FLORENCE - Esteban Cambiasso scored twice and set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the other as Inter opened their defence of the title with a 3-2 win at Fiorentina.

Ibra netted his first goal in black and blue after Cambiasso's first-half double, with Luca Toni scoring twice in ten second-half minutes to set up a tense finale.

Cambiasso broke the deadlock after ten minutes of play at the Artemio Franchi, finishing off a flowing passing move involving Dacourt, Crespo and Ibrahimovic with a low left-footed drive into the bottom right corner.

The Argentina midfielder celebrated his goal by pointing to the sky in honour of Giaincto Facchetti, for whom a minute's silence was observed before kick-off.

Cambiasso doubled his tally four minutes before half time, heading Figo's cross past Frey at the back post after the Portuguese winger combined with Ibrahimovic in a counter attack down the right.

Hernan Crespo had two good chances in the opening forty-five minutes. After sending a near-post header from Figo's free kick just over the bar, the Argentine forward forced a save from Frey with a blistering diagonal shot.

Ibrahimovic thought he had made sure of the points on 62 minutes when he volleyed in Cambiasso's assist to put Inter 3-0 up.

But last season's top scorer Toni made the Nerazzurri sweat for their victory, heading in crosses from Mutu and Reginaldo to throw Fiorentina a lifeline.

The Nerazzurri held on for victory, and Figo could have restored Inter's two-goal advantage on the stroke of full time but he dragged Crespo's cut-back wide of the far post.


Scorers: Cambiasso 11, 41, Ibrahimovic 62, Toni 68, 79

FIORENTINA: 1 Frey; 21 Ujfalusi (6 Potenza 71), 3 Dainelli, 5 Gamberini, 23 Pasqual; 4 Donadel, 11 Liverani (18 Montolivo 54), 17 Blasi; 19 Gobbi (83 Reginaldo 54), 10 Mutu, 30 Toni
Subs not used: 14 Lobont, 2 Kroldrup, 20 Jorgensen, 15 Paolucci
Coach: Cesare Prandelli

INTER: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi (25 Samuel 59), 4 Zanetti; 14 Vieira (5 Stankovic 76), 19 Cambiasso (11 Grosso 84), 15 Dacourt; 7 Figo; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo
Subs not used: 79 Carini, 91 Choutos, 9 Cruz, 10 Adriano
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin)

Booked: Toni 68, Donadel 80, Pasqual 88, Ibrahimovic 90+3

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