Final score

5 January 2018 20:45

47' (2nd half) Simeone
1 - 1
11' (2nd half) Icardi
Referee: Paolo Valeri / Linesmen: Giallatini, Dobosz / Fourth official: Pasqua / Assistants: Fabbri, La Penna
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47' The first half comes to a close here at the Stadio Franchi, with Fiorentina vs. Inter still locked at 0-0
45' Two minutes of added time to be played
44' Perisic delivers for Icardi, who is marked tightly at the back post and just misses the ball
42' Simeone tries his luck but Handanovic reads the situation well and pulls off a successful low stop
39' Veretout attempts a volley from a Laurini delivery, however his strike fails to threaten Handanovic
35' A good chance falls to the home side in the Nerazzurri area, although Astori is unable to make full contact with the ball. Vecino then tests Sportiello from long range
34' A cross from Chiesa is turned out for a corner by Skriniar
32' Good chance for the Nerazzurri, as a superb cross from Cancelo finds Perisic in the area who is just unable to keep his effort on target
30' Chiesa squares it for Thereau, whose wayward effort ends up high and wide
28' Ranocchia receives a booking for a foul on Simeone
25' Perisic picks up possession in the opposition half, before the Viola defence are forced to block the Croatian's following shot. Inter keep their foot on the gas!
22' Sportiello does well to turn a low cross from Perisic out for a corner, while the following set-piece sees the Nerazzurri earn yet another corner from Cancelo!
20' Cancelo accelarates and tries to find Joao Mario in behind Astori, however, Sportiello is there to make the save
17' Sportiello produces a calm save to keep out a long-range strike from Gagliardini
15' The away side are awarded a corner following play from Joao Mario
14' Simeone sends his strike over after being found just inside the area from Chiesa
11' Borja Valero is shown the game's first yellow card for a foul on Pezzella
9' Veretout angles one in for Simeone who twists his body well but sends his header over
6' Chiesa leads the way for Fiorentina on the counter-attack, but his strike fails to trouble Handanovic
4' Sharp burst of pace from Cancelo who subsequently tries to find Borja Valero with a cross, only for Biraghi to clear
2' Early chance for the hosts, with a free-kick spilling out in front of Simeone who just fails to make contact
1' The first half of Fiorentina vs. Inter is now underway! Come on! #ForzaInter
1' The teams are making their way out onto the pitch, with Inter set to start off in a 4-2-3-1 formation
1' This evening's Serie A TIM clash between Fiorentina vs. Inter is almost upon, with Luciano Spalletti's side keen to start off the new year with a bang!
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49' Perisic misses the target with a header and so ends the match here at the Franchi, with goals from Icardi and Simeone resulting in a 1-1 draw
48' Sportiello turns it out for a corner following a speculative effort from Candreva
47' Eysseric tees up Simeone who fires the ball past Handanovic at the near post. It's now 1-1 here at the Franchi
45' Four minutes of added time set to be played
44' Icardi leads the Nerazzurri charge, halting a Fiorentina counter-attack and duly being shown a yellow card
42' Astori is booked for dissent
42' Icardi slides in Candreva who spares a wonderful chance to double the away side's lead by firing his strike into the side-netting!
41' Third and final change of the match, with Gil Dias replacing Veretout
38' Perisic jinks past his opponent elegantly, but his powerful strike sails high over the crossbar
37' Spalletti makes his final change, with Candreva replacing Cancelo
35' Cancelo slips in Icardi in front of goal, although the linesman raises his flag for offside
33' A splendid finger-tip from Handanovic keeps out an overhead-kick from Babacar
33' What a chance!!! Perisic finds Borja Valero at the back post, although the Nerazzurri No.20 sends his header over
30' Ranocchia is forced off through injury, with Nagatomo coming on and Santon moving into the middle
29' Chiesa picks up possession on the right-hand side of the area but can only find the side-netting
28' Badelj gets his head onto a cross from Biraghi, which just drifts wide of the post
25' Fiorentina threaten through Eysseric, with Skriniar successfully turning it out for a corner
24' Pioli makes his second change, with Babacar replacing Benassi
20' Spalletti makes his first change of the match, with Dalbert coming on Joao Mario
17' Fiorentina make their first change, with Thereau making way for Eysseric
13' Handanovic pulls off a great save to tip over from Biraghi
11' GOAL! GOOOAALLL! GOOOOOAALLLLLLLLL!!!!! GET IN! A set-piece delivery from Cancelo finds Icardi, whose first attempt is kept out by Sportiello, although the goalkeeper can do nothing about the captain's ruthless rebound! 1-0!!!
10' A great break from Cancelo is halted by Veretout, who duly receives a yellow card
9' Chiesa tries his luck from just outside the area but lashes his shot wide
7' Ranocchia heads away a cross from Chiesa
4' The Viola defence clear after a whipped in cross from Cancelo
2' Great defensive work from Ranocchia who then looks to find Icardi in the middle, only for Badelj to intercept
1' We're back off for the second half with no changes from either side. Let's crack on now lads!! #ForzaInter

Joao Mario
Average rating 5.25
4 shots on target 4
14 shots off target 7
9 fouls committed 11
7 corners 5
2 offsides 2
53% ball possession 47%
wins(23) draws(35) defeats(29)

FLORENCE - Inter were put under pressure after going ahead through Icardi. They withstood Fiorentina’s reaction and missed a couple of chances on the counterattack before Simeone levelled in stoppage time. The match ended 1-1 at the Stadio Franchi with the Nerazzurri moving to 42 points after 20 matches this season. 

