Final score

20 August 2017 20:45

34' (2nd half) Perisic
15' Icardi
6' Icardi (P)
3 - 0
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento / Linesmen: Fabrizio Posado, Mauro Vivenzi / Fourth official: Luca Pairetto
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Minute Text commentary
47' The first half finishes here at the Stadio Meazza! Icardi's brace the difference so far. Inter 2-0 Fiorentina
45' Two minutes of stoppage time
45' Icardi intercepts a pass between Tomovic and Veretuout but it gets away from him, allowing Sportiello to close down.
43' No issue is detected on VAR, the final minutes of the first half start again.
41' Tagliavento stops the game to revisit an incident in the Inter box with VAR
39' The ball is crossed for Simeone from the right but he can't get there and Inter defend it without any problems.
34' The most balanced period of the match so far after Luciano Spalletti's Nerazzurri came out at a high tempo.
29' What a chance to make it 3-0! Perisic is free in front of Sportiello and looks to pick out Icardi but Vitor Hugo wins the ball at the last moment.
27' Eysseric crosses it to Simeone at the far post but Handanovic is there to save. Corner for Fiorentina.
25' Brozovic goes through the middle and aims to find the net with a placed shot that Sportiello saves at the expense of a corner.
23' Veretuout tries from range but gets it all wrong. Goal-kick for Inter.
20' Candreva plays it to the overlapping D'Ambrosio and the Viola's backline just about clear.
18' Benassi tries from range but doesn't go close to threatening Handanovic's goal.
15' GOAL! GOOOOAAAAALLL! GOOOAAAAAAAALL! Perisic's cross from the right is perfect for Icardi who sneaks in between the defenders to head home and it's 2-0!
14' Sanchez goes in hard on Borja Valero. Tagliamento stops the play to book the Viola's no.6.
11' Vecino wins the ball high from Veretuout. His long-range shot goes over the bar.
9' The Nerazzurri go close to getting a second. Nagatomo plays it to Vecino who narrowly misses the target. Excellent play from Luciano Spalletti's side.
8' Candreva and Icardi look to capitalise on a Sanchez mistake but the Viola's defence recovers.
6' GOAL! GOAAAAL! GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!! No mistake from Icardi from the spot! Sportiello goes the wrong way and the captain nets his first of the season!
4' Nagatomo plays it over the top to Icardi and he's brought down by Astori! Penalty for the Nerazzurri!
2' A Perisic cross is deflected out for a corner. First corner for Inter
1' They're off! The season starts here! #ForzaInter #InterIsComing
1' A minute's silence is held for the victims of the attack in Barcelona.
1' Almost ready for the start. Forza Inter! #InterIsComing
1' We are ready! The 2017-18 Serie A TIM is set to start with us facing Fiorentina in matchday one as the teams come out now at the San Siro.
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49' Tagliavento blows the whistle and it finishes 3-0! Mauro Icardi's brace and Ivan Perisic's goal deliver the first three points of Luciano Spalletti's Inter reign.
44' Four minutes of stoppage time.
40' Inter keep pushing with a Perisic shot/cross and then a Joao Mario attempt.
39' Third and final change for Spalletti. Mauro Icardi comes off to a standing ovation and Eder is on.
37' Sportiello with a super save to keep out Icardi after he was set up by Candreva.
36' Babacar with a powerful but inaccurate effort from outside the area.
35' Last change for Pioli. Zekhini on for Veretuout.
34' GOAL! GOAAAAAAALLL! Joao Mario crosses to Perisic who beats Sportiello with a diving header from inside the six-yard box. 3-0
33' Veretuout hits the post with Handanovic beaten
31' Gil Dias comes in from the left and weakly fires at Handanovic.
30' Big chance for Gagliardini who fires high from an excellent position after Icardi's pass.
30' Joao Mario picks out Candreva in space, Astori makes the block.
26' Second change from the Nerazzurri. Gagliardini is on for Brozovic.
24' Handanovic dives low to keep out a Babacar effort from outside the area that was heading for the bottom corner. Fiorentina corner.
22' Inter counterattack as Brozovic sets it up for Perisic. The no.44 goes far but can't pick out Icardi. Another big chance for Inter.
21' Powerful left-foot strike from Perisic which narrowly misses Sportiello's top right corner
20' Big chance for Inter. Perisic plays it to Nagatomo who can't find his teammates in the middle and Sportiello saves.
19' Spalletti makes his first change. Joao Mario takes the place of Borja Valero.
15' Second Fiorentina change. Babacar is on for Simeone.
13' Fiorentina go close through Dias and then Cristoforo but the Nerazzurri defence holds firm.
11' Mistake from Vitor Hugo as he risks conceding an own goal from D'Ambrosio's cross. The ball ends up in the hands of Sportiello.
10' First change for Fiorentina. Pioli brings on Cristoforo for Benassi.
7' Vecino passes to Candreva who picks out Icardi at the near post with his cross, the Argentine gets in front of Vitor Hugo but Sportiello saves. Corner
6' Brozovic with a good move and he looks to slide it through to Candreva but it's slightly overhit
3' Eysseric crosses it but Skriniar reads it well to rise up and head away.
1' The second half begins with no changes. #ForzaInter

Joao Mario
Average rating 6.92
6 shots on target 1
6 shots off target 5
7 fouls committed 4
9 corners 2
1 offsides 1
51% ball possession 49%
On match day 1

Inter and Fiorentina have met twice so far on MD1 in Serie A history, with a total of 11 goals in those games: 3-3 in 1946 and 3-2 for the Nerazzurri in 2006.

