SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 15 - 3 Dec 2017 (14.00 UK)
Fiorentina 3 - 0 Sassuolo
Simeone 32 (F), Veretout 42 (F), Chiesa 71 (F)
Stadio Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina ended their four-round win drought by flattening Sassuolo on the debut of their new Coach Beppe Iachini.

The Neroverdi made their bow under new boss Iachini, having fired Cristian Bucchi on Monday in the wake of a shock defeat to Hellas Verona. Forced to do without injured Claud Adjapong, Alfred Duncan, Davide Biondini and Timo Letschert, the ex-Palermo Coach moved to 3-4-3 with Edoardo Goldaniga in defence. The Viola had a full squad to choose from, but picked up just two points from their last four games.

Sassuolo have only beaten Fiorentina once in eight Serie A meetings, home and away, a 4-3 thriller at the Stadio Franchi in May 2014.

Andrea Consigli fingertipped a looping Federico Chiesa header out from under the bar on Milan Badelj’s floated assist.

Vincent Laurini was pumping several dangerous crosses in from the right and one of them found Giovanni Simeone for a powerful header, out-jumping Francesco Acerbi to open the scoring.

Sassuolo fought back, a Matteo Politano angled drive from a tight angle clipping the outside of the near post.

However, Fiorentina doubled their lead as Cyril Thereau put in a perfectly-weighted cross from the right that found Jordan Veretout to tap in at the back post.

The Viola threatened to score several more after the break, as Consigli flew to palm a bullet German Pezzella header out from under the bar and from the resulting corner parried another Pezzella attempt.

Federico Chiesa added a third in some style, as he sprung the offside trap on a Thereau through ball, drew out the goalkeeper and delicately dinked it over him.


Fiorentina: Sportiello; Laurini (Vitor Hugo 75), Pezzella, Astori, Biraghi; Benassi, Badelj, Veretout; Chiesa, Simeone (Saponara 86), Thereau (Babacar 75)
Sassuolo: Consigli; Goldaniga, Cannavaro, Acerbi; Peluso; Gazzola (Lirola 65), Magnanelli, Missiroli, Peluso; Berardi (Falcinelli 62), Matri, Politano (Ragusa 79)
Ref: Banti