From the opening minutes, the game was played at a high tempo with both sides looking to attack. After two minutes, Simeone got on the end of a Veretout free kick in the box but wasn’t able to redirect it on target. Chiesa tried in the sixth minute with a left-foot shot on the turn that went over. At the other end, Badelj slid in to intercept the danger from a low Joao Mario cross. In the 14th minute, Thereau benefitted from a mistake in the Nerazzuri defence but fired off target when he had more time to set up a shot. Inter responded three minutes later with a powerful Gagliardini strike from distance and a Perisic’s shot/cross in the 22nd minute. Sportiello was alert in both cases. In the 30th minute, the home side pushed again as Thereau got to a Chiesa cutback but the shot was imprecise. A few seconds later, Perisic got ahead of Laurini and headed Cancelo’s dipping cross but it went high. The Nerazzurri tried again with Vecino’s long shot in the 35th minute but Sportiello brought it down and collected the ball. In the 45th minute, the first chance fell for Icardi but he couldn’t connect with Perisic’s delivery. At the other end, Simeone ran into the box and fired over with his left. After two minutes of stoppage time, the sides went into the break with the score 0-0. 

The teams soon headed back out on to the pitch with no changes from either side. The 54th minute saw Chiesa narrowly miss with a fierce left-footed strike, before the Nerazzurri then responded in successful fashion soon after. Earning his side a free kick on the break, Cancelo was subsequently the man to swing in the set piece, as he duly found Icardi at the near post. The Nerazzurri captain’s initial header was miraculously saved by Sportiello, however the Fiorentina goalkeeper could do little about the following rebound, as Mauro scored his 18th goal of the season. Fiorentina swiftly responded and Biraghi forced a solid save from Handanovic in the 58th minute. The Viola continued pushing hard down the right-hand side through Chiesa, whose 64th minute header was deflected by Skriniar and somehow kept out by Handanovic with his body. The hosts had yet another chance in the 72nd minute through Badelj, but he was unable to dispatch his header after a great delivery from Biraghi. Two minutes later then saw Chiesa fire a threatening left-footed strike into the side-netting. The Nerazzurri rediscovered their attacking potency in the 77th minute, as Perisic lofted a fantastic ball over to Borja Valero, although the Spaniard was unable to direct his header on target. Babacar was the next man to try his luck, with Handanovic fortunately on hand to tip his athletic overhead kick over the crossbar. A crucial and decisive chance was missed by Inter just three minutes from the end. Icardi teed up substitute Candreva, who skipped past the goalkeeper but could only find the side-netting. Finally, in the first of the four minutes of added time, Fiorentina scored their equaliser. Having been played in by Eysseric, Simeone fired the ball past Handanovic with his left foot. The last chance of the match fell to Candreva, although Sportiello was there to make the save and ensure that his side snatched a 1-1 draw. 

The league will now take a break, with the Nerazzurri next in action at home against Roma on Sunday 21st January at 20:45 CET .

Goalscorers: 55' Icardi (I), 91' Simeone (F)

FIORENTINA: 57 Sportiello; 2 Laurini, 20 Pezzella, 13 Astori, 3 Biraghi; 24 Benassi (69' 30 Babacar), 5 Badelj, 17 Veretout (86' 28 Gil Dias); 25 Chiesa, 9 Simeone, 77 Thereau (62' 10 Eysseric)
Substitutes: 22 Cerofolini, 99 Dragowski, 4 Milenkovic, 6 Sanchez, 8 Saponara, 15 Maxi Olivera, 19 Cristoforo, 27 Lo Faso, 31 Vitor Hugo
Coach: Stefano Pioli

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 7 Cancelo (82' 87 Candreva), 13 Ranocchia (75' 55 Nagatomo), 37 Skriniar, 21 Santon; 11 Vecino, 5 Gagliardini; 10 Joao Mario (65' 29 Dalbert), 20 B. Valero, 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 17 Karamoh, 23 Eder, 77 Brozovic, 98 Lombardoni
Coach: Luciano Spalletti

Bookings: Borja Valero (I), Ranocchia (I), Veretout (F), Astori (F), Icardi (I)

Added time: 2' + 4'

Referee: Valeri
Assistants: Giallatini, Dobosz
Fourth official: Pasqua
VAR operators: Fabbri, La Penna

starting lineups

Sportiello 57 1 Handanovic
Laurini 2 7 Cancelo
Pezzella 20 13 Ranocchia
Astori 13 37 Skriniar
Biraghi 3 21 Santon
Veretout 17 11 Vecino
Badelj 5 5 Gagliardini
Benassi 24 10 Joao Mario
Chiesa 25 20 Valero
Simeone 9 44 Perisic
Thereau 77 9 Icardi


Cerofolini 22 27 Padelli
Dragowski 97 46 Berni
Milenkovic 4 17 Karamoh
Sanchez 6 23 Eder
Saponara 8 29 Estevão
Eysseric 10 55 Nagatomo
Olivera 15 77 Brozovic
Cristoforo 19 87 Candreva
Lo Faso 27 98 Lombardoni
Gil Dias 28
Babacar 30
Vitor Hugo 31

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