Fiorentina begin new era with a point

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FIORENTINA have started their Serie C2 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Sangiovannese.

The former Italian giants, which fought for its life in the summer in a bid to avoid bankruptcy, were almost happy to simply be playing football.

The Viola fell behind in the 24th minute when former Derby County star Francesco Baino fired Sangiovannese ahead.

However, ex-Italian international Cristiano Masitto rescued a late point for the Florence-based outfit late in injury time.

"This point was very important for team morale," said captain Di Livio.