SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 28 May 2017 (19.45 UK)
Fiorentina 2 - 2
Caprari 15 (P), Bahebeck 65 (P), Saponara 67 (F), Vecino 85 (F)
Stadio Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina fought back from 2-0 down to draw with already-relegated Pescara after Federico Chiesa’s dismissal.

The Viola waved goodbye to Coach Paulo Sousa, who gave goalkeeper Dragowski a chance to shine. The Delfini were already doomed to relegation some weeks back and tried to build for the future under Zdenek Zeman. Ahmad Benali sat out a ban with Cesare Bovo, Guglielmo Stendardo and Davide Vitturini injured.

The last time these two met at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Pescara were victorious 2-0 in their desolate 2012-13 campaign. It remained their only Serie A win over Fiorentina to date.

Pescara seemed more motivated from the start, Gianluca Caprari and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck testing Dragowski, as Khouma Babacar was caught in possession.

They took a deserved lead when Caprari finished off the classic counter-attack with a right-foot strike.

Federico Bernardeschi drilled off target and Matias Vecino’s volley from a corner forced a tough save out of Vincenzo Fiorillo.

Fiorentina were irritable and it showed, as Federico Chiesa received two yellow cards in quick succession for a foul on Caprari and then kicking the ball away in frustration, reducing the hosts to 10 men.

It was nearly 2-0, Muric just failing to get on the end of a Caprari cross from the left.

In the second half, Fiorentina players all stood in line to applaud as Gonzalo Rodriguez left the pitch for the last time in a Viola jersey. His contract is up next month and the defender was not offered a renewal.

Pescara doubled their advantage, Caprari’s through ball releasing Bahebeck to fire past Dragowski one-on-one, as the defence was static.

Moments later, Fiorentina did get one back, Babacar running on to a long pass from debutant Ianis Hagi and pulling back from the by-line for Riccardo Saponara.

There was almost an equaliser for Saponara, who went round the goalkeeper to shoot from a tight angle, but hit a defender on the line.

Fiorentina did complete the comeback down to 10 men, as Matias Vecino hit a scorcher into the top corner.


Fiorentina: Dragowski; Salcedo, Gonzalo Rodriguez (Borja Valero 59), Astori, Tomovic; Vecino, Cristoforo (Tello 68), Saponara, Chiesa, Bernardeschi (Hagi 55); Babacar
: Fiorillo; Zampano, Fornasier, Campagnaro, Biraghi; Verre, Brugman, Memushaj; Muric (Mitrita 72), Bahebeck (Coulibaly 87), Caprari
Ref: Martinelli

Sent off: Chiesa 38 (F)