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Serie A

  • February 13, 2011
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
  • Referee: C. Russo
  • • Attendance: 25000

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 5'
    There goes the final whistle!!! Fiorentina turn in their best performance of the season to win 4-2 at La Favorita. 2 for Gilardino, a Bovo own goal, and a Montolivo clincher. And they'd been behind twice through Pastore and Nocerino. Another superb game in Serie A. They're coming thick and fast at the moment. There'll be more in just 35 minutes too, so stay with for all of the afternoon kick-offs.
  • 90' + 4'
    This result will be a blow to Palermo's Champions League hopes, but what a win this is for Fiorentina. And well deserved too.
  • 90' + 3'
    Palermo come close again, with Pastore curling a shot just wide of the far post from 25 yards.
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionAlberto Gilardino Khouma Babacar
  • 90' + 2'
    Time-wasting change from Mihajlovic. Babacar is coming on for Gialrdino, who equalised twice on the way to this win.
  • 90' + 1'
    We're going to have 4 more minutes... Can we make it 44? This is great stuff!
  • 89'
    OOOOOOOOOOOHHHH!!! I mean, what a game this is. Great interplay between Bovo and Hernandez results in the Uruguayan thumping a left foot effort against the bar. Palermo nearly had a late rally on the cards!
  • 88'
    Assist Adem Ljajic
  • 88'
    Goal Riccardo Montolivo
  • 88'
    Delio Rossi makes a change. On comes Kasami for Munoz, and Fiorentina immediately break. Ljajic does well down the right, crosses low and GOOOOOOOOOOOLLL!!!! MONTOLIVO FINISHES IT OFF!!! 4-2 Fiorentina!!!!
  • 86'
    SubstitutionEzequiel Muñoz Pajtim Kasami
  • 86'
    It's all Palermo again now, but the Viola are back in numbers. It would be a heartbreaker for them to lose the lead now.
  • 84'
    Acquah twice comes close to equalising. First his drive from 25 yards is deflected over, then he should have done better when meeting the right wing corner by Ilicic with a header from six yards, but it flicked over.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionAdrian Mutu Cesare Natali
  • 82'
    Another substitution by Sini... this time he's brought off Mutu to reinforce the defence with Natali.
  • 80'
    Has that substitution saved Mihajlovic from the sack? Maybe so. What a turnaround here.
  • 78'
    Own Goal Cesare Bovo
  • 78'
    GGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLL!!!! Bovo turns the ball into his own net from Ljacic's dangerous low cross from the left, and Fiorentina have their first lead of the game. WHAT A CRACKING MATCH!!
  • 78'
    GGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLL!!!! Bovo turns the ball into his own net from Ljacic's dangerous low cross from the left, and Fiorentina have their first lead of the game. WHAT A CRACKING MATCH!!
  • 77'
    SubstitutionMario Santana Adem Ljajic
  • 76'
    SubstitutionFabrizio Miccoli Abel Hernández
  • 76'
    All Fiorentina for the moment, though Nocerino goes down under a perfect challenge from Camporese. Never a penalty. Palermo bring on Abel Hernandez for Miccoli while Adem Ljacic replaces Santana for the visitors.
  • 74'
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Ilicic gives up on the ball far too easily as Montolivo tries his luck from fully 35 yards and, with Sirigu beaten, the ball cannons back off the far post. So unlucky... what an effort.
  • 72'
    Fiorentina back on the attack. This would be quite a place for the Viola to pick up their first away win of the season.
  • 70'
    Assist Manuel Pasqual
  • 70'
    Goal Michele Camporese
  • 70'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLL!!! Too easy!! Michele Camporese is left all alone by Pastore at the far post and he has time to chest down and fire home from a right wing corner. 2-2!!
  • 69'
    Miccoli scuffs his shot after a great break which was started by Montolivo's pass being cut out by Russo. Russo, of course, being the referee!! Montolivo was not a happy man!
