Fiorentina continued their South American tour by beating Universitario 1-0 in Peru for the Copa EuroAmericana.
The Viola already defeated Estudiantes 1-0 in Argentina and lost 2-1 to Palmeiras in Brazil, but gave the captain’s armband to Juan Manuel Vargas in his homeland.
Importantly, this was the first time in pre-season that Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi had started together.
Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu was called upon to parry a German Alemanno header before Australian Josh Brillante broke the deadlock. Borja Valero sent Rossi to the by-line, who pulled back for the newcomer’s finish.
Substitute Josip Ilicic blasted well over from a very promising position, while Khouma Babacar and Alemanno had efforts saved.
Facundo Roncaglia was unlucky not to score a sensational goal, as he trapped a long ball, spun round on the edge of the box and smashed his finish against the crossbar.
Jose Carvallo was at full stretch to prevent Rafal Wolski’s lob floating over him into the net and Tatarusanu got down to turn a Cris Martinez header round the post.
Universitario 0-1 Fiorentina
Scorers: Brillante 32 (F)
Fiorentina: Tatarusanu; Savic, Gonzalo, Roncaglia; Vecino (Pasqual 78), Brillante, Borja Valero (Wolski 81), Pizarro, Vargas; Rossi (Ilicic 46), Gomez (Babacar 63)
Universitario: Carvallo, Duarte (Canseco 56), Alloco, Otarola, Gonzales (Guarderas 70), Romero, Gomez (Caceres 70), Vargas, Schuller, Martinez, Alemanno