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Artemio Franchi 2nd December 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: D Doveri

Fiorentina Fiorentina vs Verona Verona

Fiorentina 4

B Valero (5, 14)
J Vargas (43)
G Rossi (pen 54)

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Verona 3

Romulo (6)
J Iturbe (13)
B Jankovic (S/O 53)
Jorginho (72)

Fiorentina win seven-goal thriller

Last Updated: 02/12/13 8:33pm

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Fiorentina scorers Giuseppe Rossi and Borja Valero celebrate

Fiorentina scorers Giuseppe Rossi and Borja Valero celebrate

Fiorentina came from behind to win a seven-goal thriller against Hellas Verona 4-3 at the Artemio Franchi stadium on Monday evening.

Borja Valero put the hosts ahead in the fifth minute but two goals in seven minutes from Romulo and Juan Iturbe put Hellas in front.

Valero levelled matters in the 14th minute before Juan Vargas gave Fiorentina a 3-2 half-time lead.

The visitors suffered a blow when Bosko Jankovic was shown a red card for a handball offense in his own area and Giuseppe Rossi scored the resulting penalty before the hour mark.

Jorginho reduced the arrears with 18 minutes remaining but the visitors could not find the equaliser.

The victory has lifted Fiorentina to fifth place, level on 27 points with Inter Milan.

Hellas are one spot and five points behind Fiorentina.

The men from Verona went into the game looking to bounce back from last week's derby defeat to Chievo.

It was Fiorentina who went ahead with their first attack as Valero picked his spot inside the near post from 25 yards to beat Hellas goalkeeper Rafael.

The visitors equalised soon later when Romulo drove into the area and slotted the ball between Fiorentina goalkeeper Norberto Neto's legs.

Hellas went in front in the 13th minute when Iturbe's left-footed shot from 30 yards beat Neto.

The visitors' joy was shortlived as seconds later Valero drilled a left-footed shot from outside the area past Rafael to level matters.

Fiorentina continued to press forward and were rewarded before the break when Vargas' bullet strike from 20 yards beat Rafael.

The home side did not sit on their lead but instead looked for a fourth early and got it in the 57th minute.

The referee pointed to the spot after Jankovic used his hand to clear Nenad Tomovic's attempt on goal.

Rossi stepped up to take the spot-kick and he struck the ball to the far post and out of Rafael's reach.

Hellas never gave up hope and despite being a man down, they cut the deficit when Jorginho placed the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Fiorentina held on for their eighth win of the campaign.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9