Inter snatch an exciting victory over Fiorentina and return to the Italian lead
Thursday – 16 Safar 1443 AH – 23 September 2021 AD Issue No. [
Dzeko, the Inter striker, jumps higher than all the Fiorentina defenders to score his team’s second goal with his head (AFP)
Milan (Italy): Asharq Al-Awsat
Inter raised his score to 13 points in the lead, two points behind runner-up Napoli, who plays against Sampdoria today. Fiorentina is in sixth place temporarily with 9 points. Atalanta advanced to fourth place with 10 points, while Sassuolo occupies 13th place with 4 points.
At the Artemio Franchi stadium, Fiorentina opened the scoring through Ricardo Sutil in the 23rd minute, to return the defending champion with a hat-trick in the second half, alternating with Matteo Darmian in the 52nd minute, Bosnian Edin Dzeko (55) and Croatian Ivan Perisic (87).
Inter entered the match without any loss this season, after winning 3 games against one draw, and regained its balance after losing against Real Madrid, 1 – zero in the Champions League, with a crushing victory over Bologna 6-1 on Saturday in the Italian League.
On the other hand, Fiorentina lost against Roma in the first stage of the league, before making up for three consecutive victories, all of which ended with a score of 1-2, and it was at the expense of Torino, Atalanta and Genoa; Which made his confrontation with Inter a big test.
Fiorentina’s last victory over Inter in the Italian League dates back to April 2017, 5-3 in Florence, and in the last eight matches between the two sides, 4 of them ended in a draw and 4 in Inter’s victory (before this match).
Fiorentina seemed determined to break his last contract against Inter, so he started the match at a high pace and pressure through the rebounds and with a clear technical advantage in the course of the first half. The penalty area and passed to Sotil, who followed the ball into the net.
The guests tried to respond through their brilliant Turkish star Hakan Calhanoglu with a free kick; But Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartoumi Drangowski saved it with skill in the 30th minute.
Inter tried again through Chalhanoglu and from him to Croatian Ivan Perisic on the left side to pass a cross to Nicolo Barilla, Marco Benassi mistakenly deposited it in his team’s goal, but the Croatian was in an offside position during the start of the attack, so the goal was canceled.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi’s men took the initiative to attack in the second half, and managed to equalize through Darmian after a pass from Barilla in the 52nd minute. After 3 minutes, Inter dealt a second kick to his opponent after a corner kick by Chalanoglu and hit the head of the Bosnian striker Dzeko, who hit the ball on the ground and bounced into the goal. Fiorentina received another blow after Gonzalez was sent off after receiving two yellow cards within a few seconds due to his repeated objections to the referee in the 73rd minute.
Inter continued to impose their strong control in the second half, taking advantage of the numerical lack of his rebound opponent to defend, to score his third goal through Perisic in the 87th minute.
In the second match in Bergamo, Atalanta, who won their first home win of the season after a draw and a loss, showed some of the level they showed last season, and the first half was remarkable for Gianbro Gasperini’s team, in which they defeated their guest Sassuolo 2-1.
The three goals of the meeting were scored in the first half, and Atalanta opened them through German Ruben Gozens, 3 minutes after the start of the whistle, and David Tsabacosta added the second in the 37th minute. Domenico Berardi scored for the guests in the 44th minute. Berardi managed to reduce the score for Sassuolo at the end of the first half, but Atalanta maintained their lead, adding a third loss to their opponent this season.
In a third match, Genoa snatched a fatal draw from its host Bologna 2-2 thanks to a penalty kick from its captain, defender Domenico Criscito, a minute before the final whistle.
The four goals came in the second half, as the hosts believed that they had settled the three points after advancing 2-1 from a penalty kick successfully executed by Austrian striker Marko Arnowicz in the 85th minute, after his Scottish teammate Aaron Heike opened the scoring in the 49th minute. While Genoa responded by equalizing thanks to Mattia Destro in the 55th minute. The referee sent off Serbian coach Sinisa Mihajlovic for his objection to the penalty kick, as he sought to heal his wounds after his humiliating loss to defending champion Inter 6-1 in the previous stage. Bologna almost won the victory in the sixth minute of stoppage time, but the crossbar stood in front of the header of Danish Andreas Skov Olsen, then Genoa goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigo saved his team from a goal after a shot from Roberto Soriano. Bologna climbed to seventh place with 8 points, while Genoa is in 14th place with 4 points.