Final score

26 September 2013 20:45

38' (2nd half) Jonathan
27' (2nd half) Cambiasso
2 - 1
15' (2nd half) G. Rossi (P)
Referee: Paolo Valeri / Linesmen: Bianchi, Dobosz / Fourth official: Padovan / Assistants: Banti, Damato
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47' After two minutes of injury time the first half ends: Inter 0-0 Fiorentina
47' Nagatomo crosses to the far post. Guarin's attempted volley is easily claimed by Neto
45' The referee adds 2 minutes of injury time
43' Ranocchia shown a yellow card for a foul on Joaquin
38' Alvarez dribbles through the Viola box but his cross is blocked and ends up in the keeper's arms
36' Substitution for Fiorentina: Pasqual comes off for Marcos Alonso
27' Another attempt from Joaquin on the right. His diagonal effort goes wide past the far post
21' A huge chance for Fiorentina as Rossi springs Joaquin. He's off to the races and only denied by a sure save from Handanovic for a corner
17' Alvarez takes off on a counterattack but is foiled after a 60-yard run with the ball at his feet
14' Guarin sparks a counterattack. The ball is fed to Taider who hits the side netting
11' The Viola's turn now as Rossi strikes a low diagonal shot. Handanovic does well to make the save
11' Campagnaro sends a dangerous ball into the box but no one is there
7' Some nice build-up from Alvarez on the left before passing to Palacio in the centre. Fiorentina intercept the ball however
1' Welcome to the San Siro where Inter v Fiorentina, the Week 5 league match, begins in just a few minutes
1' The Nerazzurri start strong as Nagatomo forces a save from Neto with a shot from outside the box
1' The visitors take the opening kick-off and the game is now underway
1' Five men in midfield with Jonathan and Nagatomo on the flanks and Guarin, Cambiasso and Taider in the centre. Alvarez and Palacio are paired in the attack
1' Handanovic in goal behind a three-man defence of Campagnaro, Ranocchia and Juan Jesus
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48' The referee blows his whistle to end the match, and the Nerazzurri claim the victory over Fiorentina 2-1
47' Ambrosini hits a first-time shot in the box. Denied by Handanovic
45' The ref adds 3 minutes of injury time
44' The Nerazzurri attack again and Nagatomo bewitches his marker before shooting high with his left
43' Kovacic with a ball for Cambiasso. His left-footer from distance finishes wide
42' Pereira counterattacks for Inter and gets off a shot. Neto keeps it out but gives away a corner
40' Last sub for Inter: Jonathan comes off and Pereira takes his place
38' GOAL INTER: Alvarez crosses from the left. Jonathan controls and smashes a right-footed half-volley past Neto. Inter 2-1 Fiorentina
35' Fiorentina looking dangerous again. This time it's Ilicic with a vicious shot that Handanovic does well to keep out
34' Marcos with a long-range shot that goes wide of goal
33' Fiorentina send on Vecino for Aquilani
29' Campagnaro receives a booking
27' GOAL INTER: the ball is loose in the box before Cambiasso controls with his chest and scores with an acrobatic scissor-kick
25' Nagatomo is shown a yellow card
24' Substitution for the Viola: Rossi comes off for Ilicic
22' Inter go to the bench again, sending Icardi on for Guarin
20' Nagatomo cuts into the box from the left and shoots with his right. Blocked
16' The Nerazzurri make a change: Kovacic comes on for Taider
15' GOAL FIORENTINA: Giuseppe Rossi converts from the spot. Inter 0-1 Fiorentina
14' Fiorentina awarded a penalty for Juan Jesus' foul on Joaquin in the box
12' Palacio moves to the centre outside the box and attempts a shot that goes well over the bar
5' Guarin's fierce shot from outside the box is parried by Neto for a corner
4' Fiorentina's Ambrosini receives a booking
1' The 2nd half kicks off
Average rating 7.06
7 shots on target 7
5 shots off target 5
8 fouls committed 15
6 corners 5
0 offsides 0
48% ball possession 52%
Mazzarri and Montella: all square so far, goals guaranteed

Previous meetings between Walter Mazzarri and Vincenzo Montella as coaches are in perfect parity: one win each and two draws from four games. Both coaches' teams have scored at least once in every match and registered six goals in total.

Negative record for Mazzarri against former club

Walter Mazzarri has faced Fiorentina 20 times in his coaching career, with results reading W4, D9 and L7. As a player, the current Inter boss spent two seasons at Fiorentina's youth academy (1979-1981), winning the Primavera championship and Coppa Italia in 1979/80.

No away wins in 12 for Fiorentina against Inter

Twelve matches have passed since Fiorentina last beat the Nerazzurri in San Siro, a 4-0 triumph on 7 May 2000. Inter have won all 12 meetings in Milan since then, hitting 26 goals in the process. The last time these sides shared the spoils at the Meazza was on 16 November 1996: 2-2 in Serie A.

Inter: goals spread throughout the team

Walter Mazzarri's side, along with Roma, have registered the highest number of different goalscorers (seven) in the 2013/14 Serie A campaign after the first four rounds of fixtures. In alphabetical order they are Alvarez, Cambiasso, Icardi, Milito, Nagatomo, Palacio and Taider.

