Udinese, saving grace in Lecce. Fiorentina comes from behind to beat Monza


By John

Lecce-Udinese 0-2
Markers: 36' st Lucca, 40' st Samardzic.
Lecce (4-2-3-1): Falcone 6; Gendrey 5.5, Baschirotto 5, Pongracic 6, Gallo 6; Ramadani 6, Blin 5.5 (11'st Pierotti 6); Dorgu 6 (27'st Oudin 6), Almqvist 6 (27'st Gonzalez 5.5), Rafia 5.5 (11'st Berisha 6); Krstovic 5.5. b Coach: Gotti 6.
Udinese (3-4-2-1): Okoye 6; Perez 6.5, Bijol 6.5, Kristensen 5.5; Ehizibue 6 (29'st Festy 6), Walace 6 (47'st Zarraga sv), Payero 6.5, Kamara 6; Samardzic 7 (47'st Ferreira sv), Success 6 (22'st Pereyra 6); Lucca 7 (22'st Davis 6.5). Coach: Cannavaro 7.
Referee: Mass of Imperia 6.5.
Note: Blin, Dorgu, Payero booked. Corners: 8-2. Recovery time: 1' period, 5' period.
Lecce. A very heavy victory for Udinese, who beat an already safe Lecce 2-0 and in one fell swoop overtook Empoli and Frosinone and caught up with Cagliari, leaving the relegation zone for the moment. The goals, one in each half, are from Lorenzo Lucca and Lazar Samardzic, who bring Fabio Cannavaro's eleven to +1 on the third-last place currently occupied by Empoli.

Fiorantina-Monza 2-1
9' pt Djuric, 32' pt Gonzalez, 33' st Arthur.
FIORENTINA (4-2-3-1): Terracciano 6; Kayode 6 (33'st Faraoni sv), Milenkovic 6, Martinez Quarta 5.5, Parisi 6 (33'st Biraghi sv); Arthur 7 (33'st Duncan sv), Mandragora 6; Gonzalez 6.5, Barak 6.5, Castrovilli 5.5 (29'st Beltran 6); Nzola 5 (16'st Kouame 6.5). Coach: Italian 6.5.
MONZA (4-2-3-1): By Gregory 6; Birindelli 5.5 (19'st Pereira 6), Pablo Marì 5.5 (27'st D'Ambrosio 6), Izzo 6, Kyriakopoulos 6 (1 st Caldirola 6); Bondo 5.5, Pessina 6; D.Mota 6.5 (19'st Akpa Akpro 6), Colpani 6 (36'st V.Carboni sv), Zerbin 6; Djuric 6.5. Coach: Palladino 6.
REFEREE: Zufferli of Udine 5.5.
NOTE: Warm evening, ground in excellent condition. Spectators: 24,376 for a revenue of 432,198 euros. Booked: Parisi, Bondo. Corners: 5-1 for Fiorentina. Recovery time: 2', 4'.

Fiorentina comes from behind to beat Monza in the last scheduled match of the 36th matchday of Serie A. At the Franchi it ends 2-1 thanks to the decisive goal in the second half by Arthur, the first in the purple shirt, after the back and forth between Djuric and Nico Gonzalez in the first half of the game. The Italiano's team rises to 53 points and thus surpasses Napoli four days before the direct clash, returning to the Conference League zone with the possibility of qualifying for the Europa League by winning the final in Athens. Palladino's men, however, in the seventh round in a row without winning (last success 2 months ago), remain at 45. Nine minutes on the clock and the Brianza team immediately go ahead with the usual Djuric, who imperiously heads home the cross from the back Mota and beats Terracciano for the guest's 1-0. It took the Viola a while to get going and only near the half-hour mark did they pose the first dangers towards Di Gregorio, then in the 32nd minute Nico Gonzalez took care of equalizing the scores: the Argentine came out at the far post on the Returning cross from Barak, he heads it perfectly and scores the 1-1. Nico himself was the protagonist of a nice personal play a little later, but this time his shot was blocked well by the visiting goalkeeper, while in injury time in the first half it was Quarta who came close to giving the Tuscans the lead with a header that ended just over the top . In the second half Fiorentina tried to play the game and in the 62nd minute they created another great chance on the Parisi-Mandragora axis: the winger launched very well for the midfielder who entered the area, controlled and kicked left-footed, calling Di Gregorio at the parade. The Tuscans continue to press and in the 78th minute they strike with Arthur, who starts almost from midfield with the ball at his feet and from outside the area hits the right diagonal which makes it 2-1.