Inter sur­vive Fiorentina rally as Pi­oli claims first win

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Inter Milan scored three early goals be­fore sur­viv­ing a sec­ond-half fight­back to beat 10-man Fiorentina 4-2 and give new coach Ste­fano Pi­oli his first win on Mon­day.

Mauro Icardi net­ted twice for Inter, tak­ing his Serie A tally for the sea­son to 12, while Fiorentina had de­fender Gon­zalo Ro­driguez sent off in first-half stop­page time. Hosts Napoli lost ground on the leaders when they were held 1-1 by Sas­suolo in the other match af­ter Gre­goire De­frel grabbed a mem­o­rable late equaliser for the vis­i­tors. Napoli are sev­enth with 25 points, four be­hind sec­ond-placed AS Roma, while fifth from bot­tom Sas­suolo be­came the first team to field an all-Ital­ian start­ing line-up in Serie A this sea­son.

Inter, who drew with AC Milan and lost to Is­rael’s Hapoel Beer-Sheva in their first two games un­der Pi­oli, got off to a fly­ing start at the San Siro.

Marcelo Bro­zovic fired them ahead af­ter three min­utes and An­to­nio Can­dreva tapped in a sec­ond from Ivan Perisic’s cross six min­utes later.

Icardi added a third af­ter 19 min­utes when he turned Ro­driguez one way and the other, slipped past Da­vide As­tori and sent a low shot un­der Ciprian Tataru­sanu.

Nikola Kalinic pulled one back for Fiorentina in the 37th minute but the vis­i­tors were in more trou­ble when Ro­driguez hauled down Icardi just out­side the area and was shown a straight red card.

Fiorentina, though, found their game af­ter the break and out­played Inter with some slick pass­ing. They de­servedly scored in the 62nd minute when Borja Valero sent Josip Ili­cic burst­ing down the left and the Slove­nian struck with an an­gled shot that was badly mis­judged by Samir Han­danovic.

Fiorentina con­tin­ued to look threat­en­ing although Joao Mario missed a good chance for Inter on the break when he shot over with the goal at his mercy from six me­tres. The vis­i­tors were al­ways vul­ner­a­ble to counter attacks and were caught out in stop­page time as Icardi sealed a win that lifted Inter to eighth place, one point ahead of their op­po­nents.

Lorenzo In­signe gave Napoli a 42nd­minute lead when he col­lected Marek Ham­sik’s pass, cut in­side and curled his shot into the net from the edge of the area. But he was up­staged by sub­sti­tute De­frel’s 82nd-minute equaliser as the French­man met Mar­cello Gaz­zola’s cross in his stride to vol­ley the ball past Pepe Reina. — Reuters

MILAN: Fiorentina’s US mid­fielder Joshua Perez (L) fights for the ball with Inter Milan’s Ar­gen­tinian de­fender Cris­tian An­saldi dur­ing the Ital­ian Serie A foot­ball match be­tween Inter Milan and Fiorentina on Mon­day at the San Siro Sta­dium in Milan. — AFP

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