Samuel Di Carmine gave Hellas Verona a deserved victory over Fiorentina, a result that allows the newly-promoted side to leapfrog the Viola in the table.
Vincenzo Montella’s men needed to get back on track after a 5-2 defeat to Cagliari leading into the break for international duty. Gaetano Castrovilli and Erick Pulgar were suspended, Federico Chiesa not fully fit, but Franck Ribery returned after his three-match ban for pushing a linesman. Hellas Verona were only one point behind Fiorentina in the table, but had to do without Marash Kumbulla, Miguel Veloso, Daniel Bessa and Emmanuel Badu.
It was a very rough start for Viola captain German Pezzella, who was immediately elbowed in the face by Samuele Di Carmine and had to be substituted with a fractured cheekbone.
Hellas were aggressive and a pass from a corner was volleyed across the face of goal, nobody able to get the final touch, then Bartlomiej Dragowski flew to palm a Valerio Verre scorcher out of the top corner.
Dusan Vlahovic ran on to a Ribery through ball, forcing Marco Silvestri to beat away the finish with his legs from the tightest of angles.
Verona were the more dangerous of the two teams in the first half and Dragowski rushed off his line to deny Di Carmine from close range.
Vlahovic curled a free kick over the bar, but Hellas were more dangerous and Dragowski was again called into a fine save on Eddie Salcedo’s header from a corner.
Verona took a deserved lead with their well-worked team move. Marco Davide Faraoni’s slide-rule pass cut the defence in two, with the aid of a Valerio Verre dummy, allowing Samuel Di Carmine to side-foot home into the far bottom corner.
Hellas seemed more likely to get a second than they were to concede an equaliser, as Dragowski was again alert on Di Carmine, sent clear by Amrabat, then Verre’s long-range volley skimmed the far post.
Verona had the ball in the net again with late on, but Mariusz Stepinski had wandered offside.
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