Fiorentina dominated the Tuscan Derby with Luca Toni bagging a brace of headers to beat Siena 4-1, even though Alberto Aquilani missed a penalty.
The Derby di Toscana saw teams on the opposite ends of the table, as Siena were bottom thanks to their six-point penalty and the Viola eager to get back on track after a 4-2 defeat to Roma. Stevan Jovetic had his first start in over a month and David Pizarro returned from compassionate leave, but Emiliano Viviano was benched due to a hip problem. Juan Cuadrado and Ruben Olivera sat out bans. Siena gave Marcelo Larrondo his first start since serving a three-month and 20-day ban in the betting scandal.
Pizarro was back after attending his 32-year-old sister’s funeral in Chile and the Fiorentina fans greeted him with a moving banner showing all their support.
Alberto Aquilani unleashed a blockbuster from distance that whistled just past the far top corner, then Facundo Roncaglia’s screamer was palmed round the base of the post by Gianluca Pegolo.
Fiorentina broke the deadlock after 16 minutes with Luca Toni, who got his head on the end of a wonderful Manuel Pasqual cross from the left that he just had to cushion past Pegolo at the back post.
Moments later Toni was about to score a second on the ball rolled across the six-yard box, but was blatantly pulled back for a Felipe yellow card and penalty. Pizarro stepped up and the shot had enough power to beat Pegolo despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to it. The Chilean wept as he celebrated, pointing to the sky.
Borja Valero drilled inches wide from the D, but Siena did threaten when Roncaglia had to acrobatically prevent a cross reaching Larrondo in the six-yard box.
Emanuele Calaio’s flicked header forced a tricky reaction save out of Neto on Alessio Sestu’s cross.
Fiorentina made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time, as Romulo gathered a poor clearance down the right and flashed a ball into the six-yard box for Aquilani to side-foot in from point-blank range. There were three Viola players lining up to finish it off.
Simone Vergassola was allowed a completely free header which he steered wide after the break. Calaiò also had a great chance, his volley deflected just past the post off Stevan Savic, as Fiorentina seemed to rest on their lead.
Siena got one back out of nowhere on a classic counter-attack, as Alessandro Rosina spread the play to the right for the unmarked Reginaldo to blast into the near top corner.
However, Toni made it 4-1 to complete his brace in the derby. Borja Valero chipped up a cross for Toni’s cushioned header at the back post.
A Calaiò strike on the volley hit the side-netting, shaving a coat of paint off the upright.
Massimo Paci very clearly dragged back Mounir El Hamdaoui for a penalty and second yellow card. Aquilani took over the spot-kick duties, but blasted it high and wide!
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Sent off: Paci 87 (S)
Missed penalty: Aquilani 88 (F)