Fiorentina stops at 2-2 at Genk within the first match of Group F of the Convention League. Luca Ranieri’s brace wasn’t sufficient for the Viola, a defender who had by no means scored with this shirt earlier than tonight, the Belgian workforce, after momentarily sealing the 1-1 draw with Zeqiri within the first half, made a comeback 5 minutes from time with McKenzie even coming very near successful in damage time when Arokodare hit the put up with the brand new substitute.
Vincenzo Italiano made 7 modifications in comparison with the lineup that beat Atalanta on Sunday: 4-3-3 formation as a result of absence of Bonaventura with Arthur, Mandragora and Duncan in midfield, inside then Christensen in purpose, Kayode at proper again (European debut for the category of 2004), Sottil most popular to Kouamé within the trident with Nico Gonzalez and Beltran who, as anticipated on the eve, received the run-off with Nzola. Genk proposed themselves with the Swiss Zeqiri as a high participant supported behind him by the proficient El Khannous, Fadera and Oyen.
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To be recorded earlier than the match have been scuffles among the many followers as evidenced by a video launched on social media by the white and blue ‘hoolingans’. Firstly the 2 groups confronted one another overtly and at a excessive tempo, respecting their offensive vocation: seven minutes have been sufficient for the Viola to interrupt the impasse with a header from Ranieri following the event of a nook taken by captain Biraghi, on which the opposing goalkeeper was not flawless. Nevertheless, Fiorentina’s pleasure didn’t final lengthy, the Belgian workforce continued to push and within the twelfth minute they discovered the equalizer with a strike from Zeqiri within the combine. Nevertheless, the Viola remained targeted and simply earlier than the half hour mark they handed once more and all the time with Ranieri prepared to gather a diving header from Milenkovic. Aim validated by VAR. On the finish of the half nervousness within the Viola clan for Nico Gonzalez attributable to a blow to the hip, therefore the Italian’s determination to exchange him in the beginning of the second half with Kouamé.
The house workforce tried to push to attempt to come again (additionally together with a strong middle ahead like Arokodare) however it was all the time Fiorentina, who within the meantime had additionally joined Parisi and the debutant Maxime Lopez, who got here closest to scoring, however neither Milenkovic nor particularly the newly launched Nzola have been capable of make the most of two fantastic alternatives. Errors that the Viola pays dearly as a result of Genk equalized with McKenzie 5 minutes from common time by profiting from their physicality and one other free kick. Thrills on the finish when Genk elevated the tempo and Arokodare hit the put up with a positive shot. Italian sticks to the purpose.