Missing You; Cagliari 2-1 Fiorentina

Claudio Villa

Fiorentina showed how much Borja Valero means to this squad with another disappointing loss away.

Fiorentina went on the road again, after a long International break and once again failed to impress, losing to Cagliari 2-1 in a match that wasn't really even that close.

La Viola, missing Borja Valero due to yellow card accumulation also lost Stevan Jovetic to injury at the half hour mark. Jovetic's status for next week remains to be seen.

Once again defensive lapses proved to be Fiorentina's undoing as time and time again the back line got caught forward and twice was made to pay with strong Cagliari counters.

Fiorentina remain in fourth place, as Inter lost to Juventus. However, Lazio's comeback win over Catania brings them within 1 pt in the standings.

Fiorentina will come back to Stadio Artemio Franchi to face AC Milan next week.

Report Cards

Viviano(6.5) - had no chance at all on either goal, both were solely the fault of the defense. made two of his three saves late to keep the match in reach
Roncaglia(5) - had a few decent crosses, but played way far too forward and coudln't get back on Cagliari's counters. He wasn't the worst out there today, but he was no where near good enough
Rodriguez(4) - Nowhere to be seen on either goal, completely out of posistion for most of the match, got a stupid yellow card to make himself unavailable for Milan.
Savic(4.5) - completely out of position on both goals, constantly unable to get back. he did play two full matches over the break, so fatiue could've been a factor.
Pasqual(5.5) - got the assist on the lone goal, had another good cross which Migliaccio headed over the net, looked better than most of the rest of the squad, but still had a poor crossing day (2 successful crosses out of TWENTY attempts). He really looked like he missed Valero
Aquilani(5) - along with the rest of the midfield, just looked lost. had a chance to tie it up late and skyed the free kick about 20 feet too high. I think he missed Valero as well.
Pizarro(5) - Perhaps he missed Borja most of all, completely didn't look like the same player out there. gave the ball away multiple times, one leading directly to the penalty which wound up being the deciding goal. Will need him to play much better going forward.
Migliaccio(5) - missed a good chance early with a bad header, never really was much of a factor after that. Subbed for Fernandez ; fernandez(6)- came in and made an immediate difference. earned two or three free kicks deep in Cagliari's zone, had a beautiful cross to Larrando late that would have tied the match but for the Sardinian Goalie's save.
Cuadrado(6) - Got the lone goal, held his own on his side, as always, but looked a step slow, not surprising considering his South America International Break.
Jovetic(4) - never a factor, came out after a half an hour holding his thigh. Subbed for Larrondo; Larrondo(5) -Had one chance late that he got on net, but the goalie made a fine save. otherwise no impact whatsoever, of course the midfield didn't do him many favors.
Ljajic(4) - every ball he touched early turned into a Cagliari counter. had one good run. other than that one run he was no factor. subbed at the half for toni. ; Toni(4) - made no contribution what so ever. nothing, zero, zilch.

Montella(5)- Once again the team goes on the road and lays an egg, once again the team comes off a break and not only loses, but looks hopeless, hapless and unaware of what's going on around them. of the three subs, only Fernandez seemed to have any impact at all. Cannot have these kind of lapses if you want to finish in the top of the league. Hopefully he can use the sting of this loss as motivation for next week.

Yellow Cards

Disqualification of one game after the 4th, 8th, 12th, 15th and the 17th yellow card. Past 17, every yellow card is equivalent to a one-match ban. (Players receiving yellow cards in this match have an *)

Pizarro (13)
Roncaglia (8)
Cuadrado (9) *
Rodriguez (8) * - misses next match
Aquilani (4)
Migliaccio (4)
Valero (4)
Jovetic (3) - one game suspension on the next card.
Pasqual (3) - one game suspension on the next card.
Savic (3) - one game suspension on the next card.
Tomovic (3) - one game suspension on the next card.
Ljajic (2)
Toni (2)
Fernandez (1)
Viviano(1)
Romulo (1)

Looking Ahead

AC Milan and Ricardo De Pin come to town. This loss today makes a win almost a must for any hope of Champions League play. Gonzalo Rodriguez will miss the match due to yellow card accumulation. Whether Jovetic's injury is serious enough to keep him out remains to be seen.



Sunday, April 7 9:00 ET Fiorentina v AC Milan
Sunday, April 14 9:00 ET Atalanta v Fiorentina
Sunday, April 21 9:00 ET Fiorentina v Torino
Sunday, April 28 9:00 ET Sampdoria v Fiorentina
Sunday, May 5 9:00 ET Fiorentina v AS Roma
Wednesday,May 8 2:45 ET Siena v Fiorentina
Sunday, May 12 9:00 ET Fiorentina v Palermo
Sunday, May 19 2:45 ET US Pescara v Fiorentina


Other Teams

standings
Juventus 68
Napoli 59
Milan 57
Fiorentina 51
Lazio 50
Inter 47
Roma 47
Catania 45


schedules
Napoli
Sunday, Apr 7 2:45 ET Napoli v Genoa
Sunday, Apr 14 2:45 ET AC Milan v Napoli
Sunday, Apr 21 9:00 ET Napoli v Cagliari
Sunday, Apr 28 9:00 ET US Pescara v Napoli
Sunday, May 5 9:00 ET Napoli v Internazionale
Wednesday, May 8 2:45 ET Bologna v Napoli
Sunday, May 12 9:00 ET Napoli v Siena
Sunday, May 19 2:45 ET AS Roma v Napoli

Milan
Sunday, Apr 7 6:30 ET Fiorentina v AC Milan
Sunday, Apr 14 2:45 ET AC Milan v Napoli
Sunday, Apr 21 9:00 ET Juventus v AC Milan
Sunday, Apr 28 9:00 ET AC Milan v Catania
Sunday, May 5 9:00 ET AC Milan v Torino
Wednesday, May 8 2:45 ET US Pescara v AC Milan
Sunday, May 12 9:00 ET AC Milan v AS Roma
Sunday, May 19 2:45 ET Siena v AC Milan

Inter
Wednesday, Apr 3 Sampdoria v Internazionale (Make Up)
Sunday, Apr 7 Internazionale v Atalanta
Sunday, Apr 14 9:00 ET Cagliari v Internazionale
Sunday, Apr 21 9:00 ET Internazionale v Parma
Sunday, Apr 28 9:00 ET Palermo v Internazionale
Sunday, May 5 9:00 ET Napoli v Internazionale
Wednesday, May 8 2:45 ET Internazionale v Lazio
Sunday, May 12 9:00 ET Genoa v Internazionale
Sunday, May 19 2:45 ET Internazionale v Udinese

Lazio
Thursday, Apr 4 3:05 ET Fenerbahce v Lazio (Europa League)
Monday, Apr 8 2:45 ET AS Roma v Lazio
Thursday, Apr 11 3:05 ET Lazio v Fenerbahce (Europa League)
Monday, Apr 15 2:45 ET Lazio v Juventus
Sunday, Apr 21 9:00 ET Udinese v Lazio
Sunday, Apr 28 9:00 ET Parma v Lazio
Sunday, May 5 9:00 ET Lazio v Bologna
Wednesday, May 8 2:45 ET Internazionale v Lazio
Sunday, May 12 9:00 ET Lazio v Sampdoria
Sunday, May 19 2:45 ET Cagliari v Lazio

Catania
Sunday, Apr 7 9:00 ET Catania v Cagliari
Sunday, Apr 14 9:00 ET Chievo Verona v Catania
Sunday, Apr 21 9:00 ET Catania v Palermo
Sunday, Apr 28 9:00 ET AC Milan v Catania
Sunday, May 5 9:00 ET Catania v Siena
Wednesday, May 8 2:45 ET Sampdoria v Catania
Sunday, May 12 9:00 ET Catania v US Pescara
Sunday, May 19 2:45 ET Torino v Catania

AS Roma
Monday, Apr 8 2:45 ET AS Roma v Lazio
Sunday, Apr 14 9:00 ET Torino v AS Roma
Sunday, Apr 21 9:00 ET AS Roma v US Pescara
Sunday, Apr 28 9:00 ET AS Roma v Siena
Sunday, May 5 9:00 ET Fiorentina v AS Roma
Wednesday, May 8 2:45 ET AS Roma v Chievo Verona
Sunday, May 12 9:00 ET AC Milan v AS Roma
Sunday, May 19 2:45 ET AS Roma v Napoli

Quotes

Montella:

“Our tempo was too slow in the first half and our two mistakes allowed Cagliari to break the deadlock. With a little more luck, we could’ve earned a draw that would have been deserved.”

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