Fiorentina wins at Verona to boost chances of survival

Sassuolo's Maxime Lopez, right, is hugged by teammate Pedro Obiang after scoring during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and Fiorentina at the Mapei Città del Tricolore Stadium, Reggio Emilia, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

VERONA, Italy – Fiorentina won 2-1 at Hellas Verona in Serie A on Tuesday to boost its chances of avoiding relegation.

A first-half Dusan Vlahovic penalty and a Martin Caceres goal against his former team secured the win for Fiorentina although Eddie Salcedo’s header 18 minutes from time set up a nervy finale.

Fiorentina moved eight points above the relegation zone, ahead of the rest of the midweek games.

Verona remained safely in mid-table despite its sixth defeat in seven matches.

It was coach Giuseppe Iachini’s first win since returning to the Fiorentina bench after a draw and two losses.

Fiorentina, which went into a training retreat ahead of the match, next faces nine-time defending champion Juventus.

Both clubs were on a poor run of results and it was Fiorentina that broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime when Vlahovic converted a penalty after Antonin Barak bundled over Giacomo Bonaventura.

Caceres scored Fiorentina’s second in the 65th minute after Verona failed to clear a free kick, but substitute Salcedo reduced the deficit seven minutes later.

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