Fiorentina 3-0 Genoa Lineups/Stats
Serie A fixtures, Results
Serie A fixtures, Results
Mario Alberto Santana and Alberto Gilardino struck either side of the interval to help push Fiorentina up the table as they revive their hopes for European action next season. There was also a first Serie A goal for teenage striker Khouma Babacar. For Genoa, two shots in 90 minutes summed up their evening.
Fiorentina flew out from the starting blocks with Santana providing the lead after five minutes. And what a goal it was. Manuel Pasqual found Gilardino from a throw in. The striker back-heeled it for Massimo Gobbi’s overlapping run and he cut it back for Santana who flicked it in past Marco Amelia to finish off a finely worked move.
Cesare Prandelli’s side were aggressive in their play and didn’t allow Genoa any time on the ball. Stevan Jovetic, so often the hero this term, made his 50th appearance for his side, and nearly crowned it with a goal. He cut inside from the right and hit a powerful curler, but was unlucky to see it wide.
Genoa struggled to impose themselves after going down so early in the game. There was no incisiveness going forwards. They struggled to keep the ball during the short spells they had it, allowing the Viola to sit back and play on. Raffaele Palladino has been linked with a move back to Juventus, and it was easy to see why. He was Genoa’s hope, his quick turn and pass released Giuseppe Sculli, but the front man was a shade offside.
Decisions going against Fiorentina have been well documented this season, and Prandelli had another case to shout about here. Jovetic controlled inside the box, only for Domenic Criscito to knock him over with a barge. It was a foul, and could have been given, but Carmine Russo waved away the Viola's appeals.
It was all-out defending from the Grifoni. Desperate at times, but it worked well. The same couldn’t be said about their struggling attack. They were uncreative and failed to exact influence. But, credit must go to Fiorentina’s central partnership of Cesare Natali and Per Kroldrup who were excellent. Sebastien Frey was a mere spectator as Genoa did not have a single shot on goal during the first half.
Jovetic was again centre-stage as he forced Amelia to make a good save. Minutes later Riccardo Montolivo had a shot. It was powerful, but lacked accuracy as it flew over the crossbar. Montolivo then turned provider for Gobbi who hit the side netting with a left-foot volley.
Gilardino did have the ball in the back of the net soon after the restart, but it was ruled out for offside. It was a tight call from the linesman as the Italian stabbed the ball home from Gobbi's cross.
It took Genoa over an hour to have their first shot on goal. Palladino skipped past his marker and aimed for the bottom corner, but an in-flight deflection sent the ball wide.
Amelia then made a good save on Gobbi's stinger as his fist stopped it from travelling into the top corner.
Persistence paid off for Fiorentina as Jovetic was tumbled over by Amelia. This time the referee did point to the spot. Gilardino stepped up, and sent the ball into the bottom right corner as Amelia dived the other way.
Babacar, the 17-year-old sensation then scored his first goal to close the affair. He took advantage of Salvatore Bocchetti's error to slide the ball home. The Viola are now up to seventh place.
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