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Inter Milan beats Fiorentina 2-1 in Serie A

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm •  Published: February 15, 2014
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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Inter Milan won 2-1 at Fiorentina in Serie A on Saturday to keep alive its faint hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Inter moved five points behind fourth-place Fiorentina and eight points behind third-place Napoli, which visits relegation-threatened Sassuolo on Sunday.

"We were very good tonight, even if we created a lot of chances but still risked drawing the match," Inter coach Walter Mazzarri said. "Obviously there are so many areas we can still improve in, but I liked the football we played."

Inter took the lead in the 34th minute when Rodrigo Palacio, who earlier hit the post, chested down Fredy Guarin's pass, and right-footed it past on-rushing Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto.

Fiorentina leveled immediately after the break as a rare mistake from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic allowed in a long-range effort from Juan Cuadrado.

Substitute Mauro Icardi scored what was to prove the winner in the 65th when he volleyed home Yuto Nagatomo's cross, although there was a suspicion of offside.

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