– 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.