Fiorentina got back on track, but needed help from Cesena’s own goal after losing Stevan Jovetic to injury.
Everyone was expecting Adrian Mutu to step back into the Stadio Franchi as an opponent, but he was sensationally left at home when Coach Mario Beretta claimed he was “not 100 per cent.” Massimo Lauro and Roberto Guana were suspended with Steve Von Bergen injured. Fiorentina missed Valon Behrami, Houssine Kharja, Per Kroldrup and the suspended Ruben Olivera.
Riccardo Montolivo’s splendid assist sent Andrea Lazzari clear, but the lob was just over the bar. Stevan Jovetic tried to run on to another Montolivo long ball, but pulled up with a muscular problem and had to be substituted.
Vincenzo Iaquinta went on the counter-attack only to scuff his finish off target, while Amauri accidentally kicked Rodriguez in the face amid an acrobatic overhead kick.
Fiorentina changed to a 3-4-3 for the second half with Juan Vargas wide on the left, Alessio Cerci on the right and Amauri in the middle. Alessandro Gamberini nodded a Montolivo free kick wide, then Cerci had penalty appeals for what he considered to be a handling offence.
Santana tested Artur Boruc from distance, while Cerci’s blushes were spared by the offside flag as he failed to tap in from a couple of yards.
Montolivo’s free kick landed on the roof of the net with Francesco Antonioli rooted to the spot.
Fiorentina did take the lead, but only with help from Cesena defender Vangelis Moras, who anticipated Amauri on a Manuel Pasqual cross only to send the looping header into his own net.
Boruc palmed away a powerful Iaquinta free kick, while the ex-Juventus striker was furious that he was halted clear on goal for a very dubious offside decision.
Fiorentina doubled their advantage with another defender, this time their own, as Cesena defended very poorly from a Vargas corner. A Cesare Natali header was knocked down for Nastasic, who had all the time he needed to control and hit the half-volley from eight yards.
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