Aug 26, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio Artemio Franchi
Fiorentina
2-1
Catania
Rossi (14'), Pizarro (30')
Gomez (16'), Pizarro (74')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Barrientos (24')
Barrientos (34'), Spolli (45'), Alvarez (50'), Andujar (90')

Result: Fiorentina edge past Catania

Goals from Giuseppe Rossi and David Pizarro help Fiorentina to a 2-1 win over Catania in their opening match of the Serie A season.

Fiorentina have got their Serie A campaign off to a winning start courtesy of a 2-1 win over Catania this evening.

The hosts took the lead after just 15 minutes when Giuseppe Rossi controlled a Juan Cuadrado cross before slotting the ball past Mariano Andujar and into the bottom corner.

Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi celebrates a goal against Catania on August 26, 2013© Getty Images

Catania were back level within 10 minutes, however, as a botched David Pizarro clearance allowed Pablo Barrientos to steer Sebastian Leto's cross home.

Pizarro atoned for his error shortly afterwards, restoring Fiorentina's lead with a powerful strike into the top corner with the keeper out of position.

Mario Gomez came within inches of creating a bit of breathing space for his side when he curled a Rossi lay-off towards the bottom corner, but his shot came back off the foot of the post.

Fiorentina almost made it 3-1 in freak circumstances in the second half when Manuel Pasqual's cross threatened to go straight in, but Andujar just about recovered in time to keep it out.

La Viola could not extend their lead further in the closing stages but did manage to hold out for a win in their opening match of the new season.

Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella shouts instructions to his players during the Serie A match between AC Siena and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 8, 2013
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