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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)


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 37 86
2 Roma 37 70
3 Lazio 37 66
4 Napoli 37 63
5 Fiorentina 37 61
6 Genoa 37 59
7 Sampdoria 37 55
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 37 51
10 AC Milan 37 49
11 Palermo 37 46
12 Sassuolo 37 46
13 Verona 37 45
14 Chievo 37 43
15 Empoli 37 42
16 Udinese 37 41
17 Atalanta 37 37
18 Cagliari 37 31
19 Cesena 37 24
20 Parma 37 18