Final score

5 October 2014 20:45

31' (2nd half) Tomovic
19' Cuadrado
7' Babacar
3 - 0
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento / Linesmen: Marzaloni, Costanzo / Fourth official: Dobosz / Assistants: Russo, Peruzzo
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45' The first half ends Fiorentina 2-0 Inter, with goals by Babacar (7) and Cuadrado (19)
45' Handanovic parries Babacar's effort, Tomovic tries to nod home the rebound but it goes out
43' Kovacic pounces on a loose ball 20 yards out but lashes it over the bar
38' Dodo drills a left-footer towards the bottom corner, Neto palms it round the post
32' Babacar and Pizarro in succession try their luck from the edge of the box but can't find a way through
26' Fiorentina have another chance: Cuadrado can't finish Kurtic's angled effort
26' D'Ambrosio makes headway down the wing and does well to win a corner
24' Icardi goes for goal, Ranocchia gets his head to it but Neto makes the catch
20' Ranocchia goes into the book for a foul on Cuadrado
19' Fiorentina double their lead. Cuadrado hits a curling effort from outside the box, it goes in off the inside of the post to make it 2-0
17' Kurtic wins a corner: Alonso fails to latch on after Mati Fernandez's cross
13' Another good opening for Inter. Osvaldo centres for Icardi who nods down for Medel but the Chilean can't get his shot away through the crowd
12' Inter close to an equaliser: a superb hit from Icardi, set up by Medel. It whistles past Neto's left-hand post
8' Cuadrado has a go from outside the box, Handanovic deals with it at the second attempt
7' Fiorentina take the lead with a stunning long-range strike from Babacar that flies into the top corner
3' Mati Fernandez flops to the ground in the area after contact with Vidic. Tagliavento waves play on
1' Inter are at the Stadio Artemio Franchi this evening for their Serie A Week 6 fixture against Fiorentina
1' The Nerazzurri get the ball rolling and Fiorentina v Inter is under way!
1' Paolo Tagliavento of Terni is the man overseeing proceedings today
1' Ranocchia, Vidic and Juan Jesus form the three-man backline while Osvaldo and Icardi start in attack
1' Kovacic and Medel join M'Vila in central midfield flanked by D'Ambrosio and Dodo
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48' It ends Fiorentina 3-0 Inter, Babacar, Cuadrado and Tomovic on target. Nerazzurri remain on 8 points
47' Handanovic is beaten but Juan Jesus hacks off the line to deny Brillante a fourth for the hosts
46' D'Ambrosio tries his luck with another curling left-footed effort but doesn't get it on target this time
45' We'll have three minutes of stoppage time
41' Montella makes his last change, bringing on Brillante in place of Cuadrado
40' D'Ambrosio goes close but Neto pulls off a super stop to tip his effort over the bar
38' Vargas fouls Kovacic on the edge of the box. Hernanes steps up to take the free kick but Neto is well placed to block the Brazilian's effort
32' Another substitution for Fiorntina. Mati Fernandez is replaced by Vargas
31' Tomovic receives a yellow card after taking his shirt off to celebrate
31' Fiorentina have a third. Tomovic accelerates into the box before tucking past Handanovic
30' El Trenza almost makes an instant impact as he's played in by Icardi, but he can only hit the side netting
29' Third and final change for Inter: Palacio is on for Osvaldo
27' Osvaldo hits a hopeful effort over from some way out
26' Medel has a go from range: Neto makes it his at the second attempt
25' Osvaldo is booked for dissent
24' Tomovic with a dangerous foul on Hernanes, Tagliavento spares him the yellow card
22' Another switch for Inter: Dodo goes off, Obi is on
20' Montella makes his first substitution: Babacar is replaced by Bernardeschi
18' Handanovic comes up big to deny Cuadrado's burst into the box following Babacar's lay-off
14' First change for Mazzarri: Hernanes comes on for Ranocchia. Inter switch to a flat back four with D'Ambrosio on the right and Dodo left
13' Babacar fires an effort across goal and wide
10' Tagliavento awards Fiorentina a free kick for a presumed foul by M'Vila on Babacar
8' Kurtic is cautioned for dissent
7' D'Ambrosio is booked for a push on Aquilani
4' Handanovic rushes out to clear the ball away from the onrushing Kurtic
2' Kovacic swings in a corner and Inter claim a handball by Rodriguez but Tagliavento allows play to continue
1' The second half begins with no changes made at half time
Average rating 3.55
8 shots on target 4
7 shots off target 10
12 fouls committed 17
2 corners 5
3 offsides 1
46% ball possession 54%
Fiorentina's blank first 45 minutes. Inter's second-half shutout

Fiorentina are the only Serie A side yet to find the net in the first half this season, while Inter are the top flight's highest scorers in the opening 45 minutes, with seven. Mazzarri's men are also one of only two teams (Juventus the other) not to have let in a goal during the second period.

Home fortress for Viola: 276 minutes without conceding

Vincenzo Montella's charges are yet to concede on home soil in 2014/15: the Viola's defence remained unbreached at the Stadio Franchi against Genoa (0-0), Guingamp (3-0) and Sassuolo (0-0). The last man to score against them in Florence is now wearing the Viola shirt himself: Jasmin Kurtic struck for Torino in a 2-2 draw on 18 May.

Montella plus Mazzarri equals goals

Previous match-ups between Vincenzo Montella and Walter Mazzarri have yielded 18 goals in six games (eight for Montella's sides, 10 for Mazzarri's). The current Viola boss has won one while the Nerazzurri manager has come out on top three times (always by a 2-1 scoreline) and there have been two draws.

