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VIDEO: Salah scores as Fiorentina down Empoli in Serie A
After coming on in the second half, Mohamed Salah was the one to inspire his team to a well-needed victory away from home, following the horrid 3-0 loss in the Europa League against Spanish side Sevilla.
Fiorentina played Empoli in Serie A on Sunday, and the first half started rather brightly for La Viola as they were able to find themselves in the lead in the fourth minute, thanks to Croatian striker, Josip Ilicic.
As the game went on, both sides struggled to have any impact at all until the 28th minute, when Empoli found themselves level through Riccardo Saponara. It was a lack of concentration and pressure that cost Fiorentina to concede the goal, as per usual.
As the second half began, Mohamed Salah came on for Federico Bernardeschi, who was away on injury for a many months. The second half looked quite hopeless for Fiorentina as they struggled to keep possession of the ball and made no attempts on goal until the 57th minute. Salah received a pass from teammate, Josip Ilicic, and found himself in the box with two men marking him. Using his quick feet and skills, he manages to put the defenders to sleep and sneak a goal past the keeper. It was a wonderful solo effort by the Egyptian.
Mohamed’s goal helped the team increase in confidence, and in the 68th minute, Josip Ilicic again found the back of the net for Fiorentina after properly placing the ball in the bottom left corner.
The match went on to see Fiorentina concede another goal in the 77th minute, but thankfully for Montella’s men they were able to hold their lead until the final whistle.
Fiorentina’s next match is against Sevilla on May 14th, where the Italian side will need to score at least three goals in order to level things with their opponents.