Inter Milan rose to the top of Serie A, with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Fiorentina, to claim its third victory in its last 4 league matches, and to keep clean sheets in 4 consecutive matches in the competition.
Inter took the lead in the 31st minute, when Nicolas Barrilla hit a wonderful ball from outside the penalty area.
Inter goalkeeper Samir Hindanovic starred in a dazzling double rescue, to preserve his team’s lead at the end of the first half, and he played a pivotal role in doubling the visitors’ progress, 7 minutes into the second half through Ivan Perisic.
Although coach Antonio Conte was forced to watch the match from the stands because of the suspension, his team raised the score to 47 points, one point ahead of Milan’s rivals, who host Crotone on Sunday.
With this defeat, Fiorentina remained 12th in the standings, with 22 points.