  • 67'
    GOL!! NO!! Miccoli looked clearly onside as Pastore played him through, the skipper squard from Acquah, but the flag was up erroneously against Miccoli.
  • 66'
    Ilicic doesn't get enough on it as he's left with only Boruc to beat six yards from goal and the Pole recovers to pick up. Bovo then makes a good tactical foul on the break and accepts the yellow card.
  • 65'
    Yellow Card Cesare Bovo
  • 64'
    On a style note, while there's the slightest of breaks in play, what do well all reckon to Fiorentina bumping aside their 'Save the Children' shirt sponsor to make way for a huge car logo?
  • 62'
    After Nocerino goes to ground too easily, there's a head-to-chest between 5ft6in Fabrizio Miccoli and 6ft1in Alessandro Gamberini. When the handbags are put away, Boruc dives to save two-handed from an excellent left foot volley by Nocerino.
  • 61'
    Pastore flicks... straight to Balzaretti. Balzaretti flicks... out of play. Guess which one is being linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid!
  • 59'
    The assistants are not popular at the moment. Miccoli blasts one for giving him offside, then Santana berates the other for not giving a foul when he's bowled over by Balzaretti.
  • 57'
    Camporese blocks well from Miccoli, and as he falls the No. 10 steps on the ball and lands awkwardly on his shoulder. After a bit of attention he appears fine to carry on.
  • 56'
    Montolivo drives low, but it's just off target, The Viola need to stay calm. More chances will come, no doubt.
  • 54'
    Nocerino is full of confidence at the moment. Great crossfield ball for Ilicic, and his pass finds Acquah driving low into the box, but the referee gives a free-kick to Fiorentina.
  • 52'
    Ilicic fouls Camporese as the Viola finally release some of this early pressure in the second period.
  • 50'
    Nocerino is suddenly becoming a prolific scorer of goals! That was his third of the season, coming only a couple of weeks after his last, which put Palermo 2-0 up in their 3-2 defeat at Inter.
  • 48'
    Goal Antonio Nocerino
  • 48'
    Assist Fabrizio Miccoli
  • 48'
    GGOOOOOOOLLL!!! It was only a temporary reprieve for the Viola! Nocerino ghosts in at the far post to head home a cross from the right from Miccoli. Great start to the ripresa for the Rosanero.
  • 47'
    Miccoli shoots from Pastore's pass and wins a corner. Balzaretti flicks on the corner at the near post, but it's cleared.
  • 46'
    We're back.... 45 more minutes like the first half would be very very nice indeed!!
  • Such a good half of football I'm about to call it stonking... see, I just did it. Come back in 15 for more of the same (crosses fingers). If you've got something to add (and I catch my breath long enough to copy and paste) why not tweet @krisvoakes and I'll try to include your comments during the second half.
  • 45' + 2'
    Miccoli whips in the free-kick and it's put out for a corner. But we won't have time for it. Russo blows the whistle for half-time.
  • 45' + 1'
    Yellow Card Manuel Pasqual
  • 45' + 1'
    Pasqual goes over the ball when challenging Ilicic and is shown a yellow card for his troubles.
  • 45'
    Fiorentina building up play well, but Mutu can't find Santana with the cross. We'll have one extra minute.
  • 43'
    Santana crosses superbly from the right, meeting Behrami's header on the run, but the Swiss can't quite direct it goalwards.
  • 42'
    Ilicic and Miccoli get in each other's way, but when the little No. 10 shoots on the turn it has to be blocked well. Palermo corner.
  • 40'
    Acquah, Pastore and Ilicic are involved as Nocerino reaches the bye-line, but as he crosses it takes a flick off a Fiorentina boot and escapes the attention of any attackers.
  • 38'
    Fiorentina have reacted superbly to that opener from Pastore, and that really was a worthy opener, though it was Palermo who had been on top in the few minutes before.
  • 36'
    Assist Valon Behrami
  • 36'
    Goal Alberto Gilardino
  • 36'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! Behrami chips over the top from the edge of the area and Gilardino breaks the offside trap to head beyond the flailing hand of Sirigu. WE'RE ALL SQUARE!!
