MILAN: Fiorentina were held to a 1-1 draw at home on Sunday after a late Cagliari equaliser ended their perfect start to the Serie A season. Vincenzo Montella’s team dominated but failed to make the most of their opportunities.
They eventually took the lead in the 71st minute when Giuseppe Rossi nodded Alberto Aquilani’s cross on for Borja Valero to head home.
Fiorentina looked set to clinch a third straight victory but Mauricio Pinilla headed Victor Ibarbo’s cross in off the inside of the post in the final minute. Matters grew worse for Fiorentina when David Pizarro was sent off in stoppage time for a comment he made to the referee after Rossi was denied a penalty.
Fiorentina also had star players Mario Gomez and Juan Cuadrado forced off with injuries. Gomez, who was signed from Bayern Munich in the offseason, has sprained his knee with ligament damage and could be out for up to six weeks.
Fiorentina are two points behind Napoli, who still have a perfect record after a 2-0 victory over Atalanta on Saturday.
In the afternoon matches, a clinical Lazio cruised to a 3-0 victory over Chievo Verona, with all their goals coming in the first half.
Antonio Candreva got the home side off to the perfect start when his effort was deflected past Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni in the eighth minute following a counter.
Lazio doubled their lead against the run of play in the 38th minute. Puggioni flapped at Cristian Ledesma’s cross and Luis Pedro Cavanda volleyed it in from a tight angle for his first Serie A goal.
Senad Lulic all but sealed the result three minutes later, drilling home Eddy Onazi’s through ball.
Genoa picked up their first points of the season with a 3-0 win at city rival Sampdoria in the Derby della Lanterna on Sunday night.
There had been a bizarre buildup to the match with Sampdoria catching a Genoa youth team coach in full camouflage gear hiding in the bushes to spy on a training session.