Italian Serie A

Roma 2-1 Fiorentina


Former Arsenal striker Gervinho inspired unbeaten Roma to a first win for five games in Serie A as they beat Fiorentina to move back to within three points of league leaders Juventus.

He created both Roma's goals as they ended a run of four successive draws.

Brazil defender Maicon bundled in from close range for an early opener for the hosts before Juan Vargas levelled.

Mattia Destro scored the winner on his first appearance of the season for Roma, who had Miralem Pjanic sent off.

Roma have been struggling to recapture the form that saw them become the first team to win the opening 10 matches of a Serie A season earlier in the campaign.

But, with talismanic forward Francesco Totti on the substitutes' bench after more than one month out through injury, Rudi Garcia's men recorded a deserved first victory since the end of October.

Serie A is already threatening to turn into a two-horse race with third-placed Napoli having dropped five points behind Roma after their 3-3 home draw with Udinese on Saturday.

Maicon put Roma ahead with his first goal for the club, the Brazilian bundling the ball home in the seventh minute after Ivorian Gervinho pulled the ball back.

Fiorentina, joint fourth with 27 points, levelled on 29 minutes when Peru midfielder Juan Vargas rifled home from a Nenad Tomovic pass.

Gervinho had a shot blocked and Kevin Strootman hit the Fiorentina post as the pressure mounted, with the winner arriving when Gervinho pulled the ball back and Destro, only on as a substitute for eight minutes, converted.

Pjanic was sent off late on for a second yellow card for fouling David Pizarro inside the opposition's half.

Elsewhere in Serie A, Marco Sau scored a brace for Cagliari in a 2-1 home win over Genoa, his winner coming in second-half injury-time after Alberto Gilardino had levelled in the 16th minute.

A 19th-minute strike from Kamil Glik was enough for Torino to clinch a 1-0 home win over Lazio, who dropped to 12th, while Cyril Thereau's second-half goal was enough for Chievo to beat Sassuolo 1-0 away to move out of the bottom three.

Sampdoria earned their first win under new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic with basement side Catania offering no reply to second-half goals from Eder and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Verona reinforced their sixth place thanks to a 2-1 home win against Atalanta.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 26De SanctisBooked at 60mins
  • 13Maicon
  • 3Pires Ribeiro
  • 16De Rossi
  • 17Benatia
  • 5Castan da SilvaBooked at 69mins
  • 15PjanicBooked at 88mins
  • 6Strootman
  • 8LjajicSubstituted forTaddeiat 72'minutes
  • 24FlorenziSubstituted forDestroat 57'minutesBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBradleyat 90'minutes
  • 27Yao Kouassi


  • 4Bradley
  • 7de Mattos Filho
  • 10Totti
  • 11Taddei
  • 22Destro
  • 28Skorupski
  • 29Burdisso
  • 33Jedvaj
  • 35Torosidis
  • 46Romagnoli
  • 88Borriello
  • 94Ricci


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Murara NetoBooked at 63mins
  • 40Tomovic
  • 23Pasqual
  • 21AmbrosiniBooked at 15minsSubstituted forSánchez Rodríguezat 79'minutes
  • 2RodríguezBooked at 16mins
  • 15Savic
  • 10AquilaniSubstituted forPizarroat 72'minutes
  • 20Valero Iglesias
  • 49Rossi
  • 11Ju CuadradoBooked at 90mins
  • 66VargasSubstituted forMatos Santosat 86'minutes


  • 3Alonso
  • 4Roncaglia
  • 5Compper
  • 7Pizarro
  • 9Rebic
  • 14Fernández
  • 17Sánchez Rodríguez
  • 27Wolski
  • 30Matos Santos
  • 72Ilicic
  • 78Munúa
  • 83Olivera da Rosa
Daniele Orsato

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamFiorentina
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 2, Fiorentina 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 2, Fiorentina 1.

  3. Booking

    Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina).

  5. Post update

    Michael Bradley (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Strootman (Roma).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Michael Bradley replaces Mattia Destro.

  9. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Miralem Pjanic (Roma) for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    David Pizarro (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Nenad Tomovic (Fiorentina).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Fiorentina. Ryder Matos replaces Juan Vargas.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nenad Tomovic (Fiorentina).

  15. Post update

    Rodrigo Taddei (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Leandro Castán.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joaquín (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gonzalo Rodríguez.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Daniele De Rossi.

  20. Post update

    Gervinho (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Sunday 8th December 2013

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