Big news of the day is that Roma’s Radja Nainggolan is back on the pitch after a muscle injury. Otherwise, Fiorentina is on a roll and looking to keep their European football hopes alive. Also Chiesa did not play in this match.
In a great a start Marco Benassi was in the right place at the right time and scored a quick goal on a set piece in the 7’.
GOAL: Sharp-eyed @rickysaponara finds Marco Benassi, and @acffiorentina snatch an early lead over @ASRomaEN! #RomaFiorentina— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) April 7, 2018
WATCH: https://t.co/8Vw2z6UW8i pic.twitter.com/jo6zmAXtrY
For much of the rest of the first half Marco Sportiello was being peppered with shots from Roma and managed to stop them all.
In a stroke of luck Giovanni Simeone found the back of the net in the 39’ to give Fiorentina a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Giovanni Simeone: Raging Bull.— Chloe Beresford (@ChloeJBeresford) April 7, 2018
Great determination for the goal and a fantastic, passionate celebration. Fiorentina 2-0 up at the Olimpico #RomaFiorentina pic.twitter.com/c9shY4NvL6
The Second half was much of the same, Roma held possession for most of the half and kept taking shots. Luckily, the brick wall known as Marco Sportiello held firm.
SPORTIELLO POINT BLANK SAVE ON NAINGGOLAN pic.twitter.com/TF3P5r2iml— Para (@TheParacelsus) April 7, 2018
Roma took 24 shots on goal and did not score one of them. Solid work by Sportiello and the Fiorentina defense.
Fiorentina: Benassi 7’, Simeone 39’
Fiorentina: Vitor Hugo 14’, Laurini 43’
Roma: Dzeko 58’, El Shaarawy 75’, Kolarov 85’