Cerci scores a double for the Fiorentina
The Fiorentina flew to Sardinia to play against eighth-ranked Cagliari for the 34th match of the season on April 23. Historically, the Fiorentina has not had a good record at the Sant'Elia stadium, but with this game, everything changed. The Fiorentina held the match at 0-0 until the last minute of overtime, when Viola winger Alessio Cerci scored a goal, putting the Fiorentina in the lead. Cagliari came back strong in the second half, when Andrea Cossu scored a goal after only one minute of play. A few minutes later, Cerci kicked the ball past Cagliari's goalkeeper, Michael Agazzi, and put the team back in the lead 1-2. Cerci almost scored a third goal, but Agazzi blocked the ball from getting past him. The Fiorentina went home with three points, putting them in ninth place this week. This is the second time that Cerci's goal ended up in a win for the team; the last time was against Chievo on November 7, 2010.
Mihajlovic and Gamberini after Cagliari
During the press conference after Fiorentina beat Cagliari, head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was happy about the players' attitude on the field. He also added, ‘Whoever gives up now knows he will end up in the stands.' Alessandro Gamberini also spoke after the match: ‘We don't have any definitive goals, but we want to finish the season moving up.'
Gilardino's jersey for Borgonovo Foundation
Viola striker Alberto Gilardino's jersey from the away game against Cesena is being auctioned on eBay for the Stefano Borgonovo Foundation. During that match, Gilardino scored a goal. The mission of the foundation, named in honor of ex-Viola player Borgonovo, who has ALS, is to help find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Valon Behrami is 'enjoying the moment'
During his April 28 press conference, Valon Behrami said that he is happy to be considered an indispensable player on the team this season: ‘I'm enjoying this moment.' When asked about Mihajlovic, whose position has been questioned due to a disappointing performance, Behrami responded, ‘We shouldn't say that our coach is great. We have demonstrated it with our commitment.' He also added, ‘ the ideal coach for Florence.'
Five goals assure a win for the Fiorentina
On May 1, the Fiorentina played against fifth-ranked Udinese at Franchi stadium. Things got off to a great start when Peruvian left winger Juan Manuel Vargas scored a goal for the Fiorentina after nine minutes of play. Only 12 minutes later, Viola midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino scored a goal against his former team. Udinese midfielder Giampiero Pinzi scored a goal at the 30th minute of the first half, thus ending the first half 2-1. Six minutes into the second half, D'Agostino scored another goal almost assuring a win for the Fiorentina until Kwadwo Asamoah kicked the ball past Viola goalkeeper Artur Boruc to open up the match again, 3-2. However, Udinese was not able to come back after Cerci scored another double at the 71st and 86th minute of the match. The Fiorentina won the match with five goals, a first this season. Although this match did not change the Fiorentina's rankings, the team is not giving up even with only three matches left in the season.