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Salah plays 90 minutes as Fiorentina slump to third consecutive league defeat
Fiorentina started the game on a high after progressing to the Europa League semi-finals and looked determined to get going in the league after two defeats against Napoli away and Verona at home.
However, it was the visiting side who started brighter, as Albin Ekdal’s shot was spilled by Viola keeper Norberto Neto’s gloves early in the first half. That was just a warning as confusion in the box resulted in Diego Farias taking the ball to the by-line, he passed it back for Duje Cop to tap in from six yards.
Moments later, Borja Valero was in trouble after he accidentally kicked Dessena in the head, the visitors were furious and despite the protests, Valero escaped with a yellow and the Cagliari midfielder with a nasty cut. The hosts continued to keep possession and sought a breakthrough, but this left them exposed at the back and Nenad Tomovic did brilliantly to deflect Farias’ goal-bound strike away from the net.
Before the break, Viola had one more chance and that chance fell to Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, Zeljko Brki misjudged a cross and Salah tamely hit the side-netting.
After the restart, Fiorentina relentlessly pushed for an equaliser but it was the visitors who shocked the home fans, and it was the man Cop again. He was put through, avoided Savic’s tackle and calmly slotted in Cagliari’s second.
Fiorentina responded when arguably Fiorentina’s game-changer Vargas drilled a dangerous cross for Alberto Gilardino to poke home and give hope for La Viola.
Mario Gomez headed wide a glorious chance from a Pizarro corner, however yet again Cagliari absorbed all the late pressure and scored themselves. It was a magnificent solo effort from Farias as he ran from his own half, with a back heel flick putting Tomovic out the game and his shot finished into the far bottom corner to end the game in stoppage time.
Fiorentina are now fifth in Serie A, one place above Sampdoria who have a game in hand and face Napoli later tonight. Montella’s side travel away to Juventus next week for a tricky encounter.