SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 4 - 18 Oct 2020 (14.00 UK)
Spezia 2 - 2 Fiorentina
Pezzella 2 (F), Biraghi 4 (F), Verde 39 (S), Farias 74 (S)
Orogel Stadium, Cesena

Fiorentina will have regrets after this 2-2 draw, as they scored two goals in five minutes and then stopped, allowing Spezia the thrilling comeback.

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The Viola needed to get back on track after two consecutive defeats and losing Federico Chiesa to arch-rivals Juventus. Spezia were eager to cause another upset after beating Udinese, but missed Andriy Galabinov, Ramos, Federico Mattiello, Jeroen Zoet, Federico Marchizza and COVID-19 case Giulio Maggiore.

It took all of 100 seconds to break the deadlock, as a Viola corner found German Pezzella totally unmarked for a free header from eight yards. This was the perfect way for the captain to mark his 100th Serie A match.

Moments later, Spezia were torn apart down the flanks again, Pol Lirola rolling it back across the face of goal for Cristiano Biraghi to finish at the far post from a tricky angle.

Spezia should’ve got back on track, but Roberto Piccoli failed to get the tap-in when Emmanuel Gyasi pulled back from the by-line and Matteo Ricci fired over.

The hosts did eventually pull one back when Martin Caceres failed to cut out a through ball and Daniele Verde kept his cool to beat Bartlomiej Dragowski from the tightest of angles. Fiorentina wanted it ruled offside, but Caceres clearly tried to play the ball and only flicked it on.

In the second half, Fiorentina visibly rested on their 2-1 lead and tried only to counter with Franck Ribery, then Gaetano Castrovilli couldn’t make the most of a Pol Lirola ball across the box.

Spezia should’ve at least hit the target on 68 minutes when M’Bala Nzola pounced on a Pezzella error to set up Diego Farias, but the finish was over the bar.

The equaliser was certainly in the air and arrived when a corner was not cleared effectively, so eventually Farias toe-poked it into the far bottom corner from 10 yards.

Spezia had the momentum and were pushing for the turnaround, so Fiorentina threw on ex-Napoli star Jose Callejon for his debut.

Erick Pulgar was lucky to escape with a risky tackle on the edge of the area on Acampora, but in stoppages Nzola pounced on a loose ball to fire inches wide from 10 yards.

Fiorentina also threatened to win it, Provedel plucking a Christian Kouame slide-rule pass off the foot of Callejon.

Spezia gave absolutely everything, ending the game with several players barely moving due to cramp.

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Spezia: Provedel; Sala (Ferrer 64), Chabot, Terzi, Bastoni (Dell’Orco 78); Acampora, Ricci, Deiola (Agudelo 64); Verde (Farias 64), Piccoli (Nzola 55), Gyasi
Fiorentina: Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella (Igor 71), Caceres; Lirola, Bonaventura (Callejon 78), Amrabat, Castrovilli (Pulgar 78), Biraghi; Ribery, Vlahovic (Cutrone 71)
Ref: Manganiello