Fiorentina fought back from a goal down to beat Chievo in Verona thanks to a Juan Guillermo Cuadrado brace.
The Viola were riding high on a wave of enthusiasm after beating rivals Juventus 4-2 and cruising past Pandurii 3-0 in the Europa League. Mario Gomez, Josip Ilicic and Massimo Ambrosini were still unavailable. Chievo had lost six of their eight games and Coach Giuseppe Sannino was feeling the pressure, especially as for this match he was without Dario Dainelli and the suspended Luca Rigoni and Gennaro Sardo.
Joaquin’s audacious volley curled just past the far top corner, but Chievo took a shock lead when Bostjan Cesar was left totally unmarked to nod in a Boukary Drame free kick from six yards.
The Flying Donkeys nearly made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark, as Thereau sprung the offside trap only to head Drame’s cross over. At the other end, Joaquin just failed to get the final touch on to a Manuel Pasqual ball across the face of goal.
Fiorentina drew level on the stroke of half-time. Cuadrado went on the counter down the left and cut in past a defender to fire an angled drive across Puggioni.
The Viola almost turned the game around completely after the break, but Cuadrado hesitated after combining with Giuseppe Rossi and allowed Claiton Dos Santos to intervene.
Fiorentina did take the lead when Rossi intercepted a Drame pass, sending Cuadrado through, but he stretched to beat the goalkeeper to the finish. The Colombian collided with Puggioni during that move and did not celebrate the goal, instead clutching his leg on the ground, but he was able to continue after several minutes of treatment.
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