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Fiorentina 7-1 Roma: 3 Talking Points | Coppa Italia 2018-19

Varun Nair
Modified 31 Jan 2019, 02:21 IST
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Federico Chiesa runs riot

Chiesa was on fire!
Chiesa was on fire!

The 21-year old forward had one of the best matches of his career so far as the young Italian scored his first ever hat-trick for Fiorentina.

Chiesa was a thorn in the Roma defence right from the start and it took the youngster just seven minutes to break the deadlock as he coolly slotted in the first goal of the match after he was left alone in the penalty box.

The second goal though was a much better sight as Chiesa perfectly timed his run to break the offside trap before delightfully chipping it over an onrushing Robin Olsen after Kevin Mirallas yet again proved the assist maker in the 18th minute.

The third one of the day was yet again another defensive error as Chiesa got the better of Kolarov. The Serbian was caught ball-watching as the young Italian pounced onto the cross from the left before slotting his first professional hat-trick for La Viola.

The 21-year old was substituted in the 77th minute amidst a standing ovation. 

Giovanni Simeone does a cameo

Simeone seems to have found his form for Fiorentina
Simeone seems to have found his form for Fiorentina

When Chiesa was substituted in the 77th minute with La Viola leading 5-1, Nobody in the audience would've predicted that an out of form Simeone, coming off the bench just four minutes ago, would score a brace in the space of 13 minutes.

After a brilliant campaign last season, the Argentine has found it hard to find the form that saw him score 14 league goals last season. The striker so far has had a season to forget with just four goals in 21 matches in the league.

The striker though was ready from the minute he entered the field as Simeone slotted in the sixth goal of the match in the 79th minute after Edimilson Fernandes found a defence-splitting pass to find the striker who beautifully scored it past a hapless Olsen.

Another 10 minutes later, the striker was at it again as Jordan Veretout send an impressive ball across the Roma defence into the path of Simeone, who wasted no time in slotting in the seventh and final goal of the match.

Published 31 Jan 2019, 02:21 IST
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