Three and easy for Fiorentina

Stevan Jovetic struck a second-half brace as freescoring Fiorentina eased to a 3-0 victory over Palermo.

Last Updated: 22/12/12 at 17:32 Post Comment

Stefan Savic and Franco Brienza vie

Stefan Savic and Franco Brienza vie

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Stevan Jovetic struck a second-half brace as freescoring Fiorentina ensured they would finish 2012 in the Champions League places in Serie A with a comfortable victory at lowly Palermo.

Jovetic, who had been a doubt for the match due to a thigh problem, opened the scoring in the 50th minute and then doubled his side's lead with a penalty seven minutes from time.

Jovetic might have been celebrating a hat-trick in the final minute after Fiorentina had won another penalty, but centre-back Gonzalo Rodríguez took over spot-kick duties and confidently converted.

Vincenzo Montella's men, who have now scored 24 goals in their last eight Serie A matches, were full value for their win and the only surprise was that it took them until the second half to open the scoring after dominating the first period.

Luca Toni and Jovetic both twice came close to opening the scoring for the visitors in the opening 25 minutes before Borja Valero was denied by a superb save from Palermo goalkeeper Samir Ujkani, who also did well to snatch the ball away from Toni's feet just before half-time.

Palermo's only real effort of note before the break saw Luigi Giorgi's 30-yard effort whistle just wide of the post.

Fiorentina finally made the breakthrough five minutes after the restart when a superb pass from Juan Cuadrado picked out the unmarked Jovetic inside the area and the highly-rated Montenegro international fired a low shot past Ujkani.

The Viola quickly went in search of a second but Toni spurned a good opportunity before Ujkani kept out efforts from Jovetic and David Pizarro.

With Palermo still firing blanks at the other end - Fabrizio Miccoli and Edgar Barreto both failing to hit the target with shots - Fiorentina rarely looked in danger of surrendering their lead, but they would have still wanted a second goal to kill the game off.

That eventually came in the 83rd minute when Toni was brought down by Massimo Donati inside the area and Jovetic slotted home the resulting penalty.

A potential hat-trick looked there for the taking for the 23-year-old forward when the Viola earned another penalty in the 89th minute following a handball by Michel Morganella, but it was Gonzalo who took the kick instead and he slotted home a convincing finish to make it 3-0.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 21 December 2014
19:45
Inter 2-2 Lazio  
14:00
Atalanta 3-3 Palermo  
Fiorentina 1-1 Empoli  
Sampdoria 2-2 Udinese  
Torino 2-1 Genoa  
11:30
Verona 0-1 Chievo  
Saturday, 20 December 2014
19:45
Roma 0-0 AC Milan  
17:00
Sassuolo 1-1 Cesena  
Thursday, 18 December 2014
20:00
Napoli 2-0 Parma  
18:00
Cagliari 1-3 Juventus  

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5 ahead of his expected return to Atletico Madrid.

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property