Ten-man Fiorentina hold out for draw at Bologna

Fiorentina overcame the sending off-of midfielder Matias Fernandez early in the second half to battle to a 1-1 draw at Bologna.

Fiorentina Matias Fernandez Bologna

Fiorentina midfielder Matias Fernandez (left) in action before his dismissal at Bologna Source: AAP

Having already been cautioned just after the restart, Fernandez was shown a red card on 57 minutes for pulling an opponent's shirt.

Nevertheless, the Viola - unbeaten in three previous Serie A matches and with coach Paulo Sousa serving out a one-game touchline ban - immediately rallied to take the lead through Federico Bernardeschi.

Although midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini equalised for the hosts on 63 minutes, Fiorentina held out to secure a hard-earned point at Renato Dall'Ara which keeps them third, but now only two points ahead of Inter Milan who travel to Verona on Sunday morning (local time).

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Lazio missed the chance to leapfrog Empoli and Sassuolo in the standings as they were held to a goalless draw by Genoa.

The point leaves Stefano Pioli's men in ninth, while the home side moved up a spot into 15th.


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Published 7 February 2016 at 9:20am
Source: PA Sport