Fiorentina snatches 2-2 draw at Parma in Serie A

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm •  Published: February 24, 2014
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MILAN (AP) — Matias Fernandez's stunning free kick saw Champions League-chasing Fiorentina snatch a 2-2 draw at Parma in a thrilling Serie A match which also featured three red cards on Monday.

Fiorentina remained six points behind third-place Napoli after an equally magnificent free kick from on-loan Napoli forward Emanuele Calaio rescued a 1-1 draw for Genoa against his parent club.

"We could have managed the game better, especially in the first half," Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said. "We played well against a difficult opponent even when we were a man down but the two sendings off are a pity.

"We had a great first half, but we weren't clinical. We conceded in our best period and then we got nervous, but we managed to rescue the match with our tenacity and strength."

Antonio Cassano fired Parma in front six minutes from halftime after Amauri's pull-back was deflected into his path.

Fiorentina drew level two minutes later when Juan Cuadrado slid in at the back post, slotting home Alessandro Matri's cross.

Former Fiorentina forward Amauri restored Parma's lead six minutes after the break with a penalty after Nenad Tomovic fouled Jonathan Biabiany.

Fiorentina's hopes of getting something from the match appeared to evaporate when Modibo Diakite was sent off for a second booking two minutes later.

However, Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto kept his side in the game with fine saves, including a fantastic double stop to deny first Marco Cassani and then Amauri from point-blank range.

And substitute Fernandez struck a stunning 30-meter free kick into the top far corner five minutes from time.

Gianni Munari and Borja Valero were sent off following a stoppage-time brawl.

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