SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 21 - 21 Jan 2017 (17.00 UK)
Chievo 0 - 3 Fiorentina
Tello 19 (F), Babacar pen 51 (F), Chiesa 94 (F)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Fiorentina ran riot at the Bentegodi with a 3-0 victory, sending Chievo to their fourth consecutive defeat.

These sides met only 10 days ago in the Coppa Italia, the Viola squeezing through thanks to a dubious last-gasp Federico Bernardeschi penalty. Nikola Kalinic sat out a ban, so Khouma Babacar got a rare start, while the hosts had Ivan Radovanovic and Nicolas Spolli suspended, Nicola Rigoni and Nicolas Frey injured.

Chievo last beat Fiorentina 2-0 in Tuscany in April 2012, managing just two draws in the next 11 encounters.

The visitors dominated possession without making a dent and instead Chievo forced the first save with Lucas Castro’s screamer beaten away from the top corner.

Riccardo Meggiorini also volleyed just wide from close range on a Fabrizio Cacciatore cross, but Chievo gifted ineffective Fiorentina the opening goal.

Dario Dainelli tried to walk it out from defence, easily intercepted by Cristian Tello, who went clear on goal to fire past Stefano Sorrentino one-on-one.

Federico Chiesa curled wide and Ciprian Tatarusanu smothered a Meggiorini strike, but Sergio Pellissier came sliding in to meet a Cacciatore cross and it was deflected over the bar.

The Flying Donkeys found a lot of joy down their right, where Tello struggled to defend. Federico Bernardeschi’s free kick was palmed out from under the bar.

The second half started with end to end stuff, as Tatarusanu smothered at Sergio Pellissier’s feet and on the counter Sorrentino denied both Bernardeschi’s snapshot and the Babacar follow-up at the near post.

Cacciatore clumsily tripped Chiesa in a tackle he had no need to make and Babacar sent Sorrentino the wrong way to convert the penalty.

Meggiorini managed to sting Tatarusanu’s palms after squirming between two defenders, but that second goal really knocked the wind out of Chievo’s sails.

Gonzalo Rodriguez went off with a suspected thigh strain, so it’s not all good news for Fiorentina in Verona. Tatarusanu kept a clean sheet, standing up tall to beat away Meggiorini’s shot from close range in the final minutes and Mariano Izco mis-kicked from six yards.

With practically the last kick, Sebastian Cristoforo threaded through for Federico Chiesa, who cleverly slid on to the finish, thus anticipating Sorrentino to turn the ball under him into the far bottom corner. It was his debut Serie A goal.

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Chievo: Sorrentino; Cacciatore, Dainelli, Cesar, Gobbi (Izco 82); Castro, De Guzman, Bastien (Hetemaj 72); Birsa; Meggiorini, Pellissier (Inglese 53)
Fiorentina: Tatarusanu; Astori, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Sanchez; Borja Valero, Badelj, Vecino; Tello (Olivera 46), Chiesa, Bernardeschi (Cristoforo 66); Babacar
Ref: Maresca