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
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
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
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.