Ranocchia set for 100th Serie A outing

If Andrea Ranocchia takes the field tonight, he will make his 100th career appearance in Italy's top flight. His 99 games to date have been collected in the colours of Bari, Genoa and Inter. The defender made his Serie A debut on the pitch with Inter - but on the opposite side - in Inter 1-1 Bari on 23 August 2009.

Palacio top scorer in Italy in 2013; most decisive player of 2013/14 Serie A

With his three strikes in the nascent 2013/14 Serie A campaign, Rodrigo Palacio is one of the three joint top scorers in competitive matches in Italy since the turn of the year. The Argentine has hit the net 17 times in that time, the same number as Paulinho (Livorno) and Maccarone (Empoli). Palacio is also the most decisive player in Serie A in the current season: his goals have earned Inter six of their ten points so far, opening the scoring in the away victories at Catania and Sassuolo.

Seven away wins on the bounce for the Viola

Fiorentina have strung together consecutive victories in their last seven trips away from Florence, starting last season and continuing this term: 2-0 at Atalanta, 3-0 away to Sampdoria, 1-0 in Siena and 5-1 at Pescara in 2012/13, then 2-1 against Grasshoppers in Zurich (Europa League play-off), 5-2 over Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and another 2-0 over Atalanta in Bergamo in 2013/14.

Birthday for Andrea Della Valle

Born on 26 September 1965, Fiorentina honorary president Andrea Della Valle celebrates his 48th birthday today.

Montella vs Inter: no clean sheets as a coach, best scoring record as a player

Vincenzo Montella has won two, drawn two and lost two of his six matches against Inter since he turned to coaching. He has yet to keep a clean sheet though, with the Nerazzurri putting eight goals past his teams. In his playing days, Montella faced Inter on 19 occasions (17 in Serie A and two in the Coppa Italia), with four wins, six draws and nine defeats. However, despite frequently finishing on the losing side, the former Empoli, Genoa, Sampdoria, Roma and Fulham striker had a great scoring record against the Nerazzurri, plundering 12 goals in total – the same number as against Fiorentina and his highest tally against any club.

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

MILAN – It was a comeback victory for the Nerazzurri in their Week 5 game against Fiorentina. It all took place in a thrilling second half and ended 2-1 with Cambiasso and Jonathan finding the net in response to Giuseppe Rossi’s penalty.

But let’s start at the beginning. To face the Viola, Mazzarri chose Handanovic in goal behind a three-man defence of Campagnaro, Ranocchia and Juan Jesus. In midfield Nagatomo and Jonathan were tasked with working the flanks outside of Taider, Cambiasso and Guarin in the middle, while Alvarez supported Palacio in attack.

The first half was balanced and ended scoreless, although both sides had their chances. The Nerazzurri looked particularly dangerous on the counter while Joaquin nearly put Fiorentina ahead on two occasions.

Fifteen minutes into the second half Valeri pointed to the spot for Juan Jesus’ foul on Joaquin. Giuseppe Rossi stepped up and put the penalty away, giving Fiorentina the lead.

On 72 minutes Cambiasso brought his side level with a fantastic goal. Following some ping-pong action in the box the Argentine controlled the ball with his chest before going airborne to acrobatically rifle it past Neto with his left.

In the 83rd minute Inter were in front when Jonathan, showing tremendous focus and coordination, blasted a right-footed half-volley under the crossbar past the flailing keeper.

Handanovic denied Ambrosini in injury time and the clash ended as a 2-1 victory for the Nerazzurri.

Inter now sit in second place in the standings with Napoli and Juventus on 13 points.

Inter 2-1 Fiorentina (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Rossi 60 (pen), Cambiasso 72, Jonathan 83.

Inter: Handanovic; Campagnaro, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus; Nagatomo, Taider (Kovacic 61), Cambiasso, Guarin (Icardi 67), Jonathan (Pereira 85); Alvarez; Palacio.
Unused subs: Castellazzi, Maniero, Andreolli, Belfodil, Kuzmanovic, Wallace, Milito, Samuel, Rolando.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Fiorentina: Neto, Gonzalo, Aquilani (Vecino 78), Fernandez, Savic, Joaquin, Borja Valero, Ambrosini, Pasqual (Marcos A. 81), Tomovic, G. Rossi (Ilicic 69).
Unused subs: Munua, Lupatelli, Roncaglia, Compper, Bakic, Rebic, Wolski, Matos, Vargas.
Coach: Vincenzo Montella.

Referee: Valeri (Rome).
Booked: Ranocchia 43, Ambrosini 49, Juan Jesus 49, Nagatomo 70, Campagnaro 74.
Added time: 2 + 3 minutes.
Attendance: 38,291.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Neto
Campagnaro 14 2 Gonzalo
Ranocchia 23 10 Aquilani
Jesus 5 14 Fernandez
Jonathan 2 15 Savic
Taïder 21 17 Joaquin
Cambiasso 19 20 Borja Valero
Guarin 13 21 Ambrosini
Nagatomo 55 23 Pasqual
Alvarez 11 40 Tomovic
Palacio 8 49 G. Rossi


Castellazzi 12 78 Munua
Maniero 45 12 Lupatelli
Andreolli 6 3 Marcos
Belfodil 7 4 Roncaglia
Icardi 9 5 Compper
Kovacic 10 8 Bakic
Kuzmanovic 17 9 Rebic
Wallace 18 18 Vecino
Milito 22 27 Wolski
Samuel 25 30 Matos
Pereira 31 66 Vargas
Rolando 35 72 Ilicic