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Fiorentina 1-0 SPAL: Highlights

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First win in the league since October is good. Getting bossed by the last-place team at home is bad.

ACF Fiorentina v SPAL - Serie A
This is a Renaissance painting.
Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Pre-match

In front of Rocco Commisso, Giuseppe Iachini picked Kevin-Prince Boateng over Patrick Cutrone and Dusan Vlahovic, with Marco Benassi continuing in midfield. SPAL boss Leonardo Semplici opted for ex-Viola player Felipe in defense, with Federico di Francesco handed a rare start up top. Scheduled referee Federico La Penna fell ill at the last moment, so Daniele Doveri took the whistle instead.

First half

Second half

Erick Pulgar looped in a corner and Germán Pezzella did the rest, rising like an elevator with rocket boosters to thump home his header over Thiago Cionek.

Another, grainier angle:

Full time

Goals: Pezzella 82’ (ass. Pulgar)

Cards: Pezzella 38’, Murgia 79’