Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella, bereft of Federico Chiesa, started Kevin-Prince Boateng and Dušan Vlahović up top. AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca went for maximum screw-you by starting former Viola players at every level: Gianluca Mancini in defense, Jordan Veretout in midfield, and Nicolò Zaniolo in attack.
The first goal came from Edin Džeko, who slotted home after a lovely pass around the corner from Lorenzo Pellegrini found Zaniolo, who squared for the big Bosnian.
It took all of 2 minutes for the Giallorossi to double the lead through an Aleksandr Kolarov free kick that Bartłomiej Drągowski didn’t even twitch for, although he maybe could have set himself up a bit better.
Pulling one back for the hosts was Milan Badelj, of all people, who lurked in the box after a scramble before pouncing on a loose ball and beating Pau López.
Following some brilliant buildup from the Lupi, Pellegrini placed his shot perfectly in the corner to make it 3 for the visitors.
And of course we all had to cross “Fiorentina beffata” off of our bing cards when Zaniolo motored half the pitch uncontested before powering home his shot for the last one.
Lo liquidó Zaniolo de contra. Triunfazo de Roma sobre Fiorentina de visitante, imponiendo juego, respeto y fútbol.— Maxi Friggieri (@MaxiFriggieri) December 20, 2019
Goals: Badelj 34’; Džeko 19’ (ass. Zaniolo), Kolarov 21’, Pellegrini 73’ (ass. Džeko), Zaniolo 88’ (ass. Džeko)
Cards: Pezzella 20’, Cáceres 45’+1, Castrovilli 64’, Vlahović 89’, Zaniolo 38’, Kolarov 45’+2, Diawara 57’