First half goals from Giuseppe Rossi and David Pizarro were enough to give Fiorentina a 2-1 win over Catania.
The Viola gave a first League start to Mario Gomez after his summer arrival from Bayern Munich, playing up front with Rossi. The Elefanti meanwhile, handed starting berths to Fabian Monzon and Panagiotis Tachtsidis.
Those new names contributed to a bitty and disjointed opening to the match, but that was all forgotten on 14 minutes. A pass from Juan Cuadrado found Rossi, who slotted in past Mariano Andujar from inside the area to score his first goal for the Tuscan side and his first since October 2011.
The visitors weren’t perturbed though, and were soon peppering Neto’s goal was attempts. Mariano Izco had a long-range effort saved, whilst Nicolas Spolli headed just wide from inside the 18 yard area.
That pressure eventually told, as with 22 minutes gone Pablo Barrientos swept in a close-range strike past the goalkeeper.
Just six minutes later though, Vincenzo Montella’s men were back in front. Pizarro collected the ball on the edge of the box, and rifled in a shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Mario Gomez hit the woodwork from close-range when it looked easier to score late on, but the Tuscan team went into the break 2-1 up.
After the interval, the pace of the game dropped dramatically with only speculative pot-shots troubling either goalkeeper.
Sebastian Leto went close for the Sicilian side, but it was Borja Valero for the Viola who went nearest to netting again – his shot from outside the area though, just scraped wide of the post.