Final score

17 February 2013 20:45

20' (2nd half) Ljajic
10' (2nd half) Jovetic
33' Jovetic
13' Ljajic
4 - 1
42' (2nd half) Cassano
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Marzaloni, Padovan / Fourth official: Dobosz / Assistants: Romeo, Velotto
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Minute Text commentary
45' The first half of play ends at the Stadio Franchi: Fiorentina 2-0 Inter
44' An off-balance shot from Cuadrado from distance: the ball goes high over the bar
41' Borja Valero has a go from the edge of the box. Handanovic saves
39' Ranocchia decides to shoot from distance but his attempt goes well over the bar
37' Pizarro receives a yellow card
37' Handanovic is called into action again, this time saving a shot from Borja Valero
33' GOAL FIORENTINA - From outside the box, Jovetic bends a right-footer into the top corner past Handanovic
30' Kovacic finds Cassano and the forward serves in a left-footed cross, but no Inter player is there to get on the end of it
29' With his right, Ljajic shoots from outside the box. Handanovic saves
28' Kuzmanovic hits a first-time shot from the edge of the box but it finishes just wide of the post
27' Pasqual is shown a yellow card for a foul on Guarin
22' Pasqual shoots from the left: the ball goes out to the right of Handanovic
21' Ljajic shoots from distance but the ball goes high
17' On the edge of the box Jovetic thumps the ball first-time, but Handanovic saves
15' Inter threaten when Guarin serves Cassano with a free kick in the box: the forward centres the ball but the Viola's defence clears the danger
13' GOAL FIORENTINA - In the box, Jovetic fails to connect with Pasqual's cross, but the ball falls to Ljajic, who heads past Handanovic
9' A cross from Cuadrado cuts across the box but then goes out for a goal kick
3' Dangerous moment as Jovetic forces a save from Handanovic with a right-footer
1' Welcome to the Stadio Artemio Franchi as we await Fiorentina v Inter
1' The game begins with Fiorentina kicking off
1' Kuzmanovic, Cambiasso, Kovacic and Guarin in midfield. Cassano and Palacio make up the attacking duo
1' Inter come out with Handanovic in goal and Zanetti, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus and Nagatomo in defence
Minute Text commentary
47' The referee blows the final whistle at the Stadio Artemio Franchi: Fiorentina 4-1 Inter
45' The referee signals for 2 minutes of injury time
44' A free kick from Ljajic goes just wide of Handanovic's right-hand post
42' GOAL INTER - Cassano's precise right-footer from distance beats Viviano to his right
41' Handanovic saves for a corner after El Hamdaoui shoots in the box
38' Substitution for Fiorentina: Llama comes on for Cuadrado
37' Schelotto surges down the right and crosses: Ranocchia's shot is off target
31' Inter send Schelotto on in the place of Palacio
27' Fiorentina make a substitution, sending on El Hamdaoui for Jovetic
26' Savic fouls Palacio and is shown a yellow card
24' Fiorentina sub on Sissoko for Pizarro
22' Pereira shown a yellow card for a foul on Cuadrado
20' GOAL FIORENTINA - Ljajic beats Handanovic from the edge of the box with a right-footed curler
17' Cassano finds Nagatomo with a forward pass but the full-back's shot goes high
14' Juan Jesus receives a yellow card for a foul on Jovetic
13' Substitution for Inter: Pereira comes on for Guarin
10' Guarin is shown a yellow card for protesting
10' GOAL FIORENTINA - Aquilani's back-heel finds Jovetic who beats Handanovic with a right-footer
5' Cuadrado takes on Nagatomo and then hits a shot: the ball is deflected out for a corner
4' Guarin's shot from the edge of the box rebounds off Rodriguez before Viviano blocks the ball
2' Ranocchia fouls Jovetic and the ref shows him a yellow card
1' The 2nd half begins at the Stadio Artemio Franchi
1' Inter send Alvarez on for Kovacic
Average rating 3.59
11 shots on target 1
12 shots off target 6
16 fouls committed 11
6 corners 3
2 offsides 0
64 ball possession 36
Montella v Stramaccioni

The only previous encounter between these two coaches saw Andrea Stramaccioni's Inter overcome Vincenzo Montella's Fiorentina 2-1 at the San Siro on 30 September 2012.

Montella's previous with Inter

Vincenzo Montella is meeting Inter for the sixth time in his coaching career, his record standing at W1, D2, L2. The Nerazzurri scored in all five of those games, seven goals in all. As a player, Montella faced Inter 19 times in competitive fixtures (17 in Serie A and two in the Coppa Italia). He ended up on the winning side on four occasions, drawing six times and losing nine. Montella put the ball past Nerazzurri keepers 12 times in those 19 games, making Inter his joint favourite target along with Fiorentina.

Stramaccioni unbeaten against Fiorentina

Andrea Stramaccioni is unbeaten in his only two previous matches against Fiorentina, having registered one win and one draw.

Fiorentina v Inter, match No.81

Fiorentina and Inter have squared up in Florence 80 times before today. The hosts have claimed victory on 28 occasions, Inter 18 times and there have been 34 draws.

