SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 10 Sep 2017 (14.00 UK)
Verona 0 - 5 Fiorentina
Simeone 3 (F), Thereau pen 10 (F), Astori 24 (F), Veretout 62 (F), Gil Dias 89 (F)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Fiorentina got their first points of the season and achieved it in style, humiliating Hellas Verona 5-0 at the Bentegodi.

The Viola were looking for their first point of the campaign, while Hellas had scraped one point away to Crotone. Valentin Eysseric and Riccardo Saponara didn’t make the trip, while the hosts missed Franco Zuculini and Alessio Cerci.

Verona have now lost their last six home games against Fiorentina.

It took only a couple of minutes to break through, as Nicolas spilled a Marco Benassi snapshot into the path of Giovanni Simeone for the tap-in.

The Hellas goalkeeper contributed another howler soon after, rushing off his line to clatter Federico Chiesa, so Cyril Thereau converted the penalty on his Viola debut.

Simeone flashed another effort just wide, as did Jordan Veretout, then Davide Astori was left totally unmarked to prod in a corner from 12 yards for 3-0.

Chiesa should’ve had another, but fluffed his lines one-on-one with Nicolas. It was one-way traffic, so Hellas Coach Fabio Pecchia gave on-loan Juventus striker Moise Kean his debut for the second half.

However, Veretout got Fiorentina’s fourth with a sensational free kick that dipped into the near top corner.

Verona thought they’d at least got a consolation goal, but Marco Sportiello stuck out a foot to deny Romulo from close range.

There was instead time for a fifth, as Gil Dias ran on to a Bruno Gaspar assist and nutmegged Nicolas at the near post at the by-line.


Verona: Nicolas; Caceres, A Ferrari (Kean 46), Heurtaux, Souprayen (Romulo 46); Buchel, B Zuculini (Valoti 69), Bessa; Fares, Pazzini, Verde
Fiorentina: Sportiello; Bruno Gaspar, Pezzella, Astori, Biraghi; Veretout (Cristoforo 85), Badelj; Chiesa (Gil Dias 71), Thereau (Babacar 75), Benassi; Simeone
Ref: Damato