Final score

9 September 2006 20:30

34' (2nd half) Toni
23' (2nd half) Toni
17' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
41' Cambiasso
11' Cambiasso
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Biasutto, Strocchia / Fourth official: Bo
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45' Half time. Fiorentina 0-2 Inter.
44' Liverani tries to take the ball past Vieira, Dacourt and Materazzi but loses possession and Cordoba boots to safety.
41' GOAL! Figo and Ibrahimovic combine as Inter hit Fiorentina on the counter-attack. The Portuguese winger crosses to the far post where Cambiasso heads his and Inter's second. Fiorentina 0-2 Inter.
39' Patrick Vieira outstretches a leg to block Pasqual's whipped cross from the left. Corner to the Tuscans.
36' Mutu receives from Toni, sidesteps Maicon and sends a right-foot shot on target from 20 yards. It's an easy catch for Toldo as the Romanian forward's effort is too central.
34' Materazzi intercepts Toni on the edge of the Inter area to end a Viola attack.
30' Vieira pounces on a loose ball in the Viola box and shoots but Ujfalusi blocks and clears.
27' Marco Materazzi blocks Liverani's first-time shot from inside the Inter area.
22' Hernan Crespo gets to the left-wing by-line and crosses into the six-yard box but there is no team-mate on hand to tap in at the far post.
18' Inter hit back at the Viola. Ibra races down the right, takes on Gamberini and crashes a right-foot shot over Frey's bar.
18' Terrific save by Toldo from Mutu's 25-yard drive.
15' Toni fails to reach Mutu's inviting cross from the right. Inter win a goal kick.
11' GOAL! Esteban Cambiasso receives in space from Ibrahimovic and lashes into the bottom right-hand corner to finish off a flowing move involving Dacourt and Crespo. Fiorentina 0-1 Inter.
9' Crespo's near-post header from Figo's corner kick is over the Fiorentina crossbar.
9' Dacourt brings the ball out of defence and plays a long ball forward to Crespo who races on goal and has a diagonal shot parried by Frey. Corner to Inter.
7' Zlatan Ibrahimovic receives from Figo, turns and shoots from the distance. Dainelli blocks.
5' Luca Toni creates space for a shot and unleashes a left-foot effort from 20 yards which is easily collected by Toldo.
3' Toldo, who is playing his 200th match for Inter tonight, comes out of his area and smashes clear to deny Mutu a scoring chance from a long ball upfield.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence for Inter's Serie A opener against Fiorentina.
1' Inter kick off.
1' Tonight's match will kick off after a minute's silence in memory of Giacinto Facchetti. The Nerazzurri are wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for the Inter president, who died last Monday.
1' Fiorentina (4-3-3): 1 Frey; 21 Ujfalusi, 3 Dainelli, 5 Gamberini, 23 Pasqual; 4 Donadel, 11 Liverani, 17 Blasi; 19 Gobbi, 10 Mutu, 30 Toni.
1' Inter: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 4 Zanetti; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 15 Dacourt; 7 Figo; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter hang on for a 3-2 victory over Fiorentina.
48' Zlatan Ibrahimovic is booked.
45' Three minutes of overtime.
45' Figo drags Crespo's cut-back wide of the left post to waste a good chance for a fourth goal.
43' Pasqual is booked for diving after a run on goal.
39' Mancini makes his third switch. On comes Fabio Grosso for Esteban Cambiasso.
37' Toldo is quick off his line to smother the ball and deny Reginaldo a certain goal.
35' Donadel is yellow-carded for a foul on Ibrahimovic. Free kick to Inter 35 yards out.
34' Luca Toni heads in a Reginaldo cross to reduce the arrears again. Fiorentina 2-3 Inter.
31' Inter replace Patrick Vieira with Dejan Stankovic.
26' Fiorentina bring on Inter academy product Potenza for Czech Republic defender Ujfalusi.
25' Toni close to a second goal with a spectacular overhead kick from Ujfalusi's cross, but Toldo makes a great save at the near post.
23' Fiorentina pull one back through Luca Toni, who heads in a Mutu cross from the left-wing by-line. Fiorentina 1-3 Inter.
23' Match ref Roberto Rosetti books Toni.
22' Gamberini rises above Crespo to head clear Ibra's cross from the left wing.
17' GOAL! Zlatan Ibrahimovic opens his Nerazzurri scoring account with Inter's third. The Swede meets Cambiasso's ball over the Fiorentina defence and beats Frey with a right-foot shot. Fiorentina 0-3 Inter.
14' Roberto Mancini replaces Marco Materazzi with Walter Samuel.
13' Figo plays short to Ibrahimovic, whose blistering shot is parried by Frey. Maicon's shot from the loose ball is blocked by Pasqual and Inter win a corner.
13' Free kick to Inter in a central position 30 yards out.
12' Luca Toni's weak header from close range is collected by Toldo.
11' Vieira makes a well-timed interception to cut out Reginaldo's pass for Mutu in the Inter area.
9' Fiorentina make a double subsitution: Cesare Prandelli brings on Montolivo for Liverani and Reginaldo for Gobbi.
8' Francesco Toldo pushes Pasqual's outswinging cross round for a Fiorentina corner.
6' Maicon receives from Figo on the right and makes a diagonal run to the edge of the Viola box. The Brazilian wing-back is intercepted by Donadel.
5' Adrian Mutu's effort from the free kick hits the Inter wall.
4' Fiorentina win a free kick in a central position 25 yards out as Toni is brought down from behind by Olivier Dacourt.
1' Fiorentina get the second period under way.
Average rating 7.23
7 shots on target 5
2 shots off target 5
21 fouls committed 24
3 corners 2
1 offsides 3
00 ball possession 00
Prandelli v Mancini: 4-3 to Roberto

Roberto Mancini has won 4, drawn 2 and lost 3 of his 9 competitive matches against teams coached by Cesare Prandelli.

