Livorno are mathematically relegated after a home defeat to local rivals Fiorentina.
This local derby meant nothing more than pride for the Viola, who had already secured European qualification, but it was the Last Chance Saloon for Livorno. Bottom of the table and with President Aldo Spinelli in negotiations to sell the club, this felt like the end of an era at the Stadio Picchi.
Top scorer Paulinho and Leandro Greco were suspended with Andrea Luci, Innocent Emeghara and Ibrahima Mbaye sidelined. Fiorentina continued to miss Norberto Neto, Mario Gomez and Ante Rebic, but Giuseppe Rossi was on the bench after scoring on his Serie A comeback last week, a 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo.
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado tested Luca Anania in the opening minute, forcing a low one-handed save at the near bottom corner.
Livorno also threatened when Luca Siligardi skipped past Juan Manuel Vargas and crossed for Ishak Belfodil’s header off target.
Djamel Mesbah couldn’t get enough power to his header and Ryder Matos forced a tough save out of Anania from Massimo Ambrosini’s assist.
Stefan Savic was decisive to deflect Belfodil’s solo effort, but straight after the restart Vargas rattled the woodwork for Fiorentina with a cross-shot that looped on to the bar.
Giuseppe Rossi came off the bench and made an immediate impact, as he completed the give-and-go sending Cuadrado through. The Colombian had one shot parried by the goalkeeper, but got the second in.
Livorno couldn’t muster the energy or belief to fight back, well aware the other results weren’t going their way either. Cuadrado and Rossi attempts were charged down by defensive bodies, while Emerson’s free kick bounced right in front of Antonio Rosati to cause the goalkeeper a scare.
There was a brawl in stoppages, as Livorno player Borja received a yellow card for dissent and moments later hacked down Alberto Aquilani.
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Sent off: Borja 93 (L)