A late stunner from
Inter grabbed an early lead when Borja Valero showed neat footwork inside the penalty area before firing past goalkeeper
Fiorentina pressed well at times during the first half yet could have been two goals down when Lautaro Martinez threaded in another, only for Romelu Lukaku to be adjudged offside in the build-up.
Starting XI: Dragowski (6); Milenkovic (6), Pezzela (6), Caceres (6); Lirola (5), Pulgar (5), Badelj (6), Castrovilli (6), Dalbert (6); Boateng (6), Chiesa (5).
Substitutes: Vlahovic (7*), Benassi (5), Eysseric (5).
Key Talking Point
Following ?Juventus’ victory over Udinese on Sunday, Inter knew a positive result would put them back on top of Serie A.
Given how Inter have fared at Fiorentina in recent years – failing to win at
Starting XI: Handanovic (7); Skriniar (7), De Vrij (7), Bastoni (8); D’Ambrosio (7), Vecino (7), Brozovic (7), Valero (9*), Biraghi (7); ?Lukaku (6), Martinez (6).
Substitutes: Politano (5), Agoume (5), Godin (N/A).
STAR PLAYER – Borja Valero has graced ?Serie A with his fleet-footedness and silky dribbling for the last seven years or so, but his spot in Inter’s squad under Conte was in question at the start of the season.
However, a few injuries in central midfield have opened the door for the Spaniard again, with his appearances increasing over the past three or four weeks, and on Sunday he gave a timely reminder that even at 34 he still deserves a spot in the Nerazzurri side.
His driving run down the left opened up space for teammate Cristiano Biraghi before the former West Brom (!) and Villarreal man received a pass from Marcelo Brozovic, cutting back on to his right foot and firing in at the near post. Very nicely done.
Neither Stefano Sensi nor Nicolo Barella are expected to be available for Inter’s next game, but it’ll be comforting for Conte to know he has players who are able to step in and perform when the squad is depleted by injuries.
Did anyone honestly think Borja Valero was capable of that ?
— Tuo Interista Favorito (@interphilly) December 15, 2019
Some finish from Borja Valero. Sends Milenkovic one way, then puts the ball through his legs and beats Dragowski at the near post.
— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) December 15, 2019
Borja Valero turns into peak Andres Iniesta. Scores against Fiorentina. Doesn’t celebrate at all.
— Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) December 15, 2019
Fiorentina will be back in action on Friday night, when they host fourth placed Roma. ?Inter face Genoa before the winter break, with the two teams set to return on Monday 6 January.