Fiorentina beats 10-man Verona 4-3 in Serie A

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm •  Published: December 2, 2013
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MILAN (AP) — Fiorentina beat 10-man Hellas Verona 4-3 in an eventful Italian league game on Monday to boost its hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League, while Napoli won 3-2 at Lazio to stay in touch with Juventus and Roma.

Four of the goals came in the opening 15 minutes in an open match at the Stadio Franchi as Fiorentina captain Borja Valero scored twice, either side of goals from on-loan Fiorentina midfielder Romulo and Juan Iturbe for Verona.

Juan Vargas fired Fiorentina in front shortly before halftime and Giuseppe Rossi added a fourth from the penalty spot after Bosko Jankovic had been shown a straight red card for handball.

The U.S-born Rossi, who plays for the Italian national team, is the top scorer in Serie A with 12 goals, four more than Torino's Alessio Cerci.

Jorginho reduced the deficit in the 72nd minute as both sides had several chances to add to their tallies.

Fiorentina moved level with fourth-place Inter Milan, four points behind Napoli. Verona is five points further back in sixth.

"As soon as we let our pace drop we concede a goal, we have to be more focused," Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said. "Verona is a good team but we should have been more cynical, when we had a numerical superiority and were ahead by two goals.

"We have to improve on that aspect. When we were 4-2 up we had five or six chances. We have to improve, but I am happy with fourth spot."

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice for Napoli, with former Lazio striker Goran Pandev and Jose Callejon grabbing the visitors' other goals. Teenage striker Keita scored for the home side, which had leveled with an own goal by Valon Behrami.

Napoli moved six points behind leader Juventus and three behind Roma after ending a run of two successive defeats. Lazio, which remained eighth, has now not won in its past six matches and the players were loudly jeered by the home supporters at the end of the match.

"It was a fundamental match for us, we couldn't get too far off top spot," Higuain said. "I am very happy both for me and the squad.

"I scored and helped the team win. I felt the support of the fans and I've been calm even when things weren't going too well. There's still a lot of time until the end of the season, we're doing well and we have to grow."



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