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Salah features as Hellas Verona stun Fiorentina at home

Photo: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images Europe

Photo: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images Europe

Fiorentina‘s 8-game home winning streak ended as Mohamed Salah‘s men stumbled to a late Hellas Verona goal that cost the home side all three points.

The Egypt international started the game on the bench ahead of La Viola’s second leg clash with Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League quarter final on Thursday.

The hosts started the game on the right foot, applying pressure and containing the opposition effectively. However, the visitors nearly scored the first goal of the night in the fourth minute, but Bosko Jankovic’s header was denied by Norberto Neto.

Following that chance, took control of the game and had numerous attempts on goal. Alessandro Diamanti posed the first real danger on Hellas Verona’s goal but his ball sailed wide. Shortly after Diamanti’s chance, Andrea Lazzari’s long-range shot came so close to goal, but it was deflected away by the defense. The hosts’ last chance of the first half was Alberto Gilardino’s header, which was pushed away by the Hellas Verona keeper.

In the second half, the Fiorentina players struggled to break through the opposition’s defense. was subbed on in the 62nd minute for Khouma Babacar, who only played five minutes before getting injured.

The home side was awarded a penalty in the 66th minute, but Alessandro Diamanti wasn’t able to convert from the penalty spot as the Hellas Verona’s keeper produced an impressive save.

La Viola pushed up in numbers, but the players were unsuccessful in scoring the first goal of the game. French-Moroccan Mounir Obbadi broke the hearts of the Fiorentina supporters in the 89th minute after the ball fell to his feet when Neto failed to get hold of the ball.

Fiorentina currently stand in 6th place of the Serie A standing, a position that takes them to the Europa League qualifications. La Viola’s next league game will be played at home against Cagilari next Sunday.

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