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Artemio Franchi 8th February 2014 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: M Guida

Fiorentina Fiorentina vs Atalanta Atalanta

Fiorentina 2

J Ilicic (16)
R Wolski (86)


Atalanta 0

L Cigarini (S/O 81)

Welcome win for Fiorentina

Last Updated: 08/02/14 8:02pm

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Fiorentina celebrate against Atalanta

Fiorentina celebrate against Atalanta

Fiorentina bounced back from two straight defeats to put nine points between themselves and fifth-placed Hellas Verona thanks to a 2-0 win over Atalanta.

A Josip Ilicic free-kick and late Rafal Wolski strike were enough to see off the challenge of Atalanta, who ended the game with 10 men after losing Luca Cigarini to a red card nine minutes from time.

The win puts the pressure on Napoli, who host AC Milan on Saturday night now level on points with the Viola as the battle for places in the Champions League next season intensifies.

Fiorentina had two reasons to be angry as they hosted Atalanta, keen to bounce back from defeats in Serie A and the Coppa Italia over the past week.

They nearly took the lead against Atalanta in the 10th minute when Juan Cuadrado nearly got his ball through to Juan Vargas, but Cristian Raimondi cleared the danger.

The Viola took the lead six minutes later when Ilicic curled in a left-footed free-kick inside the near post, beating Andrea Consigli's attempts to keep the ball out.

Anderson, making his starting debut for Fiorentina following his move from Manchester United, then tested Consigli as the home team looked to build on their lead.

Atalanta's calls for a penalty were waved away after half an hour when Maxi Moralez went down under the challenge of Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto, who then did well to stop Giacomo Bonaventura's shot from the edge of the area.

Atalanta, who put three past Napoli a week ago, were starting to get into the game and Bonaventura was again denied by Neto, who subsequently cut out a dangerous cross from Moralez.

Borja Valero nearly made it two 10 minutes into the second half, but Consigli dived to make the save and keep Atalanta in the game.

The Viola upped their search for a second goal and the lively Wolski caused plenty of problems following his introduction.

Atalanta's hopes of finding a leveller were dealt a blow when Cigarini picked up a second yellow card in the 81st minute, and Fiorentina took advantage of the extra man to seal victory through Wolski, who beat Consigli with a right-footed effort in the 86th minute.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 33 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Chievo 34 41
14 Verona 34 40
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16