The Nerazzurri have conceded goals in each of their last seven home games, and overall in each of the last eight matchdays which is their worst run since February 2015.

Double move

Matias Vecino and Borja Valero recorded a combined 14 assists last season, four and 10 respectively.

Babacar thrills Inter

Khouma Babacar has scored four goals in his last four league appearances against Inter, though none of those have been at the San Siro.

Inter on first game

Inter’s last defeat on their first game at home in a Serie A season was in September 1988, with 11 wins and three draws since then for the Nerazzurri.

Former Viola

Borja Valero made 165 Serie A appearances for Fiorentina, scoring 14 goals and delivering 38 assists for the Viola.

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

MILAN - Luciano Spalletti’s spell on the Inter bench began with him opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation. The defence seen in the final pre-season matches remained with the former Fiorentina pair of Vecino and Borja Valero lining up in the middle alongside Candreva, Brozovic and Perisic in the more attacking roles. Icardi was the lone man up front. 

Inter got off to a great start. From a Nagatomo assist, Icardi brought the ball down before he himself was fouled while attempting to shoot. It was a penalty for Tagliavento and VAR confirmed it with Icardi stepping up to finish. Only four minutes had gone and it took only ten more for the second goal to arrive. Icardi was there again to head in from Perisic’s left-foot cross after he had space created for him by Candreva’s strong play. Another five minutes went and Brozovic snuck in between two defenders and it was on a plate for him but Sportiello came up with a phenomenal save to keep out his placed strike. Two minutes later, in the 25th minute, Eysseric found Simeone in the box with a perfect cross but the ‘Cholito’ was denied by Handanovic’s diving save. Fiorentina came back to life but it was Inter who went closest again to scoring. Perisic and Icardi went clear on the break but the Croatian was perhaps too selfless as he looked for the pass and the move broke down. The away side grew into the game and VAR was needed to stop play for the first time soon after for an incident in the Inter box. The decision went the Nerazzurri's way and play resumed with no penalty awarded. The second half began with a great chance for Icardi from Candreva’s cross and the captain’s header at the near post forced a good stop from Sportiello. 19 minutes into the second 45, Joao Mario came on for Borja Valero. One minute later, it was Perisic who went close with a powerful left-foot effort that only just missed the target. Fiorentina then went close themselves with Babacar forcing brilliant save out of Handanovic who got there with his left hand. In the 75th minute, Joao Mario drove forward but Gagliardini fired high from close range at the end of the move. A minute later, Veretuout fired a powerful strike low across goal which hit Handanovic’s right post. There wasn’t too much to worry about straight after though as Perisic’s head applied the finish from Joao Mario’s cross. It finished 3-0. On Saturday evening, there will be a big match at the Stadio Olimpico: Roma vs. Inter. 

Goals: 5' pen and 15' Icardi, 79' Perisic

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 25 Miranda, 55 Nagatomo; 11 Vecino, 20 Borja Valero (54’ Joao Mario), 87 Candreva, 44 Perisic,  77 Brozovic (70’ Gagliardini); C 9 Icardi (85’ Eder),
Substitutes 27 Padelli, 5 Gagliardini, 8 Jovetic, 10 Joao Mario, 13 Ranocchia, 15 Ansaldi, 23 Eder, 29 Dalbert, 61 Vanheusden, 96 Barbosa, 99 Pinamonti.
Head Coach: Luciano Spalletti

FIORENTINA: 57 Sportiello; 6 Sanchez, 9 Simeone (60’ Babacar), 10 Eysserik, 13 Astori, 15 Olivera, 17 Veretuout (Zekhnini 81’), 24 Benassi, 28 Gil Dias, 31 Vitor Hugo, 40 Tomovic.
Substitutes: 22 Cerofolini, 97 Dragowski, 3 Biraghi, 4 Milenkovic, 5 Badelj, 7 Zekhnini, 11 Hagi, 19 Cristoforo, 20 Pezzella, 30 Babacar, 51 Hristov, 76 Boialvo Gaspar.
Head Coach: Stefano Pioli

Referee: Tagliavento
Assistants: Posado, Vivenzi
Fourth Official: Pairetto
Additional Assistants: Guida, Di Paolo

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 57 Sportiello
D'Ambrosio 33 40 Tomovic
Skriniar 37 31 Vitor Hugo
Miranda 25 13 Astori
Nagatomo 55 15 Olivera
Vecino 11 6 Sanchez
Valero 20 17 Veretuout
Candreva 87 24 Benassi
Brozovic 77 10 Eysseric
Perisic 44 28 Gil Dias
Icardi 9 9 Simeone


Padelli 27 22 Cerofolini
Gagliardini 5 97 Dragowski
Jovetic 8 3 Biraghi
Joao Mario 10 4 Milenkovic
Ranocchia 13 5 Badelj
Ansaldi 15 7 Zekhnini
Eder 23 11 Hagi
Estevão 29 19 Cristoforo
Vanheusden 61 20 Pezzella
Barbosa 96 30 Babacar
Pinamonti 99 51 Hristov
76 Gaspar

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