The Viola came into this match with a wind behind them following their 5-2 thrashing over Napoli in the Coppa Italia last week. Vincenzo Italiano’s side hadn’t won in their last three league outings, however, and so they were fired up heading into the match.
Genoa had an interim coach at the helm for the match against Fiorentina, following the dismissal of Andriy Shevchenko. The Ligurian side are stuck at 19th in the Serie A table, six points behind 18th place Venezia.
Fiorentina started the game well, looking confident and calm when in possession. The home side were given a penalty in the 11th minute following a clumsy foul on Riccardo Saponara, and everyone inside the Artemio Franchi expected the Serbian striker to bury the shot.
The opposite happened; his panenka attempt was saved by Salvatore Sirigu, leaving the player scratching his head.
The Florence side didn’t have to lick their wounds for too long, however, as Alvaro Odriozola broke the deadlock only five minutes later to make it 1-0 Fiorentina.
The Viola doubled their advantage in the 34th minute, when Giacomo Bonaventura scored a rebound after a good save by Sirigu.
Cristiano Biraghi scored a wonderful free kick in the 42nd, giving Italiano’s side a 3-0 lead heating into the half time break.
Fiorentina kept up the pressure and found their fourth goal in the 51st minute, with Vlahovic apologising for his penalty miss in his celebration.
Incredibly Biraghi scored his second free kick of the match in the 69th minute, giving the Viola a 5-0 lead.
Lucas Torreira got in on the action in the 77th minute, scoring his second goal for the Florence side as he made it 6-0.
There was a VAR check for a possible Genoa penalty in the dying minutes of the match, but it was quickly waved away after a brief check.
The match ended 6-0 to Fiorentina, another example of Italiano’s incredible work in Florence so far.