Fiorentina had the better of the play, but only got a draw away to Torino as they really missed Giuseppe Rossi.
The Viola were in fourth place and on a run of three consecutive victories, but lost both Rossi and Mario Gomez to long-term knee injuries. Josip Ilicic was therefore moved to a new position in the trident attack, while Alberto Aquilani was on the bench due to a bruised foot. The Granata also missed top scorer Ciro Immobile, Omar El Kaddouri and the suspended Giuseppe Vives, but Alessio Cerci faced his former teammates and had the first shot on goal after 90 seconds.
Daniele Padelli flew to palm away a dangerous Mati Fernandez free kick, while Joaquin chipped a cross for Facundo Roncaglia’s volley over from a very promising position.
Neto fumbled a Cerci snapshot, but was fortunate to get away with it, then Borja Valero’s angled drive flashed inches past the far post and Fernandez tested Padelli again from distance.
Kamil Glik bravely charged down a Cuadrado screamer with his nose and on the resulting corner Joaquin lost his balance, volleying wide from six yards. Borja Valero drilled just wide again, this time of the near stick, but Fiorentina inevitably lacked a front-man with both Rossi and Gomez out.
Cerci spun round Stefan Savic for an angled drive that was going into the bottom corner before Neto’s fingertip-save. From the resulting corner, a wayward cross clipped the bar.
Borja Valero had his best chance yet just before half-time, as Cuadrado got to the by-line and pulled back for the Spaniard’s cushioned volley inches past the upright from eight yards.
Padelli’s poor clearance almost came back to bite him, beating away the Borja Valero shot. Moments later Cerci burst forward and stung Neto’s palms at the near post with a rising strike.
Glik flung himself at a Borja Valero shot from point-blank range to prevent a very likely goal, then on the counter Neto was at full stretch to palm away a fierce Barreto effort.
Oleksander Iakovenko came on for the ineffective Ilicic and just failed to get clean contact to a wayward shot in the six-yard box, prodding it into Padelli’s arms.
At the other end, Cerci whipped a cross to the back post and Riccardo Meggiorini came sliding in, but he couldn’t quite get the decisive contact.
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