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      29.11.2018 12:12 - in: Serie A S

      Five unforgettable Fiorentina moments

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      From Benetti to Pirlo, five players and five games to remember

      22 wins and 91 goals in Serie A. That, in a nutshell, is the story of our league matches away to Fiorentina. Roberto Bettega is our top scorer in the fixture, with four goals in Florence. But of course there's much more to it than that. We've wound the clock back half a century and picked out five memorable moments – one for each decade – from past Fiorentina v Juve clashes.

      1976-77 Romeo Benetti

      This was the best goal of Romeo Benetti's career, voted goal of the season by Italian TV sports programme Domenica Sportiva. Franco Causio lofted in a free kick from the right which Viola keeper Massimo Mattolini punched clear - but only as far as Benetti, 25 yards out. As the ball dropped, Romeo coordinated himself perfectly and struck the sweetest of volleys into the top of the goal. It helped the Bianconeri seal a 3-1 win on their way to Scudetto number 17.

      1982-83 Sergio Brio

      In 1982 the Scudetto race had gone down to the wire, with Juventus eventually edging Fiorentina to claim their 20th league title – and much bitterness in Florence. So the first meeting between the two sides the following season was understandably a highly anticipated affair, and it was settled by a rare goal from Sergio Brio. Michel Platini put in a cross that Brio headed against the bar from just yards out but Juve retained possession and, after a long build-up, Antonio Cabrini sent in another ball for Brio: this time he directed his header inside the post, beyond the reach of Giovanni Galli.

      1994-95 Gianluca Vialli

      Many people remember the match against Fiorentina in Turin as one of the highlights of the season as Juventus came from behind to beat the Viola 3-2. Alessandro Del Piero clinched it with a wondergoal after Gianluca Vialli had struck twice – his furious celebrations signalling that a draw would not be enough. In the reverse fixture it was Vialli once again who got the ball rolling as his spectacular flying volley from Fabrizio Ravanelli's delivery set Juve on their way to a 4-1 success.

      2005-06 Mauro German Camoranesi

      AC/DC at the Stadio Franchi. No, not the band themselves but an impromptu homage to them by the Argentine-born Italian. After scoring what proved to be a late winner in a 2-1 victory, Mauro decided to mimic his musical idols by playing a riff on the corner flag. 

      2011-12 Andrea Pirlo
      0-5 in Florence had never happened before. Not until Antonio Conte took his team there in his first season in charge. It's hard to pick out a single name after such a dominant display but Mirko Vucinic was certainly one of the Viola's chief tormentors: he struck the post within five minutes of kick-off, then adjusted his aim to bag the opener from outside the box before laying on three assists for Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo, with Simone Padoin completing the rout. Pirlo's goal came on the break with the midfielder applying a striker's finish – a deft chip over the onrushing Artur Boruc. 
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