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Tello late show snatches victory for Fiorentina


Milan (AFP) – A late brace from Cristian Tello kept Fiorentina in contention for a place in Europe with a 2-1 come-from-behind Serie A win on Wednesday.

The sides’ fixture earlier this season had been snowed off but a dogged Pescara earned a 15th minute lead when Gianluca Caprari fired Cristiano Biraghi’s delivery past the onrushing Marco Sportiello in the visitors’ net.

Pescara dominated for long spells but Fiorentina’s fortunes improved when Federico Chiesa came off the bench early in the second half.

Khouma Babacar’s 54th minute goal was ruled offside after the Senegal striker had pounced on a rebound from a Josip Ilicic effort.

But it fired a warning, and La Viola pulled themselves back into contention in some style 15 minutes later when Tello curled a great strike into the far top corner from the edge of the box.

Fiorentina took command, Matias Vecino’s shot charged down before Ilicic twice came close. But when their last-gasp winner came, even Fiorentina were stunned.

Tello’s cross from the left sailed past everyone in the area, and eventually also ‘keeper Albano Bizzarri, to slot into the far bottom corner to seal a dramatic win.

Fiorentina’s third victory from their last four games kept Paulo Sousa’s men in eighth place, 14 points behind leaders Juventus but only three shy of the European places.

Promoted Pescara’s 15th reverse left was too much for embattled coach Massimo Oddo, who cried tears of frustration at the end.

Their sole victory this season came when league officials handed Pescara the points from a fixture against Sassuolo, who had fielded an ineligible player.

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