An absolute thriller was there for the spectators at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on the Sunday afternoon. Two Serie-A side Fiorentina and Genoa squared off in a league clash. There was no shortage of entertainment for the spectators when La Violas hosted the Rossoblus as no less than 6 goals were scored and the present fans were witness of an insane thriller.
Fiorentina won in their last 2 league games and they even beat the table toppers Juventus and were searching for their 3rd win in a row but The Griffins were keen to take something to home and were successful in their mission. An easy win was expected for the hosts but Ivan Juric’s lads proved that they are not the ones who give up. They fought till the end to snatch a hard fought draw from a tough away fixture.
Slovenian midfielder Josep Ilicic opened the scoring on the 17th minute of the match to give his team the lead. It was the 5th goal of the season for the 28 years old. The Prijedor born footballer scored 15 goals last season. The first half ended with the 1-0 advantage for the hosts as no more goals were scored in the opening period of the match.
Second half was really exciting as it was full of goals and no less than 5 goals scored in this period. 19 years old teenager Federico Chiesa scored his 3rd goal of the season for his club on the 50th minute of the game to double the lead. Genoa talisman Giovanni Simeone put one back into the opposition’s net in the 57th minute and made the scoreline 2-1. His strike gave his club some hopes. Swedish midfielder Oscar Hiljemark who was on his debut for his new club levelled the line just 2 minutes later and the line stood 2-2. That was a great occasion for 24 years old to celebrate who recently joined from Palermo. The celebration couldn’t last long as Croatian superstar Nikola Kalinic took less than 3 minutes to take his team back into the driving seat of the game. He scored his 14th goal of the season.
But more dramas were yet to happen as referee Daniele Orsato showed red card to the host’s midfielder Federico Bernardeschi on the 86th minute of the match and Giovanni Simeone made no mistakes to level the line for the very last time of the game. The 21 years old sensation has now scored 21 goals this season.
Fiorentina is at the 8th position in the league table with 34 points from the first 21 league matches and Genoa is at the 15th rank with 25 points from 22 league matches.