Home comfort counts for Palermo
Palermo claimed their sixth home victory in a row to move up to
fifth in Serie A after a 2-0 victory against Fiorentina.
It was a return to the Stadio Renzo Barbera to forget for former
Palermo coach Delio Rossi as he lost for the first time since
taking charge of the Viola.
Fabrizio Miccoli and Josip Ilicic were on target for the home
side while Fiorentina ended the game with 10 men after Cesare
Natali was given his marching orders with a minute left.
It could have been a different afternoon altogether for Natali
and Fiorentina had the defender taken his good early chance to
score, but Francesco Benussi made a great save to deny him in the
That was almost the last time Benussi was involved in the first
half, though, as the Rosaneri took control.
And they deservedly took the lead in the 21st minute with Ilicic
sending Miccoli through on goal and he made no mistake to beat
Miccoli’s involvement ended in the 42nd minute when he was
carried off after picking up an injury in a challenge with
Palermo suffered without their captain and risked conceding
several times early in the second half with Riccardo Montolivo
Natali again went close in the 70th minute, but his volley
struck the bar.
Ilicic eased the home side’s nerves in the 73rd minute when he
curled in a direct free-kick over the wall and past Boruc’s late
attempt to make a save.
Fiorentina did not lose belief, or at least Montolivo didn’t as
he continued to search for a goal with shots from distance.
But their hopes of getting back into the game were dashed a
minute from the end when Natali was shown a second yellow card for