m_Fiorentina win seven-goal thriller

Giuseppe Rossi


Serie A leading scorer Giuseppe Rossi converted a second-half penalty to give Fiorentina a 4-3 win over 10-man Hellas Verona in a topsy-turvy Serie A game on Monday.

The teams shared four goals in a remarkable opening quarter of an hour as Borja Valero put Fiorentina ahead in the fifth minute, Romulo levelled within a minute, Juan Iturbe gave the visitors the lead and Valero equalised again.

Peru midfielder Juan Vargas gave Fiorentina a halftime lead with an angled shot and Rossi scored what turned out to be the decisive goal with a 54th-minute penalty awarded for handball by Bosko Jankovic, who was sent off.

It was Rossi’s 12th goal of a season which has seen him make an impressive comeback after a knee injury which sidelined him for the best part of two years.

Despite playing with a man less, Verona pulled one back in the 72nd minute when Jorginho scored from a rebound.

Fiorentina are equal fourth with Inter Milan on 27 points while promoted Verona are sixth with 22.

Napoli were away to Lazio in the later game (2000 GMT).

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