While it looked like Giuseppe Iachini had set Fiorentina out in a 4-3-3, it wound up being a 3-5-2 with Pol Lirola at left wingback and Federico Chiesa on the right. Christian Kouamé got the nod up top with Rachid Ghezzal in central midfield. Torino boss Moreno Longo didn’t spring any surprises, although Saša Lukić was a late replacement for injury scratch Tomás Rincón.
The game had barely started when Franck Ribery got a ball on the break, looked up, and threaded one through for Kouamé. The youngster beat Bremer in space and got a rather mis-hit shot away that took a touch of Lyanco and wrong-footed Salvatore Sirigu. It was eventually marked as an own goal, so Christian’s search for his first Fiorentina goal continued.
After Soualiho Meïte gift-wrapped the ball and let Ribery have it, the Frenchman drove forward and released Patrick Cutrone—who’d kept himself perfectly onside—to dispatch a flawless near-post finish past Sirigu. That makes four this month for him, along with an assist.
Goals: Lyanco OG 2’, Cutrone 75’ (ass. Ribery)
Cards: Pezzella 42’; Lyanco 5’, Lukić 36’
Changes in the standings
Fiorentina vault into 12th with 42 points, leapfrogging Sampdoria and Parma after the former beat the latter earlier. Combined with Genoa’s win over Lecce, that means that the Viola are mathematically safe from relegation for the year. Torino stay 15th with 37 points.