Fiorentina’s crisis keeps getting worse, as defensive howlers handed Chievo the 2-1 victory at the Stadio Franchi.
Mimmo Di Carlo confessed he did not expect this Week 30 encounter with Fiorentina to be a relegation dogfight, but going into the game the Flying Donkeys were ahead of their opponents in the table. Alessio Cerci continued his ban with the injured Per Kroldrup and Dias Felipe, but Stevan Jovetic recovered from a knock.
Chievo had Paolo Sammarco suspended, joining the sidelined Cyril Thereau, Uribe, Santiago Morero, Francesco Acerbi and Davide Moscardelli.
The Viola threatened in the opening minutes with Marco Marchionni flicking on a Riccardo Montolivo pass for Manuel Pasqual to drill just wide. Artur Boruc rushed off his line to nod clear from Alberto Paloschi.
Chievo broke the deadlock at the Stadio Artemio Franchi with veteran Sergio Pellissier. It was a howler of a defensive error from Cesare Natali, who effectively turned his backpass straight into Pellissier’s path, so the hitman had it easy to waltz round Boruc and deposit into an empty net.
Montolivo was booked for a foul and will be suspended against Milan next week. Amauri just failed to get on the end of a Vargas cross-shot from the left, but just before half-time the Brazilian-Italian had penalty appeals for a Dario Dainelli challenge.
Pellissier pounced on another defensive error only to chip over from a very promising position. Coach Delio Rossi made an unexpected step for the second half, replacing Amauri with Adem Ljajic.
Cruzado ran on to a Pellissier through ball only to pull the shot wide, but Fiorentina equalised with their substitute.
Ljajic, who has been heavily criticised by club and fans for his form, curled a magnificent free kick into the near top corner from the edge of the box.
Boruc parried a Pellissier attempt from close range, but could do nothing on Luca Rigoni in the final minutes.
The Fiorentina defence was caught napping, as Manuel Pasqual was dispossessed down the right and the ball rolled into the middle by Paloschi for Rigoni’s tap-in.
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