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Inter Impressive Away to Fiorentina

After 60 minutes and three glorious away goals against Fiorentina, one of the would-be favorites for this season's Scudetto but for a 19-point match-fixing deduction, you might have been tempted to say that Inter Milan has started the season in a class of its own. But seven minutes later Luca Toni brought his team roaring back with two great headers to leave last season's default-Serie A champions with a tense final 10 minutes. After Inter's busy summer on the transfer market, Italian soccer pundits have pointed out that the one area the Milan club might be lacking in world class talent is at the back. And while Inter continued to struggle in defense after Toni's second in the 79th minute, it did not concede an equalizer. The Nerazzurri came out swinging in the 11th minute, after Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso opened the scoring with a precise left-footed drive following some wonderful work from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter's most expensive off-season signing. The Argentine headed in a second before halftime after a late run to the back post from a Luis Figo cross, before Ibrahimovic made it three with a low right-footed volley in the 61st minute. Just when Fiorentina's fans were starting to whistle their team, Toni mounted the comeback charge, which ultimately proved futile. Elsewhere in Serie A, Roma, one of the other favorites for the Scudetto this season, brushed aside Livorno 2-0, while AC Milan, which was deducted 8 points due to the match-fixing scandal, beat Lazio 2-1.

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