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

Siena Siena vs Fiorentina Fiorentina

Siena 0


Fiorentina 1

Gonzalo (14)

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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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10