21 Aug, 12:00
Inter Milan have started the season as they mean to go on, as Mauro Icardi netted twice past Fiorentina. It was a comfortable win for the hosts, filling fans with optimism, as Luciano Spalletti's men looked in control for the duration of the match.
It was the dream start for Inter, as they were awarded a penalty just five minutes into the game. Captain Mauro Icardi was brought down due to a clumsy challenge by Davide Astori, and the referee pointed to the spot.
It was Icardi who stepped up, looking unfazed in the process. A slow run up was met with a cool, composed finish, into the bottom right corner - as the hosts took an early advantage. A deserved one as well, as Fiorentina were under the cosh for the opening encounters.
Icardi doubled the lead not long after. An excellent cross from Ivan Perisic was met by the head of the Argentine, who overpowered the Fiorentina defence. Guiding the ball into the far corner, Icardi's and Inter's season was off to a flyer.
Inter put the game to bed with 10 minutes to play, as Ivan Perisic met Joao Mario's cross with a diving header. Putting the ball past Fiorentina keeper Sportiello with ease, Inter's third of the night ensured the three points.
It was a convincing performance for those expecting Inter to challenge for Champions League qualification this season.