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Artemio Franchi (ATT 24,000) 3rd March 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Doveri

Fiorentina Fiorentina vs Chievo Chievo

Fiorentina 2

M Pasqual (4)
M Larrondo (78)

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Chievo 1

I Cofie (38)

Sub Larrondo lifts Viola

Last Updated: 03/03/13 5:08pm

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Celebrations for Fiorentina

Celebrations for Fiorentina

Substitute Marcelo Larrondo headed a late winner at the Stadio Artemio Franchi to boost Fiorentina's Champions League hopes at the expense of Chievo.

La Viola, who went down 2-1 at Bologna on Tuesday, started on the front foot and took an early lead through Manuel Pasqual's fine free-kick.

Chievo substitute Isaac Cofie got the visitors back on level terms seven minutes before half-time, but Larrondo - a 65th-minute replacement for Stevan Jovetic - had the last word with the decisive goal 12 minutes from time.

The result lifted sixth-placed Fiorentina back within three points of third-spotted AC Milan, who defeated Lazio 3-0 on Saturday night, while the Flying Donkeys remained eight points above the Serie A relegation zone.

The game could hardly have got off to a better start for the hosts, as Pasqual despatched a superb curling free-kick into the top-right corner in the fourth minute with visiting goalkeeper Christian Puggioni well beaten.

Cyril Thereau should have equalised seven minutes later but headed wide from Nicolas Frey's right-wing cross.

The home team mustered a couple of opportunities to double their lead, Borja Valero failing to capitalise on good work by Adem Ljajic and Jovetic and then Jovetic heading inches wide from Valero's centre, but when the next goal arrived it fell to the visitors.

Roberto Guana provided the assist from the right and Cofie made no mistake in the middle, slotting into the bottom-right corner.

Luca Toni could have restored Fiorentina's lead before the break but nodded Valero's corner narrowly wide at the near post.

Puggioni was called upon to keep Chievo on level terms three minutes into the second period, getting down well to keep out substitute Romulo's long-range blast.

Valero was just off target with a couple of efforts and also set up Toni, whose header struck the post, with Larrondo contriving to miss the target from the follow-up.

A second Fiorentina goal was looking on the cards, and it arrived in the 78th minute. Pasqual's free-kick from the right found Toni, whose header was nodded home from close range by Larrondo.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 32 73
2 Lazio 32 59
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 32 56
5 Sampdoria 32 50
6 Fiorentina 32 49
7 Genoa 32 47
8 Torino 32 47
9 Inter Milan 32 45
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 32 41
12 Verona 32 39
13 Udinese 32 38
14 Chievo 32 37
15 Sassuolo 32 36
16 Empoli 32 35
17 Atalanta 32 31
18 Cagliari 32 24
19 Cesena 32 23
20 Parma 32 16