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Di Livio might captain the side today, Bojinov is out and we could either play 3-5-2 or 4-3-1-2. So same as usual...

Possible team line up:

FIORENTINA (4-3-1-2): 22 Lupatelli, 33 Delli Carri, 55 Viali, 3 Dainelli, 7 Di Livio, 16 Donadel, 5 Obodo, 4 Chiellini, 15 Jorgensen, 11 Miccoli, 20 Pazzini. (1 Cejas, 25 Maggio, 21 Ujfalusi, 44 Piangerelli, 9 Riganò, 10 Nakata, 8 Arlatti). All. Zoff

REGGINA (3-4-2-1): 1 Pavarini, 2 Cannarsa, 29 De Rosa, 14 Franceschini, 20 Mesto, 19 Tedesco, 22 Mozart, 3 Balestri, 10 Nakamura, 18 Colucci, 21 Bonazzoli. (8 Soviero, 23 Esteves, 4 Piccolo, 5 Paredes, 15 Zeytulaev, 77 Boudianski, 9 Borriello). All. Mazzarri
 

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Injuried as always.
 

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We will win. 2-0, Pazzini and Jörgensen.
 

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Di Livio takes control of Viola
Sunday 6 March, 2005
Angelo Di Livio will start against Reggina as Fiorentina go into a relegation six-pointer at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

“I think that we will try to make the most of Di Livio’s experience and talents,” explained Coach Dino Zoff. “He looked good in training this week and will start.”

It is a surprise choice for the Viola, as Di Livio has barely featured this season with just six Serie A appearances, most of them as a substitute.

But he was a key figure in their promotion from Serie C2 to the top flight and was the only player to stay with the club after its bankruptcy, accepting Fourth Division wages mere months after he had starred in the 2002 World Cup.

“Three points are absolutely crucial,” warned the tactician. “We’ll have to be wary of Reggina’s ability on the counter-attack and with set-pieces as they have some great aerial power.”

Fiorentina are mired in the drop zone after a series of dismal results and seemed to be back on track last Saturday only to throw away a 2-0 lead against Udinese.

“We continue to make silly mistakes in defence and pay a heavy price for that. In any case, I am confident, because the work we did this week has been very positive and I ran through some new movements with Giampaolo Pazzini.”

The Under-21 international is set to partner Fabrizio Miccoli in the absence of injured Bulgarian hitman Valeri Bojinov, while Zoff confirmed that Hidetoshi Nakata will stay on the bench.

“It will be a complicated game,” added Miccoli. “We must attack consistently and I am confident we will give everything we’ve got. I have different characteristics to Pazzini, but we’ve been practising together in training and can make this partnership work.”

Fiorentina squad: Ariatti, Cejas, Chiellini, Dainelli, Delli Carri, Di Livio, Donadel, Fantini, Jorgensen, Lupatelli, Maggio, Miccoli, Nakata, Obodo, Pazzini, Piangerelli, Riganò, Savini, Viali
 

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2-0
 

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Think it was Obodo that was taken down in the box by their goalkeeper. Miccoli takes the penalty kick and scores.

We're up 2-0 again like last week, only this time we've left less time for ourselves to squander the lead.
 

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After scoring from the penatly spot, Miccoli is promptly booked. This win will now lift us in to 15th place
 

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15 minutes to go and we have 2 goal lead. I have a feeling Di Livio will play next week if we'll get 3 points today.
 

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Looks like full time and we won. 2-1
 

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We're sitting at 15th place on the table at 30 pts. We hopped over Chievo to give ourselves a little bit of breathing space between us and the drop zone. Lots of teams at this level that are only separated by a point or two. Hopefully we can jump over a couple more teams next week.
 

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Fiorentina 2 - 1 Reggina

Pazzini 48 (F), Miccoli pen 68 (F), Colucci 79 (R)

Stadio Franchi


Fiorentina get back on track with this convincing victory and have discovered a promising attacking partnership.

This was a relegation six-pointer between two teams with differing fortunes of late. Fiorentina were missing Valeri Bojinov with a thigh strain and hoped Angelo Di Livio's experience could help solve their defensive problems with the new partnership of Fabrizio Miccoli and Gianpaolo Pazzini gaining in strength.

The Viola had earned their only away win to date at Reggina's Stadio Granillo with a 2-1 victory in October, so the visitors were out for revenge.

Martin Jorgensen turned his header wide from a promising position as Di Livio floated in a cross, then Nicola Pavarini stretched to turn a stunning long-range Miccoli free kick round the post.

Soon after, the former Juve man dribbled past a couple of defenders and saw his fierce shot blocked.

Jorgensen has struggled with fitness worries this season, but he nearly scored a magnificent goal after 37 minutes with a dipping half-volley that skimmed the far post by a matter of inches.

Fiorentina eventually took the lead at the start of the second half. Marco Donadel's free kick was held up by William Viali and January signing Giampaolo Pazzini tapped in from close range.

The Viola were now more confident and Di Livio's powerful strike shook the side-netting from a long Jorgensen cross.

Donadel was extremely fortunate to stay on the field after a shocking high challenge on Mozart's knee after 58 minutes, especially as the Fiorentina midfielder had already been booked.

There was more controversy soon after when Pazzini was elbowed in the face by Gaetano De Rosa in the penalty area, leaving the Viola man with a bloody nose, but the referee judged him to be the assailant as there was a wrestling match before the seemingly accidental elbow.

On 69 minutes goalkeeper Pavarini brought down Chris Obodo in the area for a soft penalty, but it was still the first spot-kick that Fiorentina have been awarded this season. Miccoli stepped up to convert and double the Viola's lead.

Fiorentina threw away a 2-0 lead last week and had another scare when Reggina pulled one back 10 minutes from time. Colucci aimed a powerful long-range strike that swerved away from confused goalkeeper Cristiano Lupatelli.

The momentum was now with the Amaranto and moments later Colucci's bicycle-kick was off target and the home side held on for the win.


Fiorentina: Lupatelli; Dainelli, Viali, Delli Carri (Ariatti 46); Di Livio, Obodo, Donadel, Chiellini; Jorgensen (Savini 82), Miccoli, Pazzini

Reggina: Pavarini; Cannarsa, De Rosa, Franceschini; Mesto (Estevez 74), Mozart, Paredes, Tedesco (Colucci 55), Balestri; Nakamura (Borriello 61), Bonazzoli

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