Guess who's back? Back again. Rossi's back, tell a friend...
It's been a pretty good week to be a Fiorentina fan. First Sunday's 4-1 win over Inter, the news Giuseppe Rossi has signed a renegotiated contract, then another four goals were scored against Belenses without reply, including a comeback goal from Pepito himself.
The game itself had the feel of a pre-season friendly and was very straightforward for the viola. It took just 18 minutes for the away side to take the lead, Belenenses 'keeper Hugo Ventura making a weak save from a Matias Vecino shot, straight into the path of Federico Bernardeschi who converted with ease. Just before the whistle blew for half time, Khouma Babacar's shot took a slight deflection on the way into the net and Belenenses already looked well beaten.
It took until the 83rd minute, though, for Fiorentina to score again - substitute Jakub Błaszczykowski played a ball in across the box, which Belenenses defender Tonel put in his own net in an attempt to clear the ball.
The moment though, belonged to Pepito - scoring his comeback goal after 501 days. After a neat 1-2 with second half substitute Milan Badelj, Rossi was able to run ahead unchallenged and gleefully slotted the ball home. It was an emotional moment for the player who has finally completed his grueling return to fitness, his last goal coming on 18th May 2014 in Fiorentina's 2-2 draw with Torino. It was a night of milestones for Rossi, who not only scored, but completed 90 minutes for the first time since his recovery. Khouma Babacar revealed that Rossi unsurprisingly entered the dressing room to a round of applause from his teammates and was 'almost in tears' when he scored.
A super night for ACF Fiorentina & Giuseppe Rossi: his first goal since May 2014 (501 days!)Bravo, Giuseppe! #UELPosted by UEFA Europa League on Thursday, 1 October 2015
Fiorentina look ruthless in attack at the moment, and with Rossi's return have numerous options at their disposal. We hope that Rossi's goal will be the first of many, after all - his sheer tenacity in recovery certainly means that he deserves it. Forza Pepito and Forza Viola!