Fio calms tensions with rout of Parma

Fiorentina beat already relegated Parma 3-0 in Serie A on Monday to calm tensions with its fans after an ugly exit from the Europa League.

Gonzalo Rodriguez headed in a rebound 13 minutes in at Fiorentina’s Franchi stadium and Alberto Gilardino doubled the lead in the 30th with a header from a corner. Mohamed Salah sealed it in the 56th. After receiving the ball at the edge of the area, the striker on loan from Chelsea used one touch to evade a defender then shot into the far corner. Also, Fiorentina forward Alessandro Diamanti hit the crossbar in the 88th. Sevilla completed a 5-0 aggregate victory over Fiorentina in the Europa League semifinals last week, prompting fierce criticism of the Viola. However, the win over Parma — Fiorentina’s third straight in the league — moved the Viola back into fifth place and a likely spot in next season’s Europa League. Two rounds remain. Elsewhere, Dries Mertens scored twice as Napoli tightened its hold on fourth with a 3-2 win at home over Cesena, which has also been mathematically relegated.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN