SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 8 - 20 Oct 2013 (14.00 UK)
Fiorentina 4 - 2 Juventus
Tevez pen 37 (J), Pogba 40 (J), Rossi pen 66, 76, 80 (F), Joaquin 78 (F)
Stadio Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina completed an incredible comeback from 2-0 down to win 4-2 in 15 minutes with Giuseppe Rossi’s hat-trick.

This has always been a fiery grudge match that has occasionally spilled out on to the transfer market. Mario Gomez, Ante Rebic and Josip Ilicic missed out for the hosts, while Mirko Vucinic, Fabio Quagliarella and Stephan Lichtsteiner didn’t make the trip. Arturo Vidal was benched as punishment for turning up late from international duty.

Juve were unbeaten in Florence for the last 15 years, managing seven draws and four victories since Gabriel Batistuta sealed a 1-0 in December 1998. There was a spectacular choreography in the stands before kick-off as the Stadio Franchi turned purple.

It was a predictably tense opening, as Carlos Tevez was booked before aiming a weak effort straight at Neto, then Gigi Buffon flapped a dangerous cross off the head of Stefan Savic.

Fiorentina were forced into a change due to Massimo Ambrosini’s injury, making way for Mati Fernandez.

Buffon smothered an audacious Facundo Roncaglia snapshot and Neto got down quickly to turn a Claudio Marchisio daisy-cutter round the base of the near post.

The referee pointed to the spot for a penalty, as Tevez went down under a pointless Gonzalo Rodriguez challenge. The striker got back up to powerfully convert the penalty and give Juventus the lead. He also celebrated with the ‘machine gun’ move Batistuta used to do here.

The Bianconeri doubled their advantage moments later, as Cuadrado’s wayward attempt to intercept Paul Pogba’s through ball to Tevez just ended up giving the Frenchman a tap-in to an empty net. Pogba also adopted the Batistuta celebration.

Neto tipped an Andrea Pirlo free kick out from under the bar and also denied Marchisio after the restart.

Fiorentina were given a road back into the game when Kwadwo Asamoah nudged Mati Fernandez and the Viola man went down fairly easily. Giuseppe Rossi converted the penalty despite Buffon guessing the right corner.

That goal got their tails up and Fiorentina completed their comeback with another Rossi strike, this time he turned and smashed a chest-high angled drive across Buffon from the edge of the box.

The Viola were fired up and turned the game around completely with a third goal in 12 minutes! It was a rapid counter-attack and Borja Valero showed great vision to find Joaquin unmarked in the box.

Juventus did not learn the lesson, as they conceded a fourth from another counter-attack. This time Cuadrado used his pace to stun the defence and rolled across for Rossi to side-foot from the edge of the box, completing his hat-trick.


Fiorentina: Neto; Roncaglia, Gonzalo, Savic; Pasqual, Ambrosini (Fernandez 23), Pizarro, Aquilani (Joaquin 56); Borja Valero, Cuadrado; Rossi (Matos 85)
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Padoin (Motta 83), Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio (Vidal 77), Asamoah (Giovinco 79); Llorente, Tevez
Ref: Rizzoli