FLORENCE, ITALY – Another match up this morning as Fiorentina held Inter scoreless and moved another point closer to salvation. At the same time Inter Milan’s Champions League qualification hopes slipped further away following a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina on Sunday. And it could have been worse as Fiorentina missed a penalty in a lacklustre affair.
It certainly wasn’t a great advert for Italian football in a tight match that never really came alive. Alessio Cerchi for Fiorentina and Mauro Zarate for Inter were both guilty of squandering good opportunities when shooting from a tight angle instead of slipping in a better placed team-mate. But that was all that happened of note in a dire first 45 minutes.
La Viola came close again as Matija Nastasic was left alone at the back post at a corner but his volley sailed over. Boruc saved a low shot from Zarate and Japan full-back Yuto Nagatomo squeezed another just past the upright as Inter belatedly started to push. Diego hit a half-volley with power after a smart turn but Boruc was well placed to block.