: 2001/02 Serie A Venezia-Fiorentina ---- 1-3
2002/03 Serie A Parma-Lazio 2-1 0-0
2003/04 Coppa Italia Parma-Lazio 1-1 0-2
2003/04 Serie A Parma-Lazio 0-3 3-2
2005/06 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-1 0-1

Prandelli v Inter: No draw on the cards

The current Fiorentina coach has won 4, drawn 1 and lost 7 of his 12 competitive matches against Inter. None of Prandelli's six home games against the Nerazzurri has finished in a draw - there have been three wins apiece.

1993/94 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 2-1 2-1
1997/98 Serie A Lecce-Inter 1-5 ----
1999/00 Serie A Verona-Inter 1-2 0-3
2001/02 Serie A Venezia-Inter ---- 1-2
2002/03 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-2 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-0 0-1
2005/06 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-1 0-1

Mancini v Fiorentina: Inter goal likely

Roberto Mancini has won 2, drawn 1 and lost 1 of his four competitive meetings with Fiorentina, the club he coached from March 2001 to January 2002. Inter have scored all four matches, netting a total of six goals.

2004/05 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina 3-2 1-1
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Fiorentina 1-0 1-2

Fiorentina v Inter, sixty years on...

Fiorentina and Inter have met on the opening day of a Serie A season on one previous occasion. On 22 September 1946 the two sides drew 3-3 in Florence. In order, the goals were scored by Azzarini (I), Caccia (I), Gritti (F), Badiali (F), Muci (I) and Marchetti (F). It went on to be a disappointing season for both teams, with Inter never above tenth place and Fiorentina escaping relegation by a point.

Fiorentina prolific at home

The last time Fiorentina failed to score at home was a 0-0 league draw with Atalanta on 15 May 2005. Since then the Viola have netted in 23 consecutive home matches, scoring a total of 54 goals.

Season openers since 2000

Inter have won four of their Serie A openers in the past five seasons, with victories against Perugia (4-1) at the San Siro in 2001/02, Torino (1-0) away in 2002/03, Modena (2-0) at home in 2003/04 and Treviso at the Meazza last year. The Nerazzurri drew 2-2 with Chievo in Verona in 2004/05. Inter's last defeat on the opening day of a top-flight season was on 1 October 2000, when a 2-1 loss to Reggina at the Granillo resulted in the sacking of Marcello Lippi.

Inter: ten-match conceding streak on the road

The Nerazzurri's last clean sheet in away matches was the goalless league draw at Livorno on 18 February 2006. Since then Inter have conceded goals in their last ten competitive away matches (Serie A, Coppa Italia & Champions League fixtures in 2005/06), letting in a total of thirteen.

Prandelli, Mancini and the Venezia exit

Cesare Prandelli has been replaced three times in his coaching career: at Lecce in 1997/98, Venezia in 2001/02, and Roma in 2004/05 when he left for personal reasons. At Venezia he was replaced just five matches into the domestic season when Fiorentina, then coached by Roberto Mancini, beat Prandelli's team 3-1 at the Franchi to keep the Arancioneroverdi bottom without a point.

Toldo set for 200th Inter appearance

Francesco Toldo returns to familiar territory for his 200th competitive match with Inter. The 34-year-old goalkeeper, who spent eight seasons in Florence, made his debut for Inter in a 4-1 home win against Perugia on 26 August 2001. Since joining the Nerazzurri, Toldo has collected 135 appearances in Serie A, 10 in Coppa Italia, 52 in European cups and 2 in other tournaments.

Jorgensen & goals against Toldo

Scorer of 42 goals in competitive games, Fiorentina's Danish forward Martin Jorgensen has beaten Toldo, Pagliuca and Sicignano more than anyone else, with three goals against each of the three keepers.

Materazzi, Stankovic, Samuel: a trio of September scorers

According to the statistics World Cup winner Marco Materazzi could be among the protagonists of Inter's opening match of the season in Florence. Scorer of 38 goals in professional leagues, the Azzurri defender counts September and October as his most prolific time of the year with six goals in either month. Also, Materazzi has put more goals past Fiorentina goalkeeper Frey (3, along with Turci) than any other custodian. If the form book is anything to go by, two other Inter players are among the likely scorers at the Artemio Franchi. Walter Samuel has a total of 13 goals in competitive matches for Italian clubs and has scored twice against Frey and Chimenti, while Dejan Stankovic, scorer of 50 goals in competitive games for Italian teams, has scored more in September and November (five goals in each month) than any other time of the year.

wins(23) draws(35) defeats(29)
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

starting lineups

Frey 1 Toldo
Ujfalusi 2 Cordoba
Dainelli 4 Zanetti
Gamberini 7 Figo
Pasqual 8 Ibrahimovic
Donadel 13 Maicon
Liverani 14 Vieira
Blasi 15 Dacourt
Gobbi 18 Crespo
Mutu 19 Cambiasso
Toni 23 Materazzi


Lobont 79 Carini
Potenza 5 Stankovic
Kroldrup 9 Cruz
Montolivo 10 Adriano
Jorgensen 11 Grosso
Paolucci 25 Samuel
Reginaldo 91 Gonzalez