Giuseppe Iachini handed Patrick Cutrone his first-ever Fiorentina start alongside Dušan Vlahović at the expense of Federico Chiesa. Federico Ceccherini came in for Martín Cáceres. Gian Piero Gasperini picked Mattia Caldara in his Atalanta return, with Mario Pašalić in an attacking role and, Gasp being Gasp, Luis Muriel up top to twist the knife.
Cutrone started things out right, playing in a streaking Dalbert on the underlap and then sneaking into space to meet the Brazilian’s cutback and dispatching it with his first touch. First start, first goal, and hopefully the sign of many to come.
Patrick Cutrone #FiorentinaAtalanta pic.twitter.com/NswjBBB3mW— ⚽️ (@mercato_jp1) January 15, 2020
Josip Iličić naturally equalized, slicing through the defense to meet a cross from the impressive Ruslan Malinovskiy and finishing from close range with his first touch before holding a finger to his lips, incensing the stands.
But it was Pol Lirola who got the last laugh, meeting a gorgeous pass from Erick Pulgar, taking a perfect first touch, and coolly dispatching his finish into the bottom corner for his first goal in a Viola shirt.
Goals: Cutrone 11’ (ass. Dalbert), Lirola 84’ (ass. Pulgar), Iličić 67’ (ass. Malinovskiy)
Cards: Pezzella 45’+1 and 70’ (sent off), Dalbert 81’, Caldara 34’, Djimisti 50’