SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 33 - 21 Apr 2013 (14.00 UK)
Fiorentina 4 - 3 Torino
Cuadrado 8 (F), Aquilani 16 (F), Ljajic 33 (F), Barreto 44 (T), Santana 55 (T), Cerci 76 (T), Romulo 86 (F)
Stadio Artemio Franchi

Torino fought back from 3-0 down in Florence with an Alessio Cerci stunner, but Fiorentina won 4-3 in a remarkable match.

The Viola were still very much in the hunt for a Champions League spot, welcoming back Luca Toni, Stefan Savic and Adem Ljajic from injury. Stevan Jovetic was in the squad, but not risked from the start after a relapse of his muscular problems, while Manuel Pasqual sat out a ban. Toro were without Matteo Brighi, though all eyes were on Alessio Cerci, who is still co-owned by Fiorentina and has always had a difficult rapport with the supporters.

Cerci almost opened the scoring after five minutes, but his finish was crucially deflected out for a corner off Gonzalo Rodriguez.

However, Juan Cuadrado broke the deadlock when he rode a tackle and delightfully lobbed Jean-Francois Gillet from the edge of the box, as the goalkeeper only got his fingertips to it.

Fiorentina were on fire and doubled their advantage when Alberto Aquilani was left totally unmarked for a free bullet header from seven yards on the Borja Valero cross. Gillet got a hand to it, but the header was just too powerful.

There was only one team in it and Adem Ljajic curled a divine free kick into the near top corner from a very tight angle, the outside edge of the box.

Gillet prevented a fourth before the break, denying Borja Valero, but Toro got one back on the counter when Mario Alberto Santana rolled across for Paulo Vitor Barreto to side-foot home from the D with the inside of his right foot.

After the restart Barreto just failed to get on the end of another Santana assist and Toro got right back into it, as Santana scored a second. He cut in from the left, combined with Barreto and his low drive from the edge of the box squirmed past an uncertain Emiliano Viviano.

Viviano beat away a looping Rolando Bianchi header, then Cuadrado went on a slalom to toe-poke his finish inches past the far post.

It was Cerci who silenced his old fans with a sensational goal to complete the comeback from 3-0 down to 3-3. He curled a wonderful effort from distance that was steered across Viviano into the far top corner.

This incredible game wasn’t over yet and Romulo came off the bench to put Fiorentina 4-3 up! Mounir El Hamdaoui and Mati Fernandez combined to send him through and the powerful shot was under the bar.

In stoppages, Toro went down to 10 men for Mattia Darmian’s second bookable offence.


Fiorentina: Viviano; Tomovic, Rodriguez, Compper, Savic; Aquilani (Romulo 73), Pizarro, Borja Valero; Cuadrado, Larrondo (El Hamdaoui 81), Ljajic (Mati Fernandez 61)
Torino: Gillet; Darmian, Glik, Ogbonna, D’Ambrosio; Gazzi (Basha 46), Vives; Cerci, Barreto (Jonathas 71), Meggiorini (Bianchi 67), Santana
Ref: Calvarese

Sent off: Darmian 92 (T)