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.
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.
Pezzella with what looks likely to be a late winner for Fiorentina!— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) January 12, 2020
It hasn't been the most eventful game at the Artemio Franchi, but that goal could have big implications at the bottom of Serie A pic.twitter.com/1d0DxqeI1n
Another, grainier angle:
Goals: Pezzella 82’ (ass. Pulgar)
Cards: Pezzella 38’, Murgia 79’