Sunday April 22, 2012 Day 34 Finished Stadio Artemio Franchi

  1. Cesar saves penalty as Inter held

    Cesar saves penalty as Inter held

    Internazionale's hopes of European football next season were dealt a severe blow after a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fiorentina
    • Internazionale
    • 90+3 And that's it. The hosts hang on for a draw but Inter lose ground in the race for the Champions League.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time.
    • 89' Smart turn and shot from Milito but Boruc has it covered.
    • 88' Milito almost gets to the ball ahead of Boruc but the keeper just about gets a hand to it. Very, very close.
    • 87' Cerci goes down under the challenge of Ranocchia in the box but he is booked for diving.
    • 86' Zárate draws a sharp save from Boruc having been found on the edge of the area by Maicon.
    • 84' The hosts, having had a brief period of pressure, drop deep again to stifle the Nerazzurri.
    • 82' Inter clear the danger from the free-kick.
    • 80' Chivu goes off injured before the hosts can take the free-kick. Ranocchia on.
    • 78' Cerci looks to lead a break but Lucio hauls him back.
    • 77' Nastasic volleys narrowly over from the corner.
    • 76' Álvarez just can't get to a threaded Milito ball. Boruc collects and then launches a ball long to Cerci but Inter clear for a corner. That is a tactic the hosts are employing more and more now - the long punt from deep as Inter continue to hold a very high line.
    • 75' Cerci looks to break the offside trap but again the offside flag is raised.
    • 74' Fiorentina break and Inter counter-break but Zárate's cross to the far post has too much on it.
    • 72' Inter really pressing their hosts back now and they force the first corner of the second half.
    • 70' Huge let off for the visitors.
    • 69' Júlio César picks himself up and turns Ljajic's penalty around the post
    • 68' Ljajic reverses a ball in behind the Inter defence to Lazzari, who gets to the ball before Júlio César. The keeper brings him down and the hosts have a penalty.
    • 67' Álvarez collects the ball from Maicon and turns and shoots but his effort never looks like troubling Boruc. Cerci leads the break but is crowded out.
    • 66' Following what has been an onslaught, the hosts look to slow the pace of the game now.
    • 65' Inter look a far more cohesive unit with Sneijder in the side.
    • 64' Álvarez attempts to get onto a Zárate cross to the back post. The pressure is really building now.
    • 63' Maicon looks to find Milito in behind but the through ball has too much on it.
    • 62' Maicon is seeing a lot more of the ball now but during another foray forward his cross is poor. Inter are having more of the play but the final ball is still lacking.
    • 60' Zárate does well to work some space down the left but his cross has too much on it.
    • 58' Maicon is hauled down while attempting to lead a break but the referee waves play on. Definitely more tempo to this game now.
    • 56' Álvarez gives away a free-kick down the left. Natali rises to head the delivery wide. Good chance.
    • 55' Sneijder enters the fray for Forlan, who has been linked with a move back to South America during the week.
    • 54' Inter really working the ball and the space better now. Zárate finds Álvarez, who feeds an overlapping Forlan. His cross is intended for Milito but the forward strayed just offside.
    • 53' Maicon looks to dig out a ball to Cambiasso at the back post but Boruc claims.
    • 52' Maicon cuts inside and finds Álvarez but he attempts to a player too many and the hosts clear.
    • 51' There is much more of a tempo to this game now.
    • 50' Fiorentina break at pace. Cerci finds spare man Cassani on the right but he delivers a very poor cross that Lucio easily clears.
    • 49' Júlio César comes a long way to punch a Pasqual free-kick.
    • 48' Zanetti had to leave the field of play with a leg injury.
    • 47' Inter show a greater level of attacking intent this half - Zárate jinks this way and that before lifting his effort over the bar of Boruc.
    • 46' Nagatomo on at left-back for Zanetti.
    • - Looking like Inter are to make a sub.
    • 45+1' That's it from the first half. 0-0.
    • 45' Milito now with a late challenge as the half draws to a close amid animosity.
    • 44' There is a bit of a melee as the Fiorentina players take exception to Lucio's blatant attempt to win a penalty.
    • 42' Lucio looks to play a give and go, overruns the ball and goes down in a heap. Poor form from the defender.
    • 40' Álvarez, who was bright during the opening twenty minutes or so, has drifted out of the game and he picks the ball and runs at the home defence but his attempted pass runs wide its intended recipient.
    • 38' The hosts work the ball wide to Pasqual but his cross is cleared.
    • 36' Milito works the channel well before finding Álvarez, who elects to shoot from distance but his effort is charged down.
    • 35' Behrami with a late challenge on Poli and we have a slight hiatus as the medical men tend to the stricken midfielder.
    • 33' Every home player is in their own half as they continue to frustrate their visitors.
    • 32' The hosts are playing with three at the back and Milito is beginning to cut a forlorn figure up front as he struggles against the numbers.
    • 31' Inter now with a period of concerted possession.
    • 30' Maicon got to the corner first to clear but only as far as Pasqual, whose shot was always rising.
    • 29' Milito with a late challenge. The hosts break with Cerci, who wins a corner.
    • 28' The hosts taking the initiative now.
    • 27' Nice tight control from Cerci affords him a yard in the box but the ball sits up as he looks to strike on goal and he horribly slices the effort wide. That's better from the hosts, who have had a little more of the ball these last few minutes.
    • 25' Ljajic receives the ball just inside the box and looks to feed the onrushing Behrami but an Inter midfielder tracks him all the way and manages to get in a block.
    • 24' Forlan gets some space in midfield and finds Zárate in space down the left. He cuts inside, creating space but drags his shot past the post. Probably the best opening thus far.
    • 22' The best chance of Inter making some ground in this one is a counter break on Fiorentina. The only time Fiorentina leave in space is when they try to hit their visitors on the break.
    • 20' The hosts continue to sit deep and frustrate their visitors.
    • 19' Chivu went straight through the back of Cerci and he'll have to be careful having already being booked.
    • 18' Milito looks to spring the offside trap but the home back line stepped up just in time. They are very, very deep so attempting to play on the last man may not bear much fruit.
    • 16' Ljajic is over the free-kick twenty-five yards out and right of centre but he can't get it up and down and the ball floats over the bar.
    • 15' Cassani leads a break from Fiorentina but he is hacked down by Chivu, who is duly booked.
    • 14' Great work from Maicon down the right culminates in a blocked shot as the Brazilian cut inside the box. The resulting corner breaks to Forlan but his shot is also charged down.
    • 12' The hosts break but an offside flag stops Ljajic in his tracks down the right. He protests his innocence but he definitely went a second too soon.
    • 10' Inter pressing their hosts back but without really creating much and they lose the ball again when they get in and around the box.
    • 9' Inter work the ball through midfield but Forlan takes a heavy touch before hauling back his man. Free-kick. Scrappy affair thus far.
    • 8' Maicon moves forward down the right but his cross doesn't beat the first man and the hosts break with Cerci but Lucio gets back and blocks his attempted centre. Júlio César prevents the corner.
    • 6' Very slow start to this one.
    • 5' Fiorentina elect to work a corner short and the decision doesn't pay off as Inter close it down and clear.
    • 4' Inter have made a strong start here and after a period of possession Forlan stings the palms of Boruc from thirty yards out. That had a lot of power and swerve on it but Boruc watched it all the way.
    • 3' Cerci has an early chance for the home side but he slices across the ball and the chance has gone.
    • 2' Inter begin by pressing very high up the pitch as they make their intentions clear early on. Poli is a little over zealous though as he gives away a free-kick.
    • 1' We're underway at the Artemio Franchi stadium after a moment's respect for Piermario Morosini.
    • 11:25 Fiorentina: A. Boruc, M. Camporese, C. Natali, M. Nastasic, H. Kharja, V. Behrami, M. Cassani, A. Lazzari, M. Pasqual, A. Cerci, A. Ljajic Subs: A. Gamberini, R. Montolivo, R. Olivera, L. De Silvestri, A. Maxwell, Neto A. Salifu. /// Internazionale: Júlio César, Maicon, Lúcio, C. Chivu, J. Zanetti, A. Poli, E. Cambiasso, D. Forlán, R. Álvarez, M. Zárate, D. Milito. Subs: D. Stankovic, L.Castellazzi, W. Sneijder, A. Ranocchia, Y. Nagatomo, G. Pazzini, F. Guarin.
    • 11:20 The hosts will be without suspended striker Carvalho Amauri while Peruvian midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
    • 11:15 Team news: Inter welcome back Wesley Sneijder from injury but they will be without defender Walter Samuel, who serves a one-match ban.
    • 11:10 But Inter can expect a tough battle as Fiorentina are looking to take a step towards Serie A survival. They lie in 16th place, just three points above the drop zone.
    • 11:05 Having been promoted from the position of youth team coach, Andrea Stramaccioni’s Inter remain unbeaten under his stewardship and a third win in four league games in Tuscany this weekend would put them in touching distance of Lazio, who occupy the last Champions League place.
    • 11:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage from Serie A where Internazionale travel to the Artemio Franchi stadium to face Fiorentina.
  • Summary

