Fiorentina extended their unbeaten run in Serie A to eight matches with a drought-breaking 1-0 win against Inter at San Siro on Sunday.
Both teams came into the match in fine form and off the back of UEFA Europa League victories, but Inter’s recent resurgence was ended as substitute Mohamed Salah struck for the visitors early in the second half.
Roberto Mancini’s men, for whom Fredy Guarin hit the post in the first half, were unable to respond as following three straight league wins they lost ground in their pursuit of a European place.
Fiorentina, meanwhile, were able to celebrate a 12th game without defeat across all competitions and a first league win against Inter at San Siro since May 2000.
Nenad Tomovic was on the scoresheet when Fiorentina routed Inter 3-0 in the reverse fixture in October, and he returned in place of Micah Richards for this encounter.
The Serbian was encouraged to get forward from right-back in the early stages as the visitors put their stamp on the contest, forcing
Inter back with plenty of possession in good areas. Mancini’s men, on the other hand, were sloppy and wasteful with the ball.
Salah came from the bench in the 53 minute and pounced to snatch the lead in the 55th minute.