Inter fought back from a goal down to beat┬áFiorentina┬á2-1 with great strikes from Esteban┬áCambiasso┬áand Jonathan.
These sides were locked together on 10 points and eager to close in on leaders Roma in the final game of Week 5. Walter┬áMazzarri┬ástuck with the same starting XI that thrashed┬áSassuolo┬á7-0 on Sunday, while the Viola were without Mario Gomez, Juan Guillermo┬áCuadrado┬áand the suspended David Pizarro.
Fiorentina┬áhoped to break their San┬áSiro┬ácurse, having lost their last 12 consecutive visits in all competition. Their most recent victory was in May 2000 and this fixture hadnÔÇÖt ended in a draw since November 1996.
The┬áCurva┬áNord┬áwas empty due to a ban for insulting chants during┬áInter-Juventus.┬áYuto┬áNagatomo┬áhad the first shot on target after 50 seconds, well smothered by┬áNeto.
Samir┬áHandanovic┬áwas also called into action for a one-handed save on Giuseppe RossiÔÇÖs angled drive, then┬áSaphir┬áTaider┬áhit the side-netting on a counter-attack. The visitors tended to slow it down with their trademark patient passing moves, whereas the hosts opted for rapid breaks.
RossiÔÇÖs intelligent slide-rule pass sent Joaquin clear and┬áHandanovic┬ádid well to parry with his legs. Another attempt from the Spanish winger flashed across the face of goal, as did RossiÔÇÖs effort.
There was bad news for┬áFiorentina, who lost captain Manuel Pasqual to a thigh problem and he made way for Marcos Alonso.
Gonzalo Rodriguez crucially blocked a dangerous Ricky Alvarez pull-back from the by-line. After the restart Rossi couldnÔÇÖt get enough power to his header into┬áHandanovicÔÇÖs┬áarms, but┬áNeto┬áhad his gloves stung by a fierce long-range Fredy┬áGuarin┬ástrike.
The referee pointed to the spot for a Juan Jesus shirt-tug on Joaquin. Rossi stepped up and beat penalty specialist┬áHandanovic┬ádespite the goalkeeper guessing the right angle.
Handanovic┬áfumbled a Nenad Tomovic cross and almost let it squirm over his shoulder into the net, but was able to recover.┬áNagatomo┬ádribbled past Joaquin for a deflected shot that┬áNeto┬ácaptured.┬áGuarin┬áwas substituted and made gestures towards those members of the crowd who had jeered him, only further inflaming the situation.
Inter fought back and┬áequalised┬áwith an acrobatic Esteban┬áCambiasso┬áeffort. Neto┬áwas all at sea on a corner, fumbling and leaving the net open when Cambiasso┬áeventually got it over the line with a tricky chest and┬áswivelling volley at the near post. It was his sixth career goal against┬áfavourite┬ávictims Fiorentina.
Both sides poured forward and had the chances to win it, though the Viola went closer when┬áJosip┬áIlicic┬áwas unmarked to finish a fine passing move and found┬áHandanovicÔÇÖs┬ágloves.
However, Inter took the lead for the first time with an absolute screamer from Jonathan. He gathered an Alvarez chipped pass, flicked it round┬áMatiFernandez and smashed it under the bar.
Fiorentina┬ápoured forward, but sparked a counter-attack from their corner and Alvaro PereiraÔÇÖs shot was palmed out for a corner when he shouldÔÇÖve rolled across for┬áPalacio.
NagatomoÔÇÖs┬ácurler was just off target in a chaotic finale that was end-to-end stuff, as in stoppages┬áHandanovic┬ásmothered a┬áMassimo┬áAmbrosini┬áeffort at full stretch.