Rollercoaster ride

Win followed by loss for Fiorentina

Sam Lawley
February 14, 2013

ACF Fiorentina's season continued its rollercoaster path after the Viola signed off a comfortable 2-0 win against Parma and a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to archrivals Juventus. Resting in sixth spot in Serie A, Fiorentina have dropped out of Champions League and Europa League qualification places, but the chance of hosting European football next season is still an optimistic aim.

 

 

Fiorentina 2-0 Parma. At their sixth attempt, the Viola finally secured their first win in 2013, beating Parma 2-0 in a one-sided affair at Florence's Franchi stadium. Fiorentina poured forward in search of an early goal, and their efforts were rewarded after 27 minutes, when Luca Toni's towering header put them ahead. Five minutes after halftime, Stevan Jovetic ended the visitors' hopes of a comeback when he scored an opportunistic goal inside the six-yard box.

 

Juventus 2-0 Fiorentina. Archrivals and reigning champions Juventus inflicted a comprehensive defeat on the Viola and extended their lead at the top of the Serie A table. Striker Mirko Vucinic gave Juventus the lead, firing a rocket shot past Viola goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano after 20 minutes. Alessandro Matri doubled the Bianconeri's lead five minutes before halftime, bursting into Fiorentina's box to slot home a nice goal. In the second half, Juventus exercised ‘cruise control,' with the Viola rarely looking like an offensive threat.

 

Next up. Fiorentina will next take on Inter Milan at home on February 17 at 8:45pm, then play at Bologna on February 24 at 3pm.

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