Milan achieved a momentous 3-2 victory this Sunday at Fiorentina, with goals from the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Spaniard Brahim Díaz and the Turkish Hakan Calhanoglu, and momentarily placed second in Serie A, six points away of the leader Inter Milan.
Stefano Pioli’s men added a key victory to reinforce, to say the least, their ambitions to enter the next UEFA Champions League and took advantage of the surprising setback from Juventus, third, this Sunday at home against Benevento (0-1).
The top of the table, occupied by its historical rival, Inter, is six points away, although the Inter team has one game less. In fact, his commitment against Sassuolo was postponed by the Serie A League due to a coronavirus outbreak in Antonio Conte’s squad.
The one at the Artemio Franchi stadium was an intense match, marked by great goals, personal moves and up to three shots on target, two by Milan and one by Fiorentina.
Milan was the first to go ahead thanks to a goal from Ibrahimovic, but an excellent direct free kick from Chile’s Erick Pulgar and a goal from Frenchman Frank Ribery allowed Fiorentina to come back and go ahead after 51 minutes of play. There was also time for a shot to the crossbar by Ibrahimovic and another shot to the wood by Argentine Germán Pezzella, with a good touch of the heel. However, the advantage of the Florentine side lasted just seven minutes, as ex-Madrid player Brahim Díaz took advantage of a touch from Danish Simon Kjaer in the penalty area to overcome goalkeeper Marco Terracciano and launch the final push for victory. A 3-2 that came in 72, the work of Calhanoglu with a brilliant cross shot that gave the Fiorentina goalkeeper no option
Pioli’s men reacted after last week’s setback against Naples and the elimination of the Europa League against Manchester United and came to the national team break with high spirits. Fiorentina, trained by the former Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli, could not leave with points from the Franchi duel, but with a performance that encourages optimism for the future. The Tuscan side continues to have a seven-point lead over the relegation zone.