Mazzarri unbeaten against the Viola for more than four years

As a coach, Walter Mazzarri has faced Fiorentina 22 times in competitive fixtures with a record of W6, D9, L7. His last reverse at the hands of the Viola dates back to 13 March 2010, Napoli 1-3 Fiorentina in Serie A.

No clean sheets for Montella against Inter. But as a player...

Vincenzo Montella has now pitted his wits against Inter eight times since going into coaching, winning two, drawing two and losing four. The Nerazzurri have scored in every game, notching 12 goals in total. As a player, Montella played against Inter 19 times (17 in Serie A, two in the Coppa Italia), ending up on the winning side four times, losing nine times and drawing on six occasions. He put 12 goals past Inter over the course of his career, making them his favourite target together with Fiorentina, the club he now coaches.

Lightning start for Icardi

Mauro Icardi has bagged seven goals in competitive matches this season, making him the second highest goalscorer in Italy behind Udinese's Di Natale (eight).

Mazzarri has goals on the bench

27.3% of Inter's 11 goals in Serie A 2014/15 have come from substitutes: Guarin against Sassuolo, then Osvaldo and Hernanes against Atalanta.

wins(22) draws(35) defeats(29)

FLORENCE – Inter lost 3-0 in Florence tonight after Babacar, Cuadrado and Tomovic all scored for the hosts. The Nerazzurri started well but found themselves behind in the 7th minute after Babacar lashed in a rasping effort from well outside the box.

With the crowd right behind them, Fiorentina continued to push forward. Barely sixty seconds later Cuadrado unleashed a dangerous shot towards the Inter goal, but Handanovic was equal to the effort.

The Nerazzurri tried to react, especially through Mauro Icardi. The Argentine came close with a fizzing shot on the turn.

Fiorentina’s attacks were unabated, however, and they soon doubled their lead through another long-range stunner. This time it was Cuadrado who cut in from the left, breezing past Medel to buy himself a yard of space. His blistering shot crashed off the post and into Handanovic’s net to make it 2-0 after just 19 minutes.

Inter tried to regroup and find a way back into the game via the flanks. D’Ambrosio caused confusion in the Fiorentina box, before coming close to clawing a goal back for his side in the 38th minute. Neto was equal to his shot, however.

Fiorentina finished the half as strongly as they’d started it, with Babacar once again looking dangerous. Handanovic was alert and the first half ended 2-0 in favour of the Viola.

Fiorentina were back on the front foot as soon as the second half kicked off, the Babacar/Cuadrado partnership once again looking threatening. On 58 minutes, the Senegalese forward shook off his marker and shot just wide from the edge of the area.

He was again involved in the 63rd minute, exchanging passes with Cuadrado to set the Colombian clean through on Handanovic, but the Inter goalkeeper did excellently to save his powerful effort.

The Nerazzurri came back at the hosts with Medel, but his shot was well wide and posed no problems for Neto. Palacio had a golden opportunity to get his side back in the game on 75 minutes, but his left-footed effort was not quite good enough to breach the Viola goal.

It would prove to be a costly miss, as Fiorentina made it 3-0 just one minute later. Tomovic showed great poise to find a way through the Inter defence and find space to get an unstoppable shot away.

Inter had one last chance before the final whistle, as D’Ambrosio tried a powerful shot from inside the area, but Neto was once again too good. The Nerazzurri return home empty-handed after a disappointing result in Florence.


Scorers: Babacar 7, Cuadrado 19, Tomovic 76.

Fiorentina: 1 Neto; 40 Tomovic, 2 Rodriguez, 15 Savic, 28 Alonso; 10 Aquilani, 7 Pizarro, 16 Kurtic; 14 Mati Fernandez (Vargas 77); 11 Cuadrado (Brillante 86), 30 Babacar (Bernardeschi 65).
Subs not used: 12 Tatarusanu, 21 Lupatelli, 5 Badelj, 19 Basanta, 20 Borja Valero, 23 Pasqual, 32 Lazzari, 55 Hegazi, 72 Ilicic.
Coach: Vincenzo Montella.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 23 Ranocchia (Hernanes 59), 15 Vidic, 5 Juan Jesus; 33 D'Ambrosio, 90 M'Vila, 18 Medel, 10 Kovacic, 22 Dodò (Obi 67); 7 Osvaldo (Palacio 74), 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 6 Andreolli, 17 Kuzmanovic, 25 Mbaye, 44 Krhin.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Terni).

Booked: Ranocchia 20, D’Ambrosio 52, Kurtic 53, Osvaldo 70, Tomovic 76.

Added time: 0+3 minutes.

starting lineups

Neto 1 1 Handanovic
Tomovic 40 23 Ranocchia
Rodriguez 2 15 Vidic
Savic 15 5 Jesus
Alonso 28 33 D'Ambrosio
Aquilani 10 90 M'Vila
Pizarro 7 18 Medel
Kurtic 16 10 Kovacic
Mati Fernandez 14 22 Dodò
Cuadrado 11 7 Osvaldo
Babacar 30 9 Icardi


Tatarusanu 12 30 Carrizo
Lupatelli 21 46 Berni
Badelj 5 6 Andreolli
Vargas 6 8 Palacio
Basanta 19 17 Kuzmanovic
Borja Valero 20 20 Obi
Pasqual 23 25 Mbaye
Brillante 25 44 Krhin
Bernardeschi 29 88 Hernanes
Lazzari 32
Hegazi 55
Ilicic 72