By Petar Todorovski
Lupi’s revival continues as they climb to sixth position beating unpredictable Fiorentina. They are now only five points far from new leaders Milan expecting the game against Juventus this weekend. In a five goals match, Roma controlled most of the game although the result might sound different.
With Francesco Totti back in the team, but without Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic, Gialorossi started the match trying to put some pressure to Artur Boruc’s goal. Marco Boriello was very active. His header in 21st minute was saved by Polish keeper, just like the effort of Jeremy Menez. Boruc saved Viola from conceding one more time with bravura when Fabio Simplicio had to score from far post. However, in a same situation in 45th minute hard working Brazilian managed to beat opposition’s goalie, receiving an assist by Marco Boriello. Roma took the lead moments before the half time whistle.
Early after the break Jeremy Menez provided excellent assist to Boriello who just had to tap the ball into the net. Roma doubled their lead, directing the game toward easy win. In 57th minute Boriello had a chance to extend the goal run, but he just managed to annoy the fans with unbelievable miss. Fiorentina players took the opportunity to get back in the game with the goal of Alberto Gilardino. But it didn’t last long enough to endanger the Gialorossi’s victory. Simone Perotta made it two ahead Viola once again, after Boruc’s mistake.
When it seemed that everything is clear on this game, in injury time former Lupi star Gaetano D’Agostino scored an amazing free kick goal. However there wasn’t enough time for Fiorentina to completely turn things around.
It’s obvious that Roma is not the same team from the start of the season. The team that was struggling to escape of relegation zone now has a great run of unbeaten games with serious chance to amount a title challenge if that continue. Defender Nicolas Burdisso after the game tried to emphasize that, saying that “the most important thing now is not to stop making points.”
Claudio Ranieri, in his own manner, didn’t talk too much about what happened on the game. After he applauded Alberto Gilardino and Gaetano D’Agostino for the great goals, he just praised his players claiming that he is pleased with how things are going. And he has to be! His squad presents great determination in last games which enabled the team to enter into eventual title battle.
Now they have a difficult task of beating another unpredictable title challenger, the Bianconeri from Turin. We expect to see if they are definitely back on track.