Fiorentina: one win in last 22 against Nerazzurri

Fiorentina have managed a single victory over Inter in these two sides' last 22 meetings: on 8 February 2006 the Viola made home advantage count to win 2-1 at the Franchi. In the other 21 games in this period, there have been 17 Nerazzurri triumphs and four draws. There have been 15 competitive fixtures played since the Viola's last victory, with 12 Inter wins and three draws.

No goalless draws for Inter in 29 games - last time in Florence

Inter are one of only two sides (the other being Roma) yet to play out a goalless stalemate in the 2012/13 Serie A campaign. The Nerazzurri's last 0-0 came 29 league matches ago on 22 April 2012 - away to Fiorentina!

Cambiasso's purple patch

Esteban Cambiasso has scored more goals against Fiorentina than any other team since arriving in Italy: five of his 47 total strikes have come against the Viola.

Nicola Rizzoli to officiate

Nicola Rizzoli from the Bologna section is to oversee proceedings this evening. Fiorentina's record with this referee reads W6, D8, L9 while Inter's is W17, D4, L6.

Inter on the road: one point in last 8, conceded in last 11

Inter's last win away from home was on 8 November, when they beat Partizan Belgrade 1-3 in Serbia in the Europa League group stage. In the eight matches played away from the Meazza since then, the Nerazzurri have drawn just one (1-1 at Roma in Serie A, 20 January) and lost the other seven. Inter have also conceded at least once in each of their last 11 away trips, shipping in 20 goals in the process. The last time they kept a clean sheet in an away fixture was on 7 October, when they beat AC Milan 0-1 in Serie A.

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

FLORENCE – Inter struggled and let in four goals without being able to react against Fiorentina, who dominated at home. Jovetic and Ljajic had a brace a piece.

The Viola came out swinging at the opening whistle and after 13 minutes were already ahead when Pasqual crossed from the left: Jovetic failed to get a clean touch on the ball but Ljajic made no such mistake and headed past Handanovic. Fiorentina kept pushing but the big Nerazzurri keeper was keeping his team in the game with some important saves.  But then twenty minutes later yet another attack from the home side ended as a goal, this time with Jovetic’s right-footed curler beating Handanovic at the far post.

Ten minutes after the restart it was 3-0: after a poor clearance by the defence Jovetic placed Aquilani’s lovely back-heeled assist in the back of the net. Moments before the goal however, Pizarro had challenged Guarin and used his arm to control the ball, although this went unpunished by the referee. On 65 minutes Ljajic notched his second with a bending right-footer from the edge of the box. Then in the 87th minute a pile driver from Cassano put the Nerazzurri on the score sheet. Thus Fiorentina v Inter ended 4-1, and the Nerazzurri remain with 43 points in the standings, with the Viola now just one point behind them.  

Fiorentina 4-1 Inter (HT: 2-0)
Scorers: Ljajic 13, 65, Jovetic 33, 55, Cassano 87.

Fiorentina: 1 Viviano; 40 Tomovic, 2 Gonzalo, 15 Savic; 11 Cuadrado (Llama 83), 10 Aquilani, 7 Pizarro (Sissoko 69), 20 Borja Valero, 23 Pasqual; 22 Ljajic, 8 Jovetic (El Hamdaoui 73).
Unused subs: 89 Neto, 4 Roncaglia, 5 Compper, 12 Lupatelli, 18 Larrondo, 21 Migliaccio, 27 Wolski, 30 Toni, 92 Romulo.
Coach: Vincenzo Montella.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 4 Zanetti, 23 Ranocchia, 40 Juan Jesus, 55 Nagatomo; 19 Cambiasso, 17 Kuzmanovic, 10 Kovacic (Alvarez 46); 14 Guarin (Pereira 58); 99 Cassano, 8 Palacio (Schelotto 76).
Unused subs: 27 Belec, 30 Carrizo, 6 Silvestre, 18 Rocchi, 21 Gargano, 24 Benassi, 42 Jonathan, 47 Colombi.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna).

Booked: Pasqual 27, Pizarro 37, Ranocchia 47, Guarin 56, Juan Jesus 59, Pereira 67, Savic 71.
Added time: 0 + 2 minutes. 

starting lineups

Viviano 1 Handanovic
Gonzalo 4 Zanetti
Pizarro 23 Ranocchia
Jovetic 40 Jesus
Aquilani 55 Nagatomo
Cuadrado 17 Kuzmanovic
Savic 19 Cambiasso
Borja Valero 10 Kovacic
Ljajic 14 Guarin
Pasqual 99 Cassano
Tomovic 8 Palacio


Neto 27 Belec
Roncaglia 30 Carrizo
Compper 6 Silvestre
Sissoko 7 Schelotto
El Hamdaoui 11 Alvarez
Lupatelli 18 Rocchi
Larrondo 21 Gargano
Llama 24 Benassi
Migliaccio 31 Pereira
Wolski 42 Jonathan
Toni 47 Colombi