  • 35'
    Acquah gets down the right, showing a turn of pace, but when the cover defender comes across, he commits the foul.
  • 33'
    Balzaretti gets to the bye-line but is so eager to get to the ball that he charges right through Behrami and concedes the free-kick.
  • 32'
    SubstitutionGiulio Migliaccio Afriyie Acquah
  • 31'
    Mutu shoots high and wide as Fiorentina finally stem the flow of home attacks. Now... Migliaccio has a knock and is being replaced by 19-year-old Afriyie Acquah. I've seen this fella play in the primavera side... he's a good 'un alright.
  • 29'
    Pastore somehow keeps the ball when surrounded by viola shirts in the area, but Nocerino then passes ahead of Miccoli, who is left flat-footed.
  • 27'
    Hardly a second to draw breath in this one... Miccoli plays it wide for Nocerino, but Behrami gets a foot in. Montolivo completes the clearance.
  • 25'
    Rubbish free-kick by Santana straight at the wall, and Donadel fires well over from the loose ball.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Ezequiel Muñoz
  • 24'
    Andelkovic foils Santana brilliantly but then Munoz falls asleep in possession and somehow gets away with bringing down Mutu as he eventually clears. As the Viola get forward once more, Mutu runs at the Argentine, and this time the foul sees Munoz booked.
  • 22'
    A magnificent tackle by Balzaretti foils Behrami in the box before Palermo break down the left. Kurtic delays a bit too long and the Viola get forward, but Mutu is closed out by Munoz.... great end-to-end football.
  • 20'
    What a reaction this has been from the Viola after the blow of that early goal.
  • 18'
    OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH!!! Gilardino's in again, front and centre, but what a reaction save that is from Sirigu. SUPERB REFLEX STOP!
  • 17'
    OOOOOOH!!!! Gilardino gets in on goal in the right channel, but he fires just wide of the far post... A let off for Palermo.
  • 15'
    Yellow Card Federico Balzaretti
  • 15'
    Mutu's free-kick is curling goalwards, but not nearly enough to trouble Sirigu. Another foul though gives Fiorentina another free-kick and sees Balzaretti booked.
  • 15'
    Mutu's free-kick is curling goalwards, but not nearly enough to trouble Sirigu. Another foul though gives Fiorentina another free-kick and sees Balzaretti booked.
  • 13'
    Silly foul by Kurtic on Mutu. It gives the Viola a chance to shoot on goal now after their original spell on the ball looked to be getting them nowhere.
  • 11'
    The Viola have a period of possession, but Munoz - playing at right back today - gets a foot in on Santana out wide and then when the ball is returned to the Argentine wideman, he can't trouble Sirigu.
  • 9'
    The Rosanero suddenly look very settled in their play. This is the neat passing style we've become accustomed to from them.
  • 7'
    Assist Josip Iličič
  • 7'
    Goal Javier Pastore
  • 7'
    GOL! GOL! GOL! GOL! GOL! GOL! GOL! GOL! Ilicic makes it to the bye-line before cutting inside and laying the ball on for Pastore, whose fierce sidefoot finish is too much for Boruc. Great start for Palermo.
  • 6'
    A neat right foot pass from Ilicic finds Pastore at the near post, but he's closed out before he can get a shot in and the home side waste the corner.
  • 5'
    Palermo are having trouble holding onto the ball, and the Viola look as though that suits them. They're happy to counter as things stand.
  • 3'
    Balzaretti tries to be cute with the pass as Nocerino went on the outside, but it just ran out. Palermo having most of the early possession, but when they lose it Santana fails to get a shot in and then when it's returned into the box Mutu's header is easy for Sirigu.
  • 1'
    And we're off... Carmine Russo blows his whistle and we're underway.
  • The big pre-match news is that Adrian Mutu is back for the Viola after his falling out with the club. Beautiful weather in Sicily awaits us.
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