Fiorentina tore apart their Italian rivals Roma to reach the Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win that left their opponents’ season in tatters and their under-fire coach Rudi García on the brink of the sack. The home side were 3-0 down before the match had settled into any sort of rhythm as Gonzalo Rodríguez, Marcos Alonso and José María Basanta all found the net in a breathless opening 22 minutes on their way to a 4-1 aggregate victory. The win made it a night to remember for the Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella against a club where he spent 10 years as a player and also had a spell as caretaker manager. But it was a miserable occasion for García. The Roma coach said this week he would step aside the moment he felt he was becoming a burden to his team. The matter, however, may now be out of his hands given his side’s record of one win in […]

AS ROMA vs FIORENTINA Stadio Olimpico, Rome Thursday 19th March, 2015, 17:30 GMT  *** Thursday’s Round of 16 Europa League return leg marks the fifth meeting this season between Roma and Fiorentina, the fourth since January alone. Coming from behind to grab an equalizer against Fiorentina last week in Firenze, Roma will look to take advantage of that crucial away goal in the second leg of this Round of 16 matchup. The last four fixtures have seen a win each for Roma and Fiorentina while the other two matches have finished in a draw. Fiorentina have already beaten Roma in a knockout tie in the capital this season, in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals. On 3 February, a Mario Gomez double at the Stadio Olimpico gave Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina a 2-0 win – the coach’s first against his old club with the Viola. Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella won the 2000/01 Serie A title with Roma, and scored 83 goals in all competitions […]