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Fiorentina begin season in style

Goals from Rossi and Pizarro give Fiorentina the perfect start to the Serie A season with a 2-1 win over Catania.

Last Modified: 26 Aug 2013 21:30
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After just missing out on the Champs League last year, there is one thing on Fiorentina’s mind this season [EPA]

Giuseppe Rossi scored his first goal since recovering from successive knee ligament injuries to set Fiorentina on the way to a 2-1 win over Catania in their opening Serie A game on Monday.

David Pizarro scored the winner for Fiorentina while Mario Gomez hit the post on his debut for the Viola after his move from Bayern Munich, all in the first half.

Results

Monday 26 August

Fiorentina 2-1 Catania

Sunday 25 August

Cagliari 2-1 At Bergamo Inter Milan 2-0 Genoa 
Lazio 2-1 Udinese 
Livorno 0-2 AS Roma 
Napoli 3-0 Bologna 
Parma 0-0 Chievo Verona 
Torino 2-0 Sassuolo

Saturday 24 August

Sampdoria 0-1 Juventus 
Verona 2-1 AC Milan

Rossi, who joined Fiorentina in January, got the game off to an emotional start when he slotted the ball past Mariano Andujar in the 14th minute for his first goal since his injury nightmare.

Injury woes

The 26-year-old's troubles began when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee while player for Villarreal in a Spanish league match against Real Madrid in October 2011.

The U.S.-born Italy forward re-injured the knee in training during the following April, causing him to miss Euro 2012, and, after moving to Fiorentina, finally made his comeback against Pescara in May.

Pablo Barrientos, one of nine Argentines in the Catania starting line-up, equalised eight minutes later from close range, rewarding the Sicilians for a spell of pressure.

Chile midfielder David Pizarro rifled Fiorentina back in front from the edge of the area before Gomez hit the post when he should have scored.

Neither goalkeeper had much to do in the second half as the pace of the game dropped.

Twice former champions Fiorentina finished fourth last season, just missing out on a Champions League playoff place, while Catania surpassed expectations by finishing eighth.

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