Sometimes with all these friendlies it can seem pretty one sided as the lower division teams are served up for the slaughter, but, by all accounts, U.S. Cremonese made this match just a bit different... at least early on.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see the match today, but I'll do my best to whip something up.
Today's friendly was against U.S. Cremonese. Cremonese, or the Grigiorossi, play in Serie C1, with 2005-06 being the last time they saw Serie B.
Fiorentina started off in the first half in a 3-5-2 formation. Neto was in goal, with Facundo Roncaglia, Ahmed Hegazi and Stefan Savic in defense.
Joaquin got a start on the right side of the midfield, next to Massimo Ambrosini (still feels weird to type his name), David Pizarro, Borja Valero and a first start for Marcos Alonso on the left mid.
Adem Ljajic lined up next to Mario Gomex in front for coach Vincenzo Montella.
Fiorentina scored quickly, a sharp angled shot by Gomez on a deflected shot by Ambrosini after a nice charge by Joaquin, but then struggled for the next half an hour, with only a superb save from Neto saving the lead.
Ljajic finally broke through and was quickly followed by a nice shot by Hegazy and another for Gomez for a 4-0 halftime lead.
Montella changed the whole lineup in front of Neto in the second half, bringing in Mattai Cassani, Nenad Tomovic and Marvin Compper in defense. Juan Cuadrado, Matias Vecino, Marko Bakic, Rafal Wolski and Manuel Pasqual in midfield with Giuseppe Rossi and Oleksandr Iakovenko in front.
It only took 6 minutes for Iakovenko to be brought down in the box and Rossi converted the free kick.
The match remained scoreless until the 25th minute, shortly after Cristiano Lupatelli came in for Neto, when Iakovenko got a goal of his own.
Cremonese struck right back after a Bakic error, but Cuadrado scored shortly thereafter and that ended the scoring for the day as Fiorentina won 7-1.
Fiorentina are scheduled to play a team from Cyprus, Apollon Limassol, on Saturday (1730 local time)
Saturday, July 27th, 17:30 - Apollon Limassol
Saturday, August 3rd, 17:30 - Gaziantepspor
Thursday, August 8th, 21:00 - Villareal
Sunday, August 11th, Time TBA - Sporting Lisbon