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Inter Milan no match for an in form Fiorentina

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The best performance of the season was enough for Fiorentina to beat Inter easier than anyone expected. The visitors can consider themselves happy with the scoreline, considering all the chances

Tullio M. Puglia

It took six rounds for Fiorentina to show what all the fans hoped to see since the day one. But the performance against Inter Milan, and of course the 3-0 that could have easily been 4 or even 5, were worth the wait, and will hopefully kickstart la viola's Serie A campaign. Khouma El Babacar opened the scoreline early, with a wonderful long range effort, followed by almost as spectacular goal by Juan Cuadrado. Final score was settled by Nenad Tomovic, who scored first ever goal for Fiorentina.

Inter started brightly, pressing from the very beginning. It took Vincenzo Montella's boys few minutes to wake up, but then they took control of the game and had it throughout the whole match. Minute was seventh, when Babacar got the ball some 30 meters from the nerazzurri goal. The Senegalese lost his marker and fired into the top right corner of Samir Handanovic's goal. Second Serie A game in a row in which Babacar gets on the scoresheet.

Thirteen minutes later, Babacar was assistant for Cuadrado's goal. The 40 million euros man moved into space and curled the ball into the bottom right corner of Handanovic's goal. Only fie minutes later, the Colombian international could have knocked out Inter completely, but he couldn't direct Jasmin Kurtic's cross into the net.

Just like in first half, Inter started the second one positively. But again, domination was only few minutes long. Fiorentina took control again, and didn't lose it until the end of the game. Cuadrado was in ideal position to score again at 61'. After a beautiful one-two with Babacar, Cuadrado was face to face with Handanovic, but the Slovenian made the miraculous save to keep his team in the game.

The visitors had their only real chance to get back into the game 15 minutes before the end, when Rodrigo Palacio hit the side netting. Only two minutes later, Tomoic put the game beyond the doubt, if anyone had any. The fullback saw a crack in Inter's defense, sprinted with the ball between Danilo D'Ambrosio and Juan Jesus and sent the ball behind seemingly confused Handanovic's back, into the net. Josh Brillante made a come back, after being subbed in the 30th minute of the Roma game in first round, and almost scored. His close range shot was stopped on the goal line by Juan Jesus.