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.