The Nerazzurri had to succumb to a very late VAR decision which saw Fiorentina get a penalty and salvage a draw on 3-3.

Inter had another two episodes which went to their favour after a VAR review by referee Abisso.

But in the dying moments of the match, a very controversial penalty was awarded to the Fiorentina by the match official after he deemed Danilo D’Ambrosio to have stopped the ball with his hand.


The away side went 3-1 ahead at the start of the second half thanks to a Perisic penalty before a remarkable freekick from Luis Muriel re-opened the match on 2-3 with 16 minutes to go.

Also in the second half, Fiorentina’s Biraghi had a sensational goal denied by VAR after the referee reviewed the play which led to the strike and observed that Muriel had fouled D’Ambrosio just before the goal.

After Muriel’s goal, the Viola went in full force searching for the equalizer and they had luck on their side when they were awarded the penalty in extra time, which was converted brilliantly by Veretout.

The highly contested episode left Inter manager Luciano Spalletti fuming after the match as he portrayed his rage during the post-match interview with Sky Sports Italia.

“It’s clear. It’s his chest. There is no argument here. There is no doubt here. It’s his chest. We saw clearly. Everyone saw the VAR from the touchline, everyone saw it. It was his chest.

“The first penalty he stuck his arm up and waved it around with nobody bothering him. The second, it was clearly his chest. It never even grazed his arm. Never.

“Now people are going to go ‘oh they’re sending Spalletti away and getting someone else in’, these results are decisive, they make a difference. These are fundamental results for our objectives in an entire season.

“I didn’t talk to the referee afterwards, because what could he possibly tell me? That it hit his arm when it clearly didn’t? There are no ifs and buts here, it’s clear. It is obvious.

“It is in front of our eyes. There are no doubts, there’s no maybe, no possibility, no potentially, no perhaps. So we go back to the last time we played Fiorentina, with the famous fingertips that moved on VAR. This is an important instrument that referees can use to see things properly.” insisted Spalletti.

Jordan Veretout scored the winning penalty. (ansa)

With last night’s draw, Inter are now just two points ahead of city rivals AC Milan and need to get back to winning ways immediately if they want to maintain third place in the standings.

Fiorentina’s rescued point enabled them to get closer to the Europa League positions, distant just two points.

Up next for Inter is Cagliari away from home, while Fiorentina have a double fixture against Atalanta, first in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday and then in the top flight on Sunday.


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