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Artemio Franchi (ATT 9,000) 8th May 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Orsato

Siena Siena vs Fiorentina Fiorentina

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Fiorentina 1

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Fiorentina keep up pressure

Last Updated: 08/05/13 9:45pm

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Adrian Calello fights for the ball with Juan Cuadrado.

Adrian Calello fights for the ball with Juan Cuadrado.

Fiorentina kept up the chase of AC Milan while condemning their local rivals Siena to almost certain relegation to Serie B with a 1-0 victory at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Gonzalo Rodriguez's goal was enough for the Viola to keep alive their faint glimmer of a chance of qualifying for the Champions League as they go into the final two games of the season four points adrift of third-placed Milan.

The win also practically guarantees them a place in the Europa League while Siena now need a miracle to stay up with six points separating them from Genoa with two games of the season remaining.

The visitors, aware of Milan's win over Pescara before kick-off, started brightly with Juan Cuadrado sending in a warning shot which missed the target in the third minute.

Just 10 minutes passed before Vincenzo Montella's men took the lead.

Pasqual's low cross from the right was bundled over the line by Rodriguez, who used his stomach to ensure the ball went in.

Fiorentina nearly doubled their lead 10 minutes before the interval when Borja Valero's shot was pushed onto the post by Gianluca Pegolo.

Siena were unable to muster any kind of reaction and Fiorentina continued to look closer to a second than their hosts were to an equaliser.

Matias Fernandez flashed a shot just over the crossbar before Giulio Migliaccio did the same with a header.

Emiliano Viviano was finally called into action in the 70th minute to push Alessandro Rosina's shot away, but it was too little from a Siena side who needed points to stand any chance of staying up.

Fiorentina substitute Luca Toni also hit the crossbar as Fiorentina eased to three points which keeps them breathing down Milan's necks, but more importantly, gives them a practically guaranteed place in Europe next season.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 38 102
2 Roma 38 85
3 Napoli 38 78
4 Fiorentina 38 65
5 Inter Milan 38 60
6 Parma 38 58
7 Torino 38 57
8 AC Milan 38 57
9 Lazio 38 56
10 Verona 38 54
11 Atalanta 38 50
12 Sampdoria 38 45
13 Udinese 38 44
14 Genoa 38 44
15 Cagliari 38 39
16 Chievo 38 36
17 Sassuolo 38 34
18 Catania 38 32
19 Bologna 38 29
20 Livorno 38 25