Both coaches trotted out the exact lineups we predicted, so there’s not a whole lot of interesting stuff to write here, honestly.
Just before halftime, Pol Lirola lightly but clearly caught Bruno Peres (who dropped and shrieked like he’d just been thrown into the Sarlacc) to give away a penalty which ex-Fiorentina player (of course) Jordan Veretout slotted home.
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Nikola Milenković equalized with a good header from an Erick Pulgar corner after the AS Roma defense decided that defending was too much effort. Nice finish, though.
The Mountain struck—or rather was struck—not long after by Lorenzo Pellegrini, who barrelled into him face first and had to come off with a lot of blood leaking out of his head. Don’t run into Nikola, yall.
Referee Daniele Chiffi then gave a late penalty for this passage of play, which included him touching the ball (which ends the play) and a phantom foul by Terracciano; because it’s Italy, of course there was no VAR check, which likely would’ve taken the spot kick away. Veretout converted the ensuing penalty for the win.
Goals: Veretout PK 45’, PK 87’; Milenković 54’ (ass. Pulgar)
Cards: Mancini 90’+6; Pezzella 34’, Cáceres 72’, Ghezzal 85’, Milenković 90’+5
Change in standings
Nothing changes for Fiorentina, who drop to 12th on 43 points after Bologna and Parma both win; if Sampdoria win at Juventus later today, they’d also leapfrog the Viola. For AS Roma, there’s no real movement either, although they do stay 4 points ahead of AC Milan in 5th, which could prove crucial for Europa League seeding depending on where Napoli end up.