clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Fiorentina 1-0 Torino: Match report and highlights

It took a long time and it wasn’t fun to watch, but the Viola eventually break down a stubborn Granata defense to close out 2023 on a high note.

ACF Fiorentina v Torino FC - Serie A TIM Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Pre-match

Neither Vincenzo Italiano nor Ivan Jurić sprang any real surprises; the former opted for Christian Kouamé on the wing and got Giacomo Bonaventura back, while the latter picked Pietro Pellegri in the attack. Let’s also take a moment to appreciate Pietro Terracciano, who made his 100th appearance for Fiorentina.

What was rather interesting was the sign posted by the Curva Fiesole’s finest throughout the stadium before the game, calling for unity and positivity from the fans. That sort of rosy attitude is always welcome, of course, but felt a bit odd ahead of this fixture, given the animus between the clubs’ respective owners.

First half

Torino crossed one into Pellegri for a header on frame after about 40 seconds, providing a glimpse of what was in store. The Granata just squished the Viola for the first 30 minutes, pinning them deep with an excellent pressing shape and generating chances by playing high balls in for the hulking pair of Duván Zapata and Pellegri. The Colombian forced a good save out of Terracciano, who one-upped himself with an unbelievable stop on Valentino Lazaro. Fiorentina finally emerged a bit after the half hour mark, with Kouamé central to everything, and Jonathan Ikoné picked off a lazy backpass but had his effort smothered by an alert Vanja Milinković-Savić. At the half, though, the hosts were clearly second-best.

Second half

Fiorentina improved dramatically after the break as Torino drifted out of the game, perhaps exhausted by the first half effort. The Viola duly spent most of the period in the Granata half and created a few decent looks without ever really threatening. Tempers began flaring, leading to some tensions and a straight red card for Italiano’s lieutenant Davide Niccolini from the bench. Fiorentina had the last laugh, though, with a goal made in the Primavera: following a corner, Michael Kayode lobbed in a lovely cross for Luca Ranieri, who tucked home the header for his 4th goal this year and first in Serie A.

That pretty much took care of that. The Viola calmly saw out the remainder of the game without ever looking troubled, aside for a late hamstring strain for poor Riccardo Sottil just moments after he came on. It was a scrappy win but not undeserved on the balance of play.

Full time

Goals: Ranieri 83’ (ass. Kayode)

Cards: Biraghi 24’, Niccolini red card 67’, Kayode 69’, Ranieri 75’, Ikoné 87’; Ricci 55’, Djidji 89’

What’s next

Fiorentina move up to 4th place (even with AC Milan on points), and will stay there into the new year if Bologna don’t win at Udinese tomorrow. It’s a testament to the grinta of this team, which wasn’t what we expected to be its defining characteristic this year. Let’s also celebrate Ranieri’s first Serie A goal for Fiorentina (and his partner’s pregnancy), Kayode’s first assist, and a 3rd straight league win. That’s a fine way to see out a chaotic 2023.