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1 vs 2
Played
February 16, 2011 12:30 PM EST
Stadio Artemio Franchi — Firenze
Referee:‬ A. Damato‎
Attendance:‬ 31595‎
 
Top of the Match
Giampaolo Pazzini
Giampaolo Pazzini
Inter
Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o
Inter
Flop of the Match
Michele Camporese
Michele Camporese
Fiorentina
Michele Camporese
Michele Camporese
Fiorentina

Fiorentina 1-2 Inter: Nerazzurri Close Gap On Leaders Milan

Inter's 2-1 win against Fiorentina has put them just five points off the pace...

By Subhankar Mondal

Gilardino festeggia in Fiorentina-Inter (Getty Images)

A second-half goal from Giampaolo Pazzini saw Inter return to winning ways in Serie A with a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Wednesday evening.

The Nerazzurri took the lead as early as the sixth minute through a Michele Camporese own goal but Fiorentina restored parity just after the half-hour mark through Manuel Pasqual.

However, Pazzini's second-half strike secured Inter all three points and saw them reduce the gap between themselves and league leaders Milan to five points.

The Milanese side conjured up the game's first chance when on the second minute Samuel Eto'o set up Maicon, who then released a cross for Dejan Stankovic only for the latter to fail to connect.

A minute later Fiorentina crafted their first chance of the encounter when Riccardo Montolivo released Alberto Gilardino inside the Inter box but Ivan Cordoba made the crucial interception.

The Nerazzurri broke the deadlock on six minutes through a Camporese own goal. Inter broke away after Fiorentina failed on their corner kick and Eto'o's low cross from the right was deflected by the Italian into his own net.

However, Fiorentina could have equalized minutes later when Montolivo sent Adrian Mutu through on goal only for the Romanian attacker to shoot weakly at Julio Cesar.

The Viola maintained their search for parity and eventually got it two minutes after the half-hour mark when Pasqual's cross from the left wing originally intended for Gilardino found its way past Cesar into the Inter net.

Fiorentina could have then taken the lead just seconds later when Montolivo's shot from the edge of the Inter penalty box deflected off a defender.

However, Leonardo's Scudetto-chasers finished the half the better of the two sides as Pazzini headed a Maicon cross over the hosts' crossbar and then the Brazilian right-back fired a close-range shot wide.

Fiorentina commenced the second session the better of the two sides as Mutu and Gilardino combined with each other with the Italian's final shot from 20 yards going off target.

However, Inter began controlling the proceedings thereafter and came close to taking the lead for the second time in the match through Stankovic twice.

Then a couple of minutes before the hour-mark Andrea Ranocchia's header from a Wesley Sneijder corner-kick was cleared off the line and Stankovic's header from the rebound went over the Fiorentina crossbar.

The Italian and European champions went ahead four minutes later through Pazzini. Eto'o went past his marker down the right and delivered a brilliant cross that the Italy international striker turned in with ease.

The visitors could have increased their advantage minutes later had Stankovic's shot from the edge of the penalty box had been on target, although Sinisa Mihajlovic's team came close to equalizing through Ljajic.

 

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Fiorentina

31
Artur Boruc
Goalkeeper
3.00
23
Manuel Pasqual
Defender
32′
3.00
-
2.50
5
2.50
25
Gianluca Comotto
Midfielder
20′
3.00
85
Valon Behrami
Midfielder
32′ 86′
3.00
30
Marco Donadel
Midfielder
73′
3.00
18
Riccardo Montolivo
Midfielder
3.00
-
Adrian Mutu
Striker
3.50
11
2.50
-
Mario Santana
Striker
27′
0.00

Inter

3.00
30
Julio César
Goalkeeper
2.50
55
3.00
-
3.50
23
2.50
13
Maicon
Midfielder
3.00
10
3.00
19
3.00
4
Javier Zanetti
Midfielder
2.50
10
3.50
29
3.00
11

Substitutes

1
Neto
Goalkeeper
0.00
14
0.00
-
0.00
10
0.00
8
Adem Ljajic
Midfielder
27′
3.00
32
0.00
29
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
12
0.00
77
3.00
-
0.00
23
0.00
20
Joel Obi
Midfielder
89′
0.00
10
Coutinho
Striker
0.00
19

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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  • Substitution IN
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0