Inter come from behind to beat Fiorentina 2-1
By Daniella Matar ,APMILAN -- Inter Milan came from behind to beat Fiorentina 2-1 in an entertaining match in the Italian league on Thursday and stay in touch with leader Roma.
September 28, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Giuseppe Rossi continued his fine run of form since returning from two years of injuries, scoring from the penalty spot on the hour mark to take his tally to six goals in seven matches. Joaquin had been pulled back in the area by Juan Jesus.
It was only the second goal Inter has conceded this season.
Esteban Cambiasso leveled in acrobatic fashion in the 72nd minute and Jonathan scored what was to prove the winner seven minutes from time to cap an all-round performance from the Inter fullback.
“We deserved to win, even though we suffered against a great team,” Inter coach Walter Mazzarri said. “We should have done better with our counter attacks. If we had done so, we would have gone in at halftime in front.
“We have to still improve even if the lads are doing an extraordinary job.”
Inter moved level with Juventus and Napoli, two points behind Roma. Fiorentina is three points further back after its first loss of the season.
“The only thing I didn't like was the result,” Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said. “It was a great performance with character and just as we thought we had it under control, we conceded two odd goals. I have to take the defeat as well as the performance but we played at a high level against a strong opponent.”
Inter had been ordered to keep one end of San Siro -- the Curva Nord -- closed as punishment for fan racism during the draw against Juventus.
Fiorentina was missing three key players as new signing Mario Gomez was injured, along with David Pizarro and Juan Cuadrado. Captain Manuel Pasqual added to the Tuscan side's injury problems as he was forced off with a thigh injury 10 minutes from halftime and was replaced by Marcos Alonso.
Mazzarri started with the same team which had won the past three matches, including a 7-0 victory at Sassuolo on Sunday. And it almost took the lead inside the opening minute as Yuto Nagatomo forced a smart save out of Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto.