Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, i was unable to see today's match, so this review will be abbreviated, but feel free to fill in the spaces for me,
The bottom line is that Gianpaolo Calvarese had a real bad day, missing several calls including a penalty in stoppage that photographic evidence clearly shows to be a bad call. To add insult to injury, Juan Cuadrado was called for diving on the play and ejected.
There is no recourse as Italy refuses to question it's arbitrators authority or even to admit anything is ever wrong, so no Vespa for Milan.
Fiorentina reportedly dominated every aspect of the match, except the one that matters, the final score and will have to suck it up and pull it together as they have only three days to get ready and travel to the San Siro for AC Milan. Whether Mario Gomez is available remains to be seen, but at his point is considered doubtful.
Please feel free to add your own report card
Matias Vecino (for Aquilani)
Ryder Matos (for Joaquin)
Juan Manuel Vargas (for Pasqual)
"This is a shame, but if we focus on just one incident then we ignore a great performance by Fiorentina."
"I am very satisfied with the way we played, with the fact we pinned Napoli back and forced them to only focus on counter attacks."
"I told the team they must not act like victims, but realize this is the path we must go on in order to find success."
"We had a lot of chances and the fact that we put this Napoli team on the ropes means we have a lot of quality. We must not just look at the result, as this was probably Fiorentina's best performance of the season."
"Mario Gomez will almost certainly be back after the International Break. He is a player above and beyond the norm, we hope he gets back soon."
"At the same time we have Gieseppe Rossi, the current Capocannoniere, so the team is doing very well without him."
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Serie A Goals
(* indicates a goal in this match)
Rossi (9) *
Yellow Card Accumulation
(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 *, red cards #)
Ambrosini (3) - misses match on next yellow
Cuadrado (3) * # - misses next match
Pizarro (3) - misses match on next yellow
Valero (2) *
A trip to the San Siro for the Montolivos. Luckily Milan are nowhere near as good as Napoli, at least right now, and a similar effor by Fiorentina could, barring ref interference, result in points. Rodriguez will be back, but Cuadrado will not. remains to be seen if Fernandez can make the trip, either.
Following that match is a trip to Romania. I'm expecting a lot of players to take that match off,.
Nov 2 3:45 ET AC Milan v Fiorentina
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Nov 10 2:45 ET Fiorentina v Sampdoria
Nov 24 9:00 ET Udinese v Fiorentina
Nov 28 3:05 ET Paços de Ferreira v Fiorentina
Dec 2 1:00 ET Fiorentina v Hellas Verona