MILAN - It was billed as the clash of attacking titans Adriano and Toni, but it was Obafemi Martins who decided Sunday evening's Serie A Week 5 clash between Inter and Fiorentina as goalkeepers Julio Cesar and Frey stole the show with saves galore and Luis Figo illuminated the Meazza with his full repertoire of skills.
Inter's winner was the result of a spectacularly worked move on 7 minutes, started and finished by Obafemi Martins. The Nigerian speedster played short to Adriano, who spotted Luis Figo in space on the right. The Portuguese winger played first-time across the face of the six-yard box for Oba to ram home.
Sebastian Frey prevented his former club from increasing their lead with first-rate saves from Stankovic, Martins and Adriano as Inter's approach play proved devastating.
Fiorentina's best chance of the opening forty-five fell to Serie A top scorer Luca Toni, who combined with Bojinov then saw his shot superbly saved by Julio Cesar.
Prandelli's side were less creative in an Inter-dominated second half as Frey twice denied Stankovic and Brocchi made a goal-line clearance from Materazzi's header. Luis Figo went closest to increasing the lead when he dribbled the Viola defence, played a quick one-two with Martins then had his close-range shot saved by Frey's feet.
The win sees Inter close the gap on early-season leaders Juve to three points ahead of next Sunday evening's 'derby d'Italia' at the Delle Alpi. In the meantime the Nerazzurri host Scottish Premier League outfit Rangers in Matchday 2 of the Champions League on Wednesday.
INTER 1-0 FIORENTINA (HT: 1-0)
Scorer: Martins 7
INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 23 Materazzi, 16 Favalli; 7 Figo, 14 Veron, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 30 Martins (9 Cruz 89)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 8 Pizarro, 13 Ze Maria, 20 Recoba, 21 Solari, 33 Wome
Coach: Roberto Mancini
FIORENTINA: 1 Frey; 21 Ujfalusi, 5 Gamberini, 27 Di Loreto, 26 Pancaro (23 Pasqual 46); 10 Fiore (18 Montolivo 69), 32 Brocchi, 4 Donadel, 20 Jorgensen; 8 Bojinov (29 Pazzini 60), 30 Toni
Subs not used: 12 Cejas, 3 Dainelli, 17 Pazienza, 25 Guigou
Coach: Cesare Prandelli
Referee: Stefano Farina (Novi Ligure)
Bookings: Veron 17, Jorgensen 21, Gamberini 48, Materazzi 64, Donadel 73