Paulo Sousa used a 4-2-3-1ish shape with Riccardo Saponara handed his first start, flanked by Federico Chiesa and Cristian Tello. Carlos Sanchez started at leftback with Carlos Salcedo on the right, while Borja Valero dropped in next to Milan Badelj. Sinisa Mihajlovic only named ex-Fiorentina winger Adem Ljajic to the bench.
Riccardo Saponara turned in the rebound from a Borja Valero shot to open his Fiorentina account in the 8th minute.
GOAL Saponara!! Fiorentina 1-0 Torino pic.twitter.com/A61nbCjWxg— Serie A English (@SerieA_English) February 27, 2017
In the 31st minute, Cristian Tello got through clean on goal, but Joe Hart saved his poor effort, and Nikola Kalinic missed the open goal on the follow-up under a bit of pressure from the Torino defense.
Kalinic redeemed himself by heading home a Borja corner at the 38’ mark.
GOAL Kalinic!! Fiorentina 2-0 Torino pic.twitter.com/1NN9VyXBQg— Serie A English (@SerieA_English) February 27, 2017
At 61 minutes, Andrea Belotti fired a penalty off the bar with Ciprian Tatarusanu well-beaten after Salcedo conceded a penalty.
Belotti made no mistake 4 minutes later, though, powerfully heading home after Emiliano Moretti flicked it to him from a corner kick.
5 minutes from time, the Viola defense completely lost Belotti, who duly slotted home when Daniele Baselli played him through at the back post.
Goals: Saponara 8’, Kalinic 38’ (ass. Valero), Belotti 65’ (ass. Moretti), Belotti 85’ (ass. Baselli.
Cards: Saponara 42’, Lukic 27’, Benassi 34’