For about 40 minutes Inter appeared on the verge of erasing a three-game winless streak to get back on track in the race for a Scudetto.
Failing to secure three points threatens Inter’s league position. Coming into the match, the Nerazzurri were in third, seven points back of league-leading Napoli.
The Nerazzurri came into the match unable to score a goal in their last five in all competitions. But, Mauro Icardi ended that streak in the 55th minute against the Viola with a rebound from a missed glancing header off a set piece from Joao Cancelo.
Icardi goal Fiorentina 0-1 from multiple angles, his movement was sublime as always. The true difference between him and almost any other striker at that level #Icardi #Inter #FCIM #FiorentinaInter pic.twitter.com/K5ZsKco7tP— InterYaSkriniar (@InterYaSkriniar) January 5, 2018
The goal capitalized on an Inter attack that seemed to find its way midway through the first half. That is when Roberto Gagliardini nearly put Inter on the board first, but Marco Sportiello came up with a stop. Shortly after, Ivan Perisic looked to take what appeared to be a cross, but Sportiello pushed the attempt aside.
Immediately after Icardi’s goal, Fiorentina attempted to respond, but Handanovic was able to stop a free kick attempt from Cristiano Biraghi.
That attempt seemed to signal a step up in the Viola’s attack as Milan Badelj and Federico Chiesa both had opportunities sail wide of the net.
Borja Valero nearly found the net against his former team, but his header midway through the second half sailed over the crossbar.
But, a breakdown in defense in the 91st minute allowed Simeone to take a short pass from Valentin Eysseric and put it past Samir Handanvic to secure the tie.
Now, Inter will take the winter break off before returning to the San Siro to face Roma.