Fiorentina fight back to sink Sassuolo



Fiorentina Women’s FC recovered from a goal down to beat Sassuolo 2-1 away at the Stadio Mirabello on Saturday afternoon.

Despite dominating much of the game, the Viola were unable to find a way through the Sassuolo defence, a failure that looked like it most cost Antonio Cincotta’s side after Michela Cambiaghi headed the home side into a 1-0 lead in the 80th minute.

Yet the Viola continued to push forward in search of goal and were rewarded on 88 minutes as Tatiana Bonetti curled home a fine free-kick to level the scores. Buoyed by the equaliser, Fiorentina kept the tempo on their hosts and found a late winner after Janni Arth’s long ball forward evaded everybody – including the Sassuolo keeper – on its way into the net.

“We’d had two great chances but weren’t able to take the lead,” said Cincotta after the game. “We made a mistake at the back and were made to pay for that, but then I have to say the girls produced an amazing reaction. They showed personality, grit and charisma and really went for it in the last 25 minutes, without ever losing faith. We kept attacking their goal: their keeper denied us twice but we showed great determination to get the goals. It was an extraordinary response.”

Goalscorer Tatiana Bonetti also spoke glowingly about her team-mates’ never-say-die attitude.

“At times it felt like we weren’t going to turn it around,” she said. “We didn’t give up – I tried to keep going until the end along with my team-mates. Thankfully we got the free-kick and that gave us the chance to make it 1-1, then we kept going and managed to make it 2-1 and get a massive three points.”

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