Nerazzurri for the fifth time, with past results perfectly balanced: a win, two draws and a defeat. Inter scored in each of those games, five goals in total. As a player, Montella met Inter 19 times (17 Serie A, 2 Coppa Italia), winning 4, drawing 6 and losing 9. He boasts a good scoring record against the Nerazzurri with a 12-goal tally. Inter were his joint favourite target, along with his current employers Fiorentina.

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

MILAN - Inter notched up their first victory at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in 2012/13 as they saw off the challenge of form side Fiorentina to claim a 2-1 win. Diego Milito set the Nerazzurri on their way from the spot on 17 minutes before Antonio Cassano kept a cool head to slot home a second shortly after the half-hour mark. Romulo reduced the deficit for the visitors as the interval approached, but there was still time for Milito to rattle the bar before the half-time whistle. Fernandez was given his marching orders in the 62nd minute after picking up his second yellow for a lunge on Nagatomo.

Inter 2-1 Fiorentina (HT: 2-1)
Scorers: Milito 17 (pen), Cassano 34, Romulo 40.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 40 Juan Jesus; 4 Zanetti, 21 Gargano, 19 Cambiasso (Mudingayi 82), 55 Nagatomo; 29 Coutinho (Alvarez 71); 99 Cassano, 22 Milito (Guarin 85).
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 27 Belec, 6 Silvestre, 20 Obi, 31 Pereira, 41 Duncan, 42 Jonathan, 44 Bianchetti, 88 Livaja.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Fiorentina: 1 Viviano; 4 Roncaglia, 2 Rodriguez, 40 Tomovic; 11 Cuadrado (Toni 70), 92 Romulo, 7 Pizarro, 20 Borja Valero (Migliaccio 82), 23 Pasqual; 22 Ljajic (Fernandez 46), 8 Jovetic.
Unused subs: 89 Neto, 3 Hegazy, 5 Olivera, 12 Lupatelli, 15 Savic, 16 Cassani, 17 Seferovic, 19 Llama.
Coach: Vincenzo Montella.

Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro (Lecce).
Booked: Samuel 27, Ranocchia 30, Cambiasso 71, Guarin 90+4; Rodriguez 15 and 62, Fernandez 55, Roncaglia 64, Jovetic 88.
Sent off: Rodriguez 62.
Attendance: 41,082.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 Viviano
Ranocchia 23 Rodriguez
Samuel 25 Roncaglia
Jesus 40 Pizarro
Zanetti 4 Jovetic
Gargano 21 Cuadrado
Cambiasso 19 Borja Valero
Nagatomo 55 Ljajic
Coutinho 7 Pasqual
Cassano 99 Tomovic
Milito 22 Romulo


Castellazzi 12 Neto
Belec 27 Hegazy
Silvestre 6 Olivera
Alvarez 11 Lupatelli
Guarin 14 Fernandez
Mudingayi 16 Savic
Obi 20 Cassani
Pereira 31 Seferovic
Duncan 41 Llama
Jonathan 42 Migliaccio
Bianchetti 44 Toni
Livaja 88 23 23