Viola UPDATE

Sam Griswold
November 27, 2008

Serie A: Cagliari 1 - 0 Fiorentina

The Fiorentina fell to yet another road defeat on November 16, this time to lowly Cagliari. Playing again without talisman Adrian Mutu, who is tending to a knee injury, Fiorentina lacked any real creativity and spark, rarely threatening the Cagliari goal. The Viola were a bit unlucky after Cagliari was awarded a somewhat dubious first-half penalty for a foul on Roberto Aquafresca, which the striker converted with ease into the only goal of the game. Conversely, officials turned a blind eye late to an apparent foul on Alberto Gilardino. Protests ensued but they were futile, and the team was forced to accept defeat.

 

Serie A: Fiorentina 4 - 2 Udinese

Fiorentina won a vital three points in an entertaining and high-scoring affair against visitors Udinese on November 22. Billed as a must-win match for both sides, Fiorentina overcame a dreadful first-half performance to score four second-half goals and clinch the much-needed victory. Udinese were by far the better team in the opening 45 minutes, forcing Sebastien Frey into several acrobatic stops prior to Udine's Antonio Floro Flores splendid curling shot from outside the area. Whistled off the field at half time, the Viola returned a completely different team, taking an almost immediate lead with goals by Adrian Mutu and Riccardo Montolivo and scoring twice more before Udinese claimed their second goal in the final minutes.

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