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Salah debuts in thrilling 3-2 Fiorentina win
The guests scored the opener early in the game through Davide Zappacosta in the 9th minute with a header coming from a brilliant cross by Alejandro Gomez. The Viola responded with the equalizer also from a header by José Basanta in the 18th minute to make it 1-1. Both teams attempted a few chances but failed to score to end the first half with a draw.
Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, who joined Fiorentina on loan from Chelsea this winter, made his way onto the pitch in the 65th minute replacing Joaquín. This is not only the first game for Salah with the Viola, but the first for the winger in Serie A.
The last 15 minutes of the game saw three goals coming from both sides. Fiorentina went ahead for the first time through Alessandro Diamanti, who passed through two defenders and placed the ball into the bottom right corner of the goalkeeper. Mohamed Salah’s positional awareness was important in the process, as the Egyptian winger let Diamanti get past him, rather than calling for a pass – after realizing he was in an offside position.
Atalanta responded back in the 83rd minute from a close range shot by Richmond Boakye to make it 2-2.
However, a late winner by Manuel Pasqual in the 89th minute saw Fiorentina secure a tough 3 points and move temporarily to 4th place in the Serie A table.
Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella described Salah in post-match comments as unpredictable for the opponents.
“Salah has confirmed whatI saw in training, he is unpredictable for the opponents and is very quick with the ball in his feet,” said Montella, “but he has to work on when he doesn’t have possession and we have the time do this,” he added.
Fiorentina will look to beat Sassuolo next Saturday, February the 14th in Serie A, as they’re chasing the 3rd Champions League slot for next season.