Sam Griswold
December 11, 2008

Serie A:




Fiorentina fell the to its third consecutive road defeat, losing 1-0 in Rome on November 30. After a balanced and well-played first half, Roma were the stronger team in the second period, taking the lead while limiting the Viola's chances. Both sides came out hungry for an opening goal, with their goalkeepers outperforming and chances aplenty on each end. The first half could have easily ended 2-2 were it not for the strong plays of Sebastian Frey and Alexandre Doni. An action-packed first half finished 0-0. The deadlock was broken early in the second half as Roma took the lead with captain Francesco Totti's perfect shot from the top of the area. The goal seemed to knock the wind out of the Viola's sails, and despite some decent chances, they were unable to find an equalizer.



Serie A:




Fiorentina finally found the winning touch on the road with an equally important and impressive 4-1 thrashing of Torino on December 7. Taking the lead in just the second minute thanks to a perfectly placed Mutu free-kick, Fiorentina never looked back, dominating the match and sending Torino into the relegation zone. After Mutu's opener, the Viola controlled the first half of play, and justly went two ahead just before the break when Gilardino, straddling the offside line, headed home Felipe Melo's from close range. The goal sealed the match, with Torino struggling to react to the deficit. In the final half hour, Fiorentina again found the mark, this time through Kuzmanovic, who fired home from close range. Torino pulled one goal back in the final minutes thanks to an Alessandro Rosina penalty. Gilardino quickly responded, scoring his second of the game. 


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