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Played
August 27, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Stadio Artemio Franchi — Firenze
Referee:‬ D. Doveri‎
Attendance:‬ 32845‎
 
Top of the Match
Juan Cuadrado
Juan Cuadrado
Fiorentina
Giuseppe Rossi
Giuseppe Rossi
Fiorentina
Flop of the Match
Fabián Monzón
Fabián Monzón
Catania
Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
Fiorentina

Fiorentina 2-1 Catania: Rossi & Pizarro give hosts the points

The Viola opened their Serie A campaign with a home win thanks to two goals in the first half in what was a lively opening

By Peter Hanson

API

Fiorentina opened their league campaign with a 2-1 win over Catania at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

First-half goals from Giuseppe Rossi and David Pizarro sandwiched Pablo Barrientos' effort to hand Vincenzo Montella's side a morale-boosting victory.

Rossi opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he placed home from eight yards after meeting Juan Cuadrado's cutback, but Sebastian Leto then came close to an equaliser when his header was saved by Norberto Neto.

And Catania did draw level in the 22nd minute when Barrientos found the bottom corner with a left-footed strike from inside the area.

The visitors were unable to build on that momentum, however, and Fiorentina were back in front just six minutes later.

Pizarro worked his way to the right hand side of the box before unleashing a fierce drive that found the top corner.

It means the Viola have now won 12 and drawn five of the 17 home top-flight matches they have played against Catania. 

Montella's men sit in sixth position after the opening weekend of fixtures in Serie A and continue their season with a trip to Genoa on Sunday, while Catania will look for their first points when they host Inter.



Fiorentina

1
Neto
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.50
5
Marvin Compper
Defender
3.00
15
Stefan Savic
Defender
3.00
23
Manuel Pasqual
Defender
76′
3.00
7
David Pizarro
Midfielder
28′ 74′
3.50
10
Alberto Aquilani
Midfielder
84′
3.00
11
Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder
14′
4.00
20
Borja Valero
Midfielder
3.00
33
Mario Gomez
Striker
16′
3.00
49
3.50

Catania

3.50
21
3.00
3
3.00
14
2.50
22
2.00
18
3.00
13
2.50
19
Lucas Castro
Midfielder
3.50
28
2.50
-
2.50
11
3.00
9

Substitutes

12
 - 
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Gustavo Munúa
Goalkeeper
 - 
28
3.00
4
 - 
40
 - 
8
Marko Bakić
Midfielder
 - 
14
3.00
17
Joaquín
Midfielder
 - 
27
Rafal Wolski
Midfielder
 - 
72
Josip Iličič
Midfielder
66′
3.00
17
 - 
-
Matías Vecino
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Alberto Frison
Goalkeeper
 - 
34
3.00
5
 - 
6
 - 
39
3.00
27
 - 
-
 - 
23
 - 
-
3.00
7

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0