Luca Toni scored only 60 seconds into his Fiorentina comeback to secure the 2-0 victory over Catania.
This was an emotional game for Vincenzo Montella and Cristian Llama, who left Sicily in the summer. The Viola were without Alberto Aquilani, Mounir El Hamdaoui and Stefan Savic, as the ex-Manchester City defender hasn’t gone through the red tape yet. Catania were unbeaten so far this season and already held Roma to a 2-2 draw, but had never conquered the Stadio Franchi before.
Gonzalo Bergessio had the ball in the back of the net with a header after eight minutes, but was correctly flagged offside.
Stevan Jovetic had penalty appeals when he clattered into Alvarez, while Adem Ljajic was booked for diving when he went down under Marco Biagianti’s intervention.
Fiorentina finally found a breakthrough on the stroke of half-time with Jovetic’s fourth goal of the season. The Montenegro international gathered from Ljajic on the edge of the area and placed a precise left-foot daisy-cutter at the near bottom corner.
After the restart Pablo Barrientos’ angled drive flashed across the goal. Fiorentina did get the ball in the net for a second time when Ljajic’s free kick took a touch off Roncaglia, but he was offside.
Luca Toni replaced Ljajic to make his Fiorentina comeback, returning to the club for the first time since 2007. He said he’d pick up where he left off and he wasn’t joking, as the veteran scored within a minute of coming on! Jovetic sprung the offside trap and rolled across for Toni to tap in from six yards.