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Apr 13, 2014 at 2pm UK at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Hellas VeronaHellas Verona
3-5
Fiorentina
Sala (14'), Toni (73' pen.), Iturbe (90')
Donadel (69')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Cuadrado (31'), Aquilani (44', 86'), Valero (63'), Matri (83' pen.)

Result: Fiorentina beat Hellas Verona in eight-goal thriller

Fiorentina beat Hellas Verona 5-3 in a thrilling Serie A match at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Fiorentina remain on course for a top-four finish in Serie A this season after beating Hellas Verona 5-3 in a thrilling encounter at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi this afternoon.

The hosts took the lead in the 14th minute through Jacopo Sala, who headed in from close range after Juan Iturbe's shot had been parried by Neto.

Fiorentina's Alberto Aquilani celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's second goal against Hellas Verona during the Serie A match on April 13, 2014© Getty Images

The Viola drew level just past the half-hour mark when Juan Cuadrado exchanged passes with Borja Valero, before driving into the box and firing an effort past Rafael at the keeper's near post.

With a minute left of the first half the visitors took the lead, with Alberto Aquilani tapping in at the back post following Manuel Pasqual's inch-perfect delivery across the six-yard box.

After the break Fiorentina took control of the game and scored their third of the afternoon in the 63rd minute. Aquilani saw his header from David Pizarro's cross saved by Rafael, with Valero on hand to tap home the rebound.

Verona's hopes of getting back into the game took a blow six minutes later, when Marco Donadel was sent off for bringing down Cuadrado, with the Fiorentina man clean through on goal.

Despite being a man down, the hosts pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute. Pizarro brought down Iturbe inside the box and Luca Toni stepped up to convert from the spot.

Ten minutes later Fiorentina were awarded a penalty of their own after Domenico Maietta had handled the ball inside his own area.

Alessandro Matri took the resulting spot kick and placed the ball into the bottom corner, with the keeper diving the wrong way.

The visitors quickly added a fifth goal three minutes later, as Aquilani tapped home from close range after Cuadrado's shot had been spilled by Rafael.

In stoppage time Iturbe pulled another goal back for the home side with a powerful strike from the edge of the box, but it proved little more than a consolation as Fiorentina held on to claim the three points.

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Luca Toni of Hellas Verona celebrates after scoring his teams first goal during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and Juventus at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on February 9, 2014
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