SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 1 - 20 Dec 2011 (17.00 UK)
0 - 0 Fiorentina
Stadio Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena

Both sides had great chances to break the deadlock, but the Tuscan derby between Siena and Fiorentina ended all square.

This match was originally planned for August, but postponed with all of Week 1 due to a players’ strike. Delio Rossi reshuffled his struggling Viola side, as he dropped Alberto Gilardino and Manuel Pasqual, while Riccardo Montolivo and Alessio Cerci returned from injury. Siena were coming off four consecutive defeats and missed Simone Vergassola, Daniele Mannini and Nicola Belmonte.

Mattia Destro just failed to get on the end of a Gaetano D’Agostino free kick, while Stevan Jovetic’s powerful set-play stung Zeljko Brkic’s palms. Destro had penalty appeals for a shirt-tug from Valon Behrami as a free kick was floated in.

Siena went so close to an opener on 28 minutes, as Franco Brienza curled a cross from the left for Emanuele Calaio’s header that cracked against the bar, leaving Artur Boruc rooted to the spot.

Fiorentina also had a fantastic scoring opportunity just before half-time. A corner was knocked down for Jovetic, who immediately spun round on the volley with a fierce effort that Brkic palmed round the post with a reaction save.

In first half stoppages some desperate defending denied a couple of shots in quick succession inside the Fiorentina box.

Lorenzo De Silvestri had picked up a nasty knock to the calf in the first half and eventually lost his bid to continue straight after the restart. Destro flashed an angled drive well wide, then Calaio’s diving header scraped a coat of paint off the far post.

Behrami prodded wide in a one-on-one with Brkic after Cerci’s deflected header. A corner to the back post was knocked down for Alessandro Gamberini, who could only fire at Brkic’s legs from point-blank range.

Fiorentina were above all very dangerous from set plays, as on 70 minutes Brienza needed a goalline clearance to keep out Gamberini’s towering header from a corner.

Siena also threatened, as ex-Fiorentina player Gaetano D’Agostino’s curling free kick was palmed out from under the bar by Boruc.

Moments later, a splendid Calaiò volley from nine yards was well beaten away by Boruc. Deep into stoppages, Jovetic couldn't keep his shot down, as it flew over the bar.


: Brkic; Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso; Grossi (Bolzoni 72), D'Agostino (Pesoli 92), Gazzi, Brienza; Calaiò, Destro (Larrondo 67)
Fiorentina: Boruc; De Silvestri (Romulo 48), Gamberini, Natali, Nastasic; Behrami, Montolivo, Lazzari; Cerci (Gilardino 63), Vargas, Jovetic
Ref: Banti