Chievo leaves it late to sink Fiorentina

Luca Rigoni scored a late winner as Chievo climbed into the top

half of the Serie A standings with a 2-1 victory at Fiorentina.

Just as the game at the Artemio Franchi stadium appeared to be

heading for a draw, Rigoni struck two minutes from time to hand

Chievo three vital points.

Sergio Pellissier had put the visitors ahead in the 24th minute

but Fiorentina got an equaliser through substitute Adem Ljajic with

19 minutes remaining.

The result lifts Chievo to 10th in the standings with eight

games remaining, while Fiorentina – victorious just once in their

last nine games – have dropped to 17th in the standings, five

points clear of the drop zone.

The visitors enjoyed a strong start and took the lead when

Pellissier intercepted a poor backpass by Cesare Natali and struck

the ball from the heart of the area past Fiorentina goalkeeper

Artur Boruc.

Fiorentina struggled to put a good move together and were

limited to shooting from outside the box.

In the 35th minute, Juan Vargas’ drive from 30 yards went over

the bar, much to the disappointment of the home fans.

At the other end, Pellissier could have extended Chievo’s lead

before the interval but struck the ball wide from 10 yards.

Chievo continued to press forward and early in the second half

Boruc kept out Michael Bradley’s right-footed shot from outside the

area.

Fiorentina came to life after the hour mark and equalised when

Ljajic’s powerful free-kick towards the far post beat Chievo

goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.

Sorrentino then kept out Ljajic’s close-range effort.

Chievo reclaimed the lead late in the game as they capitalised

on another defensive mistake by Fiorentina.

Manuel Pasqual gave the ball away in his own half, allowing

Pellissier to thread a pass to an unmarked Alberto Paloschi in the

area.

Paloschi then fed Rigoni in the right side of the box and he

struck the ball past Boruc to hand his team all three points.