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Roma 2-1 Fiorentina

Gervinho

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.

Line-ups

Roma

  • 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

Substitutes

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

Fiorentina

  • 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

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamFiorentina
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home21
Away15
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Roma 2, Fiorentina 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Roma 2, Fiorentina 1.

Booking

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

Foul by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina).

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

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

Foul by Kevin Strootman (Roma).

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Michael Bradley replaces Mattia Destro.

Dismissal

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

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

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

Hand ball by Nenad Tomovic (Fiorentina).

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Ryder Matos replaces Juan Vargas.

Foul by Nenad Tomovic (Fiorentina).

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

Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Leandro Castán.

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

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

Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Daniele De Rossi.

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

Foul by Nenad Tomovic (Fiorentina).

Foul by Daniele De Rossi (Roma).

Gonzalo Rodríguez (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Maicon.

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Joaquín replaces Massimo Ambrosini.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Massimo Ambrosini (Fiorentina) because of an injury.

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

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

Offside, Fiorentina. Giuseppe Rossi tries a through ball, but Borja Valero is caught offside.

Attempt missed. David Pizarro (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Borja Valero.

Attempt missed. Mehdi Benatia (Roma) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. David Pizarro replaces Alberto Aquilani.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Rodrigo Taddei replaces Adem Ljajic.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Juan Vargas.

Adem Ljajic (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina).

Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Morgan De Sanctis.

Attempt saved. Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Leandro Castán (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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