Stefano Pioli opted for Kevin Mirallas ahead of Marko Pjaca, while Eusebio di Francesco turned to teenager Nicolò Zaniolo in midfield, partly due to a spate of injuries in that department.
A dreadful backpass from Cengiz Ünder gave Giovanni Simeone all the time in the world to steal in and finish past Martin Olsen, but the Argentine’s touch was leaden and he gave the goalkeeper a chance to steal in ahead.
No idea how that #Fiorentina penalty wasn’t overturned by VAR but what a mistake by Ünder to play Simeone in there, awful. #FiorentinaRoma pic.twitter.com/WDJQk9xDG0— Adam Digby (@Adz77) November 3, 2018
However, referee Luca Banti bafflingly ruled that the ensuing crunch was a penalty to Fiorentina without even consulting VAR, and Jordan Veretout buried the spot kick as he always does just after the half hour mark.
Jordan Veretout scores a fast-paced penalty to give @acffiorentina the lead!— Strive Sport (@StriveFootball) November 3, 2018
Watch the game live now on Strive https://t.co/uoTcQurTcE #LiveOnStrive #FiorentinaRoma pic.twitter.com/kiuwPhzigG
In the 85th minute, Aleksandr Kolarov drove in a cross from the left that Alban Lafont came off his line to punch clear. He didn’t get nearly enough on it, though, and the ball dropped for Alessandro Florenzi, who lashed a volley off the turf and into the back of the net to hand AS Roma a late draw.
| FULL TIME |— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) November 3, 2018
Fiorentina couldn't keep their lead, Alessandro Florenzi scored this goal to make the game level.
Fiorentina 1-1 Roma pic.twitter.com/L3BBcecKKH
Goals: Veretout PK 32’, Florenzi 85’
Cards: Biraghi 67’, Veretout 77’, Vitor Hugo 89’, Nzonzi 28’, Fazio 36’, Pellegrini 87’