ACF Fiorentina have slipped to fifth placed in Serie A, after 0-2 loss at home to Pescara and a 3-1 away defeat to Udinese, leaving them five points adrift of third placed Napoli and the desired Champions League place. A further 0-1 defeat at home to AS Roma has left the Viola out of the Coppa Italia. Indeed, these recent results have been particularly disappointing given their consistently fluent style of play.
Fiorentina 0-2 Pescara. The Viola dominated the first half of this encounter, peppering Pescara's goal with no less than 11 shots before the break. First Luca Toni, and then Guillermo Cuadrado, and Borja Valero all spurned goal-scoring opportunities. Fiorentina were made to regret their early generosity, however, when they were left trailing by the opposition's first sustained attack after an hour. Pescara added insult to injury by doubling the lead in the dying minutes of the game, giving the score-line a deceiving one-way slant.
Udinese 3-1 Fiorentina. Despite going ahead after 20 minutes thanks to a Udinese in its own net, Fiorentina suffered another disappointing defeat. While the Viola midfield dominated possession for long spells, two goals by Italian international Antonio Di Natale, and a third by Colombian striker Luis Muriel, put the game out of Fiorentina's reach. In contrast, the Viola lacked some clinical finishing in attack: tellingly, only 2 of their 21 shots were on goal.
Fiorentina 0-1 AS Roma (after extra-time). The Viola were knocked out of the Coppa Italia in a hard-fought defeat at Florence's Artemio Franchi stadium, which ended with three red cards. While Fiorentina hit the woodwork three times, they were unable to make their extra possession count. A series of defensive errors allowed Roma forward Mattia Destro to poach a goal after 97 minutes. Tempers escalated in extra time, with Viola winger Guillermo Cuadrado being sent off for unsporting behaviour. A third consecutive defeat means Fiorentina now have only Serie A to play for.
Good news for the team has come in the form of 25-year-old Giuseppe Rossi. The prolific Italian international forward has signed on with the Viola in a 10-million-euro deal, and now has a recession clause of 35 million. He is sidelined until March however, with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Next up. Fiorentina face direct rivals Napoli in a crucial encounter at home on January 20 at 12:30pm. The team then plays away to Catania on January 27 at 3pm.