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Artemio Franchi (ATT 29,000) 5th January 2014 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: P Tagliavento

Fiorentina Fiorentina vs Livorno Livorno

Fiorentina 1

Gonzalo (66)


Livorno 0

Fiorentina edge past Livorno

Last Updated: 05/01/14 7:56pm

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Gonzalo Rodriguez of Fiorentina celebrates after scoring

Gonzalo Rodriguez of Fiorentina celebrates after scoring

Gonzalo Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game to earn Champions League-chasing Fiorentina a narrow win at home to Livorno.

Rodriguez headed home a corner midway through the second half to keep the hosts in contention for a top-four place.

The goal came just two minutes after Ibrahima Mbaye had hit the bar for Livorno, who had chances to equalise.

Rodriguez had to clear an effort off the line, but La Viola still deserved the three points for a match they dominated for long periods, despite struggling to find a way past their relegation-threatened opponents.

The visitors had the first sight of goal as Pasquale Schiattarella's long-range effort flew wide, but that was a rare threatening moment from Livorno.

At the other end Josip Ilicic shot over and then played a one-two with Juan Cuadrado, who also fired high from the edge of the area.

Giuseppe Rossi finally got one on target, but his shot was straight into the arms of Livorno goalkeeper Francesco Bardi.

Borja Valero's corner was then volleyed over by Facundo Roncaglia, while Valero himself missed the best chance of the half five minutes before the break when he missed a tap-in from Alberto Aquilani's ball across the six-yard box.

Marco Benassi almost shocked the hosts early in the second half, but shot wide from the edge of the area following a counter-attack.

Fiorentina soon took up the baton again and Cuadrado forced Bardi into a diving save and the keeper then did well to turn behind a Juan Vargas effort from a low Rossi cross.

The home side survived a major scare in the 64th minute when a Mbaye header from Leandro Greco's free-kick thumped against the bar.

And two minutes later Fiorentina took the lead, Valero swinging in a corner and Rodriguez heading powerfully inside the far post.

The busy Bardi then punched away a Valero free-kick, but Livorno came close to levelling in the 77th minute as Paulinho's shot beat keeper Norberto Neto, but was cleared off the line by Rodriguez.

Neto then saved Marco Benassi's follow-up effort before producing an ever better stop from the same player.

Fiorentina finished the game in the ascendancy, though, as Cuadrado shot wide and then saw his cross go inches past a post.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 21 50
2 Roma 21 43
3 Napoli 21 39
4 Lazio 21 34
5 Sampdoria 21 34
6 Fiorentina 21 32
7 Palermo 21 30
8 Genoa 21 29
9 AC Milan 21 29
10 Sassuolo 21 28
11 Torino 21 28
12 Udinese 21 28
13 Inter Milan 21 26
14 Verona 21 24
15 Atalanta 21 23
16 Empoli 21 20
17 Cagliari 21 19
18 Chievo 21 18
19 Cesena 21 15
20 Parma 21 10