Fiorentina maintained their fine run and push for European football by inflicting a third league defeat in a row on Inter.
Inter’s losing streak extended to their worst in Serie A in six years with a 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina at San Siro on Saturday.
Giacomo Bonaventura’s second-half header was enough to beat Simone Inzaghi and hand the Nerazzurri a third straight defeat.
The only goal of the game came shortly after a woeful error from Romelu Lukaku, who failed to hit the target with a goal yawning from six yards out.
Inter came closest to an equalizer when Nicolo Barella hit the crossbar from long range but were unable to restore balance and suffered their 10th league defeat of the season.
Andre Onana was called into action with a diving save to keep out Gaetano Castrovilli’s bouncing volley, the keeper then stayed alert to the danger and quickly cleared the loose ball before Arthur Cabral could pounce on the rebound.
Seven minutes before the break, Fiorentina’s Jonathan Ikone had the best chance of the half as he was at his mercy but failed to connect with the ball after Riccardo Saponara’s deflected shot fell into his path.
After the break, it was Inter’s turn to throw away a great chance, Lukaku was just yards from goal with Pietro Terracciano out of the picture, but he only managed to curl a poor effort wide after Alessandro Bastoni laid the ball on a plate for the striker. .
Inter were made to pay for this missed chance, Cabral flicking a corner at the near post which Onana palmed but Bonaventura nodded in the rebound to give the visitors the lead.
Barella led Inter in search of an equaliser, firing a ferocious effort at goal that Terracciano beat but fired back off the crossbar, with later penalty appeals for a foul on Lautaro Martinez waved and the referee’s decision upheld following a VAR review.
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