    • 69' Júlio César picks himself up and turns Ljajic's penalty around the post
    • 68' Ljajic reverses a ball in behind the Inter defence to Lazzari, who gets to the ball before Júlio César. The keeper brings him down and the hosts have a penalty.
    • 67' Álvarez collects the ball from Maicon and turns and shoots but his effort never looks like troubling Boruc. Cerci leads the break but is crowded out.
    • 54' Inter really working the ball and the space better now. Zárate finds Álvarez, who feeds an overlapping Forlan. His cross is intended for Milito but the forward strayed just offside.
    • 27' Nice tight control from Cerci affords him a yard in the box but the ball sits up as he looks to strike on goal and he horribly slices the effort wide. That's better from the hosts, who have had a little more of the ball these last few minutes.
    • 25' Ljajic receives the ball just inside the box and looks to feed the onrushing Behrami but an Inter midfielder tracks him all the way and manages to get in a block.
    • 24' Forlan gets some space in midfield and finds Zárate in space down the left. He cuts inside, creating space but drags his shot past the post. Probably the best opening thus far.
    • 14' Great work from Maicon down the right culminates in a blocked shot as the Brazilian cut inside the box. The resulting corner breaks to Forlan but his shot is also charged down.
    • 4' Inter have made a strong start here and after a period of possession Forlan stings the palms of Boruc from thirty yards out. That had a lot of power and swerve on it but Boruc watched it all the way.
    • 11:25 Fiorentina: A. Boruc, M. Camporese, C. Natali, M. Nastasic, H. Kharja, V. Behrami, M. Cassani, A. Lazzari, M. Pasqual, A. Cerci, A. Ljajic Subs: A. Gamberini, R. Montolivo, R. Olivera, L. De Silvestri, A. Maxwell, Neto A. Salifu. /// Internazionale: Júlio César, Maicon, Lúcio, C. Chivu, J. Zanetti, A. Poli, E. Cambiasso, D. Forlán, R. Álvarez, M. Zárate, D. Milito. Subs: D. Stankovic, L.Castellazzi, W. Sneijder, A. Ranocchia, Y. Nagatomo, G. Pazzini, F. Guarin.
    • 11:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage from Serie A where Internazionale travel to the Artemio Franchi stadium to face Fiorentina.

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