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      07.03.2014 18:22 - in: Serie A S

      Fiorentina on the road

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      The Viola’s results away from the Artemio Franchi have not differed greatly from those recorded at home, an impressive record that’s mostly down to a solid defence

      Away form

      It was at home that Fiorentina beat Juventus 4-2 in October, but they are also no strangers to successes outside of Florence. Overall, their away form has been very balanced, with only three more points picked up at the Stadio Artemio Franchi than away from their home ground.

      Their record of six wins, three draws and four defeats can largely be put down to a very sturdy rearguard. The Viola have in fact conceded less goals away than at home – just 11 out of a total 29.

      Vincenzo Montella’s men began the 2013/14 season brightly on the road, with two important away wins to kick off the campaign: a 5-2 success over Genoa that showed the potential of the Giuseppe Rossi-Mario Gomez strike partnership (they scored two goals each), and a 2-0 triumph over Atalanta.

      Also particularly impressive was another 2-0 against Milan at the San Siro in November, which stood out because of the scarcity of chances Fiorentina allowed the Rossoneri.

      However, they have experienced a definite dip in away form of late, with a 1-0 defeat away at Cagliari devoid of opportunities on goal followed by a 2-1 Coppa Italia semi-final first leg reverse against Udinese and a draw away at Parma.

      Last away match: Parma 2-2 Fiorentina, 24 February

      Four goals and three red cards made for a gripping encounter at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, the two sides swapping blows as Juan Cuadrado’s strike cancelled out Antonio Cassano’s and Matias Fernandez’s 85th-minute effort then equalised Amauri’s penalty to ensure it ended all square.

      There was not much the Fiorentina defence could do to stop Cassano’s opener, the Italian popping up unmarked in the box to slot past an Antonio Mirante scrambling across his line, but Cuadrado made up for it quickly when he sidefooted home from a tight angle just afterwards.

      Amauri netted from the spot in the 54th minute, and Fernandez finished off the scoring in style by firing a curling free-kick into the top corner.

      Mobido Diakite and Borja Valero were sent off for the Viola, and the latter will miss the meeting with Juventus through suspension.

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