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Report: Fiorentina finally get a win

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At long last, after 18 games without a win, Fiorentina gets the “W” against Sampdoria.

Fiorentina was rooted firmly to the bottom of Serie A. They were the only team not to have won at least one game.

Today all that changed, and saw them shoot up the table to 15th and put opponents Sampdoria in the last place in the league.

Visitors Sampdoria had the first clear cut chance. Gianluca Caprari quick-fire shot was saved by Bartlomiej Dragowski.

But Vincenzo Montella’s side got a grip of the game and started to assume home-field advantage.

The crowd was standing and cheering as their side took the game to the visitors.

Castrovilli almost helped Franck Ribery open his Serie A account.

He put a delightful ball in the Frenchman’s path, but as Ribery slid in to make contact, all he could do was guide the ball wide of the post.

Sampdoria keeper Audero denied Federico Chiesa twice more.

From a powerful one-handed save though ensued a corner. From which Fiorentina opened the scoring in the 31st minute.

Ribery sent in an inch-perfect cross, which seemed to hang in the air, just waiting to be met. And met is was, by the head of Pezzella, from six yards out.

Fiorentina 1 – 0 Sampdoria.

There was no change in the score before half time.

The second half saw Sampdoria make a double substitution in an attempt to get something out of the game.

While they did strike the crossbar, from a Rigoni rocket, they had little else to offer.

In the 54th minute, things got worse for Sampdoria, as Jeison Murillo got a soft second yellow card. He thus saw red and left the field, putting his team down to ten men,

It appeared more like Castrovilli simply ran into Murillo, however, the referee did not see it that way.

VAR only checks straight red cards, and therefore had no input on the second yellow leading to a red.

The advantage was capitalised on almost immediately by the Viola.

A 57th-minute goal from Chiesa doubled their lead.

Dalbert flicked on a big goal kick and Chiesa showed his strength to brush off his marker.

As he stepped inside the 18-yard box, he unleashed a thunderous shot, that smashed into the roof of the net.

Fiorentina 2 – 0 Sampdoria.

Fiorentina could have had a third, as Ribery went on one of his famous runs with the ball, even putting the ball through an opponents legs.

But he was undone by goalkeeper Audero, who made the necessary save.

It wasn’t the only save he made to keep his side in with a chance.

He pulled off a couple from Chiesa too, as he went in search of his second and his teams third.

Much against the run of play, Sampdoria did get one back, to make for an interesting last ten minutes.

A 79th-minute header from Federico Bonazzoli made it 2-1.

Fiorentina had two penalty appeals rejected by VAR.

But Montella probably doesn’t care. The elusive win has come, and he will be hoping his team inspired by the quality of Franck Ribery can now make some progress.