Giovanni Simeone struck a dramatic injury time equaliser as Fiorentina fought to a well deserved point against Inter Milan after Mauro Icardi had looked to have given the visitors the points.
Inter’s recent slump that has now seen the Nerazzurri go five without a win and lose ground on Napoli and Juventus at the top could have been worse such was Fiorentina’s superiority for much of the game.
Only a host of missed chances kept the scores level and when Mauro Icardi saw his initial header superbly kept out by Marco Sportiello, the Argentina centre forward pounced on the rebound to give Inter the lead. It was Icardi’s 18th Serie A goal of the season and the 100th of his career – 90 in the blue and black of Inter and 10 from Sampdoria.
That looked to be enough for the victory but in the 91st minute, Giovanni Simeone, who had worked tirelessly throughout, found a pocket of space and slipped in by Valentin Eysseric, slammed the ball into the net from six yards.
Simeone’s father Diego, often linked with a return to Inter as manager, after starring in midfield between 1997-99 will have been happy to see Gio score his seventh of the season and gradually begin to show those in Florence his true worth.
Giovanni Simeone may not be the most technically gifted striker out there but he plays centerforward like his daddy played midfield: works his butt off for teammates…
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) January 5, 2018
Even at youth level for Argentina, Simeone would be outshone technically by the likes of Ángel Correa, but what the young number nine had was the invaluable ability to be in the right place at the right time to apply the finishing touch.
In this sense there is a comparison to be made with Inter’s captain Icardi, who is enjoying a wonderful campaign despite the club’s impressive start now slipping away. As one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe, Icardi will surely remain in Jorge Sampaoli’s plans ahead of the World Cup.