Vincenzo Montella’s debut on the Fiorentina bench was a disappointing draw with Bologna, as both sides had penalty appeals rejected.
It had been a chaotic week for the Viola, as after a 1-0 home defeat to Frosinone, Coach Stefano Pioli took offence to a statement from the club and resigned. Vincenzo Montella was brought in as his replacement, a return to the Stadio Franchi after his time here from 2012-15. However, the ultras were on strike in protest at the treatment of Pioli, blaming the Della Valle brothers for the situation. Montella moved to a 3-5-2 formation, while Bologna missed
Giovanni Simeone went on a rapid counter-attack from his own half, but the angled drive was too close to Lukasz Skorupski. The Bologna goalkeeper spilled a corner, but made up for it with a fine save on Gerson’s follow-up.
Simeone and Federico Chiesa had a few attempts off target, but Riccardo Orsolini forced a tricky save from Alban Lafont when he volleyed back from the by-line at the back stick.
Skorupski pushed a Chiesa curler round the post for a corner, then smothered the strike from substitute Kevin Mirallas. There was controversy on 74 minutes when Muriel went down in a coming together with Lyanco, who had his leg stuck out in a strange manner, and the referee booked the Fiorentina striker for simulation. Although Muriel did little to avoid the leg, it is a stretch to call that a dive.
Moments later, a similar incident occurred at the other end, Rodrigo Palacio booked for simulation when there did seem to be at the very least some contact with German Pezzella.
Muriel came very close to a goal when his curling cross-shot went past Chiesa and bounced off the far post.
Lafont had a moment of madness on 88 minutes when he came flying out into midfield for a tackle on Federico Santander, leaving the Fiorentina goal open, but managed to sprint back and make a decisive one-handed save on Orsolini.
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