Thursday August 10 2017
Eysseric scores on Viola debut

Valentin Eysseric scored on his Fiorentina debut and Marco Benassi also featured in the 3-0 friendly win over Pistoiese.

The Viola have finally started adding to their squad after a summer of sales and introduced some of the new players at the Stadio Melani in Pistoia.

Federico Chiesa has looked sharp throughout pre-season and started brightly again with several long-range early strikes, while Ianis Hagi also tested the goalkeeper.

Khouma Babacar was brought down in the box after running on to Cristoforo’s through ball and left the penalty to Eysseric, the former Nice trequartista converting to mark his debut in style.

Pistoiese thought they had equalised moments later, but Ferrari was flagged offside on a Zappa free kick.

The Viola earned another spot-kick straight after the restart, this time earned by the lively Chiesa, and Babacar put it in the back of the net.

Benassi made his debut in place of Chiesa just hours after his transfer from Torino was completed and he made an immediate impact, seeing a shot charged down and drilling over the bar, both from Nikola Kalinic moves.

Ante Rebic added the third goal late on with a splendid volley on 18-year-old Luca Ranieri’s cross from the left.

Pistoiese 0-3 Fiorentina

Eysseric pen 27 (F), Babacar pen 51 (F), Rebic 85 (F)

Fiorentina: Sportiello (Dragowski 46); Tomovic (Gaspar 58), Milenkovic, Astori (Vitor Hugo 46), Olivera (Ranieri 46); Cristoforo (Schetino 58), Sanchez (Veretout 46); Chiesa (Benassi 58), Hagi (Rebic 58), Eysseric (Mati Fernandez 46); Babacar (Kalinic 58)

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