Sport Serie A. Inter Milan dismiss Fiorentina and temporarily take the lead of the
Aleksandr Kokorin joins Fiorentina
© Supplied by Sofoot Kokorin leaves the nest. After spending almost a year in prison two years ago and found the land in March 2020, Aleksandr Kokorin (29) is perhaps taking the best turn of his career. The Russian striker has signed up with Fiorentina, which has spent 4.5 million euros to secure his services. The Italian club did not however communicate the duration of the signed lease.
Winner of Fiorentina on Friday night (2-0), Inter Milan puts pressure on their rivals AC Milan and provisionally takes the lead of Serie A.
put pressure on AC Milan by taking, at least for 48 hours, the lead of the Italian Championship thanks to an uneventful victory on the ground of Fiorentina (2-0) Friday at the opening of the .
Its accounts are in bright red and its Chinese owner Suning is looking for investors or even a buyer. But on the pitch, Inter remain focused on their "scudetto mission" to try to end a decade without a title.
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Against a Fiorentina without much relief in the absence of Franck Ribéry, victim of a "small physical problem", Nicolo Barella opened the scoring with a nice hard shot of the right (31st). The Italian international midfielder, in great shape these days, had already almost opened the scoring early in the match by forcing Florentine goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski to a big save (6th).Perisic doubles the bet
Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was not outdone against Giacomo Bonaventura and then Cristiano Biraghi in quick succession (37 '). But this fear was one of the last for Inter, who took off in the second half thanks to the legs of Achraf Hakimi, who found Ivan Perisic at the far post for the 2-0 (52 ').
Wolves misfit Patrick Cutrone set to join Valencia on loan
Cutrone joined Wolves from AC Milan in a move worth £20million in the summer of 2019 but failed to settle at the club and in 28 games across two seasons he has scored just three goals. Wolves boosted their attacking options last week with the signing of Willian Jose from Real Sociedad who went on to make his debut in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Wednesday as a substitute.
Dragowski then worked to avoid a heavier addition ahead of Hakimi (58th), Perisic (65th) then Lautaro Martinez (77th), entered on time to reform his duo - silent for once - with Romelu Lukaku .
L’Inter (with 47 pts) thus settles temporarily in the chair of leader. To keep him on Sunday night after Matchday 21, however, Milan (46 pts) would not have to win at home against red lantern Crotone.
“We had a good game. Those are three important points, we are here in first place, ”said Perisic, who scored his second league goal. "Now you have to play all the matches as if they were the last ones, you can no longer make mistakes" , he added.
The two Milanese teams will come face to face in two weeks time in an expensive derby.
In the meantime, Antonio Conte’s men, a suspended grandstands coach, have in any case given themselves a useful rehearsal ahead of their Italian Cup semi-final on Tuesday in Turin against Juventus. Beaten 2-1 at San Siro in the first leg, they are indeed forced to an away victory with at least two goals to hope to qualify, as in Florence.
The 21st day continues on Saturday with in particular the shock for 3rd place between Juventus (4th, 39 pts) and Roma (3rd, 40 pts).
Conte has finally offered Eriksen a second chance at Inter Milan .
ALVISE CAGNAZZO: The penny appeared to drop for Eriksen when Inter beat Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia last month, with the Dane playing as a deep lying playmaker for the first time. © Provided by Daily Mail Antonio Conte has made the decision to change Christian Eriksen's (centre) position © Provided by Daily Mail Conte (left) deemed Eriksen unsuitable to play as a wide midfielder in his system but has now earmarked the talented Dane to play in a new, deeper role where he can pull the strings In that game at the base of the midfield, he won possession back more often than any of his team-mates and comp